WHO WE ARE
The Norwalk Art Space is a 501c3 non-profit organization which opened in June 2021 with the mission of increasing opportunities and equity in the local arts community. Our goal is to provide free high-caliber art education to under-served students (ages 13-18), and free exhibition space and studios to under-represented local artists. We want to enrich the local community and create a vibrant arts hub for the public to enjoy, with free admission to all events. Our beautiful building, ADK House, was named in honor of our founder Alexandra D. Korry, whose vision inspires everything we do.
All donations will be used to support our Art Education Program, which focuses on under-served students in Norwalk, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. The teachers of our Art Education Program are our very own Resident Artists and Korry Fellows.
Each year, we select a cohort of eight artists from the local area; four early-career "emerging" artists to participate in our Resident Artist Program and four established, mid-career artists for our Korry Fellow Program. Selection is based on the quality of artwork, interest in giving back to the community and working with teens, and numerous other criteria, all viewed through a DEI lens. Our goal is to have each year's cohort of eight artists be majority female and majority people of color.
The Resident Artists (RAs) are the core of our Art Education Program and the principal teachers of our free weekly art classes. Each Resident Artist receives a free, private art studio within our facility for one year and free exhibition space in our stunning gallery in two separate 8-week exhibitions. In return, each RA teaches three different classes during the year - one during our summer session (5 weeks long) and one in each of the fall and spring semesters (9-10 weeks long). The RAs design their own curriculum in collaboration with our Educational Co-Directors and Korry Fellows, with the aim of supplementing and building on the art programs in the public school system.
The more experienced Korry Fellows act as mentors for the Resident Artists and teach single-day workshops. Each Korry Fellow curates his/her own 8-week exhibition in our gallery, with the support of our Artistic & Educational Director. The student workshops are based around each Korry Fellow’s exhibition and area of expertise. Each workshop is limited to 10 students, allowing time for personal interaction between students and experienced professional artists.
Our weekly classes are also limited to 10 students to ensure each student receives individual attention. Beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, we will be adding a 5th weekly class, giving us the capability to serve 50 students per semester/session. In total, we will have 190 available spots in classes and workshops in the coming year.
The benefits of our Art Education program are enormous. The students receive high-quality art instruction, completely free, and access to a community of artists offering support and mentorship. Students have the opportunity to experiment with different art styles and media, learn about career options in the arts, and enjoy cultural events in a welcoming and inclusive space.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS