our mission

The Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council is grounded in the abilities to create, curate and collaborate. We do this through empowering local artists, stimulating conversation, building leadership, supporting cultural expression, funding, spreading city pride and serving as a catalyst for creativity. We are dedicated to advancing the city’s quality of life and prosperity.

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We collaborate with artists, galleries, the City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport building owners and business to curate events that bring people together to experience the collective joy that happens when we dance, move, create and get inspired together. Join us at one of our upcoming events.

Block pARTy!

Friday December 14th 2018, 5pm-10pm (closing party)
1123-1135 Main Street, Downtown Bridgeport
(first floor of the HSW Apartment Buildings)

presented by the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council

The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council returns to the Bridgeport Art Trail to host an inspiring night of art, culture, food and music. One night, five events in four locations on one block. Admission is free for all events. Join us in celebrating the vibrant arts and artists of Bridgeport.

Collab eXchange Launch (1123 Main st)
Join us for the grand opening of our newest retail venture, the coLLab Exchange.The CoLLab Exchange is a retail cooperative hybrid concept to create opportunities for Bridgeport based entrepreneurs. As a community business development initiative, the coLLab Exchange will set a blueprint locally for a sustainable retail model.

Obsidian Colored Glasses (1127 Main st)
An introspective look through the creative lenses of artist of color and how they see themselves, culture, the world, life and art. In the age of black lives matter, political upheavals, resurging racism, bigotry, mass incarceration, mental health concerns and a multitude of other forces affecting our daily lives its important to check in. Check in on who we are, what we are doing, where we are and especially how do we feel through our interpretive views of the world.

I Luv BPT Exhibit (1135 Main st)
An open submission photo exhibit of appreciators of all things Bridgeport. Featuring YOU, the photographer of your favorite imagery, persons, places and things in and around Bridgeport. Come see the captured images of the city of Bridgeport through the eyes of those who love it most.

Design Night Out (1135 Main st) 6pm-9pm
Design Night Out is an event series that takes a creative theme and explores how great design is at transforming that theme here in Connecticut. This events theme will be PAINT. Grassroots and family-friendly, its like a live podcast in your living room. All with adult refreshments, food, music, networking, friend making & fun! Come for the community, stay for the conversation, leave with your creative spirit recharged.

MANY STYLES at Blends Gallery (1163 Main st)
A collaborative art installation with selected artists creating multiple live merged installations with contrasting styles.

Ongoing events

Design Night Out

Hosted by The Bananaland four times a year, Design Night Out is an event series that takes a creative theme and explores how great design is transforming that theme here in Connecticut. Where do artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and makers find inspiration and collaboration? How does identity, time, and place inform the creative process? Grassroots and family-friendly, all with an open bar, food, music, networking friend-making, and fun! Come for the community. Stay for the conversation. Leave with your creative spirit recharged.

Annual Bridgeport Arts Fest

Celebrating the broad ethnicities in our community with artisans, live music and artwork, local eats, and more! The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a community celebration of local and original arts, artists, makers, and performers that happens on McLevy Green in July (2019 Date TBD). The Arts Fest features local and original fine art, crafts, jewelry, clothing & accessories, live music, dance, performances, demonstrations and activities, and local food.

downtown Thursdays

Downtown Thursdays is a free weekly outdoor summer concert series in collaboration with I Luv BPT every Summer Thursday at McLevy Green in Downtown Bridgeport. Downtown Thursdays features local and area musicians and ranges from hip-hop artists and rock bands to jazz ensembles and house music djs. Grab a lawn chair, visit a food truck and get ready to enjoy the vibes of the vibrant music scene of Bridgeport.

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become a member

Calling all artists, art lovers, educators, organizers and supporters of the arts: together, let's turn up the dial to amplify Bridgeport as a thriving art scene! As part of the BACC's celebration of 10 years, membership is free to all. Join us to network with fellow artists, discover the city's emerging community of visionary creatives, and foster art as a force that can transform our daily lives.