Past Events

The Prospect: A Public Art Proposal


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In conjunction with Rachel Owens’ upcoming exhibition at the Housatonic Museum of Art, will be hosting a mock competition for a prospective new artwork in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. Owens’ exhibition weaves together the story of the Mary and Eliza Freeman houses, the natural landscape of the coastal area, and PT Barnum’s legendary exhibits.

In accordance with Owens’ exhibition themes which address the natural, architectural, cultural, historical, social/political and environmental context of the site, the proposal may focus on women’s rights, the history of Little Liberia, sea level rise and resiliency as well as other social and political issues that affect this diverse community.

A one-day workshop will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 7-9 PM in Room 109, Lafayette Hall. In the workshop, we will discuss a brief history of Public Art, the monuments that are currently located in Bridgeport, and how to develop a proposal. All Bridgeport area artists and designers are invited to apply.

The winner of the competition will receive $500 to further develop the proposal, build a small model of the proposed sculpture and have the prospective artwork featured in a case near the Burt Chernow Galleries during the run of Owens’ exhibition. Female identifying and artists of color are encouraged to apply.

About Rachel Owens


Art Activist and Founder of The Spoon Movement to Speak at Housatonic Community College

By Laura Roberts

Fernando Luis Alvarez

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., global game-changer Fernando Luis Alvarez, and founder of The Spoon Movement, will present, “Demanding Accountability Through Art Activism, Passion and Fearlessness,” in Housatonic Community College’s Beacon Hall, Room BH-214. The free lecture is open to HCC and Gateway Community College students, the public and the media.

Alvarez, who is the producer of the widely-acclaimed Opioid: Express Yourself! art show and director of Alvarez Gallery, will share his risk-taking art activism strategy behind the guerrilla installations that continue igniting global awareness of the opioid epidemic while demanding accountability by the architects of this crisis.

“I am honored and excited to share my art activism, specifically, The Spoon Movement with attendees. The hundreds of thousands of victims of the opioid epidemic and their families deserve to be heard and those involved in creating and exacerbating this crisis brought to justice beyond civil suits,” says Alvarez.

Those interested in attending the free lecture can RSVP on The Spoon Movement’s Facebook event page. To learn more about The Spoon Movement, please log on to thespoonmovement.com.


A Westport Historical Society & Freeman Center fundraiser for The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community (A 501 c 3 nonprofit)


A generous donor will match all donations!


A Night of Theatre at the Bijou
A Benefit for the Historic Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses and Center

Thursday, May 30th, 7:30 pm


A JOURNEY


Musical One-Woman Show Written & Performed by Kimberly Wilson

Bridgeport’s Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community and the Westport Historical Society partner once again to present a benefit presentation of “A JOURNEY: Musical One-Woman Show” – to support the Freeman Center’s restoration of the historically significant Mary & Eliza houses and its programs. All proceeds will be matched by a generous donor, so please come and bring your friends.

Theatre seating is $20. Table seating (for 2,3, and 4) is $30 per person. Patron Tickets are $65.00 per person, and include a pre-theatre reception catered by Trattoria ‘A Vuccella (cash bar) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Donors may select theatre seats or table seating.

“A JOURNEY: Musical One-Woman Show” is an intricate look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black womanhood with strength, dignity and pride and in perfect lockstep with the history of the United States. The Show brings to life 8 historical African-American women, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, African Queen, a Slave girl and introducing - Bridgeport’s own Mary Freeman (1815-1883), whose historic 1848 home still bears witness to the storied, free, Black and Paugussett settlement - Little Liberia (circa 1822).

For Tickets & Information: Call the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center (203) 612-7769 or visit our website www.freemancenterbpt.com

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a project launch and brainstorming session for sculptor Rachel Owens project, Life on the Other Side of the Cracked Glass Ceiling-Bridgeport

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION

Brainstorming Photo 1 Brainstorming Photo 2

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a project launch and brainstorming session for sculptor Rachel Owens project, Life on the Other Side of the Cracked Glass Ceiling-Bridgeport

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 11am to 1pm
Beacon Hall Events Center

Students and the Community will gather to brainstorm the ways in which this project can work to engage Bridgeport in meaningful conversation in order to create a public program together. Centering on the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses, a series of sculptures incorporating glass casts of the front porch of Mary's house will be activated through public discussions and performances developed by, and pertinent to, Bridgeport's diverse neighborhoods.

The Freeman Houses are the oldest standing structures owned and built by people of color in Connecticut, and even more importantly, by unmarried women at a time when women were not allowed to own property. These buildings are all that remain of the radical, multi-ethnic community, Little Liberia, a place that was founded as a model of equity. This project seeks to revive that model.

Click Here for more info!

Night At The Museum: Bringing Art To Life

Night at the Museum

THE collection at Housatonic Museum of Art will set the scene for a sophisticated and challenging scavenger hunt in the stunning and newly designed Housatonic Community College. Using your wits and keen tracking skills, pit yourself against other players for a unique and professionally crafted scavenger hunt.

WHILE hunting, enjoy decadent desserts and smart cocktails at our Sips and Sweets Faire with fun activities, live music and a fabulous silent auction.

Join in the excitement as the Housatonic Museum of Art brings the ART to LIFE in this thrilling scavenger hunt and fundraising event.

October 25, 2018 from 7PM to 10PM.

Click Here to Order Tickets!

Jon Schueler, Lost Man Blues

November 1st, 2018

June Ahrens, How Many Tears Are Enough

January 31st, 2019

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

 

Human Rights Panel Discussion: OUT of the SHADOWS

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (January 18, 2018) On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.


The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: www.HoustatonicMuseum.org or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.


For more information, please click here.

 

PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.

Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145

Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.

In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard

Check out the photos from the show!

We would like to thank our sponsors: Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way” Ann Weiner ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport with author Michael Bielawa

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.” While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches! The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Gallery Talk with Curator of Body & Soul Exhibition

The public is invited to a gallery talk with Ben Ortiz, curator of the Housatonic Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Body & Soul

 

Body and Soul Exhibit

 

Attendees will engage directly with the works of art and Ortiz will discuss his passion for collecting art and tell stories behind each work. The talk takes place at the museum located at HCC, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 pm. There is no charge for attendance.

 

The Body & Soul exhibition is a collection of prints, paintings, photographs and sculpture with an emphasis on works by Latin American art. Local, regional and national artists are also represented in this compilation of 50 works of figurative art representing diverse art periods, art movements, mediums and techniques. The collection was donated to the museum by Mr. Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia in honor of Mr. Ortiz’s brother, John Eloy Ortiz (1966-2008), who would have celebrated his 50th birthday this year. The exhibition remains open through October 23, 2016.

 

Mr. Ortiz attended Housatonic Community College, and previously held the position as Curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art. During his tenure he recognized the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in Bridgeport and celebrated their contributions to the arts. His lifelong passion for collecting art began at age 12, when he was drawn to purchase an etching on paper at a Bridgeport tag sale for 50 cents. The work turned out to be created by Edith Nankivell (1896-1962), an American etcher and painter who exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston during the 1930s and 1940s, and the piece will be included in the exhibition.

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.

Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145

Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.

In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard

Check out the photos from the show!

We would like to thank our sponsors: Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way” Ann Weiner ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.” While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches! The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Women Discuss Successful Careers at Housatonic Community College

Three successful women will discuss their career journeys and commitment to the community on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the HCC Burt Chernow Gallery at LaFayette Hall.

 

The Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard is Pastor of the Bethel AME Church and is a social activist.

 

Mary-Jane Foster, J.D., is provost of University Relations at the University of Bridgeport and was former Mayoral Candidate for the City of Bridgeport, and the former owner of the Bridgeport Blue Fish baseball team.

 

Dr. Estela Lopez is the interim Provost for the Connecticut State University and Community College system. Dr. Lopez is a recognized leader in higher education.

 

The panel is presented by the HCC Women’s Center. Dr. Linda Wolfson, Director of the Women’s Center says, “We want to keep inspiring our students to follow their dreams and ambitions. There is no better way than to see and hear from strong women who have achieved their goals.”

The public is invited at no charge.

Photo from left to right: Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Dr. Estela Lopez and Mary-Jane Foster.

Three Ladies
In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Housatonic Museum of Art presents Harry Moritz: Medium Cool

Harry Moritz will offer a talk about his work to be held in the Events Center in Beacon Hall on the campus of Housatonic Community College on Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Finding Brass Valley: A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

This is the story of the people and communities that built the Brass Valley
and attained the American Dream.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Presents
Finding Brass Valley:
A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

slide talk & book signing by
Emery Roth III Wednesday, February 10th
11:45 am to 12:45 PM
Events Center
Housatonic Community College This event is free and everyone is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

 

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s PEER DOCENTS

PEER DOCENTS

Fall 2015 Tour Dates and Times:

Monday, November 30, Tours, at 9, 10, and 12

Friday, December 4, Tours, at 9, 10 and 12

Please come to learn about the Program and about Bridgeport architecture!!!
Depart from the Atrium in Lafayette Hall

 

Tea Talk

Tea TalkTea Talk - Thinkers • Educators • Artists

Three 20 minute conversations on Where Are The Arts In Connecticut Education?

November 15, 2015 2PM

Westport Town Hall

www.WestportArts.com


View the video here!

Shiva: God of Many Faces

Hamish LutrisShiva: God of Many Faces

A Talk by Hamish Lutris at Housatonic Museum of Art
6 pm, Wednesday, October 7
In the Burt Chernow Galleries
This event is FREE and open to the public

 


About the Speaker:

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West.

Live from the POEMobile: Bridgeport Arts Fest! (more info)

POEMobile

July 11th @8pm

Draw ON! At Housatonic Community College
Draw ON!

The Art Department of Housatonic Community College in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is participating in Draw On! a five day art event March 23 - 27, 2015

The Women Gather ~A Celebration of Women Poets

THe Women Gather

 

Rescheduled for Thrusday, March 12, 2015
6pm-9pm, Housatonic Museum of Art

Latoya Washington • Shanna T. Melto • Peaches • Jazz-e • Iyapiphany

 

Paula Scher@HMA (more info...)
Paula Scher

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00am

Paula Scher began her design career as a record cover art director at Atlantic Records and CBS Records in the 1970's and 1980's.

In His Words (more info...)
In His Words

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8:00pm

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo, Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30pm

Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

The Women Gather (more info...)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
in the Gallery
6 – 9:00pm

The Women Gather: An Evening of Poetry
Celebrating Women’s History Month

Transcending Continents (more info...)

February 27th, 2014 from
6:00 – 9:00pm

Transcending Continents: A Black History Month Celebration

In His Words (more info...)

December 5th, 2013 from
6:30 – 10:00pm

In His Words, an all-male poetry showcase, free and open to the public

DANCE for Every BODY (more info...)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

>A movement jam/dance workshop led by
Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:30pm

Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

Aeolian Ride 2009 (more info...)
POEMobile

AEOLIAN RIDE Bridgeport, CT:
30 PERSON INFLATABLE-SUIT BIKE RIDE

Sponsored by HMA with fund from the Werth Family Foundation and HCC Foundation in support of SweetPort.

FREE PUBLIC ART BIKE RIDE (see more photos of this event)
Friday, May 30, 2009 Photos by Jessica Findley

 
   
   
   
   
   

Art Activist and Founder of The Spoon Movement to Speak at Housatonic Community College

By Laura Roberts

Fernando Luis Alvarez

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., global game-changer Fernando Luis Alvarez, and founder of The Spoon Movement, will present, “Demanding Accountability Through Art Activism, Passion and Fearlessness,” in Housatonic Community College’s Beacon Hall, Room BH-214. The free lecture is open to HCC and Gateway Community College students, the public and the media.

Alvarez, who is the producer of the widely-acclaimed Opioid: Express Yourself! art show and director of Alvarez Gallery, will share his risk-taking art activism strategy behind the guerrilla installations that continue igniting global awareness of the opioid epidemic while demanding accountability by the architects of this crisis.

“I am honored and excited to share my art activism, specifically, The Spoon Movement with attendees. The hundreds of thousands of victims of the opioid epidemic and their families deserve to be heard and those involved in creating and exacerbating this crisis brought to justice beyond civil suits,” says Alvarez.

Those interested in attending the free lecture can RSVP on The Spoon Movement’s Facebook event page. To learn more about The Spoon Movement, please log on to thespoonmovement.com.


A Westport Historical Society & Freeman Center fundraiser for The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community (A 501 c 3 nonprofit)


A generous donor will match all donations!


A Night of Theatre at the Bijou
A Benefit for the Historic Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses and Center

Thursday, May 30th, 7:30 pm


A JOURNEY


Musical One-Woman Show Written & Performed by Kimberly Wilson

Bridgeport’s Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community and the Westport Historical Society partner once again to present a benefit presentation of “A JOURNEY: Musical One-Woman Show” – to support the Freeman Center’s restoration of the historically significant Mary & Eliza houses and its programs. All proceeds will be matched by a generous donor, so please come and bring your friends.

Theatre seating is $20. Table seating (for 2,3, and 4) is $30 per person. Patron Tickets are $65.00 per person, and include a pre-theatre reception catered by Trattoria ‘A Vuccella (cash bar) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Donors may select theatre seats or table seating.

“A JOURNEY: Musical One-Woman Show” is an intricate look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black womanhood with strength, dignity and pride and in perfect lockstep with the history of the United States. The Show brings to life 8 historical African-American women, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, African Queen, a Slave girl and introducing - Bridgeport’s own Mary Freeman (1815-1883), whose historic 1848 home still bears witness to the storied, free, Black and Paugussett settlement - Little Liberia (circa 1822).

For Tickets & Information: Call the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center (203) 612-7769 or visit our website www.freemancenterbpt.com

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a project launch and brainstorming session for sculptor Rachel Owens project, Life on the Other Side of the Cracked Glass Ceiling-Bridgeport

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION

Brainstorming Photo 1 Brainstorming Photo 2

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a project launch and brainstorming session for sculptor Rachel Owens project, Life on the Other Side of the Cracked Glass Ceiling-Bridgeport

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 11am to 1pm
Beacon Hall Events Center

Students and the Community will gather to brainstorm the ways in which this project can work to engage Bridgeport in meaningful conversation in order to create a public program together. Centering on the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses, a series of sculptures incorporating glass casts of the front porch of Mary's house will be activated through public discussions and performances developed by, and pertinent to, Bridgeport's diverse neighborhoods.

The Freeman Houses are the oldest standing structures owned and built by people of color in Connecticut, and even more importantly, by unmarried women at a time when women were not allowed to own property. These buildings are all that remain of the radical, multi-ethnic community, Little Liberia, a place that was founded as a model of equity. This project seeks to revive that model.

Click Here for more info!

Night At The Museum: Bringing Art To Life

Night at the Museum

THE collection at Housatonic Museum of Art will set the scene for a sophisticated and challenging scavenger hunt in the stunning and newly designed Housatonic Community College. Using your wits and keen tracking skills, pit yourself against other players for a unique and professionally crafted scavenger hunt.

WHILE hunting, enjoy decadent desserts and smart cocktails at our Sips and Sweets Faire with fun activities, live music and a fabulous silent auction.

Join in the excitement as the Housatonic Museum of Art brings the ART to LIFE in this thrilling scavenger hunt and fundraising event.

October 25, 2018 from 7PM to 10PM.

Click Here to Order Tickets!

Jon Schueler, Lost Man Blues

November 1st, 2018

June Ahrens, How Many Tears Are Enough

January 31st, 2019

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

 

Human Rights Panel Discussion: OUT of the SHADOWS

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (January 18, 2018) On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.


The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: www.HoustatonicMuseum.org or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.


For more information, please click here.

 

PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.

Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145

Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.

In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard

Check out the photos from the show!

We would like to thank our sponsors: Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way” Ann Weiner ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport with author Michael Bielawa

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.” While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches! The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Gallery Talk with Curator of Body & Soul Exhibition

The public is invited to a gallery talk with Ben Ortiz, curator of the Housatonic Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Body & Soul

 

Body and Soul Exhibit

 

Attendees will engage directly with the works of art and Ortiz will discuss his passion for collecting art and tell stories behind each work. The talk takes place at the museum located at HCC, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 pm. There is no charge for attendance.

 

The Body & Soul exhibition is a collection of prints, paintings, photographs and sculpture with an emphasis on works by Latin American art. Local, regional and national artists are also represented in this compilation of 50 works of figurative art representing diverse art periods, art movements, mediums and techniques. The collection was donated to the museum by Mr. Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia in honor of Mr. Ortiz’s brother, John Eloy Ortiz (1966-2008), who would have celebrated his 50th birthday this year. The exhibition remains open through October 23, 2016.

 

Mr. Ortiz attended Housatonic Community College, and previously held the position as Curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art. During his tenure he recognized the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in Bridgeport and celebrated their contributions to the arts. His lifelong passion for collecting art began at age 12, when he was drawn to purchase an etching on paper at a Bridgeport tag sale for 50 cents. The work turned out to be created by Edith Nankivell (1896-1962), an American etcher and painter who exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston during the 1930s and 1940s, and the piece will be included in the exhibition.

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi

Gallery Talk with Curator D. Dominick Lombardi on March 23, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

PIRATES: Fact & Fiction

John R. Wright, historian and illustrator, will discuss how literature and film have framed our image of pirates in popular culture. The talk will explore the facts, myths and Golden Age romance of pirates.

 

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries

 

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School. After working for several years as an illustrator and art editor for various publications, he turned his attention towards history. He was Director of the Miller House in White Plains, New York and Education Coordinator at Van Cortlandt House Museum in the Bronx. He is currently the Director at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York.

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Who hasn’t dreamed of unearthing buried treasure? Lost gold mines of the Old West might be far-removed and sunken ships difficult to reach… but according to legend and the historical record, vast riches might be secreted in Connecticut’s own Gold Coast: Fairfield County. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, author Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches.

Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7PM in Beacon Hall Room 145

Michael J. Bielawa is an award winning author and poet. For years Mike has been fascinated with New England legends and folklore. He has journeyed throughout the Northeast researching the subject. During his travels Michael has visited New England ghost towns, uncovered secret rooms, searched for pirate treasure and, not too long ago, reported a UFO over Woodbury, Connecticut. Bielawa’s supernatural work has appeared in FATE Magazine, The Dead of Night, Hermes’ Crossing, and in London’s Fortean Times. His book, Wicked Bridgeport (published by The History Press) won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award in 2012. Another of Bielawa’s examinations concerning weird coastal Connecticut, entitled Wicked New Haven, documents the Elm City’s paranormal heritage, and has received excellent reviews. Bielawa celebrated New Haven's famous 17th century "Phantom Ship” when he produced and directed the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” You may have seen him on WTNH, Channel 8’s, Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut or heard him on any number of radio programs, including NPR, WABC-AM, WPLR, and WICC.

In addition, Mike has served as special consultant to The Fairfield Museum and History Center and as guest curator for The Barnum Museum. He has lectured about American hero Jackie Robinson for the NEA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moderated discussions throughout Connecticut for the Connecticut Humanities Council. One of his favorite presentations honors Kate Hepburn’s summers in Stratford. He is honored to appear throughout Connecticut in order to share and preserve New England legends and folklore.

Join us for a murder-mystery cocktail party and fundraiser.

 

Murder Eventbrite Postcard

Check out the photos from the show!

We would like to thank our sponsors: Patriot Bank
“We are dedicated to being everything a community bank should be – every day and in every way” Ann Weiner ChemWerth

True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

Michael BielawaAward-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, an authority on New England legends and folklore, will deliver two lectures at the Housatonic Museum of Art in connection with its newest pirate-inspired exhibition, Scrolls.

 

On Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm, Bielawa will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled, “Pirates, Buccaneers and Mooncussers of the Connecticut Coast.” While the Connecticut shore might seem far removed from the palm trees and turquoise bays associated with buccaneers, in reality, Long Island Sound was a hive of 17th and 18th century pirate villainy. Join author Michael Bielawa for a fascinating examination of some of history's most infamous freebooters who visited and may have buried treasure right here in Connecticut.

In his lecture “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” Bielawa will astonish the audience with tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport's mysterious lost caches! The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7pm.

Both lectures will take place in BEACON HALL, RM 145, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Women Discuss Successful Careers at Housatonic Community College

Three successful women will discuss their career journeys and commitment to the community on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the HCC Burt Chernow Gallery at LaFayette Hall.

 

The Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard is Pastor of the Bethel AME Church and is a social activist.

 

Mary-Jane Foster, J.D., is provost of University Relations at the University of Bridgeport and was former Mayoral Candidate for the City of Bridgeport, and the former owner of the Bridgeport Blue Fish baseball team.

 

Dr. Estela Lopez is the interim Provost for the Connecticut State University and Community College system. Dr. Lopez is a recognized leader in higher education.

 

The panel is presented by the HCC Women’s Center. Dr. Linda Wolfson, Director of the Women’s Center says, “We want to keep inspiring our students to follow their dreams and ambitions. There is no better way than to see and hear from strong women who have achieved their goals.”

The public is invited at no charge.

Photo from left to right: Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Dr. Estela Lopez and Mary-Jane Foster.

Three Ladies
In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Housatonic Museum of Art presents Harry Moritz: Medium Cool

Harry Moritz will offer a talk about his work to be held in the Events Center in Beacon Hall on the campus of Housatonic Community College on Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

In His Words

In His Words

A celebration of Male Poets

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo,
Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

Download the flyer by clicking on the image below.

Brass Valley

Finding Brass Valley: A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

This is the story of the people and communities that built the Brass Valley
and attained the American Dream.

 

Housatonic Museum of Art Presents
Finding Brass Valley:
A Place in Time that Almost Vanished

slide talk & book signing by
Emery Roth III Wednesday, February 10th
11:45 am to 12:45 PM
Events Center
Housatonic Community College This event is free and everyone is cordially invited to attend

For further information, please click here.

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s PEER DOCENTS

PEER DOCENTS

Fall 2015 Tour Dates and Times:

Monday, November 30, Tours, at 9, 10, and 12

Friday, December 4, Tours, at 9, 10 and 12

Please come to learn about the Program and about Bridgeport architecture!!!
Depart from the Atrium in Lafayette Hall

 

Tea Talk

Tea TalkTea Talk - Thinkers • Educators • Artists

Three 20 minute conversations on Where Are The Arts In Connecticut Education?

November 15, 2015 2PM

Westport Town Hall

www.WestportArts.com


View the video here!

Shiva: God of Many Faces

Hamish LutrisShiva: God of Many Faces

A Talk by Hamish Lutris at Housatonic Museum of Art
6 pm, Wednesday, October 7
In the Burt Chernow Galleries
This event is FREE and open to the public

 


About the Speaker:

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West.

Live from the POEMobile: Bridgeport Arts Fest! (more info)

POEMobile

July 11th @8pm

Draw ON! At Housatonic Community College
Draw ON!

The Art Department of Housatonic Community College in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is participating in Draw On! a five day art event March 23 - 27, 2015

The Women Gather ~A Celebration of Women Poets

THe Women Gather

 

Rescheduled for Thrusday, March 12, 2015
6pm-9pm, Housatonic Museum of Art

Latoya Washington • Shanna T. Melto • Peaches • Jazz-e • Iyapiphany

 

Paula Scher@HMA (more info...)
Paula Scher

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00am

Paula Scher began her design career as a record cover art director at Atlantic Records and CBS Records in the 1970's and 1980's.

In His Words (more info...)
In His Words

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8:00pm

Featuring Chief, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Face, Kayo, Abiodun Oyewole of The Legendary Last Poets

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:30pm

Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

The Women Gather (more info...)
The Women Gather

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
in the Gallery
6 – 9:00pm

The Women Gather: An Evening of Poetry
Celebrating Women’s History Month

Transcending Continents (more info...)
Transcending Continents

February 27th, 2014 from
6:00 – 9:00pm

Transcending Continents: A Black History Month Celebration

Transcending Continents (more info...)
Transcending Continents

February 27th, 2014 from
6:00 – 9:00pm

Transcending Continents: A Black History Month Celebration


In His Words (more info...)
In His Words

December 5th, 2013 from
6:30 – 10:00pm

In His Words, an all-male poetry showcase, free and open to the public

DANCE for Every BODY (more info...)
Dance Workshop

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

>A movement jam/dance workshop led by
Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women

POEMobile (more info...)
POEMobile

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:30pm

Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along with their verses written large on the façade on the McLevy Building at State and Broad Streets.

Aeolian Ride 2009 (more info...)

POEMobile
AEOLIAN RIDE Bridgeport, CT:
30 PERSON INFLATABLE-SUIT BIKE RIDE

Sponsored by HMA with fund from the Werth Family Foundation and HCC Foundation in support of SweetPort.

FREE PUBLIC ART BIKE RIDE (see more photos of this event)
Friday, May 30, 2009 Photos by Jessica Findley