What is the Westport Arts Center?
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) is nonprofit visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. WAC has been a vital cultural force in the community since the 1960’s. Since then, WAC has been committed to preserving the town’s rich cultural heritage and tradition of supporting and celebrating the arts through visual arts exhibitions, jazz and chamber music concerts, educational classes and workshops, and many other diverse programs throughout the year.
Where is WAC located?
WAC is located at 51 Riverside Avenue, alongside the Saugatuck River, just ½ mile from downtown Westport. WAC is easy to get to by car, and is just 1 ¼ miles from the Westport train station. Please visit our directions page to find out more.
What are the hours?
Gallery Hours During an Exhibition*
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
*The Gallery is closed for 2 weeks between each exhibition and is closed on some holidays. Please visit our Visitor Information page for more information about visiting the gallery.
Yes. There is a small parking lot with handicapped parking and a wheelchair ramp at the right side of our building as you face it from the street. That door is usually locked, but just ring the bell and a staff member will come back to let you in.
You may also call our offices at (203) 222-7070 in advance if you are planning to arrive and need to use the ramp.
When/How can I find out about upcoming programs?
Join our mailing list to get the most up-to-date information for our upcoming programs. Please provide your email address, as that is our primary form of communication.
Become a member and receive special early notification and discounts on certain programs.
How do I join the mailing list?
Just click here and fill out the form.
How do I become a member?
You can become a member online, by calling us at (203) 222-7070, or by mailing in your payment. Visit our membership page to find out about our different membership levels and opportunities and consider joining at a level that’s right for you.
How do I make a donation or memorial contribution?
You can make a donation online here, call (203) 222-7070, or mail us a check. If you would like to sponsor a program or schedule a planned gift, please contact our Director of Development, Cathy Bromberg.
How do I purchase a gift certificate?
Please call us at (203) 222-7070 and we will be happy to help you with this.
How do I volunteer my time at WAC?
How do I apply for an internship?
Please visit our internship page to find out more about WAC’s internship program.
I’m a musician. How can I apply to perform at WAC?
The Westport Arts Center presents about a dozen music concerts each year, curated up to 18 months in advance. If you (or a performing artist that you represent) are interested in performing at WAC, please send an email to our off-site curator:
Email Alexander Platt, Curator for 2017 Music Series
How do I get more information about WAC members?
It is our policy that we do not distribute contact or personal information for WAC members or anyone on our mailing list.
If you would like to contact an artist represented in the Artists’ Collective, please email the Westport Artists’ Collective: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I rent the gallery for a private event?
Visit our Gallery Rental Information page to find out more about renting the Arts Center for a private event.
What is currently on view at WAC?
Visit our Exhibitions page to learn about our current exhibition. We hope you can stop by for a visit!
How can I arrange a group tour of the gallery?
Please email Director of Education Lillie Fortino, to schedule a group visit.
What is the process for having my work considered for exhibitions?
Does WAC buy art or have a collection?
As a contemporary art gallery, WAC does not purchase art or keep a collection.
Can WAC appraise my artwork?
WAC does not have the staff or resources to assess the value of any works of art.
What programs does WAC offer for children?
WAC reaches approximately 4,000 young people each year with dynamic art education programs. These experiences include school group visits to our galleries, pre-gallery visits inside the classroom, family oriented events, after-school and weekend art workshops, and our outreach programs in Norwalk and Bridgeport. Our full class offering can be found viewed on our Education page.
How can families participate in WAC programs?
The Westport Arts Center holds Family Art Days two times per year. These much-anticipated events give the entire family an opportunity to get creative together. Please visit our Family Classes page to learn more about Family Art Day and other opportunities to be creative together.
What are WAC’s adult education opportunities?
We are committed to also providing educational opportunities for adults. Please visit our Adult Education page to learn more and get involved.
How can I arrange a school to visit WAC?
Email Director of Education, Lillie Fortino, to schedule a school group visit.
Can my child have a birthday part at WAC?
Yes, WAC can coordinate a 1 ½ hour birthday party with 10 kids participating in a hands-on art activity. Visit our Birthday Parties page for more information.
Do you offer Girl and Boy Scout badge workshops?
Westport Arts Center offers programs designed especially for Junior Cub, Girl Scout and Brownie troops. A visit to the gallery combined with a hands-on art activity can fulfill several badge requirements. Email Director of Education, Lillie Fortino to schedule a workshop.
What is WAC’s return policy on class registration?
Registration fees are non-refundable one month or less prior to the start of a program. Prior to, or on, the one month deadline date, cancellations will incur a $35.00 processing fee. As a non-profit organization, the Westport Arts Center cannot issue credits or refunds for missed classes for any reason.
Where does WAC present concerts?
The majority of our concerts are held at our gallery at 51 Riverside Avenue. We also partner with the Saugatuck Congregational Church for some of our jazz and chamber music concerts.
I’m a musican. How can I apply to perform at WAC?
If you are interested in sharing your music with the Westport Arts Center, please email a formal inquiry with a demo to the following curator:
Email Alexander Platt, 2017-18 Music Curator
What is WAC’s return policy on tickets?
Tickets and workshop fees are non-refundable. WAC does not issue credit for unused tickets or missed workshops for any reason.
In the event that a concert or program is rescheduled or cancelled, WAC will issue refunds to those who have pre-registered.
How can I perform at Jazz Jam?
Musicians who come to jam get in for free! Give your name at the front table and Brian will call you up to join the jam session.