Where is WAC located?
What are the hours?
Is the Gallery wheelchair accessible?
How can I find out about upcoming programs?
How Do I…?
Become a Member?
Make a donation or memorial contribution?
Purchase a gift certificate?
Volunteer my time to WAC?
Apply for an internship?
Show my artwork through WAC?
I’m a musician. How can I apply to perform at WAC?
Get more information about WAC members?
Rent the gallery for a private event?
How can families participate in WAC programs?
What are WAC’s adult education opportunities?
How can I arrange for a school to visit WAC?
Can my child have a birthday party at WAC?
Do you offer Girl and Boy Scout badge workshops?
What is WAC’s return policy on class registration?
Where does WAC present concerts?
I’m a musician. How can I apply to perform at WAC?
What is WAC’s return policy on tickets?
How can I perform at Jazz Thursdays?
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) is non-profit 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 workshops, film screenings, literary arts programs, and many other diverse programs throughout the year.
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.
|Gallery Hours During an Exhibition*|
|Monday – Saturday||10am – 5pm|
|Sunday||12pm – 4pm|
*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.
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.
You can also visit our calendar page, which lists all upcoming WAC programs.
How Do I…?
Just click here and fill out the form.
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 join at a level that’s right for you.
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 Development Director, Marni Smith Katz.
Please call us at (203) 222-7070 and we will be happy to help you with this.
Please visit the internship information & application page to find out more about WAC’s internship program.
Become a member and then create an online gallery on our website (up to 10 works) to help get your name out and sell artwork. It’s a valuable resource for you as an artist to display your portfolio. Submissions will be reviewed by the WAC Visual Arts Staff. We consult the online gallery when planning each exhibition.
Join our mailing list to find out more about our juried exhibitions (such as the SOLOS show and Group Members Exhibition), in addition to frequent collaborations with area businesses and organizations - calls for these opportunities go out via email.
Come to ArtCafé and introduce yourself to our Director of Visual Arts, Helen Klisser During, on Friday mornings between 10 - 11am. If you would like to schedule a private portfolio review, please email Helen Klisser During.
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 curators:
Email Russell Platt, Curator for Chamber Music
Email Brian Torff, Artistic Director for Jazz
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 online gallery, please email Jill Sarver, Visual Arts Coordinator, who will forward your inquiry along to the artist.
Visit our Gallery Rental Information Page to find out more about renting the Arts Center for a private event.
Visit our Exhibitions Page to learn about our current exhibition. We hope you can stop by for a visit!
Please email Director of Education, Danielle Ogden, to schedule a group visit.
Become a member and then create an online gallery on our website (up to 10 works) to help get your name out and sell artwork. Submissions will be reviewed by the WAC Visual Arts Staff. It’s a valuable resource for you as an artist to display your portfolio. We consult the online gallery when planning each exhibition.
Join our mailing list to find out more about our juried exhibitions (such as the SOLOS show and Group Members Show), in addition to frequent collaborations with area businesses and organizations - calls for these opportunities go out via email.
Come to ArtCafé and introduce yourself to our Director of Visual Arts, Helen Klisser During, on Friday mornings between 10-11am. If you would like to schedule a private portfolio review, please email Helen Klisser During.
As a contemporary art gallery, WAC does not purchase art or keep a collection.
WAC does not have the staff or resources to assess the value of any works of art.
Please explore our online gallery. If you cannot find the artist you are looking for please contact the Westport Historical Society, or the Westport Public Library who may have more information in their archives.
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 here.
WAC encourages families to visit the gallery and keeps families in mind when designing programs. Our WACky Family Days, offered 4 times per year, provide an excellent opportunity for children and parents to explore our latest exhibition, and participate in hands-on art projects using mixed media. We also offer a youth-priced ticket at $10 for students, and encourage families to attend these events.
WAC’s exhibition programs provide multiple educational opportunities for adults to learn more about contemporary art in our gallery. The WAC This Way tour series is also designed to provide insider access to the contemporary art world.
WAC does not offer instructional art classes for adults.
Email Director of Education, Danielle Ogden to schedule a school group visit.
Yes. With 1-2 months advanced notice, WAC can coordinate a 1 ½ hour birthday party with 10 kids participating in a hands-on art activity. Read more about birthday parties here.
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, Danielle Ogden to schedule a workshop.
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.
The majority of our concerts are held at our gallery at 51 Riverside Avenue. We also partner with the Pequot Library in Southport, and Saugatuck Congregational Church for some of our jazz and chamber music concerts.
If you are interested in sharing your music with the Westport Arts Center, please email a formal inquiry with a demo to the following curators:
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.
The Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) is a program of the Westport Arts Center that supports the budding careers of youth filmmakers, from across the United States and around world. Learn more about WYFF here or visit www.wyff.net.