The Connections program is an art education outreach program designed to provide school-aged children with access to the arts regardless of economic, social, or geographic circumstances. The Westport Arts Center, through Connections, develops and coordinates multiple week-long artist residencies for urban schools. Since 2006, the program has allowed over 1,500 students to learn valuable critical thinking, communication, and literacy skills that have not only enhanced their classroom-learning experiences, but also have prepared them for college.The primary goals of the Connections program are to use art as a vehicle for learning and to enhance the relationship between arts learning and classroom instruction.
Connections provides students in urban communities, within their own school environments, with resources to learn an art form under the tutelage of specialized teaching artists. These educators introduce exciting art forms that are traditionally beyond the scope of the required academic core, and therefore, outside of school curricula. In the past, these art forms have included: silk-screening and design, ceramics, and film making.
The Connections program is supported with funds from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Ann & Sidney Weiner, and the Xerox Foundation.
To learn more about the Connections program, please contact Danielle Ogden, Director of Education.
To become a funding partner in the Connections program or for more information, contact Marni Smith Katz, Development Director.