NORWALK MAYOR’S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
The Vision: Connecting Arts with the Audience.
- Take the lead on responding to any funding opportunities available to municipal local arts organizations based on identified community priorities and needs.
- Partner with other city departments and local arts organizations on arts related programs, services, networking opportunities and capacity-building.
- Promote the availability and provide guidance about best use of the city’s assets by artists and the arts community. These include but are not limited to public art installations, galleries, performance venues.
- Provide a user-friendly interface between artists, arts organizations, performance groups, etc. and city government.
- Provide an efficient effective way for elected officials, city departments and staff members involved with arts-related activities (public programming, public art, etc.) to connect with artists, arts organizations, and the community at large.
- Serve as advisory stewards of the City’s public art collection including but not limited to the WPA murals.
- For each new public art project, assist in the development project parameters, including artist selection process and selection criteria, and a list of prospective selection panelist members.
- Represent the City at regional (Cultural Alliance), state and national arts organizations.
- Advocate for bringing a sense of aesthetic awareness to planning and decision-making about city assets (City Hall).
Susan Olsen Wallerstein, Chairman, has nearly forty years experience in public education at the district, regional and state levels, most recently as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Greenwich (retired). Dr. Wallerstein has had extensive experience developing and implementing arts education programs both in school and community settings. She was elected to the Norwalk Common Council, served as PTA Council President, and is a former chairman of the Board of Estimate & Taxation.
Lynn Stephens Massey is a Norwalk-based watercolor artist whose style and theme are ever evolving. She is currently in her “paper bag” period, combining her artist’s eye with an eco/recycling ethic to bring beauty to her latest works on brown paper bags. Her work is widely exhibited both locally and nationally and is included in many private collections. Ms. Stephens Massey also has a musical background. She gives private piano lessons to young students.
Rebecca Christopherson is owner and CEO of Norwalk’s Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS), the premier center for music lessons in Fairfield County. She was the founder of the Norwalk Advisory Commission on the Arts and Culture, and has served as a member of the Commission since its inception. Ms. Christopherson is a member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra as well as the NSO's Board of Directors. An active member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Small Business Council. She was a recipient of Fairfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40 business leadership awards in 2009.
Janet Evelyn is the founder and director of NICE (Norwalk International Cultural Exchange) Inc., a local non-profit that seeks to promote and increase awareness of peoples from around the world through arts and culture. Creator of the NICE Festival Series, Janet has more than 30 years in corporate communications and the advertising.
Christine Bradley is the Director of Norwalk Public Library. She has been Executive Director of the CT Library Consortium and is a Past President of the CT Library Association. She is a judge for the CT Book Awards and has been Chair of the Awards Committee of the American Library Association. Ms. Bradley has twice been awarded the CT Library Association’s Special Achievement Award. Ms. Bradley is a former member of the Wethersfield Town Council.
Sophia Gevas, Director of Outreach Education at the Silvermine Arts Center. She has 40 years experience in Arts Education and was previously the Director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University. Sophia’s education includes L’Universite’ D’Aix-Marsellies in Provence, France. She is co-founder of the Loft Artists Association and is involved with numerous art exhibits in the United States and in Europe.
Kathryn Hebert, Ex-officio is Director of the Norwalk Parking Authority and the creator of the ‘art in parking places’ program. She has served on various community non profit boards including United Way, March of Dimes and Board of Governors for the Norwalk Symphony, President of the SoNo Arts Celebration. She consults with the State of Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. She provides realistic solutions to encourage and assist the City’s economic vitality by connecting the creative economy with the community by creating marketing, neighborhood relations, advocacy and sustainable programs through business and community development.
Helen Roman spent 30 years as creative supervisor for HR Associates in NY. She taught art concepts & design at The School For Media Arts, NYC and also represented a stable of world-class illustrators in the US and Europe. HR Associates client list included an international trade commission, publishers, publications and a string of fashion brands. Her illustrations have appeared in The New York Times weekly and she has garnered many awards for her efforts. Helen is semi-retired concentrating on a fine arts career.
Jennifer S. Bangser is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Jennifer also serves on the ITalent Committee of the Fairfield County Business Council. Previously, she worked in administration at the Silvermine Art Center. Before returning to the Norwalk area Jennifer lived outside Chicago where she served as project manager for an Arts Consultancy. Jennifer has also worked in consumer marketing, event planning, and in the environmental nonprofit field.
Jeffrey Price is the owner of Artists' Market, of Norwalk, Connecticut. Founded in 1971, the gallery has been a respected part of the Connecticut art community for over forty years. Artists' Market has been referred to as 'an oasis for handcrafted artwork' due to the gallery's extraordinary array of American-made blown glass, ceramics, jewelry and original graphics. Jeffrey is a well-known specialist in 20th-century photography as well as the curious graphics created by the Dutch printmaker M. C. Escher. He has lectured on visual history to audiences ranging from schoolchildren to scientists. The most recent addition to the exhibitions at Artists' Market is known as 'The Artists' Bookplate Museum,' featuring exquisite 19th and 20th century small prints created by well-known artists commissioned by patrons for use in their personal libraries. Jeffrey is currently a member of the Norwalk Arts Commission, The American Society of Bookplate Collectors, and The Bookplate Society of Great Britain.
Shruti Chalamani is a Norwalk Resident for over two and a half years now. Having lived almost nine years in the USA, in Texas and New York, she has found Norwalk,CT to be the place she calls home. To her, a beautiful life is one that is lived purposefully amidst kindred spirits. By day she works as the Business Support Manager at the American Civil Liberties Union. At the Norwalk Arts Commission, she works to harness the power of community based arts to bring people together and advance social change.
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Public Art Inventory (PDF)
Norwalk Art's Commission - Arts and Culture Brochure
Norwalk Art's Commission Meeting Agendas
Norwalk Art's Commission Meeting Minutes Norwalk WPA Federal Art Project Docent Program
Links to Other Organizations:
Connecticut office of Culture and Tourism http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/site/default.asp
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County http://www.fcbuzz.org