Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter 

May 2022 PART 1

Calls for Public Art +

Full Calendar of Events

Deadlines for Public Art Proposals This Week!

Click here to submit art for consideration

Artist must apply separately to all 3 project sites

Deadline May 12, 2022

Learn more about

several public art opportunities.

Deadline May 15, 2022

$5000 and $10,000 commissions

Click here to learn more about the 2 projects and application requirements.


Deadline May 24, 2022

See full info here about railway underpass project.

Housatonic Museum of Art

Burt Chernow Galleries 

Through May 18th 

Housatonic Community College

900 Lafayette Blvd

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More info


City Lights 18th Anniversary Party a Success

Live music, outdoor fiber art installation on the patio

18 Artists exhibit at City Lights runs to July 15, 2022

Gallery Hrs W-F 12-5, Sat 12-4

Exhibiting artists: Maralyn Adlin, Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Claude Desir, Karen Loprete, Looketha (Marcella Cavalliere), Dan Makara, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Shanna Melton, Brad Noble, Francis Pressley, Mark Rich, Gerald Saladyga, David Sepulveda, Scott Schuldt, Liz Squillace, Rita Valley,

Amanda Walker, Joan Wheeler.

City Lights Gallery 265 Golden Hill St Bridgeport CT 06604

Check out the party pictures!

Above: Carlos Biernnay with his outdoor fiber art installation,

Greater Bridgeport Symphony duet performs in the gallery,

Artists and community mingle, 3 artists Larry Morse from Queens,

Scott Schuldt from Milford, Susan Clinard from New Haven.

What else is happening in Bpt Art Scene? Read on... or...

Go to BAT calendar.

Jane and Cesar’s Way, A Jane’s Walk in Bridgeport

Sat, May 14 at 11:30 AM

Downtown Special Services

938 Broad Street 


Join us for Jane & Cesar’s Way, an event where the unique story of how we see, interact with, and feel about our city will be explored on film, on foot, and in music. This year we are elebrating the history and legacy of one of Bridgeport’s heroes, Cesar Batalla.

More info

Klein Memorial Auditorium 

Youth Orchestra Concerts

910 Fairfield Avenue 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Tickets- $25 - $28 |Various Times

Livestream tickets available

Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras bring young musicians together to achieve the highest standard of music performance in a a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment.

More Information:


Abstract Orbit/A Squirrel from Memory

Through May 28, 2022 

1001 Main Street,

Downtown Bpt CT

In the Arcade Mall

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A SQUIRREL FROM MEMORY by artist Douglas Degquirrekges comprises of two divergent image-making processes. The project explores familial relationships, distance from home, and the pressure to possess a singular voice or vision within a creative practice. 

The project was born out of the artist’s decision to work with increasingly personal and localized imagery while tending to creative practice as a collaborative activity.

ABSTRACT ORBIT is a collection of contemporary art is curated by Jeanne Ciravolo, from six

emerging and mid-career artists. Sculpture, print, works on paper, and painting by Fritz Horstman , and mid-career artiists Noe Jimenez, John Richardson, Ruth Sack, Laurie Sloan, and Sarah Stewart. 

More about Ursa Gallery

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12th Annual Greater Bridgeport Pride July 23, 2022.

More info about submitting art for consideration.

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Read's ArtSpace

1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT

Through May 19

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Saturdays Noon - 5 PM



The ground floor gallery honors Women's month by featuring fourteen women artists from the Read's ArtSpace community curated by JodiAnn Strminska.

The exhibit celebrates the power of art to generate hope and healing during times of crisis and uncertainty. Gallery hours Saturdays noon - 5PM or by appointment. Runs through May 19th.

More info

lionheArt Studios

Through May 7th

“Blooming in the Desert: Reimagining Justice” Exhibit

Closing Reception:

Sun, May 29 | 2pm–6pm

Join curator Evan Bieder and friends at the lionheART gallery . The exhibit will close on Sunday, May 29, 2pm-6pm!

More info here


City Lights Vintage

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City Lights Vintage

Create your own style, find that unique gift.

265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport CT (by the painted stairs)

Shop hrs: Th-Sat 12-5 pm, or by appointment

Sales support City Lights Gallery's community events and education programs.

Contact us here Shop online on Etsy

 @citylightsvintage on Facebook/Instagram

Bridgeport wins big in the annual ACE Awards

Three of the six award recipients of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's Sixth Annual Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards are based in Bridgeport. 

The purpose of the ACE awards is to celebrate the passion for, and impact of, arts and culture across coastal Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our region's arts and cultural offerings. These awards recognize the energy and commitment to arts and culture in the region's largest and most diverse city. Read more.

Congratulations to Bridgeport ACE Awardees

Pam Lewis:

ACE Educator Award

Suzanne Kachmar:

ACE NonProfit Award

Alicia Cobb:

ACE Artist Award


275 Fairfield Ave

Live Music & Film: In-Person & Streaming

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Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

Ariel Posen w/ Ivan Gabriel 

Thurs, May 12 | Doors 6 PM| Show 8 PM

Tickets $19

A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn’t played. Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents... Read More Here. 


Hosts of Ghosts: Phish Tribute

Fri, May 13 | Doors 7 PM| Show 9 PM

Tickets $15

A premier Phish tribute act, Host of Ghosts covers the music of Phish and the music they’ve covered over a 30-year span! 


Band Features: 


Matt McNulty – Guitar/Vocals (Talkpeck Soundsystem)

Chris DeAngelis – Bass/Vocals (Jazz is PHSH)

Scotty Zwang – Drums/Vocals (Ghost Light)

Shoheen Owhady – Keys/Vocals (Uncle Ebenezer)

Read More Here


Tracy Jo and the Toads

Wed, May 18| Doors 5 PM| Show 7:30 PM

Tickets $3

Tracy Jo & The Toads is a six-piece roots-rock project based out of Black Rock. After living and studying music in New Orleans, Tracy Jo retreated to Connecticut; bringing new experiences and influences into her songwriting. The band is a refreshing blend of blues and gritty soul led by powerful, sultry vocals.

FOR FANS OF: Tedeschi Trucks Band // The Black Crowes // Alabama Shakes


The Stress Factory

167 State St

The Stress Factory Bridgeport

Masks are required at all times in the club,

except when seated at your table.

Jr. De Guzman

Standup Comedy

Thurs, May 12 - Sat, May 14

Various Times|$20 Tickets

Winner of the 13th Annual “Standup NBC 2017”. Catch him on Coming to the Stage Season 2 on Hulu, Comedy Central's Kevin Hart Presents Hart of the City, and MTV's Acting Out. Also, check out his debut album, “Dual Citizen” on Sirius XM Radio.

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Jamie Lissow

Standup Comedy

Thurs, May 19 - Sat May 21

Various Times | $20 Tickets

Actor and comedian Jamie Lissow is currently a weekly guest on the #1 rated late-night talk show, Gutfeld! on Fox. Jamie is best known for his role in the current Netflix Original Series “Real Rob”, alongside SNL alums Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, Norm MacDonald and David Spade; a show Jamie co-wrote and co-produced.

Tony Woods

Standup Comedy

Thurs, May 26 - Sat, May 28

Various Times|$20 Tickets

Tony Woods is a one-of-a-kind comedic legend that is always in control of his audience. His playful and cool demeanor, mixed with his sharp and sometimes mischievous routines, create a show entertaining at every level. A seasoned veteran in the comedy business, Tony is recognized not only by fans but by his peers as well as one of the best and most engaging comedians to get behind a microphone.

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The Downtown Cabaret

265 Golden Hill St

Beauty and the Beast

April 02 -May 22 | Various Times

Tickets $26

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A new and exciting adaptation of the classic tale of a hideous beast and his quest to break an evil spell and find love with a beautiful young woman. It’s the timeless story that reminds us that true beauty comes from within. 


Audience members 12 years old and older must present proof of being fully vaccinated OR show a negative COVID test result 48 hours prior. Home COVID tests are not accepted. Children under 12 years old are NOT required to show a negative COVID test. Everyone over the age of two must wear a mask

Decades in Concert

The Downtown Cabaret

265 Golden Hill St

April 15 -May 15 | Various Times

Tickets $35

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The sights and sounds of the era that changed EVERYTHING. Using music from prominent and influential artists of the 60’s, hear the story of the history and culture of America from JFK to the Apollo Moon Tickets

Audience 12 years old and older must present proof of being fully vaccinated OR show a negative COVID test result 48 hours prior. Home COVID tests are not accepted. Children under 12 years old are NOT required to show a negative COVID test. Everyone over the age of 2 years old must wear a mask when entering and exiting the theatre.

50's Dance Party - Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens 

The Downtown Cabaret

265 Golden Hill St

May 21| 5 PM & 8 PM

Tickets $48

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Over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring the hit songs of the 50’s era such as “That’ll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Oh, Boy”, “Rave on”, “La Bamba”, “Chantilly Lace”, and more.  




Bridgeport Art Trail

Storytelling Exchange

 Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM

Meets the 1st Thurs of the month

To recognize the art of storytelling, City Lights Gallery sponsors a monthly story gathering for adults on Zoom.

The emphasis is personal stories to share the human experience. Participants with fictional or historical stories are welcome too! We encourage professional tellers, amateurs, and listeners to join us. During the exchange, participants share a story, a part of a story, a story idea, or attend just to listen. 

Test out a piece, receive help developing it if you wish, and listen to the stories of others. Discover what makes a story compelling.

Zoom Registration Link here.

For more information, about the Storytelling Exchange please contact City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail

H.E.R. Live

Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater 

Thurs, June 2 | 7:30 PM

H.E.R. (pronounced "her", an acronym for "Having Everything Revealed"), is an American R&B singer. In 2021, she was awarded the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "I Can't Breathe" and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Fight for You" from the film Judas and the Black Messiah with her also winning the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the latter song the following year.

 Her debut full-length album Back of My Mind was released in June 2021.

Tickets Available here



Movie Trivia Night

Saturday, June 11 | 6-9 PM

Calling ALL MOVIE LOVERS! The Bridgeport Film Fest will hold an in-person Movie Trivia Night at Reader's Block Book Store in Stratford, CT. All are welcome and there will be complimentary snacks, drinks and prizes!

Email us at if you have any questions.

Suggested Donation of $10 will be accepted. 



Bpt Creates: Moon Cruise

Tues, June 14 | 8pm

Be sure to come to downtown Bridgeport and join us for the return of our monthly ride to enjoy the many phases of the moon in the city of Bridgeport. More info here.

Bird Walk

Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Ave 

Tues May 17|7;30 AM 

Tickets $Free

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Discover the variety of wild birds that enjoy the habitats around Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! Scan the landscapes and exhibits of the Zoo during spring migration and see the wild birds that are taking advantage of the zoo's environment . Register


Evening Lecture Series

Beardsley Zoo on Zoom

Wed, May 18, 7pm – 8pm

The Giant anteater is an iconic South American mammal listed as vulnerable to extinction. Dr. Arnaud Desbiez has launched Anteaters & Highways, a four-year effort to collect anteater road interaction data and help protect the species in the wild. Research findings will be used to develop landscape and road management guidelines and mitigate the impact of road mortality on anteater populations in the Cerrado.

Tickets $10. Register here:

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Two organizations offer artists opportunities for

public art projects.

How cool is that?

Artists must apply separately to these 2 sites.

DSSD application deadline May 12, 2022

Bpt Public Art Fund deadline May 15, 2022B

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Artist, Looketha paints live on Broad St, Downtown Bridgeport CT.

May 12 Deadline

DSSD Placemaking

Downtown Public Art

The City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District are calling artists to share skill and imagination to help transform twelve sites downtown.

Call for Artists/Invitation to bid here

Expressions of interest until Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00pm 

May 15 Deadline

Bridgeport Public Art Fund Sponsors





$5,000 Mural, no larger than 10 ft x 10 ft 

$10,000 Entrance way canopy installation

Canopy dimensions are 21’ 6” wide, projecting out 15’


1042 Broad St, Bridgeport CT


May 15, 2022


Artists can send samples of work, bio, contact info and preliminary concepts for consideration to

Read important info before you apply

Mural project

Canopy Project

The submissions deadline is 

May 15, 2022. The application process is open now at

The Bridgeport Public Art Fund is a grassroots organization established to sponsor public art in Bridgeport, CT. Its current focus is the Broad St corridor from Golden Hill St to Seaside Park. The fund is managed by Fairfield County's Community Foundation.

Figure Drawing

the First 2 Tuesdays of the Month

at the NEST Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave Bpt, CT


Figure Drawing

Open Sketch

at the NEST Arts Factory

On the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month. Bring your own drawing materials. $15 model fee.

Please RSVP to

This is an open sketch studio workshop moderated by Ellie Mesa, sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.

The Writer's Group with Shanna T Melton

First two Saturdays of the month,

Online zoom workshop | 2:00pm

Link through Facebook

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Bridgeport Film Fest: Call for Submissions

Seeking short screenplays!

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We are excited to announce that our final submission deadline for the 2nd Annual Bridgeport Film Fest is Friday, May 20, 2022!

We return in July 2022 with even more films, special events, workshops, and panels!

Contact us


The lionheART Gallery Open Call for Artists

if you or someone you know would like to be part of a lionheART Bridgeport group show in 2022, please send a link to your website, social media account or

5-7 images of recent work to 


Free Paint /

Open Gallery

Sundays 2-6pm

Come view the current show and/or make your own small painting.

All materials provided!

City Lights & Company is a nonprofit organization

that serves the community through art.

Please click here to support free arts enrichment programs for youth and the community.

City Lights/Bpt Art Trail |

Thank you to our sponsors

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