Color It In
Downtown Bridgeport Radiates with Diversity.
Its many hues of humans, food, art, and business make it a place unlike any other. Color It In is about taking action and adding to the vibrancy of the district. You can make your mark in Downtown Bridgeport by living here, locating your business here, activating vacant spaces here, installing public art, and placemaking. We want you to join us and Color In Downtown Bridgeport!
Downtown Placemaking Public Art
The City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) are calling artists to Downtown Bridgeport. We are already “Colorful Bridgeport,” and YOU can make it more so by sharing your skill, your imagination, and your inspiration to help transform the city’s center into an expression of art itself.
The City’s fastest growing neighborhood, Downtown Bridgeport represents and serves a diverse tapestry of the wider Bridgeport community. The public parks and independently-owned restaurants and shops that populate the neighborhood create connection points that foster the sense of community so special to the Downtown and the city.
The Color It In Public Art Project aspires to activate different sites as a means to service and enhance the experience of residents, workers, and visitors to Downtown, while welcoming them to explore different areas of the district. We seek and encourage artists from all backgrounds and from all levels of experience and engagement, artists whose work can create multi-functional spaces that encourage lingering time in the district and at local businesses, while offering an amenity for Downtown residents, workers, and visitors.
The Opportunity: Thanks to our private partners, we have twelve building walls ready to go. Some of them are pretty big. Don’t worry; though it certainly may, the artwork doesn’t necessarily have to cover the complete surface of any particular wall. Some sites also come with adjacent open space that can be incorporated into the art, as well. We’re open to all ideas and to all formats and media that you might propose: paintings, drawings, prints, panels, photographs, projected images, lighted, interactive, immersive, three-dimensional, animated, sculpted, electronic, web-based, even performance-based.
How to Express Your Interest
We ask you simply to introduce yourself, share your work, and to tell us what kind of art you’d like to bring to Downtown. Specifically, we ask you to share:
• Your contact information
• Links to your online portfolio or images of your work
• A general description or depiction of the art you’d like to create, and at which location(s)
We will be hosting an information session and walk of the various sites on Friday, April 15, 2022 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Contact Julio Pardo at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. We’re taking expressions of interest on a rolling basis until Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00pm. Send us your response via email to email@example.com or mail a hardcopy to the Bridgeport DSSD office: 938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Any questions can be referred to Julio Pardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone to (203) 908-3622.
The Contract: Artists will be contracted by the City and will be compensated as per negotiated agreements that will recognize the value of unique works of art and that will be supportive of artists as entrepreneurs. The City will require artists to carry general liability insurance and will recognize that cost. The City will also pay for equipment rental.
Take a Look! Read through the complete Call for Artists here to see the walls and spaces we’d like you to color in. Thank you, artists! We’re looking forward to the work.
Downtown Bridgeport’s marketing channels offer ample opportunity to local businesses for promotion and community engagement. Learn more about how we can help you get the word out about your business or organization here.
As a public-private partnership, the DSSD acts as advocate, liaison, promoter, and problem solver for the Downtown and provides a critical link between local government and the neighborhood. We work closely with various City and State departments, as well as elected officials, as we strive to improve the quality of life and vibrancy of the commercial corridor in Downtown Bridgeport. Learn more about local resources here.