People of Colorful Bridgeport

People of Colorful Bridgeport celebrates and honors Downtown Bridgeport’s diversity through the lens of its vibrant individuals.


These meaningful interviews with Downtown Bridgeport business owners, residents, educators, and community leaders range in topics from daily life, to achievements, to aspirations, to reflections on current events. Through these dialogues, we believe you will truly get a sense of place, specifically of Downtown’s dynamic energy. We also hope that the narratives incite curiosity, exploration, and inspiration. And lastly, we hope this series provides even more insight into why Downtown is wonderfully “Colorful Bridgeport.”

Complimentary to the online series, we have created an installation at 1001 Main Street, in the windows of the former Artist and Craftsman Supply. Come check it out!

Follow along on our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels, plus see them as we post new interviews each here. The first interview goes live on Monday, October 26, 2020. All photos and videos in this series captured by local talent, Gary Judkins.

Week 1: Naomi Santiago

Alchemy Blue

Week 2: Bobbi Brown


Week 3: Erika Stanley

Author, Community Builder

Week 4: Dr. Dwayne Smith

Housatonic Community College

Week 5: VanDaysha Taylor

The Firm Art Gallery

Week 6: Danielle Wedderburn

Job Coach, Creator

Week 7: Gerald Moore

Artist, The Game

Week 8: Takina Pollock Shafer

ESL Teacher, Community Volunteer

Week 9: Tricia Hyacinth

Senior Director of the Fund for Women & Girls

Week 10: Elaine Braithwaite

Bridgeport City Librarian

Week 12: Kareem Forrester

World of Moco coworking