Meet Our Members: Rowayton Arts Center

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) has been a community cultural hub providing an accessible environment for the exchange of arts-related ideas. RAC’s open and airy building on the scenic banks of the Five Mile River is the setting for exhibits and receptions, along with classes and workshops for artists at all levels, attracting participants and visitors from the area and beyond. RAC now has more than 200 members, including nationally-recognized professionals, talented amateurs, beginners, and non-artists from Fairfield County and beyond.

RAC is dedicated to providing access to the arts through opportunity, education and outreach. RAC’s programs are supported by membership dues, class and workshop fees, commissions on sales, state grants, and donations from generous individuals, foundations, and civic-minded businesses.

Moving beyond our own membership, RAC reaches out to the community through arts-related activities, sometimes in cooperation with other organizations such as local libraries, historical societies, schools, environmental groups and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Each June, RAC invites everyone to join in a community plein-air painting competition and show with an opening reception that features live music and refreshments.

CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Connecticut Arts Alliance

The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded in 2005 as an advocacy organization to ensure that the arts remain central to life in Connecticut. The organization strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all of the ways in which the arts improve daily life for residents of the State. Among its most visible programs are assisting with workshops for the annual Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol organized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and providing advocacy guidance and resources in concert with the Office of the Arts and regional arts service organizations. The organization works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, to increase funding for the arts, and to influence public funding decisions and actions that affect the arts.