Fairfield Arts Commission

Fairfield Arts Commission
c/o First Selectwoman's Office
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

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The purpose of the Fairfield Arts Commission shall be to stimulate, foster, facilitate and encourage the development and appreciation of artistic and cultural activities within the Town of Fairfield, to explore the possibility of designating a "culture district" within the Town of Fairfield pursuant to Section 10-401a of the Connecticut General Statutes (the "Cultural District Statute") and the regulations and procedures promulgated thereunder by the Department of Economic and Community Development ("DECD").  If such as cultural district is designated within the Town, the Fairfield Arts Commision shall act as the "Cultural District Commission" shall promote and foster the arts within the Town of Fairfield. 

Duties & Responsibilities 

The Fairfield Arts Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • The Commission, working with the First Selectperson, the Board of Selectmen, the RTM and other boards, commissions, task forces and staff, as appropriate, shall work to establish a cultural district pursuant to the requirements of the Cultural District Statute [1] and DECD and shall work with the Director of Community and Economic Development and other appropriate staff to complete all such requirements.
    [1] Editor's Note: See C.G.S. ยง 10-401a.
  •  Upon Fairfield's successful designation by DECD as a qualified cultural district, the Commission shall be empowered to exercise any power and perform any duties necessary or desirable for the purpose of managing the district, including, but not limited to, consulting/collaborating with the Offices of the Arts and Tourism (state and local) and the Designated Regional Service Organizations for assistance with marketing, connecting with and/or convening local arts and culture community representatives, asset mapping, advocacy, directing resources, and applying for or soliciting and accepting any grant, contribution, or other funding from any source. The Fairfield Department of Economic Development shall support the Commission in this work.
  •  If the Commission's efforts to have DECD designate a cultural district are unsuccessful, the Commission shall generally encourage and assist in the display and presentation of art, artistic performance, and cultural activities in Town, as well as the recognition of Town artists. The Commission shall develop, and revise as necessary, a formal arts policy for the Town, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, and may engage in activities in accordance therewith. The Commission may make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, the RTM, and other appropriate Town Boards and Commissions on art-related matters in furtherance of the Town's art policy, including the potential creation of an arts district in the Town.
  •  The Commission may engage in other activities necessary and appropriate to carry out its objectives and purposes.
  • No later than January of each year, the Commission shall present an annual report describing its activities for the previous calendar year to the Board of Selectmen, the RTM, and any other board or commission that makes such request from time to time.


The Fairfield Arts Commission meets the third Tuesday of the month (except August 8th) at 6 pm in the Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road, and via Zoom. All schedules and locations are subject to change. Please check the Town Meetings Calendar for cancellations or location changes.


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