Meet the winners of the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest which explored the theme of transformation through photography. The entries were judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Riverwalk Hallway through June 29.
Enter the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest. In preparation for the Library’s transformation project, explore transformation through photography. The contest is open to Fairfield County residents in incoming grades 6-12. With a maximum of three photos per student; email high-resolution jpgs to westportteenphoto [at] gmail [dot] com. Photos should be Jpgs and be titled with "first name last name" format and numbers if submitting more than one photo (3 max!). Example: "JainaShaw1.jpg"
Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 24. Photographs will be judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Riverwalk Hallway through June 29. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 5 with an award ceremony and art opening will take place Wednesday, June 7 from 6-7 pm.
A short clip from the One Love Foundation will kick off a discussion of unhealthy vs. healthy dating relationships. According to the One Love Foundation, "#ThatsNotLove campaign introduces the “Couplets” – a series of digital shorts so named for the graphically appealing animated pairs who use humor to demonstrate the difference between a good relationship and an unhealthy one. Funny and teen-accessible, the couplets tackle 8 common warning signs (Intensity, Obsession, Isolation, Disrespect, Blame, Control, Anger and Put-downs) with one objective: to help young people more readily recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy or dangerous relationship and stand up to them before they escalate." The panel discussion will include WPD Detective Sharon Russo, DVCC Advocate Nicole Dodge, and DVCC Attorney Advocate Allison Roach.
The Westport Domestic Violence Task for is a community awareness group that supports the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which services our area, in its mission. The WDVTF is comprised of community members, professionals, members of the Police, Fire and Human Services Departments, mental health professionals, advocates and members of the interfaith community. They meet monthly and host events or donation drives each year.
Join the Westport Library, Toquet Hall, the Triangle Community Center and the Staples High School Gender Sexualities Alliance for an exploration of gender identity, performance, and fun! The evening will feature a panel discussion and performance by four local drag queens. This is a rare opportunity to attend a drag show at an all-age venue. This event is FREE and open to all students in grades 8-12. Register online.
We are also looking for students to do a lip-sync performance as their drag queen or king alter-ego. Please submit performer information using this form.
Kiki Lucia is a New Haven-based drag performance artist with a background that includes classical ballet, aerial acrobatics, music theatre, modern dance and acting, as well as theatre production, directing, and costume and production design and producing. She regularly performs throughout Connecticut and has appeared at events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Some notable performances include Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus Live, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and as a featured performer in 3 different productions of Escapade: An Unusual Experience! She also hosts her own monthly show at Partners Café in New Haven. When not performing, Kiki uses her experience as a non-profit and fundraising professional to raise awareness and funds for many LGBTQ+ organizations and causes, as well as serves as a member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, Inc.
Cassandra Fiore has been entertaining audiences for 20 years including many CT nightclubs. She has used her persona to raise funds for those less fortunate in our community. She works with many charitable causes through her work with the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut. She’s received numerous awards, the most prestigious; The Double Eagle, a lifetime achievement award. She was honored by Triangles Community Center of Norwalk in 2012 for her community work. She now enjoys performing with her gal pals in local shows such as CT’s # 1 Drag show held at 168 York Street or Ladies of Illusion.
Mia E Z'Lay is a colorful cartoon queen who leaves her audiences wondering, "Can I get a refund?" She can do it all... Except sing. Don't ask her to sing.
Robin Banks is the love child of a one night stand between a Carnival Barker and a Lucille Ball impersonator. She has been the host of New Haven's drag show The #1 Drag Show in CT over 10 years. If she doesn't make you laugh you probably weren't paying attention.
Laws change all the time but often, teenage behavior doesn’t. Lawyer Matthew Maddox will help students and parents understand the responsibility and consequences of new and existing Connecticut laws, including affirmative consent, social hosting, cyber-bullying and more.
Community partner: Positive Directions
Matthew Maddox is a Fairfield County trial attorney who has represented thousands of individuals and their families in criminal cases and serious injury cases. Matthew volunteers substantial time assisting student and parent groups throughout Connecticut about underage substance abuse. He was the co-founder of the Ram Council, a New Canaan High School student-run organization for the advancement of safe and healthy practices for Fairfield County youth. Most recently, Matthew established Informed Ascent, LLC, a company whose mission is to bring reliable data and information to families about topics that impact their health and their future.
Hear from the winners of this essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
The topic is, “White privilege” which surfaced during the recent presidential election. In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term “white privilege.” To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?
Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is February 27. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 3. “Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded.” The first prize is $1,000, the second, $750, and the third, $500.
TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.