Selections from the Westport Public Art Collection are on view in the Library’s Jesup Gallery, located in the Trefz Forum, from December 7 through February 28, 2023. Art was selected that pays tribute to the performing arts in Westport. WestPAC artists featured in this exhibit include Susan Malloy, Ann Chernow, Larry Silver, Paul Rand, among others.
In the Forum, on January 31, there will be a reception and musical performance by the Staples High School Jazz Band.
Music thrives here on the stages of our schools, area arts organizations and venues, and of course here at the Library, with VersoFest, Blue Sundays, and a myriad of musical programs around the year. Many young performers who call Westport home have gone on to perform around the country and world.
(Featured image is The Orchestra, by Susan Malloy, Oil on Canvas)
The Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC) is a cultural asset of our town, with over 2000 works of art in a broad range of media—paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, illustrations, cartoons, photographs, sculptures, and murals—and by notable American artists, giants of the international art world and important artists who established their homes and studios in the Westport-Weston community.
The WestPAC Committee displays and rotates original works of art from the Collections throughout Westport's school and municipal buildings—hallways and lobbies, libraries and classrooms, offices and conference rooms—to create visually stimulating learning and work environments. Working cooperatively with the BOE, Schools, Town, and Arts Advisory, the WestPAC Committee creates opportunities for programs and public display, caring for and curating these important Collections to insure their preservation and growth for future generations.
About the Westport Public School Music Program
The Westport Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for the 10th year in a row. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education, Westport joins 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award for 2022. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to elevate their own music education programs.