Mission: The Westport Arts Center is dedicated to creating arts experiences that contribute to individual growth and enrich the community. We believe that encouraging the arts is essential to the renewal and the well-being of society. Accordingly, the Westport Arts Center believes it must:- Present the highest quality performances, exhibitions and programs.- Enhance the understanding of the arts through lectures, demonstrations and classes that contribute to cultural awareness.- Advocate for arts education to maintain a vital cultural life.- Help sustain local artists through exhibition opportunities, events and our website registry.- Develop knowledgeable and supportive audiences so that artists in all disciplines will be inspired to create at their highest level. About Us: The Westport Arts Center is a performing and visual arts organization dedicated to providing meaningful arts experiences for area residents of all ages. As early as 1929, it was reported by several major newspapers that Westport is "the home of the most distinctive community...in the world." In 1934, the town appropriated $3,000 (a huge amount of money in those days!) to form Westport's first official arts organization. Since then, the arts have continued to feed Westport's reputation as a highly charged, intellectual community - with a focus on multiple artistic disciplines. Now, more than seventy years later, the Westport Arts Center is still evolving. With a mission "to create arts experiences that contribute to individual growth and enrich the community," the Arts Center believes that encouraging the arts is essential to the well being and renewal of society. Under the mangagement of a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, and administrative staff, its comprehensive artistic and educational programming has acheived the highest standard of professionalism within a fifty mile radius of New York. The Westport Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.