Rebirth Arts Festival, a grassroots, community-funded non-profit initiative dedicated to uplifting Connecticut through film, music, and art, will make its debut in Easton this weekend.
The inaugural, free admission event features all Connecticut-based visual artists, sculptors, film makers, musicians, culinarians and breweries.
Situated on a picturesque 18-acre hilltop residence in Easton, the festival will present music from among others, Jen Durkin & The Business, McLovins and Funky Dawgz Brass Band.
Festival goers can view installations throughout the Art Forest, munch on Connecticut’s best eats from local food trucks and imbibe Two Roads Brewing Co.’s draughts.
As night falls, Connecticut films will be shown on an immense screen overlooking the valley.
Resonator Films LLC of Easton is the winner of at $16,000 grant Public Art Community grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Offices of Tourism.
The grant is for the “free networking event, exhibition of multimedia arts featuring an entirely Connecticut lineup of filmmakers, musicians, artists and small businesses.”
The Public Art Community Projects program provides funding up to $20,000 for public art projects that engage in quality partnerships and consider community needs and opportunities. It supports new or ongoing projects, temporary or permanent projects, and projects of a variety of disciplines including visual, performance, literary-based, as long as they include a significant public art component.
Christian Chapman and Paul Jason Hoffman are co-directors of the Rebirth Arts Festival team, composed of “young, independent artists and entrepreneurs from Fairfield County,” who are “seeking to put collaboration before competition,” according to the website, rebirthartsfestival.com.
Horizons at Greens Farms Academy
Rebirth Arts Festival is a partner with the non-profit education program, Horizons at Greens Farms Academy. Team members are directing a six-week summer seminar, during which contributing artists Trevor Youngberg and Funky Dawgz Brass Band will teach free classes in ceramics and music to the Horizons students in Bridgeport.
“It is our joint mission to use the power of art to break down divisive socio-economic barriers in Connecticut, and transform the futures of underserved students,” according to the website. The goal is “to create a free, public festival that will supercharge Connecticut’s artistic community.”
They plan to start by hosting the limited-capacity, private event in Easton from Aug. 12-13 as a “family-friendly celebration of local creativity” and use the first year “as an opportunity to document our experience, glean feedback from our attendees, and make a compelling case to expand to a public space.”
The scenic venue is at 505 Sport Hill Road, Easton, Conn. Entry to the event is free, however, festival goers are required to register at rebirthartsfestival.com/register.
For more information, visit the website at rebirthartsfestival.com.