Kennedy Center opens a place for artists

The Kennedy Center Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) started as a dream and has become the first program of its kind for people with disabilities in southern Connecticut.

Located at 1042 Broad St. in downtown Bridgeport, this new program recently celebrated its grand opening with a special reception.

Thanks to a donation from a donation from Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival — which was co-chaired by Shelton resident Dottie Kellersman and others — and the new Maggie Daly Fund, more than $300,000 was raised to open this incubator for local artists.

MDAC is located in Artspace, the former Read’s Building.

Details about the building

The 2,600-square-foot space includes expressive arts as well as a yoga/dance studio for 15 to 20 artists.

The full-time staff will oversee Kennedy Center clients 21 and older with a range of disabilities and abilities from Fairfield and New Haven counties.

The artists have been selected from other Kennedy Center programs as well as other entities because of their interest and passion for the arts.

MDAC will be open Monday through Friday. Some of the activities being offered include visual arts and mixed media, painting, cartooning, photography, weaving, ceramics, music, movement, meditation and yoga classes as well as outings to museums and art galleries.

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