To inform the community of its latest offerings, the Darien Arts Center, located at 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien, is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, August 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages are invited to participate in mini-classes in Dance, Visual Arts, Kids’ Theatre and Music, find out about programs, meet DAC board members and faculty, and enjoy music performed by DAC music teachers. Information will be provided, including show dates and participation and volunteer opportunities, for those interested in their community theatre group, DAC Stage, the Annual Darien Art Show and Sale and other programs.
Complimentary mini-classes will be offered at the Open House, and information tables will be set up in the lobby for those interested in dance, visual arts, music and theatre, and all other programs including martial arts and Danceabilities and Artabilities for those with disabilities.
Now in its fourth decade, the Darien Arts Center continues to cultivate visual and performing arts programs. Over 800 students benefit from the DAC dance program, one of the largest in Connecticut. In 2016, hundreds of participants from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington D.C. entered the DAC’s first-ever smartphone photo contest, and Darien’s Got Talent returned as a successful fundraiser with contestants from Darien, Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan and Greenwich. DAC Stage continued to gain recognition for critically acclaimed shows, including their 2016 hit, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and will kick off their 2016-2017 season with “Beatles Night” on September 24. Hundreds of local artists will showcase their work at the bi-annual Darien Art Show and Sale, which returns in 2017 for its 58th year.
A newly expanded Kids’ Theatre Program for students from age 3 to 18+ has been introduced and offerings in the Visual Arts Department include digital photography, cartooning, drawing, painting and a critique workshop for the advanced artist. Visual Arts outreach programs, evening adult painting parties, a new creative writing workshop and craft and dance birthday parties are also available. The Dance program includes ballet, hip hop, modern/jazz, tap, and pointe, and martial arts is offered for all ages and abilities. In addition to group classes and private instruction, the Music department offers its ‘Vocal Divas’ Workshop for ages 7-12. Registration is open for all fall classes beginning in September. For more info visit www.darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.