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'Made In Norwalk' Exhibit Puts The Spotlight On Cultural, Creative Groups

During a panel discussion at the 'Made In Norwalk' exhibit, Vladimir Mariano points out how people in all sorts of jobs can invent amazing things. Also on the panel are Laura Einstein, Jeffrey Price, moderator Susan Wallerstein, and Gerald Myles.
During a panel discussion at the 'Made In Norwalk' exhibit, Vladimir Mariano points out how people in all sorts of jobs can invent amazing things. Also on the panel are Laura Einstein, Jeffrey Price, moderator Susan Wallerstein, and Gerald Myles. Photo Credit: Norwalk Arts Commission Facebook page

NORWALK, Conn. -- The arts are big business in Fairfield County, and Norwalk is celebrating cultural and creative organizations with an exhibit in the Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall.

“Made in Norwalk: Recognizing Norwalk’s Creative Economy” opened on Nov. 18 with a reception and a panel discussion.

The exhibit focuses on a number of Norwalk businesses and organizations, including: TFI Envision, Inc.; Music Theatre of Connecticut; the Fairfield County Makers Guild; illustrator Maggie Swanson; musician and teacher Gerald Myles; and SONO Entertainment.

According to a study conducted in 2012 by Americans for the Arts, nonprofits, cultural and creative organizations and, by extension, creative businesses, generate more than $130 million annually and support more than 4,000 jobs in Fairfield County.

The study was done in cooperation with the Fairfield County Cultural Alliance.

Mayor’s Gallery curator Melissa Slattery said that she researched many creative businesses and organizations in Norwalk and found that they consistently gave back to the community through education, financial and volunteer support, and economic growth.

“When you realize what we have in Norwalk in terms of the arts community, it’s incredible how much creativity there is happening in Norwalk,” said Mayor Harry Rilling.

The Mayor's Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk.

For information contact Melissa Slattery at (203) 803-9964; or email: melissaslatteryct@gmail.com.

During the panel discussion, Vladimir Mariano pointed out how people in all sorts of jobs, engaged in all sorts of studies, of all ages and cultures, can and do invent amazing things. The Makers' Guild in Norwalk encourages people to come in and work on their creative ideas. Also on the panel are Laura Einstein, Jeffrey Price, moderator Susan Wallerstein, and Gerald Myles.

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