Groundwork Bridgeport

Art in the Parks

Inspired by the National Parks of Connecticut

Summer 2022

Two logos: one a brown arrowhead with a bison and lake on it and the second logo that says Groundwork Bridgeport
A group of three people maintaining a trail in the woods.
Groundwork Bridgeport at Weir Farm.

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Youth from Groundwork Bridgeport participated in service and art projects at Connecticut’s National Parks:

Weir Farm National Historical Park in Wilton, and

Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford.

The youth helped restore and maintain the Weir Pond trail and clean up litter in Colt Park.

A young artist standing in front of her easel on a picnic table
A young artist painting at Colt Park in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Led by Master Impressionist Dmitri Wright, youth created paintings in each park during Impressionist Plein Air painting workshops with a focus on the juxtaposition of urban and rural landscapes.

Through participation in these artist-led expeditions to Connecticut’s National Parks, youth experienced first-hand how national parks have inspired artists and visitors for over a century, and were, themselves, inspired to be part of the story. All of the youth artwork was displayed at a gallery show in Bridgeport. Currently they are on display in Colt Park and here in this virtual exhibit.

Browse the gallery below and see how these talented young artists were inspired to create Art in the Parks!

Several posters with artwork on it hanging on a black fence.
Artwork done by Groundwork Bridgeport youth is currently on display along the fence in Colt Park.

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Last updated: September 21, 2023

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735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897


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