Norwalk 2011 Cultural Assesment Survey

Now here’s a blast from the past. Robert Campbell produced this cultural assessment survey when the newly formed Norwalk Arts Commission was still trying to figure out what it wanted to be when it grew up. Since then, long after Jackie Lightfield resigned from chairing the organization, the Commission became an official commission, with appointments by the Mayor. But did anything change for the arts in Norwalk?

Here’s the key findings:

  1. There is no comprehensive list of artists living in Norwalk
  2. Having a staffed Commission would enable Norwalk to compete for regional and national funds to grow the creative economy.
  3. A cultural district makes sense, and could provide better economic data in order to make decisions.
  4. There is strong evidence that people who attend cultural events spend money at local businesses afterwords.

You can read the whole thing here.

Winners of Iconic Norwalk 2018

Norwalk 2.0 congratulates winners of the Iconic Norwalk 2018 project and launches 2019.

Iconic Norwalk is Norwalk 2.0’s initiative to engage residents, businesses, and visitors in capturing unique and iconic places in Norwalk and sharing them on Instagram.

Using, Instagram as a platform, people are asked to submit photos, videos or artwork using the #iconicnorwalk2018 hashtag.  Winning entries in the following categories:


Grand Prize, The Grand Prize Winner will receive $300 cash.

Paul Zullo

…not easy to find this shot. #iconicnorwalk2018 @norwalk2

First Place Winners in the categories listed below received $100 cash prizes:

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    • Patrick Sikes
    • Mike Kowal
    • Heidi D’Amelio
    • Margosia B
    • Andrew Dominick

There were over 400 entries in the 2018 program, and we thank all the participants who captured amazing photos of Norwalk.

Norwalk 2.0 is a hybrid economic development agency focused on public arts and creative placemaking – using arts, culture, and creativity to engage residents locally, enhance public space and improve city quality of life. The idea behind this community development organization, founded by Maribeth Becker and Jackie Lightfield, is to utilize their professional backgrounds in marketing, technology, and design to connect ideas with the people and organizations that have the resources to make them happen.

The Norwalk 2.0 mission is to engage residents, business and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future. With the goal of creating a flourishing city, 2.0 provides education and insights supporting activities in the creative economy, organizes events to encourage networking and the sharing of ideas, and promoting organizations and initiatives to the greater Norwalk community. Norwalk 2.0 is a flexible and nimble catalyst that initiates a wide variety of projects that engage a diverse group of community members.

We are ‘hi-tech’ and ‘high-touch’ believing that community engagement is best achieved using a combination of in-person and technical interaction. Norwalk 2.0 serves area residents, businesses and visitors.

Over eight thousand people have attended a Norwalk 2.0 project over the past eight years. Norwalk 2.0 has produced public artevents, community-focused support with the After School & Beyond and Norwalk Resources website, Street Beautification plans, city-wide public installations and data collecting through the Norwalk Listens Survey.

Big changes start with little projects, and every project starts with a team. For more information on how you can get involved in the next community project, donate or help Norwalk 2.0 get the journey started, let us know how we can help.

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The before and after

The transformation of a vacant storefront is always exciting. This is a before and after shots Of the POP City space at 68 Wall Street.



Check Out the 2.0 Survey Results

We were happy to report on the results of the Norwalk Listens Survey, and produced a music video to go along. For those that want to read a little data we’ve got you covered with a link here.


Exhibit at the mARTket

On August 6th and 7th the SoNo Celebration kicks off its 35th year of exsistence and we at The mARTket have a great oppurtunity to showcase some of Fairfield County’s premier artists. We are a pop up gallery located at 136 Washington St. in the heart of the SoNo celebration.

We are asking artists to submit 3 examples of works that will be the bases for our juring. A total of 20 artists will be selected to hang and display their works in this premiere location. All works should be for sale  and of up most quality. Deadline is Monday August 1st at 5pm

“The mARTket” info

Thanks to the donation of an empty storefront at 136 Washington St. by TR SoNo Partners, Norwalk 2.0 created a pop-up environment where exhibits, performers and events can take place throughout the summer. In June the City of Norwalk Arts Commission hosted a live model draw-a-thon to kick off the summer. In late June, mARTket opened its doors to a two week “Fresh Produce” exhibit. On July 19th, A Taste of India, an Indian culinary cultural experience will be held. On July 21st, the “Eye Candy” exhibit will open, followed by another mARTket exhibit opening on the 28th of July.

Juried Competition; Open To All Media

How To Apply

To enter, email your entry form and 3 examples of the work you want to display. Images should be in JPEG format, no larger than 6” in height or in width, with a resolution of 300 DPI. A full view of artwork is required. A detail or 2nd view of artwork is optional. For full view include FV in your file name. And for detail view include DV in your file name. File should be named as firstinitial.lastname.letterOfEntry.fv (full view) or firstinitial.lastname.entryletter.dv (Detail view) (e.g., J.Doe.A.fv.jpg). The Martket will make final selections based on JPEG’s. Exhibitors will be notified by email on Monday August 1st by 9pm.

Hanging Details

Once accepted Artists will recieve a 8’ wide by 11’ high section of wall space that the artist will be responsible for hanging, labeling and  of sales of there own work. Installation will take place on Friday August 5th from 11am – 4pm. Nothing is supplied but the raw space, lights and  electrical. Artists should be in or have a reperesentative in the 136 Washington St. space during the SoNo Celebration for any potential questions and/or sales.


All artwork should be for sale. There is no entry fee, but artists selected for the show will be asked to pay a hanging fee of $25, payable when artwork is delivered and installed. Hanging fee will help to offset any fees that Norwalk 2.0 will incur during the “The mARTket” and during and opening. All checks will be paid to Norwalk 2.0, credit cards will also be accepted.


All sales are the responsiblity of the artist and should be handled by the artist.  A 20% commission will be payed to Norwalk 2.0 on any sales made within the mARTket space

Important Dates 

Entry deadline: Monday August 1st, 5pm 

Notification to accepted Exhibitors: Monday August 1st, 9pm Email posting

Artwork installation: Friday August 5th, 11am – 4pm

SoNo Celebration Hours: Saturday August 6th, 10am – 11pm & Sunday August 7th, 11am – 5pm

Opening Reception: Saturday August 6th, 7pm – 10pm.

Exhibition closes:  Sunday August 7th, 5pm

Artwork pickup from Gallery:  Sunday August 7th, 5pm – 7pm

Your submission signifies your grant of permission to The mARTket to reproduce work selected for the exhibition in promotional material, and your acceptance of all conditions stated in this prospectus.