April Spotlight: Meet Ruth Mannes Now Available as Podcast
With its roots in the Westport Artists group that formed in 1947, the Westport Arts Center was born 50 years ago in 1969 as The Westport-Weston Arts Council. It had some office space in the Westport Town Hall and was then re-born as the Westport Arts Center and had an exciting home in the then-closed Greens Farms Elementary School, in a space where artists had studios and concerts, and films shows were the order of the day. The Center however was later evicted as the town needed its school back and, after a nomadic existence for a few years, opened in its Riverside Avenue space in 2002. It then re-grouped as MoCA Westport and moved into the handsomely renovated former TV studio of Martha Stewart just across the Norwalk border at 19 Newtown Turnpike, close to The Merritt Parkway.
Ruth Mannes is a long-time Westport resident, very active with Westport schools on the PTA executive board, and with her husband, a very active art collector in her own right. Hear her ambitions for this new institution that, as it has moved out of downtown Westport, seeks to re-connect with Westport artists, other Westport institutions and the wider community.