The vibrant artists, audiences, staff and volunteers at Franklin Street Works are the driving force behind our explorations of innovative contemporary art. Located in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, this not-for-profit art space is a hub for exhibitions, programming and conversations about the arts.

At Franklin Street Works we value the role of artists in society. We support the dignity of artists and their artistic processes and give honoraria for commissioned artist projects whenever possible.

As a not-for-profit concern, we rely on contributions for the bulk of our income as well as in-kind donations to defray programming costs. Unlike many arts institutions, we do not charge admission fees. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and helps us present engaging, provocative exhibitions and programming in a welcoming environment. We even have a program that allows donors to sponsor an artist’s project of their choice!

There are many ways to get involved with Franklin Street Works:

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Becoming a member means that you share in our commitment to showcasing contemporary art and that you support the work of vibrant emerging artists and inventive curatorial practices. Your membership enables us to continue to present engaging, provocative exhibitions and programming in our welcoming space.Being a member at Franklin Street Works means being part of a lively community that actively supports the continuation of cross-disciplinary events, nationally recognized exhibitions, and engaging learning opportunities for youth and adults alike.Entrance to our exhibitions and programming is always free. We have designed a membership program that offers some very great benefits.Individual Member: $35.00
Dual/Family/Roommate Member: $50.00

  • A Complimentary Coffee from our Café Every Time You Visit: Your generous support to sustain Franklin Street Works also can sustain you on your busiest days.
  • Franklin Street Tote Bag – Each new member receives a spacious, cotton Franklin Street Works tote bag!
  • Attendance at 2 parties with every exhibition opening! One hour before our free, public receptions, members can enjoy a tour and tasting. These events include a tour with the curator. Each walk and talk is paired with exhibition-inspired tastings of food and/or drinks.
  • Monthly Membership Meet-up: Once a month, our members can attend a thematic meet-up at Franklin Street Works to give them the opportunity to learn more about contemporary art today, make new friends, and enjoy their favorite local art space in an intimate social setting. Members are welcome to bring a guest to these events. Each member and guest will receive one free wine, beer or other beverage from our café.Discounted admissions fees to any ticketed fundraisers or other paid events.
  • Two original complimentary artist books zines or other multiples made by past exhibiting artists will be mailed to you! Many of these artists exhibit internationally and can be found in major public and private collections, including the Tate, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • A Thank you and Membership card! Your portable artworks will be accompanied by a cheerful note of gratitude from the Franklin Street Works Team! And you will receive your very own membership card.

A gift to Franklin Street Works’ annual fund means that you are in support of flourishing and vibrant contemporary art. Franklin Street Works brings regional, national, and international talent to the region. Our educational programming is always free and open to the public allowing a democratic cross section of audiences.

For the past two years, the team at Franklin Street Works has worked with more than 150 artists, curated over 15 original exhibitions and created over 100 unique and thought provoking events.

In order to continue this important work, we rely on your generous financial support. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and important. Your contribution supports our nationally recognized exhibitions and free educational programs.

Donations to Franklin Street Works are fully tax-deductible and all gifts are deeply appreciated! To contribute any amount, click on the GIVE NOW button above.

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Customized gatherings for your employees and creative marketing opportunities for your company are just some of the benefits available to Corporate Sponsors. By supporting Franklin Street Works, you are demonstrating your company’s commitment to the arts and other creative enterprises. Your contributions are critical and enable us to continue bringing our nationally recognized exhibitions and free public art events to the region.

Franklin Street Works reaches a diverse, well-educated community and provides a place for those people to engage with art and discuss cultural interests over food and drink. Your donation plays a key role in supporting innovative artists and the creation of new exhibitions and important works of art.

We will happily work with you to create a customized package that meets your company’s needs. Sponsor benefits can include special access to exhibition programming, private VIP tours led by our Creative Director, exhibition sponsor title, and the opportunity to host parties, meeting, and events in an airy, modern gallery setting.

Please call Bonnie Wattles, Executive Director at (203) 595-5211 or email at

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Most of our exhibitions include original, commissioned projects by emerging artists. We are committed to providing these artists, whenever possible, with modest honoraria for their work. When you sponsor an artist you enable an original art project to become a point of pride for art lovers in Stamford and bring important contemporary artists to the community. Your sponsorship is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged in all media related to the project, such as press releases, opening event programs, website content, advertising, etc. To sponsor an artist’s project, contact Terri C. Smith:

volunteer at franklin street works
As a rapidly expanding start-up alternative art gallery and café space, Franklin Street Works provides an ideal opportunity for enterprising volunteers to learn first-hand the challenges and opportunities in producing top-level exhibitions and programs

We encourage people in the community with areas of professional expertise to join an exhibition committee and support the Board and staff by contributing knowledge and time to our exhibitions and programs. Exhibition committees are formed to serve individual exhibitions and involve several months of volunteer service before the exhibition goes on view. Areas of experience that are particularly helpful include marketing/public relations, development, event planning, business, graphic design, blog and web platforms, photography and videography. Your participation adds brain and brawn to our efforts assuring our ambitious programming succeeds on a shoestring!

If you are over 16 years old, we invite you to become a docent. We will teach you to give tours of our exhibitions, and will design talks and short lectures about contemporary art and alternative spaces as part of your training!

We need extra hands for our events. If you are someone who likes to roll up your sleeves Franklin Street Works can use your help to greet visitors, encourage people to sign the guest book, keep an eye on artwork safety, answer questions, and help keep things tidy during and after our programs. Volunteering at our events allows you to engage with curators and artists on an intimate level while providing much-needed support.