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, we are a hub for exhibitions, educational programming, community collaborations and conversations about the arts.

At Franklin Street Works we value the role of artists in society. We support the dignity of the artist's labor and their artistic processes and pay honoraria for commissioned artist projects, performances, and talks. Artists are also paid screening fees for video art and are provided with professional support, including professional shipping and art handling during the installation.

In order to serve the broadest sector of our community and democratize the visual arts, 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.

A gift to Franklin Street Works’ means that you support award-winning, museum-quality contemporary art exhibitions that brings regional, national, and international talent to the region. Your support also pays for our free, educational programming that brings artists and curators for panel discussions, artist talks, film screenings and performances. In six years, Franklin Street Works has collaborated with more than 350 artists, curated 25 exhibitions, and organized 130 free, public programs. This work was acknowledged with two grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and three from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation among others. Our exhibitions have received positive reviews and features in major art publications such as Art Papers, Artforum online, Art in America online, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic and Modern Painters.
In order to continue this important work, we rely on your generous financial support. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and important. Donations to Franklin Street Works are fully tax-deductible and all gifts are deeply appreciated!

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Become a Member

Being a Franklin Street Works member means that you share in our commitment to 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. Franklin Street Works' educational programming focuses on contemporary art and social issues of our day and is integral to the organization's commitment to nurturing a caring, inclusive community. We have designed a membership program that offers some great benefits.

Individual Member: $35.00
Membership for Two: $50.00

  • 10 Cups of Complimentary Coffee from our Café: Your generous support to sustain Franklin Street Works can also sustain you on your busiest days.
  • Franklin Street Works Tote Bag – Each new member receives a spacious cotton Franklin Street Works tote bag!
  • Invitations to Member Meet-ups: Our members can attend thematic meet-ups at both Franklin Street Works and other art venues to give them the opportunity to learn more about contemporary art today, make new friends, and be a part of the Franklin Street Works community.
    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.
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Volunteer

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

We encourage people in the community with areas of professional expertise to join us by contributing knowledge and time to our exhibitions, programs and organization. Areas of experience that are particularly helpful include accounting and finance, marketing/public relations, development, event planning, graphic design, blog and web platforms, photography, video editing and videography.

  • 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.

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Corporate Support

Franklin Street Works offers Corporate Sponsors the ability to fully customize a sponsor package that meets your company’s needs. Your generosity enables us to bring nationally recognized museum-quality contemporary art to the region.

Packages include sponsorship of a specific exhibition, educational program or special event. Corporate sponsors can enjoy special access to exhibition programming, private VIP tours led by our Creative Director, and the opportunity to host parties, meetings, and events in our airy, modern gallery setting. Corporate Sponsors will be recognized in digital and printed materials.

Please call Bonnie Wattles, Executive Director at (203) 595-5211 or email at bonnie@franklinstreetworks.org

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