The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will celebrate its relocation to the Gate Lodge, Mathews Park, 301 West Ave., Norwalk, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28.

Cultural Alliance Board President Elisabeth Morten; state Sen. Bob Duff, D-25; state Rep. Larry Cafero, R-142; and Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia will be present to help inaugurate the new office.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's mission is to support cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses by providing information and services that build capacity; building partnerships that create financial benefits for members; promoting a unified arts and cultural brand for Fairfield County --; and creating a unified voice for the cultural sector.

"The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a welcome addition to the distinguished neighborhood of Lockwood Mathews Park and brings important new life to the gate house," Moccia said.

"Locating in Norwalk reflects positively on our city and our dedication to the artistic community. Especially in my capacity as the vice chairman of the United States Conference of Mayors Tourism and Arts Committee, the Cultural Alliance decision to find a home in Norwalk is particularly welcome."

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Cultural Alliance has grown to more than 260 arts and culture organizations, artists and creative business members. As a result, increasing staff to provide services caused the alliance to move from its former home at the Fairfield Theatre Co. in downtown Fairfield.

The historic Lockwood-Mathews Gate Lodge provides room to work and grow in a location central to its Fairfield County membership. The Cultural Alliance shares space in the Gate Lodge with the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau. The other occupants of Mathews Park -- the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion -- are all Cultural Alliance members.

"The Cultural Alliance does fantastic work promoting the arts and highlighting the diversity of Fairfield County," said Duff, whose district covers Norwalk and Darien. "Their efforts contribute greatly to our economy and our culture, and by working collaboratively with so many other groups and organizations, they make our community a better place to live. I am delighted that the Cultural Alliance will be opening up their new office right here in Norwalk."

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