Special Events Archive

Registration Opens for Darien's Got Talent

posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:43 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 12:47 PM ]

A team of producers of Darien’s Got Talent are preparing for the Darien Art Center’s popular talent contest, which returns on June 25. The fundraising event for the DAC features prizes for adults and children, and accomplished entertainment industry professionals as judges for the auditions and finals. Contestants ages 10 and over, can enter alone or as part of a group, to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform any other talent in the competition. Acapella groups, garage bands and dance ensembles are welcome. Registration for auditions opens on April 11 at and remains open until May 9. Auditions will be held on May 21 and 22 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. For more information about auditions and eligibility, or sponsorship of Darien’s Got Talent, call (203) 655-8683 or visit the website at The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. Pictured are Pam Heckel, Abbie Van Nostrand, Sarah Ritchey, Joan Carlo, Susan Helms, Barbara Paul, Dana Fead, Donna Wyant, DAC Executive Director Amy Allen and Deidre Hogan. DGT committee members missing from photo: Jessie Gilbert, Frank Huck and Mike Bair.


DAC Announces PicDarien, New Smartphone Photo Contest Fundraiser

posted Feb 22, 2016, 9:27 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 9:30 AM ]

The Darien Arts Center, now in its 40th year is announcing its first ever smartphone photography contest fundraiser, PicDarien, open to all ages. “We know that there are a lot of talented people out there, including kids of all ages, who are taking fabulous photos with their phones,” said Amy Allen, executive director of the Darien Arts Center. “Typically this time of year we are gearing up for our Annual Art Show and Sale. Because we’ve seen such an explosion of incredible photography on social media, including some great selfies, we have decided to launch this cutting edge contest to involve a broader population to recognize the artist within all of us. We plan to alternate this photography contest and our Annual Art Show and Sale every other year now.”

The contest will be sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank and Geary Gallery. It is open to all, but photos must be taken with a smartphone and submitted online at between March 14 and April 4. Enter either as a student age 15 and under or as an adult age 16 and over in one of seven themed prize categories including, My Darien, Family and Friends, Landscapes/Nature, Travel, Pets, Abstract, Selfie. Professional photographer, Alix Martinez formerly of Darien, will be the show judge. First place and Honorable Mention cash prizes will be awarded to adults and children in all categories. Contestants must live or work in Darien or if not, must pay an additional registration fee.

PicDarien also allows the DAC to showcase local talent in the visual arts at their upcoming Darien’s Got Talent competition, which features the performing arts. A slideshow of PicDarien photo entries will run during intermission of the popular talent competition, taking place on June 25th at Darien High School. “I’m thrilled to have the visual arts get a little ‘face time’ (pun intended) at this popular town event. Creative expression of all kinds is such an essential part of a thriving community - I’m anticipating seeing compelling images by community members of all ages,” said Beth Cherico, Visual Arts Director at the Darien Arts Center. There will also be an Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, April 8th.

So We Think We Can Dance Returns For Its Fifth Year!

posted Dec 30, 2015, 9:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 9:49 AM ]

Yes, they can dance. The popular showcase of talent, ‘So We Think We Can Dance’ is back for its fifth year at the Darien Arts Center where the student-run production has sold-out audiences for the past four years. Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, January 9th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 10th at 2 p.m. DAC dance students manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 14 dances that encompass many different styles of dance.

“So We Think We Can Dance” originated as the brainchild of a few of the dance department students 4 years ago, who had a vision of each student expressing their own individuality in their dance performances and having a chance to shine. The show has been a huge success. This year, Ashley Cassetta, Natalie Pittaway and Jana Powers, DAC dance students, are producing the show. According to Ashley, “Being able to create something of your own is quite the challenge. But every year, everyone is more than willing to tackle that challenge. This show gives the dancers the opportunity to create something that is purely from their own imagination, and you won’t believe the results!” DAC Dance Director, Bonnie Gombos contributed, “I have been ‘wowed’ by these students and their talent every year. They really put their hearts into this, as well as a lot of time and effort. I can’t wait to see this year’s performances.”

Tickets for “So We Think We Can Dance” are $10 and the show runs for approximately 2 hours. Reservations are highly recommended, as the shows usually sell out. To make a reservation call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email


Mark Your Calendar! Shop Downtown Darien

posted Nov 12, 2015, 7:59 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 8:09 AM ]

Joins us on Thursday, November 19th, 5 - 8pm and shop downtown Darien.  A $25 donation at the door of a participating store gives you 20% off at all participating stores including Baubles, Beadz Boutique, Coco & Grace, Everything is Rosey, Kirby and Company, Helen Ainson, Folly, Olivette, Wiggles and Giggles, Spree & Tina Dragone.  The discount applies to dinner and drinks at Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant, too.

REMEMBER to mention at the door that your donation is for the Darien Arts Center!

40th Birthday Party & Open House

posted Sep 3, 2015, 8:24 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 12:09 PM ]

Come help us celebrate our 40th year and learn more about all we have to offer! Participate in a complimentary mini dance class, Young Divas! singing class or printmaking project. Learn more about DAC Stage, our community theatre or the Annual Art Show & Sale. Music performed by DAC music teachers.
Event Schedule:

1:00-2:00pm Visual Arts Studio:  Enjoy birthday cake & music performed by music department faculty. Find out more about DAC Stage & the Annual Darien Art Show & Sale. 

1:45-2:15pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Multi-media music presentation.                 

2:00-4:00pm Visual Arts Studio: Printmaking project for all ages.

2:00-4:00pm DAC Lobby: Find out more about DAC Stage & the Annual Darien Art Show & Sale.

2:15-2:45pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Martial arts mini-class for all ages.

2:30-3:00pm Music Studio 3: Young Divas! Singing mini class for ages 7-12.

2:45-3:15pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Mini-dance class for preschoolers.

3:00-3:30pm Music Room 3: Piano mini-lesson for ages 5-8.

3:15-3:45pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Hip Hop mini-dance class for grades 1-3.

For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 


40th Anniversary Celebration to Benefit The Darien Arts Center

posted Apr 2, 2015, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 15, 2015, 2:13 PM ]

Saturday the 20th of June 2015 from 6-9pm

Featuring music by Lew and Mary Green

Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Auction 

Tickets $125 per person


Midsummer Night's attire

Please call 203.655.8683 with questions

Fiona Moves to Asia

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:46 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 10:03 AM ]

   Fiona Moves to Asia, an original production will be presented on April 25th & 26th at 12pm and 2:30pm in the Weatherstone Studio.  Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by emailing or by calling the office at 203-655-8683                                                        

An Evening of Dance

posted Sep 26, 2014, 11:44 AM by Darien Arts Center

Join us for the 13th annual "An Evening of Dance."

Support the DAC and Dance with "Aladdin!" on October 26

posted Aug 29, 2014, 12:23 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 11:35 AM by Julie Johnston ]

Learn the moves to Arabian Nights from a professional choreographer/Aladdin cast member! 
And see a matinee performance of Aladdin on Broadway! 
Participants will arrive at a midtown dance studio at 10:30 a.m. for a studio session from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will work with a professional choreographer from the cast of Aladdin to learn the dance moves, staging and music from the show’s Arabian Nights number. After lunch on their own, they will enjoy the 3 p.m. matinee of Aladdin in front mezzanine seats at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater for prime viewing of the show. 

Ticket sales will support the Darien Arts Center, which provides educational programs in dance, visual arts, music and theatre for the community. 

Tickets are limited and are $225 per person. Lunch and transportation not included. 

Tickets sales are now closed. Thank you for your support!

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