Long-gone ephemera, broadsides were usually printed on single thin sheets of paper on one side, designed as a cost-effective way to advertise products, theatrical and musical performances, patriotic and popular songs, government proclamations, town meeting announcements, as well as political and satirical commentary, and often pinned on the walls of taverns or other meeting places. This early form of written communication used in America died out with newspapers, but it still continues in the hands of contemporary artists who understand a broadside's immediacy and reach.
The writers participating in “Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks”, were selected by guest curator, Dr. Brian Clements, Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University. They are: Emily Carney (Danbury, CT), Emily Chauvin (New Milford, CT), Samantha A. Garcia, (Monroe, CT), Melissa Johnson (New London, CT), and Steph Meyers (Brookfield, CT). Antonia Schachter is project advisor and coordinator.
“The five young writers contributing to the ‘Endworks’ project are among the brightest young writers in Connecticut. Each of them has written—in their poems, their fiction, their journalism—about the ways contemporary American life challenges the rights of women to live unfettered by sexism, by culturally endorsed economic handicaps, by domestic violence, and to do the work to which they are committed without having to fight for the moral and political right to do that work. This is an important exhibit for Western Connecticut, and I, for one, cannot wait to see the energy generated in this work from the combination of these powerful artists and writers,” commented Dr. Clements.
@287 Gallery is supported by the Savings Bank of Danbury. The @287 Gallery & Meeting Place is open 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut depends largely on community support for its programs and services.