Creativity Connects Stamford
What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Stamford?
When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Stamford.
Creativity connects us. Meet Annette R. Einhorn, Director, Events & Marketing at Stamford Downtown
Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?
Stamford Downtown is working hard to help the restaurants and retailers to attract more customers while promoting a safe environment. On Mother’s Day, they distributed flowers to people walking around downtown. They hosted a fireworks display on the Fourth of July from the roof of Landmark as a special gift to Stamford Downtown. They worked closely with the city to close streets to traffic on a few weekends which created a festive yet safe environment.
Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?
Stamford Downtown is hosting a sculpture exhibit entitled “Art Collective in Stamford Downtown" 34 sculptures are placed throughout Stamford Downtown for the summer of 2020. These sculptures are part of the Stamford Downtown Special Service District’s outdoor summer sculpture exhibit, Art Collective in Stamford Downtown. They are a collection of extraordinary sculptures by six regional artists including Gilbert Boro, Barry Gunderson, Lorann Jacobs, David Millen, Morris Norvin and Emily Teall on loan to Stamford Downtown and the City of Stamford. They launched a free audio tour, Otocast, with an interactive map, sculpture photos, artist narratives, and information about our many Downtown restaurants. It’s a great way to take a tour from home or while you are Downtown.
Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Stamford?
David Kooris became president of Stamford Downtown Special District in January of 2020. Three months into his new position, we were hit with a global pandemic.
David was quick on his feet to brainstorm ideas to help the restaurants and businesses in the downtown. He worked closely with his team at Stamford Downtown and the City of Stamford to effect street closures and use of parking spaces to extend patios so that restaurants could accommodate more diners at their establishments and have a chance of survival. Along with his team, he created StrEATeries, a multi-course plan to extend the patios, close streets and developed a Piazza at the back of the Bedford Street parking lot with a festive dining area with landscaping and safety barriers to accommodate multiple Bedford Street restaurants.
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