The Westport Arts Center and the Anti-Defamation League will present a free workshop for parents of elementary and middle school students, “Bullying, Name-Calling and Cyberbullying: What Children Wish Their Parents Knew” at the Westport Arts Center on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The ADL is one of the Arts Center’s community partners for its current exhibition – MORE Than Words/#iammore – featuring juried works created by the community in support of the themes of courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying.

The Anti-Defamation League has reached over 150,000 Connecticut students with their Names Can Really Hurt Us assembly.  In this workshop, Marji Lipshez- Shapiro, ADL’s Director of Education, will share the insights she has gained from working with young people across the state over the past 26 years.  Lipshez-Shapiro will share how every child is involved in bullying, the four key roles that people play in instances of bullying, and prevention and intervention strategies for parents. She will be joined by a panel of area students who will share their experiences and respond to questions.

Amanda Innes, Executive Director for the Westport Arts Center, stated, “We are very pleased to host this event. The expertise of the Anti-Defamation League joined with the real-life experiences of students will create a very valuable and relevant conversation.”

The MORE Than Words/#iammore exhibition is on view November 11, 2016 – January 7, 2017. The exhibition features a diverse range of thought-provoking and conversation-starting works, including videos, three-dimensional works, paintings, drawings, photography, multi-media installations and more. Of special note are the Junior Category works, submitted by students ages 10-17.

Community partners for the exhibition and supporting programming include Anti-Defamation League, Athlete Ally, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, National Charity League, Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Triangle Community Center, SKATEmovement (K2BK founders), the Ridgefield Chorale, and Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County.

Advance registration is required for the event. A drop-in art class is available for children of registered adults, for ages 5 and up. Please contact the Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or to register today.


Additional MORE Than Words/#iammore Events

Being HUMAN, Being KIND

Saturday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Ridgefield High School

Performed by the Ridgefield Chorale and produced by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, with visual collaboration by Westport Arts Center’s MORE Than Words juror Pamela Hovland.

Tickets available at


Family Art Day: Art of Kindness

Sunday, November 20, 11am – 1pm

Westport Arts Center
$10 per child; Children under 2 and adults free

Children and their families are invited to participate in hands-on creative projects on the theme of kindness, compassion and giving.  Opportunity to make gifts for the holiday season for loved ones, as well as to donate a toy or gift to children in need through Al’s Angels. Sponsored by Random Acts.

About Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


Registration for our Fall Course Catalog is ongoing. Check out the classes for babies, kids, teens and adults.