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Stamford's Franklin Street Works to Honor Connecticut’s Public Art Program Specialist Tamara Dimitri and Chicago Artist Cheryl Pope

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Stamford, CT - Franklin Street Works, a not-for-profit contemporary art space in Downtown Stamford, will honor Connecticut arts advocate Tamara Dimitri and Chicago artist Cheryl Pope at its benefit party, “Get Out! Making Art Public” on Saturday, September 16, 5:00-8:00 pm

The party, which takes place on Franklin Street Works’ tented back patio, will celebrate Dimitri and Pope’s commitment to expanding contemporary art beyond the gallery and into the public sphere. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased HERE.

“Both of our honorees work to bring art out of the microcosm of the gallery and museum system and into environments where people live their day-to-day lives,” says Franklin Street Works Creative Director Terri C Smith, “We’re looking forward to honoring them and their vital work, which improves the texture and fabric of communities through contemporary art projects.”

Tamara Dimitri (contributed photo)
Tamara Dimitri has been the Public Art Program Specialist at the Connecticut Office of the Arts in Hartford for 12 years. She has spearheaded more than 30 public art projects in Connecticut, working with architects, universities, artists, and galleries to bring existing and commissioned works to campuses across the state. Trained as an artist with an MFA in sculpture from Cornell University, Dimitri believes that public art humanizes a space, and forges a unique connection between viewer, artist, and setting.

Cheryl Pope(contributed photo)
Cheryl Pope, whose work will be on view in Franklin Street Works fall exhibition, "I hear it everywhere I go," creates collaborative projects that challenge dominant media and political narratives about life in Chicago, shifting perspectives through a combination of poetry, storytelling, and visual art. She believes listening is an important tool in making art, often working with young writers in Chicago to create discursive spaces, performances, and artworks that reflect their experiences.

“Get Out! Making Art Public” is Franklin Street Works’ biggest fundraiser of the year, making it an important event in sustaining their award-winning exhibitions and free, public educational programs. The party will include dinner by the bite, an open bar, music with EXPLOIT AND INDUSTRY (the DJ team of artist Emily Larned and producer Chris Ruggiero), a silent auction of unique art items and experiences, and more!

The event is generously sponsored by: Fifield Piaker Elman Architects; Reckson, A Division of SL Green; and Sharon and Steven Chrust. Moffly Media and WPKN 89.5 listener supported radio are the event’s media sponsors. Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Santa Energy, TIto’s Handmade Vodka, and The Farmer’s Cow.

General admission tickets are $65 with a member and student discount of $55. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, to donate in an honoree’s name, or to become an event sponsor, email Franklin Street Works Executive Director Bonnie Wattles, at

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