In March, the Westport Arts Center opened a new exhibition with an old idea.
“Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench” is based on the old Victorian “courting bench.” Its S-shape allows couples to hold intimate conversations without touching. Twenty-eight reimagined contemporary designs and prototypes are on display through May 25.
In April, TEAM Westport announced the winners of its annual student essay contest. The topic was micro-aggressions.
Those 2 seemingly unrelated events come together next Wednesday (May 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m.).
The WAC gallery’s tête-à-tête benches are the perfect setting for dialogues on micro-aggressions.
Staples High School students Chet Ellis, Angela Ji, Daniel Boccardo and Olivia Sarno — the 4 TEAM Westport contest winners — will read short pieces from their essays.
Former Staples principal and Westport Arts Advisory Council member John Dodig, and Westport’s Human Services director Elaine Daignault, will moderate the tête-à-tête discussions that follow.
It’s doubtful attendees will find solutions to this contemporary problem.
But as they sit facing each other on the WAC benches, they’ll have a unique way of looking at it — both metaphorically, and for real.
(Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 203-222-7070.)