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Monday, April 25, 2016

Neighborhood Studios to Honor Westport’s Jacobs

The Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County (NSFC), a multidisciplinary Bridgeport school of the arts, will honor Westporter Robert A. Jacobs at its 2016 Annual Gala on Sunday, May 1. Image
Bob Jacobs: Gala honoree. Contributed photo

The event will take place at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

This year’s fundraiser for the organization’s arts education programs and summer camps will feature performers from the world-renowned Ailey II Dance Company.

“We’re delighted that the Ailey Company II will be performing at our gala right after a successful two week run in New York City,” said Westporter Harold Levine, gala chairman.

Jacobs, an architect, has served on the NSFC board since 2005 and was elected chairman this year.

One of the founders of Minuteman Newspapers and the Westport Sister Cities Association, Jacobs served as a member of the Downtown Planning Committee, advising on a master plan for downtown Westport.

He was also on the board of the Westport Arts Center. He also serves as president of the Gomez Foundation for Mill House, the oldest Jewish dwelling in North America.

NSFC is an award winning, multidisciplinary school of the arts founded in 1977 by the late Patricia Hart, a musician who was losing her sight.

Today NSFC serves more than 1,600 Greater Bridgeport youth, ages 4 to 19, each year, with after school programs and summer camps.

Its mission is to provide a measurable platform for lifelong success through the delivery of arts education to children at risk and for those with special needs throughout Fairfield County.

NSFC officials say the school’s graduates have gone on to attend colleges, such as: Berklee College of Music, Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, Howard University, The New School, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts and Yale. Several graduates have become music or art teachers and perform on Broadway, they add.

The organization regularly partners with social service agencies, the Bridgeport Board of Education and other surrounding school boards for program referrals.

Grants are provided by such agencies as the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Edward S. Moore Family Foundation, the Perrin Family Foundation and individual donations.

Tickets for the event range from $40 for students and $75 for general admission, to $150 for preferred seating. VIP seating is $225 and VIP seating and parking is $500.

Reception guests at the $225 and $500 ticket levels will be treated to a cocktail hour provided by Garelick & Herbs, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

General admission and preferred seating will be available at 6:30 p.m. 

For additional information and to purchase tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or visit


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