The Galleries at WORK_SPACE, located within the municipally owned and operated Co-working Space & Conference Center in Downtown Manchester, CT is hosting the first annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Art Exhibition and Experience titled: PERSPECTIVES: WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, WE ARE ALL ONE from November 6 – December 26, 2019. Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7th, 6-8pm – with live music, poetry readings, and 100 works of art.

Location: The Galleries at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Contacts: Patricia Johnson, Exhibit Coordinator and Stacey Zackin, Manager
860-647-3168 or

WORK_SPACE and the Manchester Art Association have joined efforts to create Positive Social Change In and Through the Arts by producing an Art Exhibit and Experience dedicated to all peoples together, as one. Thanks to partners from Manchester’s D the highly pluralistic Greater Hartford Community and generous support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the call to artists distributed in August attracted over 50 artists submitting more than 150 works of art; almost 100 of which will be displayed in the Main and Loop Galleries at WORK_SPACE and/or shared at one of the more than a dozen events. Aligned with the mission of Manchester’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, this exhibit is designed to reflect, respect,
re-imagine, explore, express, and engage human differences and similarities in a variety of striking and subtle ways.

Opening Reception: On Thursday, Nov. 7 (6-8pm), the opening reception will be held after Beer & Business (5-6pm); WORK_SPACE’s monthly networking Happy Hour. B&B will feature lager from Rhythm Brewing Company founded by Alisa Bowens-Mercado, the first African-American woman in Connecticut (and only professional Latin dancer) to brew
beer. Alisa and Eric Allen, Owner and Production Director of Black Ink Creative Partners and designer of the DEI inspired mural now being painted on the side of WORK_SPACE, will be part of a panel interviewer on diversity in Art, Diversity & Business. Both events are free although RSVPS are appreciated. Information and registration links can be found here.

Wednesday Lunch & Learns: 12-1pm. $10 (only $5 7-days in advance) 
NOV. 6th Art & Healing: The Power of Energy, Movement, and Consciousness w/ Natalie Goff
NOV. 13th Art & Identity: Images, Words, and the Value of Creative Expression w/ Michelle Thomas & Stacey Zackin
NOV. 20th Art & The Harp: Performance and Dialogue w/ Debra Vinick
DEC. 4th Art & Engaged Mindfulness: The art of Being Human w/ Olusanya Bey
DEC. 11th Art & The Body: Body Art and Movement
DEC. 18th Art & Ritual: A Kwanzaa Celebration w/ Alvin “Abu” Carter, Sr.