Situated in the heart of Fairfield, the Fairfield Community Arts Center hosts enriching programs, vibrant cultural events and sophisticated art galleries. The arts center is celebrating its 10th anniversary all summer long and through October in conjunction with the City of Fairfield’s 60th anniversary, and it offers Fairfield and the region the opportunity to tap into its creative side.

“I think we are going to mix those up [together] to be a summer’s worth of celebrations,” explains Heidi Schiller, art and programs manager for the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department. “We’ll kick it off in May with a small cake reception here at the arts center, and then all summer through October for the city.”

Schiller is thrilled and proud of what the center offers, and there is an abundance of eclectic programming and events with artistic flair. Schiller says there are between 60 to 70 classes available every session, so there is no shortage of things to do for people of any age.

“You name it, we do it,” says Schiller. “We have classes, entertainment, art programming, fitness and leisure activities for 3-year-olds to 93-year-olds.”

The arts center hosts an art programming season, and Schiller says that there are four different types of series offered throughout the region. The One Stage series taps into culturally diverse music and dance. Past performances brought to Fairfield include Chinese folk dancers, Peruvian harpists and Irish tenors.

Another series is the Wine, Women and Song, which is a Friday night cabaret series. The theater is transformed from regular rows of chairs to café tables, and the audience is put right on stage with the artists, and drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served right inside the theater. EnterAct is the children and family series, bringing age-accessible shows and events for all.

The 55-plus program is an active and thriving senior program—one that Schiller explains is open to everyone even if they are not a resident of Fairfield. Additionally, educational classes teach seniors how to use the Internet.

“You don’t have to be a resident of Fairfield to come play cards, or sit in the senior lounge and enjoy donut day or Bingo on Thursdays,” says Schiller. “All of these activities are free to our local 55-plus population.”

The new performing arts series, the Fairfield Signature Session, brings artists with national recognition to the area. The center has had big acts in the past, and “we’re looking at Fireball and Loving Spoonful for next year, so that kind of caliber of acts.”