Guilford Art Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, an exciting milestone in our history of serving the community. Since our founding in 1967, Guilford Art Center has fostered the benefits of self-expression, cognitive and emotional wellness, ideas-sharing and common understanding that serves to gather and strengthen community. GAC is the primary resource for arts education and appreciation on the Connecticut shoreline, through classes in the visual arts, gallery exhibitions, a shop with unique works by American artisans and events that creatively engage and inspire.


Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957, in which local artisans displayed and demonstrated their crafts. Ten years later, the Center was incorporated and, since that time, has become a vital part of the town and shoreline community and culture. It serves as the most comprehensive art organization, and includes the largest public exhibition space, between New Haven and Old Lyme.

We developed a visual campaign for this milestone anniversary that celebrates our iconic “A” with a twist: color and multiplicity. This lively set of color theory-based icons reference many elements of our 50-year accomplishment: the five decades that GAC has been in operation, the variety of mediums and classes offered, and the cultural and historically diversity of the arts.


Donations to Guilford Art Center’s 50th Anniversary Challenge Campaign help support important campus improvements to provide quality arts educational opportunities, programming and enhanced facilities for our community.
In 2016, a generous private donor contributed $50,000 to Guilford Art Center as a challenge match, which we are thrilled to announce has been achieved. Now we are launching an increased “Phase 2” of the Challenge, with a goal of raising $500,000 for campus and programmatic improvements. Your donations to the 50th Anniversary Challenge Campaign help support this project.

CLICK HERE to download the 50th Anniversary Challenge Campaign brochure.

To Pay Online: To make your secure transaction online, please click on the DONATE NOW link below, and enter your contribution amount in the space provided. Suggested donations: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or other.

To Pay by Mail: Please send checks made out to Guilford Art Center, with “50th Anniversary Campaign” in the memo. Mail to: 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT  06437.

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