BRISTOL – Lindsay Vigue, Bristol City Arts and Culture Commission chair and photographer, will be resigning from the organization in February
“We (Vigue and her wife) are moving to Andover, Connecticut,” Vigue said. “I’m keeping my studio here in Bristol and I was hoping to stay on as the chair of the commission by keeping my studio here, but you have to be a resident, so unfortunately, I had to resign.”
Vigue said she believes the city is still looking toward a brighter, artistic future due to ongoing initiatives meant to highlight Bristol’s creative efforts and diversity.
She is uncertain who would become the next commission chair but did say the organization would take a vote.
“It’s such a wonderful commission and it’s been an honor to be a part of this,” Vigue said. “I’m proud of Bristol for having this arts commission and for former Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu to have the foresight to know what the arts can do for a community and how it can uplift a city and how it can draw economic development. Other commissioners will carry the torch and continue to do great projects.”
The photographer said she has been part of the commission since its creation around four years ago. Despite not being able to stay on as chair of the organization, she will continue to take part on the Bristol steering committee involved with the MLK Jr. 39 mural project.
“It is a statewide mural project,” Vigue said. “There’s one in Hartford, Torrington and Southington. There’s quite a few around the state already. It’s a project under the auspices of RiseUP and CT Murals. MLK 39 is a project celebrating Martin Luther King’s 39 years here on Earth and diversity around different communities in Connecticut. Bristol was chosen as a city that would be able to have one of these.”
Vigue said the commission has done several mural projects over the years but the MLK 39 project was fully community driven through its steering and fundraising efforts.
“We have people from the NAACP, the Boys and Girls Club, youth and community services. We have a great dynamic and diverse group of people part of the committee,” Vigue said. “It will also include community feedback as well. Anybody who wants to be part of the direction of (the mural) can. It’s exciting because it’s not only statewide but because it’s community driven.”
The photographer anticipated Bristol’s mural would see action as weather warmed up.
Starting a new chapter in her life, Vigue said she would take the lessons she learned from Bristol with her and continue to be involved as an up-lifter of the arts as she volunteers with RiseUP and CT Murals at the state level along with her local projects.