Formerly Coastal Arts Guild of CT

About the Alliance

Arts Alliance of Stratford was created to support and foster the growth of the arts, education and cultural experiences in the Stratford, CT region.

We do this through collaborations among professional and emerging artists of all all mediums, patrons of the arts, businesses, schools and community organizations and through advocacy for the arts.

The Alliance has formed a partnership with Sterling House Community Center and will base its operations and activities there.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Mission:

Arts Alliance of Stratford is a collaboration of Artists and Friends of the Arts. All are dedicated to encouraging artistic expression and appreciation of the arts in Stratford, CT and the surrounding region.

Statement on racism, diversity and equality.


The seeds of Arts Alliance of Stratford were planted in 2006 when community member and artist Debbie Gilbert began dreaming of an arts group she could commune with in town. In 2007, she assembled a group of interested citizens and artists at the Stratford Library to hear her vision for an arts organization that would provide a community for artists of all kinds and enjoyment of the arts for the general public.

Stratford Arts Guild began operations later that year with a board of 12 people. The name was changed to Coastal Arts Guild of CT in 2015 to reflect interest in collaborations with neighboring towns. In 2020 it was changed to Arts Alliance of Stratford.

The organization received its 501c3 status in 2016.

The Alliance has partnered with the Milford Arts Guild, Sterling House, the Stratford Squarewrights, Sister Cities Chorus, The Stratford Library, the Stratford Public Schools, The PTA, Make Music Day International, The Mighty Quinn Foundation, the Town of Stratford, Artists for World Peace and SCORE to bring the arts to the public.