to the Darien Community Association

The DCA provides a unique community home in a welcoming setting, with stimulating learning and outreach experiences for the enrichment of the community. Within this site you will find information about programs and activities that are open to the public, DCA groups, volunteering opportunities, and holding weddings and events at the DCA Meadowlands, our historic home. Should you require more information, please contact us. Inclement Weather: the DCA will typically follow any closing decisions of the Darien Public Schools.

The DCA Annual Appeal is Underway!

DCA Meadowlands in Darien, CTYour support is essential for us to continue to enrich the community in meaningful and varied ways:  including our programs, annual scholarship awards to Darien High School graduates, Thrift Shop, Bird Sanctuary, and our beautiful historic building.  Your donations also allow us to make further improvements to our house and property.

We hope you’ll join us in this year’s Annual Appeal.  You may donate online through this link , by calling the DCA office at 203-655-9050, or by sending a check (payable to the DCA) to 274 Middlesex Road, Darien CT 06820.  Thank you!

Thank You to Darien Cub Scout Pack 161 and Boy Scout Troop 35

A great big thanks to Darien scouts from Cub Scout Pack 161 and Boy Scout Troop 35 and their families who spent their Election Day participating in a conservation project at the Darien Community Association Bird Sanctuary. In total, over 40 volunteers contributed over 80 hours to this project — clearing the trails of leaves. What a wonderful way to spend a day off from school. Thank you to all for your hard work!

On Election Day, Darien scouts from Cub Scout Pack 161 and Boy Scout Troop 35 and their families participated in a conservation project at the Darien Community Association Bird Sanctuary

Mom’s Morning In Annual Halloween Parade Highlights

Thank you to all of the Darien local merchants and “The Amazing Andy” for making the DCA’s Mom’s Morning In annual Halloween parade a success!

DCA's Annual Halloween Paradehttp://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/moms-morning-in-childrens-activities/






Final DCA Art Lecture this Thursday.

Join us this week on Thursday for the final DCA Art Lecture “America is Hard to See: 1970 – Present”.  Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will discuss the Whitney’s institutional mission to dedicate itself to living, working American artists — the new building expanding all possibilities for examination and exploration. Looking at the period from 1970 to the present, the lecture will highlight artists’ engagement with the development of new media and found imagery, with a particular focus on political work from the 1980s and 90s. In addition, the presentation will consider some of the most recent work included in the exhibition, through a discussion of contemporary artists such as Carol Bove, Robert Gober, Josh Kline, and Wade Guyton.

Click here for full details of the Art Lecture Series and to register online.

Michael Lobel and DCA Art Lecture Series Join us for our DCA Art Lecture SeriesLaura Phipps at the DCA Art Lecture Series





Above are photos from the last two art lectures. Michael Lobel (Professor, Purchase College, State University of New York on the left) discussed “Illustration is Hard to See: An Inside Outsider’s View” on Thursday, October 15th.  Everyone enjoying lunch (middle). Laura Phipps (Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art on the right) continued with “America is Hard to See: 1950 – 1970” on Thursday, October 22nd.


The DCA Art Lecture Series continues this week. Here are highlights from last week’s presentation.

Art Lecture Series continues this week.On October 8th, Jane Panetta, Associate Curator from the Whitney Museum of American Art, spoke about the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See”, and the show’s conception and organization. Ms. Panetta discussed the process of selecting work for the show, the organizing themes of the exhibition, and the significance of the Whitney’s collection being presented in-depth, in its new downtown home. The presentation touched on early work included in the show from approximately 1900 to 1950, featuring examples by American Modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edward Hopper.

Click here for full details of the Art Lecture Series and to register online.

Enjoy the Benefits of DCA Membership

DCA Meadowlands in Darien, CTNow – at the start of the 2015-2016 DCA calendar – is the best time of year to become a DCA member or renew. Members are entitled to reduced activity fees, our monthly newsletter delivered to your home, and free admission to several of our General Program lectures.
View full details and join online through this link, or by contacting the DCA office directly at 203-655-9050.

An Exciting Fall at the DCA

Come and visit us at the DCA and see what the fall brings for classes, programs and events.We hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  Many classes, programs and events are starting up at the DCA for the fall. Bridge (both beginner classes and advanced games), Learn & Play Canasta, Drop-in Mah Jongg and flower arranging classes are starting in September.  Along with the Mom’s Morning In and afternoon tea events, Writers’ Workshop and the Page Turners book group, there is something for everyone at the DCA.

There are many ways to get involved and to sign up for all the DCA has to offer.
– Feel free to come on in and visit us at the DCA, we can help you sign up.
– To sign up online, please click on the link provided for the class, program and event you are interested in attending.
–  Give us a call at 203-655-9050.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

More DCA Scholarships Awarded

2015 DCA Scholarships have been awarded to 22 returning college studentsEvery year, the DCA funds scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well. These scholarships are made possible by donations and income from programs, house rentals and the Thrift Shop – thank you for your support.

For 2015, on top of the 18 awards presented to 2015 graduates, 22 awards were given to students continuing their college education.

Want to see who’s earned these awards? Click here to view the scholarship page…

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of DCA scholarships!Congratulations Graduates!
Darien High School DCA Scholarship Winners

The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships to Darien High School graduates. Contributing $50,000 a year, we fund scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well.

We’re delighted to announce the scholarship winners from the 2015 DHS graduating class:

Path to the Future Awards were given to 15 graduates: Christina Boccadoro, Laura Boccadoro, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca DeMaio, James Fox, Jack Garfield, Peter Grant, Abiha Jafri, Kyla Johns, Ashley Mailhot, Said Mammadov, James “Alex” Mitchell, Alex Molwitz, Viara Radoulova and Andrew Trautmann.

In addition, three students received named scholarship awards: Dominique Guilford for The Heights at Darien Scholarship; Corey Frate for the Brendan Shay Scholarship; and Christina Chariott for the Joy Family Scholarship.

For further details please view the DCA’s website at dariendca.org

Pictured above L-R top row: Corey Frate, James “Alex” Mitchell, Jack Garfield, James Fox, Peter Grant. L-R bottom row: Dominique Guilford, Kyla Johns, Christina Chariott. Not pictured: Christina Boccadoro, Laura Boccadoro, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca DeMaio, Abiha Jafri, Said Mammadov, Ashley Mailhot, Alex Molwitz, Viara Radoulova, and Andrew Trautmann.