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    ARTIST AND CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS WANTED FOR PROJECT STOREFRONTS

    Project Storefronts continues supporting the City’s Arts and Creative Communities

    New Haven – The City of New Haven’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism (DACT) seeks new creative talent for Project Storefronts and its newly created window art installation program VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! Project Storefronts, now in its third year of operation, is an innovative program that combines arts, creativity and entrepreneurship with economic development. The Project Storefronts’ informational packet is now available to the public.

    There is a rolling application deadline for both Project Storefronts and VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! but artists who are interested in participating during a particular time of year should make note of the application schedule.

    For Spring (March -May) enrollment, applications must be submitted January-February

    For Summer (June -August) enrollment, applications must be submitted April-May

    For Fall (September- November) enrollment, applications must be submitted July-August

    For Winter (December-February) enrollment, applications must be submitted October-November

    The goal of Project Storefronts is to support the city’s creative community, by providing entrepreneurial minded artists with the space and resources needed to test the marketing viability of their business ideas. These entrepreneurs endeavors are supported not only by DACT but also by the City’s small business experts. “Project Storefronts is instrumental in the promotion of the creative economy in New Haven,” states Kelly Murphy, the City’s Economic Development Administrator whose office oversees DACT. “It also strengthens traditional economic sectors, creates new jobs and supports a strong and vibrant city.”

    Turning empty storefronts into active spaces helps drive foot traffic into underutilized areas, assisting adjacent and nearby businesses as well as marketing these formerly vacant spaces to potential long term tenants with the objective to get these spaces permanently rented and activated..

    Project Storefronts new program VIEWseum, Look Learn, Shop! gives artists exposure by providing them with a space to create and display an art installation in the windows of Project Storefronts. Additionally, selected artists also host public workshops and have the opportunity to sell their wares via a “pop-up” shop which allows them to showcase their talent on a more personal level. “I am very excited about our new sister program. It is the perfect compliment to Project Storefronts. The City is devoted to promoting the work of artists in our community and the VIEWseum program gives artists another venue to showcase their work,” says Vivian Nabeta, the Director of DACT. Artists of any medium are welcome to apply. For more information about Project Storefronts and the VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! program, visit www.projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com.

    Project Storefronts is an award-winning program that brings fresh, innovative arts-related businesses to life in formerly vacant retail spaces in New Haven, by encouraging artists and entrepreneurs to test the viability of art/creative inspired businesses. Project Storefronts provides access to empty storefronts as well as provide participants technical support network of business and creative professionals. Project Storefronts is just one part of the 9th Square Innovation District that is home to The Grove and The Bourse, new and exciting co-working spaces, Make Haven, a gathering place and workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers and our newest addition, The Grid, which is part of the recently announced CT Innovation Ecosystem.

    Project Storefronts is produced by the City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism as part of the Office of Economic Development.

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    The City of New Haven's Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the City's quality of life and supporting its economic development through the production of events, the commissioning of public art and assisting and promoting New Haven's many artists and cultural organizations.

    Contact Name: Vivian Nabeta

    Contact Email: vnabeta@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: (203) 946-8378


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