INTERCAMBIO LAUNCHES AT PROJECT STOREFRONTS’ 756 CHAPEL STREET FEATURING NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED RECORDING ARTISTS MATES OF STATE AND THE STEPKIDS
(2/14/2012) The City of New Haven’s Project Storefronts announced Tuesday the launch of INTERCAMBIO, a new community arts organization that aims to facilitate creative exchange and collaboration across diverse media and communities throughout the city. INTERCAMBIO is located at Project Storefronts’ newest venue, 756 Chapel.
INTERCAMBIO will be in residence at 756 Chapel curating performances, arts workshops, readings, and art/design vendor fairs, alongside on-going efforts to support local artists in securing financial and cultural support and attention for their projects. INTERCAMBIO will formally launch with a spotlight on Connecticut recording artists on Friday, February 24. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information visit www.weareintercambio.org.
Mates of State are an indie pop duo, composed of the husband- and-wife team Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Their seventh album Mountaintops was released on September 13, 2011. The Stepkids are a Connecticut-based psychedelic soul band composed of Tim Walsh, Jeff Gitelman, and Dan Edinberg. Their self-titled debut album is out on Stones Throw Records.
Located in the Ninth Square, 756 Chapel has become a hub for the New Haven arts community, attracting diverse talents and bringing new energy to the downtown arts scene. A collaboration of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Project Storefronts, 756 Chapel takes advantage of an underutilized building with a rich arts history. The building once housed the popular and much-loved music store Goldie & Libro.
In addition to INTERCAMBIO, 756 Chapel is home to the Ripple Effect multi-media project and artist Vito Bonanno. Ripple Effect is a collaborative, site-sensitive multi-media project that expands and manifests as artists respond to the build’s architecture, history, and psychological landscape. The interior space is continually evolving and transforming into new and creative experiences. For more information visit www.rippleeffectexhibit.com. Vito Bonanno is a nationally recognized artist and role model for artists with autism. Bonanno uses art to bridge the gap between self and society. He is known for his autistically-inspired characters, street symbols and pop culture images. His line of merchandise including t-shirts, hats and pins will be available for purchase at Vito’s Art Mart in his studio space at 756 Chapel. For more information visit www.vitobonanno.com.
“Project Storefronts and artistic efforts like Ripple Effect and INTERCAMBIO contribute to a sustainable creative economy in New Haven. Following up last fall’s LAMP festival, the merchants of Ninth Square are organizing as a creative group to work towards increasing tourism, driving foot traffic, coordinating events and imagining a new identity for the neighborhood,” said Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy.
Additional events at Project Storefronts’ 756 Chapel Street location include:
•February 26: Ripple Effect will be hosting three events including “Clearance Sale. Today Only,” a multimedia event of art, people and commerce. Art work that day will be mixed with clearance items and a percentage of all sales will be donated to a homeless shelter. At 3:00 p.m.: New Haven author, historian, architect & tour guide Colin M. Caplan presents “The Unearthing of a Brick Zombie as Revealed Through the History of 756 Chapel Street.” (Caplan@magrissoforte.com). At 4:00 p.m.: New Haven artist and videographer ernst weber, host of the Oasis d’Neon Video Magazine, will be showing his video of our ongoing oral history project of 756 Chapel Street.
•Textile Collective: a series of ongoing workshops hosted by various artists. Artist and Educator Robin Gilmore Jopp will host our first of the series called Artifacts & Findings: An Up-cycled Jewelry Making Workshop Series. Sign up by contacting Robin at Artifactsandfindings@gmail.com.
February 24, 2012: Up-cycle your Jewelry from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.--Up-cycle your jewelry and make exciting accessories
March 3, 2012: Personal Portable Shrines from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.--Take your personal mementos and create a new meaningful piece of artwork…your own personal shrine.
March 10, 2012: Up-cycle your Jewelry from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.--Up-cycle your jewelry and make exciting accessories
•Percolator Info Session is held every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. through June 1, 2012 -- If you have a creative business or workshop idea, been thinking about starting a small business, or own a storefront then join us and find out more about our small business program.
Project Storefronts is an initiative of the City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism within the Office of Economic Development, and in partnership with the New Haven Economic Development Corporation. The project combines the city’s creative sector with small business development to energize the City’s less active commercial areas. The project works with “creative entrepreneurs” who have innovative business ideas to transform vacant storefronts into places that attract shoppers and potential long-term tenants while increasing area foot traffic. Project Storefronts works with property owners for access to their vacant retail spaces. The project has been successful in helping landlords to rent their empty spaces. These spaces are then provided via a competitive application process to budding entrepreneurs, allowing them the opportunity to test the viability of new, innovative business and retail initiatives while also educating them about what it takes to be a successful businessperson. For more information visit: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/CulturalAffairs/CreativeEconomy/ProjectStorefront.asp or www.projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com.