NEW HAVEN HOSTS INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR PROJECT STOREFRONTS - EMPTY STOREFRONTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY WILL BE OCCUPIED WITH THE WORK OF LOCAL ARTISTS
(4/22/2010) NEW HAVEN- The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will hold information sessions on April 30 at noon and May 20th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to promote “Project Storefronts,” a program to install art in vacant storefronts. The City seeks proposals with conceptual ideas from local individual artists/artist teams, not-for-profit arts organizations and for-profit creative entrepreneurs/start-up enterprises with missions related to the arts and the creative industries, to occupy and utilize empty retail space in imaginative and innovative ways. The program espouses collaboration between artists, property owners, the New Haven Economic Development Corporation and The City of New Haven.
New Haven’s public art inventory numbers more than 400 works of public art including murals, sculpture, stained glass and more by local as well as world-renowned artists.
“From the trendy Artspace Center for Contemporary Art, which produces the largest Open Studios on the East coast, to the two week-long International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the city is rich with cultural opportunities,” said Barbara Lamb, Director of Cultural Affairs. “This program is an extension of the dynamic artistic environment that thrives in New Haven.”
New Haven’s goals for the project are:
1. To create visitor destinations in formerly empty spaces in order to drive new consumers into underutilized areas, increasing foot traffic and business to not only these spaces but neighboring ones as well.
2. To raise awareness of New Haven’s different commercial districts and help promote underutilized spaces to potential long-term tenants which can eventually create jobs and increase the tax base.
3. To grow interest in and awareness of the arts and expand people’s understanding and appreciation of creative endeavors
4. To encourage creativity to blossom and grow in New Haven
5. To enliven New Haven neighborhoods by expanding commercial activity, making the City more attractive to potential residents, businesses, students and other artists
6. To facilitate artistic, creative and/or entrepreneurial businesses.
7. To enhance New Haven’s reputation as Connecticut’s Creative Capital.
Project Storefronts presents a unique opportunity for participants to realize projects, refine marketing and business plans with support from the city’s Office of Economic Development’s small business professionals. This pilot program enables start up creative businesses to test their product and potential neighborhood for developing their business. Additional information can be requested in writing by emailing Margaret Bodell, Public Art Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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Contact Phone: 203-946-7660