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    ARTISTS AND CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS WANTED FOR PROJECT STOREFRONTS!

    (2/26/2013)

    (New Haven, CT) –The City of New Haven’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism is seeking new creative talent for Project Storefronts and for its newly created window art installation program VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! Artists who work in any medium are encouraged to apply.

    Applications for both Project Storefronts and for VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! are accepted on a rolling basis. However, artists who are interested in participating during a particular time of year should make note of the application schedule.

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

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

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

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

    Now in its third year of operation, Project Storefronts is an innovative program that combines art, creativity and entrepreneurship with economic development. 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 viability of their creative business ideas. In addition to helping artists and creative entrepreneurs, Project Storefront turns vacant storefronts into active, vibrant spaces which helps to attract foot traffic to nearby businesses. “Project Storefronts is instrumental in the promotion of the creative economy in New Haven,” said Kelly Murphy, the City’s Economic Development Administrator, whose office oversees the Department of Arts, Culture and Toursim. “It also strengthens traditional economic sectors, creates new jobs and supports a strong and vibrant city.”

    Project Storefronts is one of many creative entities located in the 9th Square Innovation District. Also in the 9th Square are the co-working spaces The Bourse and The Grove--an idea that was originally tested as a Project Storefront. Make Haven, which bills itself as “a gathering place and workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers,” supports development and collaboration on a wide variety of projects, including mechanics, electronics, crafts, digital art, biology and woodworking.

    Also located in the 9th Square is The Grid, which had its grand opening launch Monday, February 25th, and provides technical assistance, support services, mentoring and referrals for start up companies in the New Haven area.

    VIEWseum: Look Learn, Shop!, a new program of Project Storefronts, gives artists exposure by providing them with a Project Storefronts window in which they can create and display an art installation. Artists selected for the VIEWseum program are also given the opportunity to host public workshops and sell their wares at a “pop-up” shop.

    “I am very excited about our new sister program. It is the perfect compliment to Project Storefronts,” said Vivian Nabeta, Director of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism. “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,” she added.

    Artists of all mediums are welcome to apply. To download a Project Storefront or Viewsuem application, go here: http://bit.ly/11VYNxp

    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. For more information about Project Storefronts and the VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop! program, visit www.projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com.

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