New Haven, Connecticut
The NEA grant will support the expansion of the annual citywide Open Studios Festival in New Haven's oldest neighborhoods. Project activities will include the commissioning of night-time artistic projections and guided tours of artist studios that will connect the festival sites for attendees. Guided tours will be thoughtfully curated by local artists and volunteers to expose audiences to new neighborhoods and modes of transit in the city. Artspace and City of New Haven are the lead partners and will collaborate with Town Green Special Services Business Improvement District, Elm City Cycling, and local businesses. The festival offers an opportunity for 350 visual artists to open their doors to nearly 10,000 visitors across 65 studio sites in New Haven.