The Arts Council Supports Whitney-Audubon Arts Districts Fall Free For All Sat. 9/23


Contact: Jennifer Gelband
Marketing Director
(203) 772-2788 x23

Sept. 14, 2017

Annual Event Features Free Family Arts Events Throughout the Day

New Haven, Conn. – The Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District presents the Fall Free for All, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 12-4 p.m. Audubon Street will be closed to traffic during this festive, family-friendly event that will feature an array of free sample classes, live performances, face painting, demonstrations, and special food and shopping offers in the city’s arts district. Free parking is available Sept. 23 for the first 100 cars at the Audubon Garage, 78 Audubon St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Enter from Orange St.)

Some of the events include:

  • Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St: Enjoy the sounds of student and faculty, including the Premier Jazz Ensemble and West African Drumming, experiment at the Instrument Discovery Zone where kids can hold and learn to play real instruments; sample classes such as dance, early childhood music and movement, rounds singing, and more; plus, receive a voucher for a free introductory lesson.
  • Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St: Pottery Sampler with Mike Bradford, a one-day introduction to studio pottery, 9-12 p.m.; bond together with structured group art activities for families in Play Dates, 2-4 p.m.
  • ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St: ECA students showcase their talents with a variety of live performances. Prospective students can pick up information about applying to ECA.
  • New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave: Free admission 12-6 p.m. as part of Museum Day Live, an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine and held at participating museums across the nation. Check out the exhibit opening for Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos, exploring the contributions made by New Haven tattoo artists to the aesthetics and industry of body art—regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • New Haven Ballet, 70 Audubon St: Children ages 3-8 can take a trial placement class. (Please call to reserve a spot: 203-782-9038.)
  • The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, 51 Trumbull St: Maniac: Manic Episode 5, exhibit curated by Kevin Daly. 1-4 p.m.

Additionally, restaurants and merchants in the district will exhibit and provide free samples on Audubon Street: Katalina’s Bakery; Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; Phone & Computer Repair Center; Gilden’s Jewelers; Phil’s Hair & Spa; Yale Social & Cognitive Development Lab Yale; and Yale China Association.

The Fall Free for All extends through the week at Creative Arts Workshop with free selected classes from Sept. 18-23, at Neighborhood Music School with a free introductory lesson or free selected classes from Sept. 18-29, and other special food and shopping offers Sept. 18-30.

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This event is made possible with the support and cooperation of the following organizations: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Ballet, Town Green Special Services District and Yale University Properties/Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District.


About The Arts Council of Greater New Haven: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, publisher of The Arts Paper, is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council at, call 203-772-2788, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @newhavenarts, or Instagram @newhavenarts. #ArtEverywhereNHV

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