2013/2014 Community Engagement Projects

In Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 The Arts Council of Greater New Haven supported 4 community art projects that encouraged the general public be part of the creative process. These projects help enrich the quality of community life, enhance the lives of individuals, and build connections between people through art. Take a look the 4 projects below.

Through The Trees by Nick Pfaff and Hannah Plotke 

Through The Trees was installed in early December as a month long interactive sculptural installation at Artspace’s Lot on Chapel Street in New Haven, CT. The installation served as a memorial for the public to honor victims of gun violence as well as a site for collaboration with New Haven students addressing this issue through art, writing and performance.

The See Yourself Project by Elm City Dance Collective

The See Yourself Project is an interactive performance in downtown New Haven featuring dancers from Elm City Dance Collective. Passersby will be invited to shape and direct the movements of living statues. The living statues will elaborate on the audience’s movement cues to create short, improvised public dances, each one original and different from the next.

Oil Drum Art by Jack Lardis

Oil Drum Art is a project that included New Haven public high school students to transform repurposed 55 gallon oil drums into artistic and educational litter-collecting containers. The colorful and informative trash drums will be placed in schools, parks and civic buildings to collect litter and provide public art.

I Am Shakespeare by Elm Shakespeare 

I Am Shakespeare is a community reading of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It featuring the New Haven community during On9’s June 6 activities. The readings will feature direction from Artistic Director James Andreassi and other professional stage directors. Alongside the community reading, the new Elm Shakespeare Video Booth will be open throughout the event to capture Shakespeare’s words in the voices of the New Haven community.