Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), announced the following cities and their projects as recipients of the "City Canvases Initiative."
• Bridgeport / Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council: Moving image light projections on a prominent downtown building
• Hartford / Real Arts Ways: interactive, water activated, public art piece highlighting Hartford’s history
• New Britain / New Britain Museum of American Art: new mural at the New Britain/Hartford busway terminal
• New London / Hygienic Art: Three murals extending the New London Wall to Wall Mural Walk along with trompe l’oeil parking garage adornments
• Stamford / Stamford Cultural Development Corporation: Illumination and animation of transportation center for Metro North/Amtrak passengers and travelers on I-95
• Torrington / Northwest CT Association for the Arts: Unifying artwork on the façade of the new Children’s Museum
• Bridgeport / Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council: moving image light projections on a prominent downtown building
• Waterbury / Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region: large-scale mosaic with extensive community involvement
As part of the application process, each city selected a partnering arts organization from their region and submitted a proposal for a mural-based art installation that could be executed in the summer of 2012 in a highly visible location within their community.
City Canvases is a one time initiative aimed to enhance public spaces through the commissioning of large-scale works of public art and to connect the urban regions of Connecticut with a statewide place-making initiative. The purpose is to dramatically demonstrate the impact that art can have in building vibrant communities, and to create momentum for the larger shift in strategic focus in State arts funding, which will be implemented in FY 13.
Each city along with their partnering arts organization, will begin their artistic installations this spring.
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