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2021 Open Source Festival

Artspace New Haven, a leader in contemporary art in Connecticut, is pleased to announce the 2021 Open Source Festival (formerly Citywide Open Studios), a newly imagined fall visual arts festival, taking place over two weekends, October 15  – 24, 2021. “We are bringing people together from all over the city, showcasing the wealth of talent here, giving artists an opportunity to share what they have been working on all year. In addition to individual artist studio visits, we are launching CHANNEL ONE, a 24/7, web platform featuring interviews with artists local and global, emerging and established, accessible to visitors, curators, collectors, and the curious from across the region,” said Artspace New Haven Executive Director Lisa Dent.


“Let’s take a risk and do things a little differently,” said Reggie Woolery, Artspace’s new Deputy Director for Exhibitions & Programs.  “As soon as I arrived Lisa and I sat down and planned some pretty incredible events, programs, and listening sessions for in and around New Haven. Expect more collaborations, professional development workshops, artists, and community engagements.”  Artspace also plans resource investments in alternative exhibition sites that bring in a greater number of New Haven residents from BIPOC neighborhoods and provide better access to those who develop work outside of traditional studio practices.


The 2021 Open Source Festival centers Artspace New Haven as an open and accessible community focused on process and experimentation more than product making.  Open Source is free and open to the public. Registration for participant artists, non-profit arts organizations, and galleries will open on Monday, August 2.  The cost is $10.  Join us!  More information, including an FAQ and Artist Toolkit, will be available soon.


About Artspace New Haven

Artspace is a non-profit organization providing exhibitions and commissioning programs that encourage experimentation and civic discourse while fostering an appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community. Founded by artists in 1987 as part of the alternative space movement, Artspace has served as a home for artists from all walks of life to take risks, share their stories, and build bridges between Greater New Haven’s diverse communities.  


Artspace is supported by state art funding from the CT Office of the Arts/Department of Economic and Community Development, a state agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Funders also included the Andy Warhol Foundation, CT Humanities, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and VIA Art Fund. Additional support is provided by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the Board of Directors and Friends of Artspace.