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2022 Open Source Art Festival: In Common Spaces

DATES: October 21–30, 2022
REGISTRATION: June 15August 15, 2022.

Artspace New Haven, a leader in contemporary art in Connecticut, is pleased to announce the 2022 Open Source Art Festival: In Common Spaces, a newly-envisioned fall visual arts festival, taking place October 21–30, 2022. “Aligned with the 2022 Cultural Equity Plan, the festival this year intends to reach neighborhoods across greater New Haven in a structure including the tradition of open studios, private studios, and Haven studios (formerly alternative space), alongside new Neighborhood Platforms with curated exhibitions, and programming at Artspace New Haven to provide access, artistic experimentation, and civic discourse for all in our common spaces,” said Artspace New Haven Director of Curatorial Affairs, Laurel McLaughlin.

Artspace New Haven’s 2022 Open Source Art Festival gathers artists, curators, cultural producers, organizers, and audiences across the city of New Haven to convene around shared artistic processes and experimentation. The newly-imagined fall 2022 iteration, In Common Spaces, takes its title from the idea of Artspace as a shared space for the visual arts, branching outwards to include the collective experience of communion in shared spaces beyond our gallery walls. We acknowledge that this feeling of communion is challenged by red-lining, racism, xenophobia, and COVID-19. In keeping with the New Haven Municipal Cultural Equity Plan, which reckons with these systemic challenges, the festival hopes to ignite city-wide joy, curiosity, and questioning within New Haven’s artistic communities. In Common Spaces is an opening of studio practices as the festival has done for forty years, a new convening of exhibitions in our neighborhoods to broaden access to Open Source for all, and a reflection on New Haven’s desires to assemble around artistic experimentation and support through programming. 

While the 2022 Open Source Art Festival: In Common Spaces manifests across the city of New Haven, our informational hub will be designated “The Spot.” “The Spot” will have information, maps, and schedules relating to In Common Spaces, and also models a “common space” with a community fridge stocked with snacks and beverages as well as sitting areas to relax over conversation with fellow festival attendees, friends, chosen family, and new acquaintances. Artspace New Haven is a home for experimentation and civic discourse during the 2022 Open Source Art Festival, and year-round through our exhibitions and programming. 

Open Source Art Festival is free and open to the public. Registration for participant artists and partner non-profit arts organizations and galleries will open on Monday, June 15 and close August 15, 2022. The cost is $50. Please 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.