This year’s theme of Wellbeing has been selected to encourage artists and visitors to explore how we care for each other and for the creative resources in our community, particularly in the face of ongoing struggle, challenges and trauma.
This year, we invited artists to respond to the shifting stakes in the use and abuse of truth and alternative facts, the resulting fracturing of the body politic, and the urgency of envisioning new and empowering narratives
This year, Artspace invited artists and organizations to respond to the universal appeal, power, influence, and impact of games and sports.
With this year’s thematic focus, “Dwelling,” the spaces and structures that we inhabit–both literally and figuratively– have inspired many special installations and projects of this year’s festival.
To mark the 17th year, Artspace will feature new tours (walking, biking, and van) for small groups, guided by artists, urbanists, civic activists, scholars and noted art world professionals. Artspace is also excited unveil a new curatorial initiative to support the realization of eighteen large-scale site-responsive works in the historic Goffe Street Armory, a massive vacant building that is the site of this year’s Alternative Space.
This year’s theme alludes to the awakening and burst of energy that occurs during the festival, for artists and festival-goers alike. And acknowledges that the Goffe Street Armory was once a site for all the music and pageantry that Second Company Footguard played as it welcomed the Governor to his New Haven office.
To mark the 15th year, Artspace has invited artists to draw inspiration from the crystal, whether in chemical, mathematical, geological, or polished form. Special themed tours and exhibitions will take place; prepare to be dazzled. In collaboration with Project Storefronts, the public is invited to the opening night Crystal Ball. Other special events are listed on the calendar and more will be announced in the coming weeks.