Open Source 2021

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What is Open Source?

Open Source 2021 Festival (formerly City-Wide Open Studios) is a premiere visual arts showcase, hosted by Artspace New Haven Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 24th.

Delivered in a hybrid virtual and in-person format, we feature painters, sculptors, filmmakers, and photographers from the local area and across the state of Connecticut. In addition to hands-on art workshops and commissioned new works, this year Artspace is launching CHANNEL voices, a selection of interviews with notable artists, collectors, curators and academics, streaming live and/or on demand.

Taking place across multiple sites, Open Source 2021 Festival is a communal project, something belonging to everyone. Exploring industrial parts of the city, peeking into artists’ studios in diverse neighbourhoods, the festival provides an opportunity to connect with new audiences and experiences. It foregrounds inter-connectivity, something freely shared, easily modified to fit changing circumstances, encouraging storytelling, experimentation, exploration and innovation.


Festival Highlights

  • Opening night event at Artspace featuring Arts Window projections, Friday October 15 from 6:00 – 9:00pm.
  • Open artist studios at Erector Square and Westville, Saturday and Sunday October 16 – 17 from 12noon – 5:00pm
  • Open artist studios featuring locations in Dixwell, Hamden, and alternative sites. Saturday and Sunday October 23 – 24 from 12noon – 5:00pm.
  • Conversations between artists, curators, collectors and writers: Live and streaming on CHANNEL Voices
  • OS21 Artist Portfolio Site
  • Marion Belanger, artist and Board member
  • Diane Brown, Librarian and Board member
  • Lizzie Donius, Westville Village Renaissance Alliance
  • Dan Fitzmaurice, Arts Council of Greater New Haven
  • Adriane Jefferson, Director, Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven
  • Kathi Telman, Erector Square
  • Kim Weston, Artist and Board member
In light of public health recommendations from the CDC and our own efforts to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19, all visitors to the Artspace Open Source 2021 Festival in public settings should wear cloth face coverings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Visitors to 1:1 in-person studios visits should also wear cloth face coverings. Cloth face coverings slows the spread of the virus and helps people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others by providing an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people. Cloth face coverings can be made from household items. All visitors should wear cloth face coverings unless doing so would be contrary to their health or safety because of a medical condition. Any child under the age of 2 years, or an older child if the responsible adult is unable to place the cloth face covering over the child’s face, is not required to wear a cloth face covering.  It is also important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) at all times.