News

December 15, 2015

Artspace announces Federal and Foundation grants to help launch its Endowment Campaign.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Greater New Haven Community Foundation have announced grants totaling $75,000 in support of Artspace’s Three Decades of Change, the organization’s first endowment campaign in its thirty-year history.

The NEA grant will support a series of exhibitions over the next 24 months that reconceive, reinterpret, and re-imagine touchstone projects over Artspace’s 30-years of programming. The first of these exhibitions, hello, world!, revisiting 2004’s Boy’s Life, is currently in the gallery. In the upcoming months, Artspace will also organize convenings of alumni artists, curators, staff, and founders that will examine the influence that local artists have had on New Haven’s identity and place in the regional and national cultural arena. The project will culminate with the transfer of the Artspace’s substantial archive to a permanent library collection.

The Community Foundation’s support will strengthen Artspace’s ability to mark this milestone with critical infrastructure. “The Foundation’s support will allow Artspace to reach out to the more than 6000 artists who have exhibited at Artspace in its first three decades” says Helen Kauder Executive Director. “We look forward to re-engaging with our alumni, connecting them to one another, as well as to the emerging artists entering our orbit today”.

Our Three Decades of Change campaign seeks to position Artspace and the artist community for excellence and sustainability for the long term.  To accomplish this, we have set a goal to build a $2MM endowment. This ensures that Artspace can:

  • Extend the reach and impact of its exhibitions and educational programs.
  • Equip artists and culture-bearers with resources for creative projects that will be path-breaking and consequential for Greater New Haven.
  • Attract and retain exemplary arts professionals who will make a commitment to New Haven and grow into Artspace’s next generation leadership.
  • Capitalize on all our artistic activities to build community across sectors, with expanded planning, networking, and collaborations, and a special annual commitment to connecting teens in the New Haven Public School district to gifted teaching artists via our acclaimed Summer Apprenticeship.

For 30 years, Artspace has championed the ideas and artistic concerns of local artists and created space for exhibitions on some of the most urgent issues of our time. These topics have spanned the AIDS Crisis (with the group exhibition Interrupted Lives, in 1991), the War on Terror (Between Fear and Freedom, 2002), Immigration (Mythical Nation, 2003), Globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, (Factory Direct, 2005), Climate Change (Futurecast, 2012), and in 2015, racial bias in the Criminal Justice system (Arresting Patterns).

Over this time frame, Artspace has been at the forefront of New Haven’s contemporary art scene, taking risks on behalf of local artists to advance their careers while also quickening the pulse of our community. Touchstone programs such as our Summer Apprenticeship for New Haven Public School students, our City-Wide Open Studios festival, and our Flatfile Collection which brings needed attention to exceptional works on paper, together offer our community a unique and dynamic engine for creative growth.
Help us raise the matching funds required by the NEA and the Community Foundation. Donate Here. 
Artspace welcomes inquiries about the campaign. To learn more, and help our community achieve new levels of excellence in the arts, email us at campaign@artspacenh.org.


 

November 4, 2015

Dear Friends,

Last Thursday, Yale President Peter Salovey and first lady Marta Moret, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, and Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds helped Artspace launch its first-ever endowment campaign in conjunction with its 30th anniversary kick-off celebration. We’re excited to share this news with you.

Over the coming 24-36 months, Artspace will build a $2MM endowment that will assure an artistically vibrant and financially secure future.  Early pledges exceeding $200,000 have been received, including a special grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.

Our campaign, which we are calling Three Decades of Change, ensures that we will:

  • Enhance our exhibitions and educational programs to extend their reach and impact.
  • Equip artists and culture-bearers with resources for creative projects that will be path-breaking and consequential for Greater New Haven.
  • Attract and retain exemplary arts professionals who will make a commitment to New Haven and grow into Artspace’s next generation leadership.
  • Capitalize on the participation and visibility of City-Wide Open Studios to build community across sectors, with expanded planning, networking, and collaborations.
  • Commit to prepare today’s teens in the New Haven Public School district to succeed through such programs as our annual Summer Apprenticeship.
  • And, most directly, position Artspace and the artist community for excellence and sustainability for the next 30 years and beyond.

For three decades, Artspace has championed the ideas and artistic concerns of local artists and created space for exhibitions on some of the   most urgent issues of our time. These topics have spanned the AIDS Crisis (with the group exhibition Interrupted Lives, in 1991), the War on Terror (Between Fear and Freedom, 2002), Immigration (Mythical Nation, 2003), Globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, (Factory Direct, 2005), Climate Change (Futurecast, 2012), and in 2015, racial bias in the Criminal Justice system (The Jerome Project).

Over this time frame, Artspace has been at the forefront of New Haven’s contemporary art scene, taking risks on behalf of local artists to advance their careers while also quickening the pulse of our community. Touchstone programs such as our Summer Apprenticeship for New Haven Public School students, our City-Wide Open Studios festival, and our Flatfile Collection which brings needed attention to exceptional works on paper, together offer our community a dynamic engine for creative growth.

Our 30th anniversary isn’t just about securing our future. Its also about celebrating New Haven’s recent three decades of change, and the artists and supporters who have made it possible for us to make a difference in our region. Starting in December, we’re launching a 24-month long series of programs, reunion events, and exhibitions that examine the influence that local artists have had on New Haven’s identity and its place in the regional and national cultural arena.

We invite you to join the campaign, and help our community achieve new levels of excellence in the arts. To learn more, email us at campaign@artspacenh.org. Special gifts of appreciated stock or other assets will be a crucial component of the campaign. To explore this further or make a pledge, contact Helen Kauder, 203-772-2709, Helen@artspacenh.org, or contribute here.

We very much hope you’ll want to be part of Three Decades of Change.
THANK YOU!

Campaign Co-Chairs: Julie Parr and Christina Spiesel

Committee for the 30th: Elizabeth Alexander, Marianne Bernstein, Johanna Bresnick, Jan Cunningham, Jody Ellant, Sara Fritchey, David Goldblum, Karyn Gilvarg, Debbie Hesse, Helen Kauder, Ruth Koizim, Ann Lehman, Carol LeWitt, Linda Lindroth, Denise Markonish, Vivien Nemerson, Matthew Nemerson, Barbara Pearce, Amy Pryor, Jock Reynolds, Eric Shiner, Len Suzio, Rob Storr, Barry Svigals, Bob Taplin, Barbara Webster, Jonathan Weinberg, Susan Whetstone, Andy Wolf. (List in Formation 7/2015)

THREE DECADES OF CHANGE EXHIBITIONS

 

Three Decades of Change, October 29-November 1, 2015

Curated by Sarah Fritchey and Jeremy Wollin, Special Location: New Haven Museum

 

Hello World, December 4, 2015 – March 5, 2016

Curated by JR Uretsky, reinterpretation of “Boy’s Life”

 

Project Room: Karen Dow, March 18 – April 30, 2016

(work from the founder of the Flatfile)

 

A New Job to Unwork At, December 2, 2016 – March 5, 2017

Curated by Andrew Katrel and Clara López Menéndez, reinterpretation of “Factory Direct”

 

Advanced Practice: Larry Morelli, December 2, 2016 – March 5, 2017

 

Enacting Space: Performance as Form, May 12 – July 1, 2015

Curated by Mary Coyne


THREE DECADES OF CHANGE REUNIONS

 

 

Reunionizing, Union, and Re:Un: conversation with alumns on where we were then and where we are now, October 2016

Day long series of moderated panels and project presentations, to coincide with Artspace’s 19th annual City-Wide Open Studios

 

Awakening the Architectural Ghosts of Artspace: A Performance and Processional, June 2017

To coincide with the International Festival of Arts + Ideas