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This October, locals and out-of-towners alike are invited to dig deeper into the rich and diverse artistic fabric of New Haven at the Open Source Art Festival. Taking place from October 21–30, the festival—run by Artspace New Haven, a non-profit cultural hub—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 to include the collective experience of communion in spaces beyond our gallery walls. Art brings people together, both physically, emotionally, and culturally, through its capacity for storytelling and forging connections.
In keeping with the New Haven Municipal Cultural Equity Plan, the festival will 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 40 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.
Open Source Art Festival is free and open to the public.
Into the winter and new year, Artspace New Haven is hosting a variety of exciting events, including Ilana Harris-Babou: Revelations, a solo video installation, collage, and sculpture exhibition that explores themes of desires and wellness in an all-consuming image culture, and Against the General Good by artistic duo Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, a new series of conceptual works that critique how systems of capitalism corral the commons, against the general good for humans and non-humans alike. Both exhibits will run from September 17 to December 3.
In addition to the exhibitions available onsite, Artspace also offers programs for up-and-coming artists, and resources to inspire the next generation, including podcasts, interviews, fundraisers, and more.
Founded in 1987 by artists, Artspace centers on community-building and education while providing a platform to present the work of visual artists in the city of New Haven. Artspace’s exhibition and commissioning programs encourage experimentation and civic discourse while fostering an appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community.
Working to provide the community with a space where artists can come together, Artspace envisions a future where art is essential in New Haven, and in their space, they hope to encourage education, development, leadership, and equity in the visual arts. To do so, they work around values such as anti-racism, collaboration, empowerment, experimentation, and support of artists.
Visit our website for more information: artspacenewhaven.org/2022-open-source-festival/
Founded in 1987 by artists, we center community-building and education while providing a platform to present the work of visual artists in the city of New Haven. Artspace’s exhibition and commissioning programs encourage experimentation and civic discourse while fostering an appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community.