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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Artspace announces 2008 City-Wide Open Studios schedule

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
City-Wide Open Studios 2008

Press release

Over the past eleven years, City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) has drawn thousands of visitors to explore New Haven's neighborhoods while discovering artists, galleries, and the treasures of our city. CWOS celebrates contemporary art in all its myriad forms, and is undoubtedly Connecticut's leading visual arts festival. Art dealers and curators from the region and beyond have used CWOS as a resource to discover new artists, plan upcoming shows, and buy art. One of the largest Open Studios programs in the country, CWOS unites hundreds of local artists with the Greater New Haven community.

The 2008 CWOS features one big festival weekend, taking place Oct. 2—5, activating five neighborhoods in New Haven showcasing hundreds of local artist's studios, five community-based artist-in-residence exhibitions, CONNcentric: the exhibition at Artspace and many special events and programs.

The 2008 CWOS partners with five Greater New Haven neighborhoods: Westville, Fair Haven, Downtown (including East Rock), Hamden/Newhallville and West Haven. Our goal is to empower neighborhoods by uniting artists working in these neighborhoods with the local community and businesses. We welcome artists from outside New Haven to also engage with these communities by activating temporary studio spaces. Visitors to CWOS are invited to explore these neighborhoods where they will find art in new and unusual spaces; discover local businesses and restaurants; and join guided walking, bike and bus tours connecting all satellite neighborhoods with the festival hub at Artspace.

City-Wide Open Studios is a program of Artspace, a Connecticut non-profit organization presenting local and national visual art, providing access, excellence and education for the benefit of the public and the arts community.

2008 City-Wide Open Studios Festival Calendar:
October 2 • 5—8 p.m.: CONNcentric Preview Reception and Festival Kick-off at Artspace
October 3 • 4—8 p.m.: Studios and exhibitions Open
October 4 • 12—8 p.m.: Studios and exhibitions Open
October 5 • 12—8 p.m.: Studios and exhibitions Open

Details will be available at the City-Wide Open Studios Web site.


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