Date: October 14, 2011 8pm – October 15, 2011 1:00 a.m
Location: Church, Orange, State and Crown Street, New Haven; Cafe 9, 55 Church Street, New Haven
On the night of October 14th, the Elm City’s gorgeous autumn colors will be illuminated in a way they have never been before. In the midst of Artspace New Haven’s 14th annual City-Wide Open Studios, 9th Square artists and Project Storefront locations will collaboratively participate in the first annual L.A.M.P. lighting.
L.A.M.P. refers to Light Artists Making Places – a community event designed to animate downtown New Haven’s unique public and private spaces, give new life to city structures and streetscapes, and engage the city’s diverse community through creative art installations. In the tradition of Nuite Blanche Festivals around the world, New Haven will christen its own nighttime arts festival with its own brand of projection displays and new media. Local artists will use a range of devices from dead and vintage technologies to cutting edge light sources, lasers, videos and solar installations.
L.A.M.P. will energize downtown New Haven during its normally quiet nighttime hours while also dovetailing and extending the celebration and exhibitions for New England’s largest open studio program. The local dance company, Velocity, as well as the Elm City Hoopers will lead a tour of the many installations open to residents and visitors titled Walk into the Light.
Conceived of and directed by Paul Mayer of Cafe 9 and organized by volunteers with Margaret Bodell, director of Project Storefronts, L.A.M.P. will include a series of storefronts doubling as installations along the route and will encourage visitors and foot traffic to merchants in the 9th Square. Ms. Bodell hopes that the festival will “become a celebration of New Haven’s innovative collaborations with local businesses, artists, government, by enhancing the city’s reputation as a cultural capital.”
L.A.M.P is hopes to expand its display of lights in future years all the way to New Haven’s Union Station while illuminating a path for its visitors to take part in artful wayfinding to downtown restaurants, stores and galleries. The festival adds a new dimension to the long running Open Studios production, which acts as a showcase for Connecticut artists, by incorporating new media and temporary public art displays.
Local organizations contributing to the festival include Artspace, Cafe 9, Channel 1, Fresh Yoga, Laz Parking, Pro Parking, Skappo, Project Storefronts, the Grove, Firehouse 12, Acme Furniture, Miso, and many more.
To learn more about L.A.M.P. or to find out how to apply to become a featured artist in the festival, contact Margaret Bodell at email@example.com.