Public Art Fellows 2017

2017 Public Art Fellows (PAF'17) focused on the interactive light sculpture "...Lighting Your Way..." soon scheduled for installation at the Route 34 Connector Underpass between Union Station and Downtown. 

14 young artists across 8 New Haven schools were selected to create artworks in response to the upcoming sculpture and the rich local history surrounding the site.  

PAF'17 Artists

      Bryan Piggott (High School in the Community), Visual Art

      Tyler Jenkins (Wilbur Cross High School), Music

       Anton Kot (Educational Center for the Arts), Music

       Ronisha Moore (Wilbur Cross High School), Spoken word

       Arianna Rivera (Co-op High School), Spoken word

       Chyann Houser (Co-op High School), Vocals

       Emmanuel Candelo Diaz (Foote School), Music

      Robbin Benefield (High School in the Community), Vocals     

Jevon Fletcher (Educational Center for the Arts), Dance

Destiny Jones (High School in the Community), Visual Art

Natalie Leonffu (Common Ground High School), Film Animation

Pablo De Vos-Deak (Hamden High School), Music

Adam Smith (ESUMS at UNH), Music

Malenky Welsh (Educational Center for the Arts), Music

PAF'17 Mentors

Spoken Word: Kate Rushin, Chaz Carmon

Music: Jesse Hameen II, Debby Teason, Peter DiGennaro

Visual Arts: Regan Stacey and Nicki Vitali

Vocals: Tiffany Jackson

Film: Robert Greenberg


A Community Celebration showcased the talents of these young artists.  Open to the public – a screened viewing of the performances and an accompanying film series produced as part of the ...Lighting Your Way... installation – shared the creative responses to the site and its rich history.  

“This gave me confidence in my ability. I feel like I can call myself an artist now.”

Destiny Jones, PAF’17

“From a young teen’s developing point-of-view, this increases one’s understanding that possibilities can take place anywhere. This is a powerful experience. What you do is wonderful. Thank you.”

Marta Violette

 Many thanks to the New Haven area school district, participating schools, young artists, mentors, and the community support that made this program possible.  With additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Public Art & Community grant from the CT Office of the Arts, Department of Economic &  Community Development.