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.
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
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.
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.