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    (9/9/2009) New Haven – The City of New Haven is recognizing twenty years of commissioning public art through its municipal Percent for Art Program with “Twenty for Twenty,” an exhibition, party and fundraiser, on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 6-9PM. The celebration is hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs at one of New Haven’s landmarks, the historic and grand 1906 Beaux-Arts bank at 45 Church Street (corner of Church and Crown).

    New Haven is one of only a handful of cities in the State of Connecticut with an active Percent for Art program. This legislation mandates that any time the city builds a new building or remodels an existing public building, one percent of the city’s capital budget for the building must be set aside for the commissioning of a site specific piece of public art. Since the program’s inception, more than 35 works of art have been commissioned.

    The event will showcase the City’s Percent for Art projects commissioned since the first artwork was completed in 1989 with a special one-night exhibition featuring some of these most beloved public artworks. Twenty for Twenty will feature a wine tasting from select Connecticut Wine Trail vineyards paired with tastings from Connecticut Specialty Foods. This celebration, held in coordination with Artspace’s annual Citywide Open Studios weekend, invites New England’s creative community to gather and reflect on public art, learn about upcoming projects and future possibilities for the city’s landscape. Admission is just $20 and directly supports the arts!

    In addition, the event provides a platform for the Department of Cultural Affairs to premiere the founding of its new youth program, CITY YOUTH STEWARDS, with the mission of engaging New Haven’s next generation in the appreciation and stewardship of our city’s public art. This innovative new program, designed to productively engage, challenge and educate inner city youth, will help beautify New Haven’s urban landscape through the orchestration of neighborhood art projects.

    For more information about the event or New Haven’s Percent for Art Program contact Margaret Bodell at (203) 946-2895 or publicart@newhavenct.net.


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