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    (New Haven, CT )- On Friday October 4, 2013 nearly 6,000 people attended New England’s Premier Light Event, L.A.M.P. (Light Artists Making Places Event) as it lit up New Haven’s historical Ninth Square. The event, doubled in size and attendance from last year, featured over 80 artists in 20 sites within a two-block radius, each hosting a unique performance or night and light driven installation.

    9Arts, with support from Connecticut Office of the Arts, New Haven’s Office of Art, Culture and Tourism and Projects 2K, hosted national and regional light projection artists and a variety of performers, music and community participants as they joined forces with the merchants of the Ninth Square to present the third annual event.

    “L.A.M.P. generated a tremendous amount of energy in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square,” stated Kelly Murphy, City of New Haven Economic Development Administrator. “This along with City-Wide Open Studios and On9 are a great way to feature a neighborhood famous for art, food, music, and innovation and economic vitality.”

    L.A.M.P. artists projected illuminations using new and old technology with a variety of projection devices. Highlights included an installation by world-renowned artist Vicki DaSilva, a special installation which celebrated Connecticut’s own Projects 2K and a live performance by Mark Mulchay.

    The event also commemorated the 375th birthday of the city and captured the spirit and history of New Haven’s “Phantom Ship.”

    L.A.M.P’s light event also marked the beginning of Artspace’s month-long annual City-Wide Open Studios where artists across the city open their studios to the public. For a full schedule visit their website: http://www.cwos.org/index.asp.

    “It keeps getting better! This was our third year collaborating with L.A.M.P. and now, the 1000+ people who come to celebrate Artspace's Grand Opening of City-Wide Open Studios, the participating artists and their supporters, come to expect this luminous after-party,” added Artspace Executive Director Helen Kauder. “To be able to cap off our launch with a stroll through Ninth Square to quirky pop up destinations makes LAMP linger in our collective consciousness long after the lights have gone out.”

    October 4th was also On9’s kick off monthly First Friday event where three new businesses celebrated joining New Haven’s thriving Ninth Square neighborhood. The grand openings of Meat & Co., Inspired Turkey and Giampietro Gallery took place during the latest “On9” festivities in the district. 1st Fridays On9 is a collaborative open-house evening that happens monthly from April through December and features creative events to spark vitality in the shops, eateries, residences, cultural arts centers in the historic 9th Square neighborhood.

    "It is always great to see the street filled with people, as well as the neighboring restaurants. It is always positive for the community when new visitors come to the 9th district and explore this exciting area of New Haven,” said Neville Wisdom, owner of Neville Wisdom Fashion Design Studio on Orange Street.

    "It was a beautiful night and it was so nice to see all the people out enjoying everything this event had to offer,” added Denise Lysak from Reynolds Fine Arts. “We can't wait for next year! It was a great way to bring attention to the businesses in the Ninth Square.”

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