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    (1/23/2012) NEW HAVEN- The Winchester Revitalization Art Project will host its third Coffee House and Open Mic Night this Saturday, January 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Yummie's Restaurant at 679 Dixwell Avenue. Artists of all ages and skill are invited to participate. There will be a live band and refreshments.

    W.R.A.P. is an ongoing project of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, the Livable City Initiative, and the Office of Economic Development. The project seeks to encourage arts and culture in the Newhallville neighborhood through programming on Winchester Avenue and other area venues. The neighborhood-based program seeks to engage the community in positive arts activities that take advantage of vacant city-owned lots and other community spaces.

    “The Newhallville area has seen substantial public and private investment in recent years for newly paved roads, new sidewalks, housing rehabilitation, tree trimming, street lighting, as well as the Science Park development. W.R.A.P. leverages those investments by highlighting the local arts community in existing spaces and vacant or underutilized lots,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

    “This project has brought new positive energy to Newhallville by providing spaces for youth and adults to meet and interact with other members of the community. Bringing art to these local places has made a huge difference by giving people opportunities to share their talents with each other,” said Alderwoman Alfreda Edwards.

    Last summer W.R.A.P. offered free arts experiences three times a week on the empty lot on Winchester Avenue between Division and Starr streets. Activities included hip-hop dancing, introduction to guitar, painting, and drama. Small theatrical vignettes were also hosted outside the police substation on Winchester Avenue. A large chess board with life-sized pieces was also placed outside the substation.

    Artists interested in participating in Saturday’s open mic night should contact (203) 946-7172 or wrapmoore@gmail.com. Photographs from a previous open mic event can be found on the Office of Cultural Affair’s Facebook page.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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