NEFA Award Recipient
New Haven, CT
September 17, 2012
2010 - Present
Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) 2011
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) took note of the growing empty storefronts and seized the opportunity provided by this current economic downturn to imaginatively utilize existing their community resources by matching entrepreneurial artists, with collaborative property owners with vacant spaces, DCA sent out its first call to artists in to participate in a pilot program in March of 2010. The motivation for this project was to enhance the walkabilitiy of downtown and provide small business opportunities to the creative community. As a result a new network of budding businesses and creative exchanges take place daily and in the evenings 7 days a week. Many visitors travel to Project Storefronts as a destination on this previously less traveled street.