The current Project Storefronts headquarters, on Chapel Street near State, represents indoor safety, security and stability for local artist. Last week, however, the organization—which occupies unrented downtown storefronts and subleases them as start-up business spaces for a new breed of creative retailers—hosted a meeting for artists who can’t wait to get out on the streets.
The collective inspirational light bulb, as you’ll see for yourself Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m., is LAMP, the second annual illuminated outdoor series of art installations. It's run by a loose collective of artists, small businessfolk, community volunteers and other bright sparks.
LAMP (it stands for Light Artists Making Places) was brightening the night in Ninth Square months before a number of other recent projects in the neighborhood began, such as the district-wide On9 events held on the first Friday of every month.
October 5 is lit with LAMP, and also makes the fourth On9 offering, this time themed “Create On9” and featuring exhibits, sales and special events at lots of Ninth Square neighborhood businesses.
LAMP also conjuncts handily with one of the largest and most firmly entrenched New Haven visual arts celebrations of the year. Tonight’s the opening night of City-Wide Open Studios. That event, celebrating its 15th anniversary. CWOS’ downtown headquarters, Artspace, has its own projections to promote—a special “Crystal Palace Film Festival” of 21 short films with crystal themes, in honor of Open Studios’, ahem, crystal anniversary.
The LAMP people were gung-ho and bursting with ideas last week at Project Storefronts, which has been a part of all the On9 events and has been instrumental in helping motivate the "creative" businesses in the Ninth Square.
The On9 stuff technically goes from 6 to 8 p.m On some of the months, the festivities have started early, but often—especially if you're out with your kids and not heading to a club or bar afterwards—the receptions and such seem to start winding down just as they're getting started.
Tonight, the lights will still be on.