Exhibit at the mARTket

Spring into Music, Art, Food & Fun with the Artist Village

Spring into Music, Art, Food & Fun with the Artist Village

Norwalk 2.0 unveils spring line up of downtown boosting programming

In a true sense of spanning all multimedia options, Norwalk 2.0 announces several projects due for release this spring.

As part of the kick off to all of the fun, Norwalk 2.0 will be showing the world premiere of the trailer for Norwalk’s Future: Right Here, Right Now, a documentary about the past, present and future of downtown Norwalk, filmed and produced by The Preferred Group. Norwalk 2.0 will debut the movie trailer next Thursday April 3rd, as part of a downtown focused FUNdraiser. The festivities will be held from 7-9pm at Fat Cat Wine Room located at 3 Wall Street. Tickets are $25 in advance via website; $30 at the door.

At the event, Norwalk 2.0 will also talk about the upcoming Freese Park Artist Village project. Between May 29th and June 14th, six shipping containers will form the building blocks to an exciting three weekend event in the heart of Norwalk’s downtown riverfront. There is an open call for ideas, soliciting individuals and teams to propose projects that will be part of creating the village. The deadline for applications is April 15. More details are available at the Norwalk 2.0 website: norwalk2.org.

Showcasing murals in City Hall and the Norwalk Public Library, banners depicting highlights of the artworks along with historical facts will be installed on the fences at City Hall, East Wall Street, Freese Park and the Library. This outdoor fence exhibit will encourage people to take a stroll through the downtown and visit the collections at City Hall and the Library.

Accompanying the installation, a guidebook to the history of downtown Norwalk will tell the story through the centuries of its development. Dorothy Mobilia, longtime Norwalk resident and author of How Jimmy John won his Cloak of Freedom, contributed research and authored the historical narrative for the initiative.

Both projects, the fence exhibit and guidebook, will include downloadable resources from the Norwalk 2.0 web site, including a self guided walking tour.

Norwalk 2.0 has raised approximately 60% of the budget of $75,000 needed for programming activities for the Freese Park Artist Village project. All money has been raised thus far from State grants, private foundations and individual donations.

Join Norwalk 2.0 and friends to find out how you can be in the movie, be a part of the Freese Park Artist Village, and have a role in shaping Norwalk’s future.

“We’re excited about getting past the winter so we can launch some of our initiatives,” said Maribeth Becker, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0. “This spring will be awesome with something for everyone.”

“The surprising thing about Norwalk Center is its strong community,” said Jackie Lightfield, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0. “We had such overwhelming support last year, that we’re bringing back the chairs, bringing back the music, and bringing back the fun.”

Norwalk 2.0 has been working in partnership with the City of Norwalk, Department of Public Works, Department of Recreation, Parks and Culture, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Preservation Trust and Norwalk Historical Society in efforts to leverage the interests and activities of the organizations in the area.

Norwalk 2.0 is part of a growing national movement that leverages art, technology and culture to increase social engagement and participation in communities through creative placemaking. Becker and Lightfield founded Norwalk 2.0 in the summer of 2010 to address needs in Norwalk after extensive work as civic leaders.

Norwalk 2.0’s mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

Looking For Historic Wall Street Photos

Share Your History:

Norwalk 2.0 looking for images and documents that tell the story of downtown Norwalk

Norwalk 2.0 is collecting images that document the history of Wall Street and downtown Norwalk and illustrate its many changes. A selection will be chosen for reproduction in a walking history trail exhibit and map and website that will be installed next month.

We are asking anyone interested in helping with the project to to bring old photos, maps or other interesting documents, to POP City (68 Wall Street), specifically photos, maps, images or anything that illustrates the history of downtown between the 1930s and the 1980s. The dates we are collecting at POP City are Saturday August 24th from 10 am to 2 pm and on Monday August 26th from 4 pm to 8 pm.

All materials will be scanned on the spot and returned.

Images that are selected will be reproduced and displayed as part of an outdoor exhibit at key points along the arts trail established as part of Norwalk 2.0’s creative placemaking project – FACES of Norwalk. This initiative is designed to ignite activity in downtown Norwalk and bring back a sense of community and pride in the neighborhood.

Wall Street, which connects the East and West parts of Norwalk with a bridge over the Norwalk River has been a vital part of Norwalk’s growth up until the 1955 flood. Norwalk 2.0’s ongoing project aims to capture the cultural significance of the history since that point and has created programs and projects that have brought attention to the area.

“We’ve long been believers that cultural exhibits don’t have to always be in a formal setting and contained within a building out of context where things actually happened,” said Jackie Lightfield co-founder of Norwalk 2.0. “We hope that by placing an exhibit in context of what is here now and what was once there will enable the viewer to explore the ties to the recent past and connect with how history is something that is living part of a community.”

“So much of what Wall Street was in its peak is still visible;” said co-founder Maribeth Becker. “this exhibit will bring stories to life.”

Norwalk 2.0 thanks Dorothy Mobilia, Peter Bondi, Rick McQuaid, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk Preservation Trust and the Redevelopment Agency for their help with this endeavor.

Norwalk 2.0 is a community and economic development organization dedicated to bringing people back to heart of Norwalk’s downtown. Linking the past with the future, the FACES of Norwalk project received funding support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (DECD Office of the Arts) as part of the Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP-3) Arts Leadership Implementation grant program.

Norwalk 2.0 is part of a growing national movement that leverages technology to increase social engagement and participation in communities. Gov 2.0, Code for America and Startup America all focus on delivering tech tools to local organizations and communities to enable better and more efficient ways of making communities better.

Becker and Lightfield founded Norwalk 2.0 in the summer of 2010 to address needs in Norwalk after extensive work as civic leaders.

Norwalk 2.0’s mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

Info on the Peeps Show

Peeps Show Opening/Pop-Up Gallery-August 24. 6:30-10pm. SONO

Twelve Firing Circuit Artists will be exhibiting at the mARTket Pop-Up Gallery
136 Washington St., South Norwalk, Ct. (home of the old Sweet Rexies/next to Donavan’s).

Opening Reception:
Wednesday August 24, 2011 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursday and Friday – 4 pm – 10 pm
Saturday – 3 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 12 noon – 6 pm
or by appointment (contact any artist below)

Special Events:
“DRAW WITH THE ARTIST”
demo and instruction by Lori Lohstoeter.  Thursday from 7-10pm (description below)
“IT TAKES A VILLAGE”
collaborative clay installation project with Denise Minnerly.  Friday from 7-9pm (description below)

“DRAW WITH THE ARTIST” WITH LORI LOHSTOETER
ALL AGES/ALL LEVELS — BYO-SUPPLIES AND FOLDING CHAIR
Watch how an artist sets up an interesting still life using every day objects.
Watch how an artist builds an image starting with line and adding value for creating dimension.

Enjoy talking with an artist about drawing.

Enjoy a free drawing lessons filled with tips and shared techniques.
Lori is an experienced art instructor. She teaches drawing at Norwalk Community College as well as creative computer programs with private students: artorg911.com your creative computer help line.  For complete information on Lori, go to her website: loriloh.com

“IT TAKES A VILLAGE” WITH DENISE MINNERLY
ALL AGES/ALL LEVELS

Come and participate in a collaborative installation project.  Each participant will mold their own ball of clay into a small house to be included in a future gallery installation.  Artist Denise Minnerly will guide you through the process of creating your version of a home with her intuitive imagination and vision.  For complete information on Denise, go to her website: deniseminnerly.com


EXHIBITING FIRING CIRCUITS ARTISTS AND SITE LINKS:
Heather Braxton heatherbraxton.com, Mario Cipri/845-490-4402, Mari Gyorgyey (facebook/mari georgyey and her art), Elisa Keogh elisakeogh.com Karen Larocque kdlart@optonline.net, Susan Leggitt susanleggitt.com, Regina Sender Levin reginaslevin@gmail.com, Lori Lohstoeter loriloh.com, Denise Minnerly deniseminnerly.com, Derek Uhlman uhlman.com, Karen Vogel karenvogelstudio.com, and Carla Wales carlawalesart.com


SPACE DONATED BY Tom Rich, managing Partner of T.R. SoNo Partners, an FD Rich Company affiliate.

EVENT SPONSORED BY Norwalk 2.0 whose mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

For information check out the website at www.norwalk2.org.