Led by Arts for Learning Connecticut’s very own Alex Novak Foster, Education Manager, a team of local artists and community volunteers have completed the New Haven State Street underpass mural.
Conceived of by Alex and local artist Anika Steward, this project was a result of collaboration between the Bradley Street Bicycle Co-Op, the Upper State Street Association, and AFLCT, and received funding from the City of New Haven’s Economic Development Corporation.
The design centers on historic buildings from the neighborhood’s past—as well as current homes, businesses, and buildings along State Street. A special treat is Alex’s father’s childhood home on Avon Street, where she now lives, with her art studio occupying his once-childhood bedroom.
We’re so thankful to the dozens of volunteers who contributed to this project—financially and artistically, with many weekends of community painting events bringing the mural to life. And we’re exceptionally proud of Alex, whose commitment to bettering the lives of those around her through the arts is now enshrined across hundreds of feet of beautiful, colorful, enlivening space in her neighborhood.
To learn more about this project, please check out Lucy Gellman’s great article in for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven: New Underpass Mural Brightens State Street Corridor.