NEW HAVEN - New Haven Museum will hold “New Haven @ Work: Two Conversations,” a
duo of in-depth discussions with young designers, entrepreneurs and
community organizers to examine the evolving nature of work in the city on Feb. 5 and 12, according to a release.
“'New Haven @ Work' events were made possible by support from
Connecticut Humanities. (and) is part of “Connecticut at
Work,” a year-long conversation about the past, present and future of
work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities. Both events
will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception (by donation) at 5 p.m. Admission to both events is free," the release said.
Producing Curator Elinor Slomba said, also in the release, that, the two dialogs, “The Future of Work: A Community Discussion,”
and “Design and Style: Raising the Profile,” will help create “a shared
understanding of how our history influences our current sense of place,
and examine how New Haven might become a city better known for its
design and style.”
"Using the New Haven Museum's current exhibition, 'Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square,' as a touchstone, panelists
from some of New Haven’s most collaborative and creative workspaces will
draw upon the city’s industrial past and examine emerging trends.
Slomba is also the founder of Arts Interstices in New Haven, and
producing curator at The Grove, a dynamic, co-working space in New
Haven," the release said.
All o the following also is from the release, not edited here:
conjunction with the panel discussions, high-school students from The
Future Project, New Haven are participating in a Youth-Driven Design
Challenge, working with local experts in social media,
communications, industrial design, graphic design, user experience and
web development, and more to put together a marketing campaign using
contemporary communications tools and processes to promote goods,
services and social movements that were once important in Wooster
Square. Along the way the students will form their own opinions and
observations about the process of co-designing and collaborating in a
The Future of Work: A Community Discussion
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; snow date: Friday, February 7, 4-6pm
Moderator: Elinor Slomba, founder, Arts Interstices, and producing curator, The Grove
Panelists: Giula Gouge, founder, SheSoSocial, LLC.; Krishna Sampeth, manager, A100 program; Sarah Tankoos, director of engagement, The Future Project, New Haven; Rhonda Voos, master caner, practitioner and teacher at Association of Artists to Cane.
The “Future of Work”
includes an open space style conversation, web-café style, for breakout
sessions. The discussion will look at the rise and fall of industry in
New Haven, from the pre-Industrial Revolution to the post-Industrial
Revolution, and its current service industries and knowledge work,
return to artful making, and platforms for community-building, hosting,
and communicating. Participants will examine reformist ideas from the past being revisited in New Haven: fashion; “betterment” and productivity; work-life balance; changing organizational paradigms; specialization and skill-building; job creation, and more.
Design and Style: Raising the Profile
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; snow date: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Moderator: Wm. Frank Mitchell, Ph.D., guest co-curator, “Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square,” consulting museum curator, author.
Mark Krueger, stone sculptor based in Wallingford, CT, co-owner of an
art and design gallery to open in Yale Science Park in 2014; Mark
Moneypenny, senior industrial designer at Big Bang; Sarah
Scranton, entrepreneur and Project Storefronts alumna, New Haven;
Heather Strycharz, founder, Love Local Design and web design instructor
at Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
The “Design and Style”
dialog will cover garment manufacturers and today’s fashionistas; how
packaging and promotion have changed through the centuries; industrial
product design; interior style; collaborations between architects,
designers and artisans; changing ideas in urban design; and more.
The Future of Work: A Community Discussion
and Producing Curator Elinor Slomba holds a B.A. in cultural
anthropology from The College of William and Mary. She is the founder of
Arts Interstices, which connects the art and start-up worlds and is an
approved service provider to the Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem. She
is the producing curator for The Grove, a co-working space in New Haven;
a guest curator for the Whitney Center and Artspace; a producer for the
9th Square walking tour – at the International Festival of
Art & Ideas; and a co-author of an upcoming book on remote work. She
is certified to use the Agile project management framework known as
Panelist Giula Gouge is the founder of SheSoSocial, LLC and an experienced marketer who
cultivates relationships through social media for Fairhaven Furniture,
Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists, International Festival of Arts &
Ideas, among others, and has done strategic brand research and
implementation for Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Children’s Hospital, Smilow
Cancer Center, New Alliance Bank and the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
Krishna Sampeth is manager of the A100 program, a public-private
partnership between Independent Software and the State of Connecticut to
deepen the local talent pool by training young computer programmers and
web developers for placement with Connecticut companies. He is also an
attorney, consultant, and educator specializing in legal
research and writing, policy analysis, strategic planning, project
management, teaching/training, interviewing, and public speaking.
Tankoos is the director of engagement at The Future Project, New Haven,
a national movement to transform high schools into places of passion,
creativity, and risk taking. An
advocate of the growth mindset and human-centered design, she graduated
from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in sociology
and a specialization in community-based research and experiential
education. She served the Peace Corps in Guatemala from 2009 to 2011.
Panelist Rhonda Voos is a master caner who practices and teaches at
the Association of Artists to Cane, a studio owned by Marrakech, Inc.,
in New Haven, which gives people with disabilities an opportunity to
work in a supportive atmosphere, earning an income while learning the
fine traditional craft of chair caning.
Design and Style: Raising the Profile
Wm. Frank Mitchell is a guest co-curator of the New Haven Museum
exhibition, “Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square.” He is a
consulting curator to the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum;
the collections manager for New Haven Free Public Library Municipal Art
Collection; an adjunct curator for The Amistad Center for Art &
Culture, The Wadsworth Atheneum; and an instructor in the Urban and
Community Studies program at the University of Connecticut, West
Hartford, CT. He holds a Ph.D. in American culture from the University
of Michigan, an M.A. in African-American studies from Yale, and an A.B.
in history/English from Bowdoin College.
Mark Krueger is a stone sculptor based in Wallingford, Connecticut, who
works with designers and architects to execute high-end, residential
stone installations. He is a public speaker on the innovations he has
made in his approaches to interior design, and the future of
collaboration in Connecticut’s design industry. He is also co-owner of
an art and design gallery, Yale Science Park, slated to open in 2014.
Mark Moneypenny is a senior industrial designer with Big Bang. He works
with clients to achieve cohesive and aspirational brand images through
strong product design. His range of projects and challenges includes
collaboration with Cuisinart on innovative culinary tools. He has been co-awarded patents on the design of an air humidifier, a stretchable picture frame and a secure-parcel delivery box. He holds a B.S. in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati.
Sarah Scranton was the owner and operator of Lipgloss Crisis, a retail
and event space for Connecticut makers, designers and fashionistas. She
studied illustration at The Art Institute of Boston
and launched her enterprise on Chapel Street in New Haven’s Ninth
Square through Project Storefronts in 2013. She studies emergent fashion
and design trends and their connections to various historical periods.
Heather Strycharz is the founder of Love Local Design, a web design
firm specializing in user experience; an instructor in web design at
Northwestern Connecticut Community College, in Winsted, Connecticut; and
a photographer who regularly documents local places and events around
Connecticut at Work
Haven @ Work” is part of “Connecticut at Work,” a year-long
conversation about the past, present and future of work life in
Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities. “Connecticut at Work” travels across the state through December 2014. The program features the Smithsonian Institution’s “The Way We Worked” exhibition,
with stops in seven communities: New Haven, Torrington, Hartford,
Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford and Groton. Surrounding communities are
adding local focus with community history exhibits, book and film
discussions, author talks, performances and more. “Connecticut at Work” is
an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities. In New Haven, “Connecticut at
Work” is a partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and
New Haven Free Public Library. The Connecticut tour of “The Way We
Worked” is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. For a calendar of events and more information, visit http://cthumanities.org/ctatwork.
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