Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT)

Submitted by Barry Svigals

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Client: The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven

Location: New Haven, USA

Completion date: 2012

Project Team

Architect

Svigals + Partners

Artist

Joseph Schlosser

Svigals + Partners

Overview

ConnCAT occupies 15,000 sf of space and trains 100 local unemployed and underemployed adults a year for phlebotomy, medical coding and billing jobs. The School also holds a digital arts and reading program for kids. Svigals Partners, an architecture art firm, engaged the entire firm to paint a mural on the wall at the entrance to ConnCAT. On opening day, the client and employees of ConnCAT completed finishing touches of red paint to their mural.

Goals

ConnCAT is non-profit organization whose collaborative nature has established a successful program for unemployed adults and troubled youth in the area. In support of a company that gives 100% back to their community, the staff at Svigals Partners wanted to give them a piece of art that represented their lively, collaborative spirit. As we came together as a firm to complete this mural, the employees and leaders of ConnCAT came together to finish this piece of art that serves as a welcome greeting to each person who walks through their doors.

Process

The original piece of art was completed by Barry Svigals and was scaled to fit the wall in ConnCAT. 10-15 employees of Svigals Partners worked on separate pieces of the mural, volunteering their time throughout the work day. Each piece came together to create a cohesive mural painting. On opening day for the facility, Svigals staff was there with red paint so that several donors and leaders of ConnCAT could add their mark to the mural.