Artists Live

Submitted by Kathleen Zimmerman

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Client: Connecticut Office of the Arts

Location: Mansfield Storrs, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $4,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Tamara Dimitri

Connecticut Office of the Arts

Public Art Agent

Cynthia van Zelm

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Artist

Kathleen Zimmerman

Zimmerman Fine Art Studio

Overview

Artists Live was a visual arts program that started in March and ran through December in 2017. Kathleen Zimmerman and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership were awarded a 2017 Regional Arts Grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and Windham Arts. This program exhibited award-winning Connecticut artists in solo exhibitions along with artist discussions which was open to the public.

Goals

The goals for integrating the commissioned artwork into this project were to establish the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center at 23 Royce Circle in Storrs Connecticut as a place to go to see award-winning Connecticut artists and to facilitate an active exchange between the guest artists and the public. Kathleen was commissioned to exhibit her work and to lead 9 artist discussions, which were open to the public. Kathleen worked with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership to create a new gallery space out of an unused site and demonstrated the high level of work being done by Connecticut artists.

Process

Kathleen Zimmerman approached the Mansfield Downtown Partnership about the possiblity of working together to develop a gallery setting in Storrs, Connecticut. She wrote a grant proposal and was awarded a Regional Arts Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Kathleen used the grant money to exhibit and run the program, while the Mansfield Downtown Partnership provided the site and gallery sitters.

Additional Information

I was happy to work with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the State of Connecticut to get this gallery space established on the right foot. Artists Live was well received and the site continues to be used as an alternative art space.