New Haven @ Work: Three Centuries of Innovation, and Counting…Two Contemporary Conversations at the New Haven Museum
On two consecutive Wednesday evenings, February 5 and 12, 2014, the New Haven Museum will host “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. “New Haven @ Work” events were made possible by support from Connecticut Humanities. “New 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. Both events will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception (by donation) at 5 p.m. Admission to both events is free..
According to Producing Curator Elinor Slomba, 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.
In 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 work environment.
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.
Panelists: 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
Moderator 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 Scrum.
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.
Panelist 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.
Panelist Sarah 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
Moderator: 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.
Panelist: 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.
Panelist: 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.
Panelist” 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.
Panelist: 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 New Haven.
Connecticut at Work
“New 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 cthumanities.org/
Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square
With the most extensive use of the New Haven Museum’s collections to date, “Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square” offers an in-depth and often personal view of the neighborhood’s 18th-century beginnings, the evolution of industry and the arrival of immigrants, the effect of urban renewal, and the impact of historic preservation. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014, and is made possible with lead support from Connecticut Humanities.
About the New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information visit newhavenmuseum.org or facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum.