New Haven, Connecticut- The ECOCA (Ely Center of Contemporary Art) Block Party takes place Sunday, October 2 from 2-5 p.m. at 51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, featuring music, food, art to make and take, and the venue’s latest exhibition to celebrate the future of ECOCA.

Trumbull Street will be closed for the first time to commemorate the purchase of the John Slade Ely House and the rich history of ECOCA supporting the community through art. The acquisition of the John Slade Ely house in May 2022 reinforces ECOCA’s commitment to future generations and freedom of expression.

Since 1964, ECOCA has balanced historical preservation with innovative and singular pieces of contemporary art. Join the group as they reimagine their legacy, the future of art and community programming in New Haven, CT.

The block party will feature contemporary pieces from different art collectives from across New England. The artists will be present to share what inspires them, their techniques and their process with the participants.

A Full House exhibition was organized highlighting the following local art collectives:

Connectic*nt Community Zine Library
Social ice cream
Norwalk Art Space

The event will also feature GENESISa solo exhibition of window paintings and typographic prints by Jonathan Weinberg, and a pop-up project by the Folding Chair Collective.

Come for the art and stay for the food. There will be delicious food options for all dietary restrictions. Olmo Bagels will launch its new pizza bagel as part of the block party festivities, and Alegría Café and Lalibela will have food trucks available for visitors.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy music and entertainment, featuring the musical styles of DJ Dooley-O as well as a wide variety of activities, including live screen printing by Deadby5am, creating cyanotypes with Ice Cream Social , zine making with Connectic*nt, cultural postcards with sk .ArtSpace, and more!

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