Celebrate New Haven


The New Haven Free Public Library and local artist Rashmi are teaming up for Celebrate New Haven: A Collaborative City-Wide Photo Collage, a community art project open to the public that will be on display at all five library locations.

Participants are invited to submit photographs of the City of New Haven and all its neighborhoods that will be used as elements in the larger co-created collages.

Each neighborhood is going to create its own community mural composed of photos taken and submitted by library users and New Haven residents. Each library will create two 2’ x 5.4’collages, one of which will remain on display in the local library while the other will be a part of a larger 5-part installation that will live at the Ives Main Library representing the whole New Haven Free Public Library and its neighborhoods.

Work together to select the photographs for the collage! Each collage will be a collaborative effort between residents, the Library, and Rashmi, all working together to highlight New Haven’s rich cultural community and history! Workshops are open to all ages and abilities.

For all collage workshop locations and dates from January through April 2017, download the posters by location:

Ives Main Library
Fair Haven Library
Mitchell Library
Stetson Library
Wilson Library

This is your opportunity to submit a photo into this larger mosaic of images from across New Haven’s neighborhoods. New and old photographs of New Haven are welcome! Rashmi will print all photographs for inclusion in the community collage.

Click your New Haven Free Public Library or neighborhood of choice to email your photos to Rashmi!

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Rashmi launched Celebrate New Haven at Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios Armory Weekend on October 15 & 16 – now join her at all New Haven Free Public Library locations to continue building the Celebrate New Haven collages!

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About Rashmi
Rashmi is a professional artist with a fine arts degree from Bombay, India with additional specialization in photography and ceramics. She has explored the world around her through photo collages, ink drawings and paper sculptures. Her work has been exhibited and has been purchased by private collectors in USA, India, Middle East, and Europe.


Rashmi. Houses of Bombay. 42″ X 30″

Since immigrating to Connecticut in 1991, Rashmi has involved herself in the local art community and has exhibited her paintings, drawings, collages and installations in the New Haven and Hartford area as well as in New York. She has given lectures about her work statewide and in major corporate settings and organizations, including the New Britain Museum of American Art and GE Financial. Rashmi has received a visual arts fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and grants from the CT Office of the Arts Regional Grant Initiative program through the Arts Council of Greater New Haven as well as the current grant from the CT Office of the Arts Public Art Community Projects program.

She has served as a co-coordinator and the director, for City-Wide Open Studios and is currently part of the Visual Arts Committee at Artspace, New Haven and the Visual Arts Advisory Group at the Arts Council of New Haven.

Learn more about Rashmi.

Celebrate New Haven is supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the NHFPL Foundation.

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