Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Events
Our series of artist-led and community-driven events brings the gallery walls to life. Join us for creative workshops and conversations. All are free and open to the public.
Check back for more on our closing festivities!
FLAG RETIREMENT & CLOSING CELEBRATION
Sunday August 13, 1–4 pm
Throughout the exhibit, community members are invited to bring in flags they wish to retire. At our closing, collected flags will be retired with proper burning in this special ceremony led by Derek Torrellas and James Namnoun, VFW New Haven Chaplain.
FREE YOGA FOR ALL IN THE GARDEN
Sunday, August 6, 2 pm
108 Monkeys invites all bodies, ages, and abilities to move and breathe together in the Ely Center’s charming backyard. Enliven a peaceful pursuit of social justice through yoga with instructor and Street Bodhi Xan McKnight—then step inside to reflect on the flag’s potential for resistance and resilience. Mats are available if needed, but we encourage you to bring your own mat.
Sunday, August 6, 1–4 pm
Though always open to all, on this day the exhibit extends an especially friendly welcome to young visitors, offering an interactive scavenger hunt to lead eager explorers through the gallery, prompting questions to deepen young viewers’ engagement with the artwork, and design-your-own-flag coloring pages.
NEELY BRUCE AND FRIENDS
Thursday, August 3, 7 pm
Join us this evening for an extraordinary musical performance with with Neely Bruce and Friends singing the entire Bill of Rights. Don't be late as the piece takes just under 30 minutes. Questions and discussion will follow. Don't miss this ECOCA SPECIAL EVENT!
LAND OF THE FREE? THINK TANK
Wednesday, August 2, 6 pm
Artist, activist, and entrepreneur Jay Critchley will open a conversation on social practice as art. When Jay founded the Old Glory Condom Corporation, he redefined patriotism in the fight against HIV/AIDS and won a controversial three-year legal battle for its US Trademark, and that was only the beginning! In this practical, artist-led workshop on civically engaged art, community members from all backgrounds and experiences are invited to bring a new idea you’re not sure how to execute, a project you’d like to pitch, or a work-in-progress for feedback!
PHOTO TRANSFER WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 27, 6 pm
In featured artist Christine Tinsley’s mixed media project “SisterVet,” she honors the stories of women veterans through portraits on special handmade paper made from dress uniforms—melding fabric, memory, and beautiful images. Tinsley will share her practice with participants, guiding them through a “Purell transfer” process that transfers images to her handmade paper in unique, evocative, and sometimes surprising ways! All materials are provided for this fun and easy workshop, but participants are encouraged to bring a digital file of an image or photo to transfer.
FLAG WEAVING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, July 26, 6 pm & Sunday July 30, 2 pm
Visual artist, textile designer, and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin invites attendees of all ages and abilities to experience the unique joys of textile art and introductory weaving technique. Each participant will create their own unique woven flag using bamboo, yarn, and textiles, inspired by the artist’s own intricate woven flags that grace the exhibit. Looms and materials provided.
Sunday July 23, 2 pm
Featured artist Dooley-O, a hip hop and graffiti artist and the mastermind DJ/producer behind the Back Room, highlights the powerful contributions of graffiti to the exhibit and to our daily landscape in the city of New Haven. After an introductory discussion and demonstration on primed wood panels, Dooley-O will invite participants to try their hands, collaborating on a final group painting.
Thursday, July 20, 5 pm
Featured artists Stanwyck Cromwell and Moussa Gueye will lead participants through a collage workshop. Gueye, a former IRIS client from Mauritania, and Cromwell, who immigrated from Guyana to Bloomfield, CT 40 years ago and has explored immigrant experience in his artistry through that time, will guide participants in translating identity into expression through the special art of collecting, juxtaposing, and collaging, which is integral to both artists’ own work. While collage materials are provided, attendees are invited to bring images, objects, or clippings that they are significant, interesting, or inspiring to them.
OPEN FORUM ON THE FLAG & NEW AMERICANS
Thursday July 20, 7 pm
Featured artists Stanwyck Cromwell, Moussa Gueye, Gabriella Svenningsen, and Susan Clinard open a dialogue about their artistry as well as the flag’s special meanings for immigrants, refugees, and New Americans. In this informal public forum, we welcome everyone in our community to join in the conversation.
Neely Bruce and Friends sing the "Bill of Rights" at ECOCA on August 3, 2017.
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QUESTIONS? Contact event liaison Molly FitzMaurice at email@example.com
Our events are made possible through the generous support of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Wells Fargo.