February 25, 2018

Contact:  Debbie Hesse
Telephone:  203-804-9561
Address:  51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT
Hours:  Wednesday & Thursday 5-8pm, Saturdays & Sunday, 1–4 pm 

Public Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5 – 8 pm
Public Closing Reception: Thursday, April 5, 5 – 8 pm
Ely Center of Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven
Free and open to the public
Parking is free on Sundays

Each year during Women’s History Month, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (ECOCA) showcases In Grace We Trust, an exhibition that commemorates the philanthropic work of Grace T. Ely. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change — a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges, and rise together to create our future narratives.

This year, ECOCA is collaborating with Nasty Women Connecticut for the group show Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity in the home, providing room to explore ideas around gender, equity, sexuality, individuality, and domestic life.

Throughout the month of March, the Ely Center will host a series of related public programming, including a panel discussion moderated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, performances, film screenings, workshops, and artists talks.

Additional information can be seen at and  Large res images available upon request.


The mission of Ely Center of Contemporary Art is to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where arts organizations and the public could assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice.

Nasty Women Connecticut is a platform for organization and resistance. We aim to remove elitism from our local art scene and empower all members of our community to participate in making and experiencing art. In so doing, we use art a vehicle of communication to unite all communities in our local area and we demonstrate solidarity in the face of threats imposed upon so many of our own neighbors by the current administration.