A "Community Wall" in Newhallville
PAVE! New Haven is an AmeriCorps VISTA project that brings together community organizations throughout New Haven to help children and families, aiming to improve the city's education-related services. NHS joined their collaborative efforts recently to design a “community wall,” a neighborhood beautification project, in Newhallville.
|Shelton Avenue, with the Farmington Canal Trail on the left and Cerda's Market on the right. Photo courtesy Google Maps.|
|A rendering of the final vision. Each door and window space will eventually be filled with decorative panels.|
The community wall project will fill the empty door and window spaces of this wall with plywood panels featuring decorative elements. The project provides six empty spaces in varying sizes (four window-sized, two door-sized) that need to be occupied. In our current vision, student art will fill the first and third spaces, with larger artwork filling the second space. The fourth space will be utilized as a “window,” featuring a window box with flowers and brightly painted shutters. The fifth space has been painted with chalkboard paint mixed from materials left over from NHS’ construction projects. The sixth space will likely be some form of interactive art to engage passersby.
|The wall as it currently stands.|
|NHS' Community Building Specialist, Stephen Cremin-Endes, assesses the project site with volunteers from Yale University.|
Thank you to the volunteers and the Yale Chaplain’s office for choosing to partner with us and for spending their Spring Break working on this project! Your time and skills were essential for getting the project started.
The community wall project will be formally announced at Lincoln-Bassett School on Tuesday, April 1st, from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM as part of the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayor Toni Harp and others will come together to recognize the impact that national service has had on New Haven.
If you are interested in joining us there, please RSVP to Shannon. To find out more about Mayor’s Day of Recognition, or to see other cities that are recognizing the impact of national service, please visit the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)’s website.