Letter from the editor- April 2013

In this edition of The Arts Paper we explore the intersection of art and science, where it exists in the Greater New Haven region. We’re particularly excited to share details of a compelling project called Reintegrate: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts and Sciences.

As the Arts Council’s communications manager, Amanda May, explains in her feature story, “the project began in September 2012 with a widely distributed request for proposals that attracted 42 submissions from artist/scientist teams. An independent panel of artists and scientists awarded $10,000 grants to teams whose projects met a variety of criteria, including an emphasis on the collaborative process.”

In Amanda’s piece, you’ll meet the seven Reintegrate teams and learn about the projects on which they’re working.

The Arts Council’s executive director, Cindy Clair, points out that “the impetus behind Reintegrate is the strength of creativity in both the arts and sciences in our region.”

Fittingly, this edition of The Arts Paper was produced in conjunction with the Arts Council’s Reintegrate project, which in turn was made possible by a pilot Creative Placemaking grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts.

In his Artists Next Door feature, Hank Hoffman introduces readers to John Arabolos, a professional interior designer and artist-in-residence at the University of New Haven’s Department of Visual Arts whose “interest in the interplay of art and science,” Hank’s story explains, “dates back to his undergraduate days at the Hartford Art School and post-graduate work at the Pratt Institute in the 1970s.”

“For me, after conceptual art, there hasn’t been much of anything I’ve considered a real movement in art except for people working in the sciences and math,” Hank quotes Arabolos as saying.

Also featured in this edition of The Arts Paper is an article by Amanda about Night Rainbow / Global Rainbow New Haven, an installation by Yvette Mattern that Amanda explains “will consist of seven laser beams projected from the top of East Rock Park.”

Amanda tells us in her piece that Night Rainbow, which is being presented by the imaginative folks at Site Projects, can be described as “an angular interpretation of a natural rainbow” or as “a light installation, a sculpture, ephemeral art, land art, and/or public art.”

This month’s edition of The Arts Paper will introduce readers to the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra – an ensemble whose instrumentalists work, study, and teach at the Yale School of Medicine – and will recommend a handful of pertinent and fascinating “TED Talks.”

And I’ve taken the opportunity – given the theme we’ve assigned this edition of our publication – to say a few words about Hungarian composer Béla Bartók fascination with the Fibonacci series and the golden mean, and how he used those mathematical principals to enhance the beauty of the folk tunes he explored in his extraordinary music.

As I mentioned in this column last month, we’re pleased to be taking steps toward reducing our carbon footprint by using soy inks and more environmentally responsible paper in producing this publication. And we encourage you to recycle these pages once you’ve finished reading the stories thereon. At that point, we hope you’ll look forward to the May edition of The Arts Paper, which will explore New Haven’s fashion scene.

Sincerely,
David Brensilver
Editor, The Arts Paper

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