Site Projects
33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 376-8668 x
Fax 203-7771615
E-mail hello@siteprojects.org
Web and Social Media
A wheat paste mural by internationally-recognized artist SWOON, located at Cafe 9 on Crown Street.
Mission

Public art is an essential part of a healthy, democratic society.  It stimulates community conversations and interactions that embrace diversity and bridge social and economic differences.  Site Projects commissions site-specific, world-class public art bringing cutting-edge 21st century art to historic New Haven, CT.  Site Projects creates and curates an ever-expanding collection of art that is free and open to all in New Haven’s public spaces.

 

 

Mission 

Site Projects is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that commissions world­ class public artworks, programming, and events on a project-by-project basis in partnership with local agencies and organizations that enhance New Haven's cultural heritage and diversity.

 

Values 

 Site Projects values artworks that: 

∙ Engage a broad audience

∙ Preserve community memories

 ∙ Express New Haven’s ever-­changing vision of itself. 

. Invite input and interpretation

 ∙ Cultivate appreciation of sophisticated visual ideas

 ∙ Create learning opportunities

 

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

Site Projects is putting in place our 3rd Public Art Fellows (PAF’19) summer mentorship program for talented HS students from NHV public schools. The final PAF’17 video can be seen here. PAF’19 will focus on site specific video installations focused around areas of New Haven's history.

Since early 2018, Sites has been developing a video history of New Haven to celebrate the 380th birthday, and we will screen a short movie about New Haven't history that will excite the entire community. 

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Aug 01 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Site Projects Inc
Site Projects
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Board Chair Jennifer Yen
Board Chair Company Affiliation PandaSnax Productions
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Public art is an essential part of a healthy, democratic society.  It stimulates community conversations and interactions that embrace diversity and bridge social and economic differences.  Site Projects commissions site-specific, world-class public art bringing cutting-edge 21st century art to historic New Haven, CT.  Site Projects creates and curates an ever-expanding collection of art that is free and open to all in New Haven’s public spaces.

 

 

Mission 

Site Projects is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that commissions world­ class public artworks, programming, and events on a project-by-project basis in partnership with local agencies and organizations that enhance New Haven's cultural heritage and diversity.

 

Values 

 Site Projects values artworks that: 

∙ Engage a broad audience

∙ Preserve community memories

 ∙ Express New Haven’s ever-­changing vision of itself. 

. Invite input and interpretation

 ∙ Cultivate appreciation of sophisticated visual ideas

 ∙ Create learning opportunities

 

Background

Established in 2004, Site Projects has commissioned more than twenty artists and created fifteen artworks and events to date including our first lecture series and round table discussion. 

Leo Villareal’s LED light sculpture ("Chasing Rainbows/New Haven," 2004) illuminated first the New Haven Green and then the Yale Repertory Plaza for four months, winning Site Projects an Arts Council Annual Award.  Jason Hackenwerth’s giant balloon sculptures ("Revenge of the Megadon," 2006) sparked life into the dinosaurs collection of Yale’s Peabody Museum.  He followed that exhibit with a performance piece ("Megamite") on the New Haven Green.  Matej Vogrincic laid-out gigantic steel Erector Set “boats” ("untitled: it used to be my playground," 2007) in the dry bed of the abandoned, historic Farmington Canal. By popular demand, Felice Varini’s, "Square with four circles" (2010), remains on view in Temple Plaza downtown New Haven. This anamorphic mural is the only place in North America where the iconic work of this important European artist can be seen.  In 2011, Site Projects presented Sites.Camera.Action! Film Shorts Festival, a screening of two-minute videos inspired to the Varini artwork. Anticipating 12–14 submissions, Site Projects was surprised to receive 26 video shorts from professionals and amateurs, high school students, and families. A panel of filmmakers and actors selected the winners.

In 2012, in anticipation of the 375th birthday celebration of the City of New Haven in 2013, Site Projects commissioned Yvette Mattern to exhibit a laser light sculpture from the top of East Rock Park. "Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven" shot over the entire city and I-95. On view for four nights, the light sculpture drew huge crowds into the East Rock and Orange Street areas. Trajectory maps of the light sculpture were put in every school in the public school system.  Including the cars traveling on both highways, the estimates of those who witnessed the spectacular sight range from a quarter of a million to 500,000. 

Since then, we have commissioned and disseminated the digital artwork "Whispering Galleries," and have developed the remarkable web app "ArtSitesNewHaven.com" for locating public art throughout the city, commissioned three new works by the street artist Swoon, hosted more than a dozen local and international graffiti artists for "Art in the Park," and presented lectures and conversations with artists Frances Whitehead and Mitch Cope.
In 2016, we hosted 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Rick Lowe, to New Haven for a singular and transformative event series. In 2017, we launched the Public Art Fellows (PAF'17) program to showcase student talent near the Rte. 34 Underpass site (where Sheila de Bretteville's upcoming "Lighting Your Way" artwork will be installed). PAF continued in 2018, this time focusing on the medium of comics and illustration. 2018 also saw the beginning of Site Project's documentary about the waterfront neighborhood of NHV, collecting untold stories from local historians, teachers, and enthusiasts. 

Impact

Accomplishments:

1. Created New Haven's first interactive, digital public art website  [ArtSitesNewHaven.com] that combines the collections of the city, Yale, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Site Projects, and others. It now has 8,400 users.
 
2. Commissioned three public art murals by internationally-recognized artist Swoon. 
 
3. Produced a weekend-long art fair along with the City Department of Parks to renovate and reactivate a deteriorated skate park [Art in the Park].
 
4. Presented an event and lecture series with nationally-recognized artists who work to rebuild city neighborhoods suffering from decline and disinvestment. [Catalyze + Celebrate] 
 
5. Presented a computer-based artwork reinterpreting a 19th century New Haven shopkeeper's journal through erasure poetry; exhibited in every branch of New Haven's public library. [Whispering Galleries] 
 
6. Organized "I Am Shakespeare" film event at Common Ground High School. The documentary-- produced by local filmmaker Stephen Dest, integrates a New Haven narrative through the lens of a young survivor.
 
7. Launched PAF'17 program showcasing student talents on behalf of "..Lighting Your Way.." project, scheduled for installation in 2018 at the Route 34 Connector Underpass between Union Station and Downtown. Student participants and adult mentors collaborated from nearby schools.
 
8. Completed the second PAF program (PAF'18), guiding local high school students to create a comic anthology of their original work focused on public space in NHV through the instruction of adult mentors and visiting professional illustrators. 
 
 
Goals for the current year: 
 
1. Create programming throughout the year in the form of short commissions, lectures, and conversations that supports our bi-annual mega-projects, in order to draw together perspectives, inspire and elicit collaboration and investment.
 
2. Generate a larger ratio of funding through grants from regional and national foundations.
 
3. Devise a strategic plan for the next 3–5 years.
 
4. Increase funding for permanent administrative support, including funding a part-time position of Executive Director.
 
5. Rebrand Site Projects through the launching of a new website and marketing materials, and renewed social media outreach in order to become a leading voice in the conversation on public space, art and community engagement.
 
 
 
Needs
Site Projects has accomplished excellent work with our commissions and programs based solely on the dedication of our volunteer board and committed supporters. However, our aspirations and ambitions have grown with our successes and, as all our board members are working professionals, P/T staff must be expanded. To continue its mission Site Projects needs operational costs to run and market our programs.
Site Projects pays web techs to maintain our growing digital presence (website and app): $6,000
1. The board has resolved to raise funds to regularize the P/T work in admin, IT and marketing: $15–$20,000
2. Site Projects' new organizational model depends on hiring a project manager for each project: $20,000
3. Our educational programs have broad outreach into local schools. Site Projects needs an educational consultant familiar with the requirements for lesson plans promulgated by the CT BOE: $10,000
4. Site Projects intends to expand our public art commissions and programming with a paid P/T Executive Director: $25,000
5. In 2019, Site Projects aims to fund a mural by the Spanish/Uruguayan artist David de la Mano for the side of the ACME building on Crown Street.
CEO Statement
Site Projects is unique among arts organizations in New Haven in that it is focused solely on public art.  Site Projects does not maintain a membership, have full-time employees, nor carry typical overhead expenses.  Our work has been carried out by a small, hard-working and committed board and other volunteers.  Only recently has our staff come to include a few part-time employees. Due to the velocity of our work and commissions, this staff has proved to be an integral part of keeping our organization well-functioning and thriving throughout the year. Only during the production phase of our art commissions does Site Projects hire subcontractors and project managers. 

Our goal of creating equal access to world-class visual art in New Haven always hinges on finding recognized artists whose artworks are of outstanding caliber with nuanced layers of interpretation in order to attract and engage a broad audience.  Practically speaking, the artist and artworks exhibited had to present enough appeal and clarity to inspire funders to participate.

Site Projects was established to function independent of established local arts organizations, institutions and agencies in order to be able to take greater risks with our choices, be nimble in our decision-making, and more responsive in problem solving.  Our organization is proud of our track record in: artists and artworks exhibited; the ripple effects these artworks have had in the community; the dozens of local organizations with whom we've collaborated; the dozens of volunteers who've come forward inspired to help make things happen; our accolades and our awards.

However, as Site Projects has developed our expertise, our ambitions have risen commensurately. Our organization has reached the point where our old way of doing business will not support our new aspirations.  Site Projects must grow in order to continue and this will entail giving up some of the intimacy of our process.

Heretofore, we have been an exciting, young organization with a small working board that has worked more as a team than a traditional board. Most decisions were made by everyone working together around a table. Now, as we mature, we are developing and adopting effective new ways to operate.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Areas Served
New Haven
Branford
Cheshire
State wide
Woodbridge
Hamden
East Haven
Site Projects serves the New Haven metropolitan area and the surrounding region, as well as attracting statewide, regional interest.
Programs
Description
The Public Art Fellows Program, now in its third year, seeks out talented artists from high schools across the city. The program seeks to provide young creators with the rare opportunity to work closely with adult mentors and professional artists to elevate their craft, meet other creative students from other schools, and develop a sophisticated portfolio. While doing so, the students engage with public space to ground them in their city and reflect on their positioning in the local environment. 
 
 
 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Students leave the PAF programs with experience and better control over their craft, as well as professional quality additions to their portfolio. They also claim stronger relationships to students in other schools, as well as greater connection to their city environment. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Beginning in 2013, Site Projects began to create evaluation forms for each of our exhibitions and events.  A Yale graduate student in sociology has instructed us in the creation of the questionnaires and in how to use the resulting data.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Students of the PAF'18 program have been invited to further exhibit their work in other locations around the city and beyond, including national art festivals.
Description Starting in 2018, Site Projects began work on an animated history film around the waterfront area of the city, with the intention of elevating the stories of marginalized people and reveal untold stories of our city. Through the collection of artifacts and interviews from diverse sources, the film weaves a collaborative story around industry, development, race, and class of the 10th square through NHV's exciting history.  
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. We hope the film will be shown throughout the city, specifically in local schools, so that the members of our community grow in awareness of the history that surrounds them. 
Description
Site Projects continues to support Sheila de Bretteville's "Lighting Your Way" installation in the Route 34 connector underpass. This piece of public art will illuminate a foreboding space that is the gateway to our city for many coming in from the train station. Not only does the light installation create a more inviting entry to downtown, but it encourages pedestrians to stop and play in the spotlights, momentarily adding a sense of presence to their walk. 
 
Sites is also organizing a community wide celebration at the Canal Dock Boathouse to introduce the city community to the work and help everyone feel connected and excited for their public art.  
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description
We have commissioned an original mural by internationally renowned Spanish/Uruguayan artist David de la Mano for the side of the Acme Building on Crown Street. De la Mano bases his work on the location in which it will be displayed, and thus will reflect back to the community elements of their history and environment. 
 
After the success of Yvette Mattern's laser installation "Night Rainbow" in 2013, we have requested her to return for another commissioned work after much popular demand.  
Population Served / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. We hope these outdoor installations will add to the vibrancy of New Haven's landscape, and encourage residents' optimism and pride about their city. 
Description With Ai WeiWei's recent interest in Connecticut, we have organized a screening of his recent documentary "Human Flow" to open up discussion about immigration and refugees in our local community and beyond. This hopefully sets the foundation for a continuation of work around this topic, and Sites is in conversation with Ai WeiWei's team to have him participate in a public work here in the future. 
Population Served Families / Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Comments
CEO Comments
From Site Projects' first commission of the digital light sculpture in 2004, we recognized that the energy, creativity and management efforts required to realize these exhibitions was far greater than we had ever imagined.  

It was the consensus of the team that the endeavor was not worth the effort unless we could assure a widespread public engagement in the process and artworks.

In order to satisfy this intention, the board decided to collaborate with other organizations so that our artworks could be wrapped into their programs thereby expanding our reach.  It wasn't enough to simply put good artwork into the community; we had to build our audience.  The board determined to do this in a number of ways but first, and foremost, by educational programming for school children, teenagers and for adults in lesson plans, tours, audio essays, hands-on art projects, etc.

It was our second commission of the balloon sculptures in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs that we understood the importance of bringing the artists to New Haven to work where they could be observed and to create situations where interested residents can meet, talk with and perhaps even work with the artists.  Each successive commission has involved having the artists in our City for longer periods of time and of creating more opportunities for residents to establish a personal connection with the artists and their processes.
 
Our 2010 commission alone attracted over 30 local volunteers.  Crowds of people gathered to watch Varini and his team install the 110 ft tall multiplanar mural in Temple Plaza, downtown New Haven.  In preparation for Felice Varini’s arrival, Site Projects hired three local assistants with the requisite professional skills to work with the artist and his team during the installation.  Furthermore, in collaboration with the Cooperative Arts High School, Site Projects developed a 12-week long after-school program.  A group of high school students had the opportunity to create their own anamorphic mural, meet Varini and observe his process as well as serve as tour guides during the opening event.
 
When Site Projects creates a public art commission it is a unique aesthetic opportunity for the community.   Though it might seem obvious, the people in our community must realize that the opportunity is there for them.  Then, they can make a deliberate choice to interact with the possibilities in the public realm. 
CEO/Executive Director
Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Term Start May 2013
Email lclarke@siteprojects.org
Experience

Laura Weir Clarke co-founded Site Projects Inc in 2004 and has generously donated her time to the organization for nearly a decade. Ms. Clarke is an avid art enthusiast, traveling the world to research potential artworks for New Haven. Her knowledge of cutting-edge artists and her eye for exciting new works is critical to the success of Site Projects' commissions.

 

Prior to 2004, Ms. Clarke was the Executive Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation for 7 years and the President of the Board of Creative Arts Workshop for 3 years.  She holds a graduate degrees in Architecture from UCLA and American Studies from University of Texas at Austin.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations

The City of New Haven: Office of the Mayor, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Trees, City Planning Dept, Dept of Traffic + Parking, Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Town Green Special Services District, New Haven Parking Authority, The Proprietors of the New Haven Green, Economic Development Office, MarketNewHaven, InfoNewHaven; Police Department; CONNDOT;

Board of Education for the New Haven Public Schools;

Arts Council of Greater New Haven; Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; International Festival of Arts and Ideas;

Yale University: Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, Community Based Learning Program, Yale Repertory Theater, Peabody Museum of Natural History; Whitney Humanities Center

New Haven Free Public Library, Donors + Patrons;

Creative Arts Workshop; Eli Whitney Museum; New Haven Museum; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; East Coast Greenways; LEAP;

St. Martin de Porres School; Cooperative High School for the Arts; Foote School; Preschool @ Neighborhood Music School; Choate Rosemary Hall

Boy Scouts of America; Group with No Name; Pecha Kucha/New Haven;

Woodbridge Chapter; Common Ground High School; Americanbeat.org; Devil's Gear Bike Shop; Friends of East Rock Park; Whitney Center
 
 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Arts AwardArts Council of Greater New Haven2004
2nd Place, Top 100 Public Spaces in the US & CanadaPlanetizen & Project for Public Spaces2011
Arts AwardMary E. Ives2010
Comments
CEO Comments The Site Projects board is a small group in which everyone is expected to contribute his/her expertise. The group includes: curators, lawyers, arts organization administrators and directors, architects, graphic designers, artists, contractors, photographers, filmmakers, business owners. At this point, the board is also in need of a publicity professional.
Board Chair
Jennifer Yen
Company Affiliation PandaSnax Productions
Term Apr 2018 to Apr 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Valerie BelangerYale School of Management
Mr. Eric BorgstromEntrepreneur in visual projection field
Mr. Gilles CarterDocumentary Filmmaker
Mr. Gabriel DaSilvaDaSilva Gallery
Ms Debbie HesseArts Council of Greater New Haven
Mr. Todd JoklUniversity of New Haven
Ms Maria Cruz KayneMCK + Co Imports
Mr. David SepulvedaNew Haven Independent
Mr. Aaron SherrillWeb Design Consultant
Ms Pat ShoemakerShoemaker Designs
Ms. Beka SturgesReed Hildebrand Landscape Architects
Mrs. Laura Weir ClarkeSite Projects
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Board Co-Chair
Ms Maria Cruz Kayne
Company Affiliation Business person
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
Email kaynish@aol.com
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
Finance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Executive
Marketing
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jane CoppockCommunity Volunteer
CEO Comments
Site Projects is transitioning from its founding organizational structure into a more efficient model with a professionalized board built around individuals with expertise and broad networks and the ability to support the organization.  The new board meets five times a year and its primary responsibilities are: the Executive Committee, Nominating, Finance, Fundraising, and Long Range Planning. The Executive Committee serves as the liaison between the staff and the board taking the recommendations of the staff to the Board with their own recommendations. The staff takes care of administration and serves as the liaison with the project managers who run each project as well as each special event.
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2019
Projected Revenue $85,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
990-EZ2017
990-EZ2016
990-EZ2015
9902014
990-EZ2013
990-EZ2012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Audit Documents
Income and Expense Report2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS designation
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$71,240$9,080$19,120
Current Assets$10,154$9,080$19,120
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$5,000$15,000
Total Net Assets$10,154$4,080$4,120
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Connecticut Depart. of Economic & Community Dev. $20,000Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects $12,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Langrock Foundation $10,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Site Projects is an organization that is completely project driven.  We raise and expend money only when we have a current project, about every 2 to 3 years.  Our project costs have varied between $15,000 and $180,000.
 
We do not have a physical space or staff, so all costs are direct.  Then projects provide installations for the community's edification and enjoyment.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 376-8668
Contact Email hello@siteprojects.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Board Chair Jennifer Yen
Board Chair Company Affiliation PandaSnax Productions

 

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