by Catie Talarski and John Dankosky- If you listened to this morning’s broadcast from the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London, it was in large part due to Where We Live’s wonderful interns Joe Dupnik (who has been nicknamed “Shoeless Joe” by Colin McEnroe) and Jonathan McNicol (who is yet to receive a catchy nickname – but perhaps will now be referred to as “ethernet tossing McNicol”). Up until about ten minutes before the live broadcast, we weren’t able to secure a solid internet connection – which means we couldn’t get a clear audio feed back to Hartford.
But Joe, Jonathan and some wonderful folks at the Hygienic went knocking on neighbors doors, throwing ethernet wires out windows, and scrambling to make the program fly. And it did. Guerrilla radio at it’s best. Thanks guys!
Also, thanks to all those who braved the rain and participated in the live show, and to the Bean and Leaf for providing coffee for the early risers. We try to get our show on the road at least once a month – and New London is one that we’ve been talking about coming back to for months. The charming little city has been getting a lot of attention lately, both for the fact that Pfizer is leaving and also because of the thriving grassroots arts scene. New London stands out as a truly successful example of how a “creative economy” helps to revitalize cities, which we’ve been talking about on the show.
A few notes:
- We were surrounded by an amzing art exhibit, “gesture: making the mark” (right) featuring the work of these regional artists: Greg Bowerman, Don Eccleston, Denny Rivera, Tekla Zweir, Ken Steinkamp, Eva Leong, Joan Levy Hepburn, Judith Osbourne; also from New Orleans, Tony Nozero and from Mexico City, Maria José Romero.
- You can check out more photos from the visit, taken by Jonathan McNicol.
- Stay tuned to Where We Live in the coming months as we follow up on some of the issues we covered this morning, including Shoreline East expansion, the future of Fort Trumbull, and the creative class in Connecticut.
- And, listen to “The Potential of New London” our live broadcast from the Garde Arts Center July, 2008.