With funding from the 2014 Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant Program (ACP) of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development and, in partnership with The Connecticut Library Consortium, The Wave was installed in four Connecticut libraries throughout the State between January and June of 2014.
The four libraries selected to participate in the program included the Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; the Public Library of New London (CT), the Willimantic (CT) Public Library and the New Haven (CT) Free Public Library. The installations served as a catalyst for the establishment of ‘Community Engagement Hubs’ or centers for on-going community dialogue, with water being only the first topic of discussion.
In addition to the excitement and fun of making pieces of The Wave and celebrating as The Wave was hung in their own library, hundreds of library patrons of all ages and backgrounds engaged in meaningful conversations and participated in additional programs about water including lectures, children’s story hours and the opportunity to interact with leaders from community organizations working to protect local waterways.
Elena and I would like to thank Jennifer Keohane, Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, for her enthusiasm and endorsement of The Wave and her creativity in using it as a catalyst for building community in library settings. Many thanks also to all the staff members, volunteers and patrons of the participating libraries who made the project so successful. We remain impressed by everything that libraries do to educate, enrich, inform and entertain the residents of our cities and towns.