The 16th Annual Westville Village Artwalk may not seem as hip and cool as say, the Hygienic Arts Festival or Ideat Village, but don’t sell it short. There’s a thriving young arts community in Westville, now anchored by the residents of Art Loft West (ArLoW) and the self-decorators and curators of the Keys on Kites tattoo studio and gallery and the versatile renovated performance venue Lyric Hall and several year-round galleries and a theater company or two.
ArtWalk balances a family-friendly culture festival, an artisan crafts fair and three live music stages with some ambitious modern art projects. This year there are two interactive installations: “Before I Die,” where you can write your dreams on a chalkboard, and “iMap New Haven,” where your can create your own whimsical map of the city.
There are art exhibits (with requisite opening receptions) at half a dozen different locations in the Westville neighborhood, an open house at A Broken Umbrella theater company’s space in the Smokestack at Blake Street, and a live reading of works by local authors sponsored by New Haven Review.
Musicians playing outdoor on Saturday range from Miksop Unsung to Kindred Queer to some school-based jazz bands and a drum circle.
For a complete schedule, see the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance site, www.westvillect.org