The time had come for Shayna Kendall to approach the Body Master, grab the handles, pull the cables, work her triceps. She left behind the other thoughts that had occupied her mind: The details of how a grandfather sexually assaulted his 11-year-old granddaughter. The day her brother was shot to death. The day her cousin was shot to death.
After bothering at least one correctional worker and one police officer, Gordon Skinner’s depiction of a pig cop provoked a different kind of complaint at a Ninth Square gathering Thursday night: Why was the work moved from its original perch?
That led to a broader set of questions: Whose voices matter, how much, and why?
Those questions were raised at Artspace’s Orange Street gallery Thursday night as close to 50 artists, students, activists and community members gathered to discuss the social value of controversial public art, and how both an institution and a city should respond to calls for that art to be altered or taken down.
A renewed effort to hire more black and Latino schoolteachers rests in part on Debbie Breland finding Southerners to make the same move north that she made three decades ago — to teach in a New Haven public school.
The quest for justice for hundreds of families who lost their health, their belongings, and ultimately their homes in New Haven’s worst housing disaster in a generation took a new turn Thursday with the filing of a federal class-action lawsuit.
Giovanni Zinn was in fifth grade back in 1995 when the state initiated an upgrade of the Grand Avenue railroad level crossing—a plan to replace the flashing lights with a serious set of safety arms that will drop and physically prevent you from crossing the tracks when a train nears and crosses.
Twenty-one years later, the arms still haven’t arrived, but may soon. Zinn, who grew up to become New Haven’s city engineer, is overseeing that process.
In a couple of deft motions, Jake Adams, the new reigning bike-repair champ around these parts, took off a back tire, tugging out the inflated inner tube with the help of a bright yellow plastic lever.