Over the past few years, downtown New London, Connecticut has become the hotspot for locals to eat-out, bar-hop, shop, enjoy live shows, or chat in a cafe. If you are interested in reading more about where to eat and shop check out this blog post.
Another cool thing about New London is the awesome new installations of street art that are speckling the downtown. For as long as I can remember there has been one piece of street art - the giant whale in the first photograph below. This past summer I spent a few afternoons wandering around New London and happened upon six new and locally meaningful pieces of street art. These murals can be found on State Street, Broad Street, Connecticut Ave., and Williams Street.
New London is big into the arts. When I taught in New London, I frequently took my students to the Hygienic Art Gallery on 79 Bank Street. They have excellent exhibits. There is also local art displayed at both the Bean and Leaf Cafe and at Washington Street Coffee House. If that still isn't enough art, you can head to the Drunken Pallet to create your own masterpiece.
For performance art you can take in a play, musical, or ballet at the Garde Arts Center. The Garde Arts Center was originally built in 1926 and was revived as a non-profit in 1985. Random personal fact: I was a nutcracker in The Nutcracker ballet when I was a kid.
|The Whale Mural that has been there for as long as I can remember|
|A good representation of the New London population|
|The Garde Arts Center|
|My favorite building in downtown|
New London has really improved over the last few years. Would you visit? What is your favorite piece of street art from the selection above?
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