Art and Culture in New London, Connecticut

Friday, September 19, 2014



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 Street Art in Downtown New London, Connecticut
The Whale Mural that has been there for as long as I can remember

a painting on brick of a woman's face

The Northern Indian Restaurant in New London




A mural of different nationalities
A good representation of the New London population

street art in new london, connecticut of scuba divers

racing sea horses street art in New London, Connecticut

Songs of our city plaque

A mural of music in New London, Connecticut

musicians in New London

New London Connecticut train station

The Garde Arts Center in New London
The Garde Arts Center

old brick buildings in new london
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? 

I'm linking up with the Sunday Traveler!

22 comments:

  1. Wow. I really love all the murals! x

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    1. Me too! I think they are such a creative way to show off what the city has to offer.

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  2. Beautiful! I LOVE that whale mural!

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    1. I love that one too. It is the oldest of the bunch. I'm really happy that the city is getting safer and has more to offer.

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  3. I love street art! These are great - I especially like the cellist. And I'm intrigued by somewhere called the Drunken Pallet! Sounds like fun :)

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    1. The Drunken Pallet is really fun. I've spent an evening painting there and at another similar business in northern Connecticut. I'm sure you could find a place near you if you wanted to try it out (or you could re-create the experience at home with friends!).

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  4. I live so close to New London (I'm up near Uconn when I'm in CT) but I can't remember the last time I visited. I seem to skip from Mystic to the Old Saybrook area. . . I definitely need to change that.

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    1. I love Mystic and Old Saybrook too, but New London is certainly worth a re-visit. Especially if you are in the mood for Indian or Singaporean food.

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  5. I love street art and try to find street art wherever we go. That sea horse one is great! So colourful and full of life! :)

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    1. So do I! I was excited to see all of these new pieces.

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  6. Lovely murals! There is a lot of graffiti in Prague and some of it is beautiful...some of it, not so much. I love the seahorse!

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    1. I'll be in Prague in two weeks. I'll certainly keep my eyes out for street art while I'm there. Are there any streets that I should make sure to visit for street art?

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  7. that street art is something else! incredible. my favourite is definitely the whale! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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    1. The whale is the oldest of the murals and is certainly a favorite.

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  8. I love street are done as well as pieces like these! My fave is the whale, its simple and looks so calming. Biggest thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler, see you next week.

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    1. I love the #SundayTraveler Linkup! I keep my eyes out for street art wherever I travel.

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  9. I am a huge fan of street art!! Some of these murals are incredible as well - they really add to a neighborhood rather than make it look trashy. That's the power of art. I love the racing seahorses! :)

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    1. I love how these pieces really represent the city as well. They've done a great job.

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  10. Hi it's Christa, host of the Sunday Traveler, I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for joining in on the fun! Great photos! I love how street art breathes new life into areas attracting tourists and even locals.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Christa! I love the Sunday Traveler Link Up!

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  11. Wow amazing, Nice content I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion Thanks to sharing thanks! street photography instagram hashtags

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