New London, Connecticut, a small, seaside city on the Thames River, has a centuries-old history of reinventing itself in response to changing social and economic times.
Through various iterations from its 17th century founding, to its growth as a prosperous center for trade and technology, and to its 21st century identity as a major manufacturing center for the defense industry, the arts have been one of the constants that have held our community together … the glue that has joined generations and genres.
As a community of volunteers who support the arts,
arts NEW LONDON
is our gift to the city, to future generations who might one day wonder about the origin of the vibrant and dynamic arts community that is our New London.
The Griffis Art Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in New London, Connecticut, created arts New London: An Archive Project in 2018 as a means to document, preserve, celebrate and share the oral histories, historical narratives and other information about the creative individuals and institutions that have made New London such an amazingly artistic place to call home.