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The Practice of Democracy: Opening Reception at Gateway Community College

Join us to celebrate the opening of The Practice of Democracy: A View From Connecticut at Gateway Community College on March 8th, 5-7pm!

When and where

Date and time


20 Church St 20 Church Street New Haven, CT 06510 

About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Practice of Democracy: A View From Connecticut examines how justice, equality and power appear in our built environment – our cities and neighborhoods, the places we call home. A View From Connecticut is a site-specific immersion of The Practice of Democracy, an interactive exhibit created in partnership with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, The Housing Collective, and Regional Plan Association, that explores how – and for whom – Connecticut’s communities were designed. The exhibit travels between Bridgeport, New Haven and Norwalk. On March 8th, we are celebrating its opening in New Haven and hope you join us!

Opening Reception Details:

NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery

Gateway Community College

20 Church Street, New Haven, CT

March 8th, 5-7pm.

*Please note: you will need to show registration through Eventbrite upon entry and to get a drink at the bar. We recommend you park at Temple Street Garage and bring your ticket to the front desk at Gateway for parking validation. *

The Practice of Democracy: A View From Connecticut is on display at Housatonic Community College from January 17 to February 24, 2023. The exhibition will be on view at Gateway Community College in New Haven, March 6 to April 14, and at Norwalk Community College, April 24 to June 2.

The vision and ideas behind the creation of The Practice of Democracy: We Hold These Truths are rooted in the personal and professional journey of April De Simone. More information can be found at

About the organizer

Regional Plan Association (RPA) is America’s oldest independent urban research and advocacy organization. RPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Some of the region’s most significant public works, economic development and open space projects have their roots in RPA ideas and initiatives, from the location of the George Washington Bridge to the revitalization of downtown Brooklyn, Stamford and Newark to the preservation of open space and development of parks in the Palisades, Governors Island and Gateway National Recreation Area. RPA has pursued these goals by conducting independent research, planning, advocacy and vigorous public-engagement efforts. A cornerstone of RPA's work is the development of long-range plans and policies to guide the region’s growth. Since the 1920s, RPA has produced three landmark plans for the region and is about to begin work on a fourth plan that will tackle the urgent challenges facing our region, including climate change, fiscal uncertainty and declining economic opportunity. Learn more HERE.