SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF MARRAKECH, INC
East Street Arts is a newly renovated and expanded arts building at 597 East Street in the Upper State Street district of New Haven. East Street Arts is dedicated to fostering the creation of art through artisan training programs, workshops and community interactions for persons of all abilities. The artists benefit from earned income opportunities while they show and sell their work in the attached retail space.
East Street Arts houses both an Art Studio and the Association of Artisans to Cane, a chair caning studio that has been serving Connecticut and providing employment opportunities for people of all abilities for 30 years. Artisans learn many different styles of caning and use these skills to work on chairs that are dropped off for repair by community members. Chairs that have been donated and repaired are also available for sale in our retail space. Artisans are trained in the art through hands-on learning, working on pieces with oversight of a Master caner. The artisans progress at their own individual pace. As one style of caning is mastered, another style can be then taught. Currently, the individuals have the opportunity to learn hand caning, press caning rush and split weaving, as well as other techniques.
Find out more at www.eaststreetartsnh.org