Profile Type: Artist
Kwadwo Adae

After receiving my Master's of Arts in Painting from New York University in 2005, I founded an alternative art school in the historic Ninth Square district of Downtown New Haven called the Adae Fine Art Academy.  At our brick and mortar location we provide individualized instruction in drawing and painting to children, adolescents, adults in the Greater New Haven area.  We also operate a Mobile Art Studio that provides off site art lessons to elderly artists in the Alzheimer's and dementia wing of assisted living centers; artists residing in transitional living facilities for people with schizophrenia; young adults in mental health clinics; and children in after school programs. In addition to maintaining a rigorous studio practice, we curate annual exhibitions which showcase the artwork of our students.  When we are not teaching we contribute to the discourse of public art in our community by creating murals.  We design murals and collaborate with our students, local non-profit organizations, and residents in the community to install them.  In the past six years I have designed and orchestrated the installation of sixteen murals.  Thirteen in private businesses, public spaces, and green spaces in the Greater New Haven area.  The other three were self funded by creating watercolor stop motion animation projects as our crowdfunding campaign videos on Kickstarter to raise a total of approximately $30,000 to cover travel, material, and installation costs for three international mural projects.  We installed one mural at the APV School in the Garwhal Himalayas of northern India, another at La Escuela Chu-ul in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, and one at Fundacion Arte Del Mundo a children's literacy center in Baños De Agua Santa, Tungurahua, Ecuador. We love bringing people in diverse communities together to collaborate and experience firsthand the transformative power of art in public spaces.

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Individual and Collaborative Public Art Initiatives
See the watercolor stop-motion animation films that were created as Kickstarter videos to crowdfund international mural projects in India, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
Hear the StoryCorps Interview conducted by Sarah Fritchey of Artspace New Haven conducted at the New Haven Free Public Library. We discuss my public art practice rooted in healing and connection and public art initiatives as a tool for social justice.
In 2018 I orchestrated a collaborative mural project with Fundación Arte Del Mundo, a children's literacy center in Baños De Agua Santa, Ecuador. I assembled a team of 6 people to create the mural Bendiciones De Pachamama, vignette by Travis Carbonella:
Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters of the Firelight was unveiled on October 10, 2018. An 18 x 106 ft collaborative mural project I orchestrated with over 140 volunteers from the community. Here is a news clip from the Unveiling Ceremony.
In 2016 I orchestrated a collaborative mural project with children from Escuela Chu'ul in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala to create a mural featuring Huipiles, the vibrant embroidery pattern worn by the indigenous Mayan culture.

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Contact Information

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Mailing Address: 
840 State Street
1st Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
Physical Address: 
840 State Street 1st Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Interior
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Media - Animation
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Cartooning / Graphic Novel
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Art Studios
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Portfolio Review
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

2005 New York University Master's of Arts in Painting
2019 Connecticut Office of the Arts FY19 Artist Fellowship
2018 Connecticut Office of the Arts FY18 Project Grant
2018 REI Stewardship Grant
2018 William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Responsive Grant
2016 Arts Award-Arts Council of Greater New Haven
2016 Connecticut Magazine-40 Under 40 Class of 2016
2016 CT Now-Best of New Haven- Adae Fine Art Academy-1st Place Winner of Best Local Arts Organization
2012 Artist Resource Trust-Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Grant
2011 Vermont Studio Center Civil Society Institute Fellowship

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age