Celebrating the Knowledge Green’s First Birthday


    Throughout Knowledge Green’s first year, we scoured the corners of New Haven to discover the innovators leading the charge in technology, healthcare, law enforcement, museums, housing, architecture, environmental advocacy and the startup scene.

    We caught up with folks at The Grove, Startup Grind New Haven, Yale Peabody Museum, oVote, Hugo & Hoby, the New Haven Free Public Library and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

    Before we roll up our sleeves in year two, let’s sit back and raise a glass to the moments we shared over the first 12 months at Knowledge Green.


    We Reported the Bernie Sanders Rally on the New Haven Green


    In April we joined 10,000 Bernie Sanders supporters at a rally that promoted wealth, LGBT, racial and gender rights. Sen. Sanders cautioned the crowd that while Yale University was a shining achievement in New Haven, just blocks away reside residents suffering lower wages. Sanders also compared his stance on preserving the environment by condemning Hillary Clinton’s support of fracking.


    We Welcomed the Renovated Boys & Girls Club

    We were at the Boys & Girls Club on Columbus Avenue when Comcast awarded the group a $25,000 grant to renovate their technology center. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp spoke at the press conference that welcomed a new smart TV, 20 iMacs, 10 iPad minis and cameras, among other improvements. The Yale School of Architecture helped design the renovated center that serves around 200 local youth students.


    We Rethought Hate Speech Through Art

    We caught up with Laura Marsh, director of University of New Haven’s Seton Art Gallery over the past seven months. One exhibit by a Yale graduate challenged wrongful incarceration, and the other uncovered white supremacist texts from a group in Montana. Both exhibits made visitors rethink hate, and we learned a lot in the process.


    We Witnessed Bridging the Digital Divide

    A long list of public officials attended the grand opening of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut’s Training and Technology Center last August. Knowledge Green — along with Mayor Harp, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Martin Looney attended the unveiling of the new facility supported by a $25,000 donation by Comcast to train staff and educate students about the best practices in technology.

    We Covered a Comedy streaming Launch Downtown

    We celebrated at a launch party unveiling NBC Universal’s new comedy-streaming service, Seeso. Comcast and NBC Connecticut hosted the party at Gateway Community College featuring a comedian, food and drinks. We got a sneak peak at original shows like Bajillion Dollar Properties and Harmon Quest, along with the classics like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and The Office.


    We Had the Best Coverage of the International festival of Arts & Ideas

    We gave readers exclusive looks at a number of IFAI events over the last two festivals. From Majora Carter’s lecture on changing communities, to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s talk on gender roles — we listened, cheered and better understood different vantage points in music, art and technology. We cannot wait for the next 16-day festival starting in 318 days.  

    Anything we missed? What do you want to see us cover this year? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

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