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Festival 21 Impact Jumps 23%

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas announced the results of a highly successful Festival 21, which ran June 10–25 and generated an economic impact of more than $15.4 million according to an Economic Impact Study conducted by Quinnipiac University. This impact figure is an increase of 23% over the same study of last year’s Festival, which reported the same total attendance of over 100,000.

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Designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer for the Armstrong Rubber Company in 1968, the building has been a New Haven icon ever since.  However, since the early ‘90s, it’s been vacant and a symbol of New Haven’s struggles. Today a rebounding and more confident city must bring the building back to vibrancy.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened a new museum this past March, The Met Breuer. The building was formerly occupied by the Whitney Museum of American Art and was designed by Architect Marcel Breuer.

Breuer also designed a signature building on New Haven’s Long Wharf, originally built for Armstrong Rubber in 1968, it is now known as the Pirelli Building.

The building is listed in the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.