NXTHVN was founded in 2016 by artist Titus Kaphar and entrepreneur Jason Price as a new model for arts education and professional development. Now in its third Fellowship cycle, NXTHVN has continued to establish itself as a premiere artist and curatorial residency program.
NXTHVN’s rigorous selection criterion for Fellows emphasizes the demonstration of an artistic ability to contextualize contemporary art within the stories and experiences of people of color. Immersed in the area’s rich intersection of art, academia, and history, NXTHVN’s exhibition space, black box theater, and co-working space further create an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, and social engagement.
NXTHVN is committed to cultivating cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in Dixwell and beyond through our proprietary curriculum, signature programs, co-working space, and business incubator. Our public program of exhibitions and events deepens and strengthens the connections between our local community and our Fellows’ creative research, building on Dixwell’s potential while honoring its cultural past.
Demographically, New Haven is the United States’ most representative city. There is space for everyone here. New Haven thrived during the industrial revolution, and inspired a new generation of creatives, immigrants, and intellectuals to lay down roots and seek opportunity. As artists, creativity is our most valuable resource. I do not believe that art can solve all of the world’s problems, but I do know that creativity is the wellspring of innovative solutions. We established NXTHVN to incubate the professional careers of artists, curators, and fellow creatives from New Haven and abroad, and to provide opportunity to the next generation of creatives through our high school apprenticeship program. It’s only through creativity and imagination that we will redefine the future.
—Titus Kaphar Founder, President