Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jonathan Brand, PostMasters will establish a curated artistic community in New Haven, Connecticut invested in mentorship, professional development and skills training.
Join Titus and his team to support the development of this exceptional artistic community. Donations are facilitated through Dwight Hall, a not for profit organization at Yale University. Read a little more about us below, and for more information contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Develop a curated and fully equipped artist incubator to both train and attract professional artists to New Haven and further establish a creative community.
- Create a three tiered mentorship program that engages professional artists and curators with recent graduates and graduates, and high school students
- Train apprentices in the skills necessary to work in an artistic studio, gallery or art fabrication facility
- Provide employment opportunities for the local community
When Elm City PostMasters Founder, Titus Kaphar, graduated from Yale School of Art with an MFA, like most recent MFAs, moved to New York City. After a few years there establishing an art practice Titus did something most Yale MFAs don’t do—he returned to New Haven. Similarly, co-founder and fellow Yale MFA graduate, Jonathan Brand returned after basing himself in New York upon graduation.
Over time both discovered other young, successful artists who were living in New Haven but felt isolated. They were always excited and surprised to find others like themselves living close by. So, why do so many Yale MFAs leave New Haven after graduation? And why have artists left New York for cities like Detroit, and not New Haven? They seek out artistic communities with a network of master artists and opportunities for professional development.
The team envisioned an artist incubator situated an area of New Haven that would benefit an entire neighborhood. They saw a place where master artists could work and mentor young, exceptional artists from around the world; where professional development, or the “business of art” was exposed in regular seminars featuring legal, administrative, financial and art industry professionals; where local high school students could work alongside resident artists as traditional apprentices, studio managers and curators, and experience the arts as a viable career path. This vision became the PostMasters project.
Founded in the Dixwell area of New Haven, it will be located in a place which — like other post-industrial American neighborhoods — continues to struggle. Despite its challenges, Dixwell is also a neighborhood rooted in rich cultural history and thus uniquely positioned for creative revitalization. Partners Deborah Berke and associates have begun to work with the PostMasters team to develop a flagship building in the heart of the Dixwell neighborhood. It is slated to open Fall 2018.
Titus Kaphar, Founder
Kaphar’s work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Forbes, among others. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Kaphar lives and works in New Haven with his wife Julianne and their sons.
Jonathan Brand, Co-Founder
Jason Price, Business Advisor
Carrie Mackin, Director