The Sculpture Mile, Main St., (Center of Town) Madison. Large world-class outdoor sculpture by American sculptors from across the land. Curated by Hollycroft Foundation. Exhibited in center of Madison. Year-round. 860-767-2624, Silk Road Art Gallery, 83 Audubon St., New Haven. A space to view exceptional Chinese and local contemporary art and build a bridge for cultural exchange between East and West. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 203-772-8928, silkroadartnewhaven. com Site Projects Public Art: Square with four circles, by Felice Varini, between 964 Chapel St. and 968 Chapel St., New Haven. Installed in 2010, this 110 ft. tall red anamorphic wall mural is based on an optical illusion similar to a reverse 3-D image. 203-312- 7864, Studio 27 Gallery, North Haven Cultural Center & Historical Society, 27 Broadway, North Haven. Gallery holds exhibitions and sales throughout the year by studio artists with North Haven Art Guild. The North Haven Historical Society is dedicated to preserving local history, artifacts, and structures. We welcome all to use our extensive archives and visit our museum. Free. Tuesday & Thursday 3-6 p.m. 203-239-7722 or 203-239-0048, Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. The Yale Center for British Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, presenting the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 203- 432-2800 or 877-BRIT-ART, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. From dinosaurs to diamonds, meteorites to mummies, the Peabody engages visitors of all ages with a wide range of exhibits and programs. Annual festivals, Discovery Room, Museum Store. $13 adults, $9 seniors, $6 ages 3-18 and college students. Under age 3 free. Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 203-432-5050, Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings, 200,000 objects, range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. Free and open to the public. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. (September-June); Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Handicapped accessible. 203-432- 0600, Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, 15 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven. The Collection is home to hundreds of musical instruments from antiquity to the present. We offer three galleries, an audio tour, and an annual series of concerts. Free, donation suggested. Closed to the public in August. Tuesday-Friday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 203-432-0822, Yale University Visitor Center, 149 Elm St., New Haven. The center welcomes visitors and offers daily guided tours. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation. Architecture tours and foreign language tours are available for a fee by appointment. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Weekends 1:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and December 24-January 1. 203-432-2300, DANCE Elm City Dance Collective, various venues, New Haven. Come take a class with us! Offers classes and improvisation jams, visit website for classes and locations. 860-451-9421, New Haven Ballet, 70 Audubon St., New Haven. The New Haven Ballet provides classical ballet training and an annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Shubert Theatre. Classes are available at additional locations. 203-782-9038, ARTS COUNCILS AND CULTURAL CENTERS Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., New Haven. Publisher of The Arts Paper, the Arts Council is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. The Arts Council’s website hosts the most comprehensive listing of arts and cultural events in the region. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-noon. 203-772-2788, Branford Cultural Arts Council, 185 East Main St., Branford. 203-488-7291 ext. 2510 Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange. Serves as the informational, educational and cultural hub of the community. Free. Monday & Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 203-891-2170, Ethnic Heritage Center at SCSU, 270 Fitch St., New Haven. The Center mounts exhibits, sponsors readings, and makes available its archival holdings for research. Hours vary. 203-392-6126, southernct. edu/ehc Hamden Arts Commission, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. See website for current event listings. 203-287-2546, The Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. New Haven’s oldest lending library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America, founded in 1826 with the purpose of “mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge.” Fees vary. Weekdays 10 a.m-6 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 203-562-4045, James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St., Branford. The library is the community resource of Branford that provides information, resources and programs to support lifelong learning and enjoyment for all. Free. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday- Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. (September- May). 203-488-1441, Madison Cultural Arts, 945 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, ARTS developing and promoting opportunities for artists, arts organizations and audiences in Madison. 203- 245-0615, Milford Fine Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Since 1971, the MFAC has been providing a wide array of artistic opportunities to foster cultural growth for the city of Milford and surrounding communities. Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-878-6647, New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, 165 Church St., New Haven. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in New Haven and to support the economic development of the City by assisting, promoting and encouraging artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. We also serve as the steward for the municipal collection of public art. 203-946-7172, artsculturetourism Shoreline Arts Alliance, 725 Boston Post Rd., Guilford. Our mission is to stimulate and promote artistic activity of the highest caliber by presenting performances by local, national, and international artists; by sponsoring competitions/activities to encourage and educate artists of all ages; by assisting affiliated organizations; and by helping to build the infrastructure for the arts on the shoreline. 203-453-3890, West Haven Council on the Arts, 355 Main St., West Haven. 203-654-0756, ARTS CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Art Plus Studio, 1207 Chapel St., New Haven. BYOB Painting Classes, Open Studio-Drop in and paint! Your creativity unleashed! 203-500-7352, Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. CAW offers 6 and 12 week classes, weekend workshops, and exhibitions in the visual arts year round to children and adults. 1-week summer classes for kids. Exhibitions are free. Visit our website for course prices. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. 203-562-4927, Sew Crafty, 87 Audubon St., New Haven. We are New Haven’s premier DIY studio dedicated to providing arts and crafts instruction to all ages. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 203-936-7330, 14