Established in March 2016, ArtEcon Initiative was founded by a small group of neighborhood stakeholders as an outgrowth of ArLoW (ArtLoftsWest), New Haven's only affordable artist housing development, located in the Westville neighborhood.

The ArtEcon Initiative seeks to expand ArLoW's mission by supporting ArLoW residents, tenants, and their neighbors to create programming that enriches the lives of all of our neighbors by bringing art and creative culture into the community.

Westville-West Rock Community Arts Programming launched in December 2016, and was supported with a Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant, as well as by over 100 individual supporters.