10 Things to do in Hartford this Weekend 6/26-6/28

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HAIR at Playhouse on Park. Photo via Playhouse on Park.

Happy weekend! Greater Hartford arts and cultural events are in full swing this summer with many supported by our United Arts Campaign (that means these events were made possible by YOU! Pat yourself on the back!). On the agenda this week are some of my personal favorites including HAIR, a musical for the hippie at heart playing at Playhouse on Park, and the very sassy and hilarious Kinky Boots playing through Sunday at The Bushnell. Free movies in the park are back courtesy of the City of Hartford, and you’ll want to bring plenty of sweets because Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is playing at Bushnell Park tonight. Scroll through for the full list and tag us on Instagram with #LetsGoArts with your weekend explorations. Read More


6 Free things to do in Hartford this weekend

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Happy Hour at the Wadsworth [UA]
When: Friday, June 19, 4PM-5PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Enjoy free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and check out the latest mixed-media exhibition, Mark Bradford / MATRIX 172.
Admission: FREE! www.thewadsworth.org

Free Movies After Dark
When: Friday, June 19, 6:30PM-9:30PM
Where: Goodwin Park
Free Movies After Dark returns this summer with a showing of Paddington Bear.
Admission. FREE! www.hartford.gov Read More


Guide to CT Open House Day 2015

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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday

If there’s one weekend to take a staycation it’s this one. Bring your fanny pack and camera because this Saturday, June 13 is Connecticut Open House Day where you can explore museums, historic homes, gardens, and festivals for little or no cost all over the state of Connecticut. It’s the perfect time to discover or rediscover our region’s arts and cultural scene.  Check out our curated list below for Open House Day events in Greater Hartford. Get the full list of participating organizations. Read More


Grantee Spotlight: Bated Breath Theatre Company

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Photo credit: Bated Breath Theatre Company

Have you ever visited a museum and wished the artwork would come to life in a full-fledged performance? You’re in luck! Bated Breath Theatre Company, a Hartford-based theatre group (and our grantee!) partners with area museums to create visceral performances based on exhibitions. Many of these performances take place in museum galleries, reimagining museum space as a theatre stage, and breaking down barriers between the audience and paintings on the walls. It’s an intriguing concept and one that I hope will become more popular.  Read More


One-on-One with West End Blend

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West End Blend

Our 2015 United Arts Campaign is underway, which means it’s time to support the arts and cultural sector that makes Greater Hartford a great place to live. This year we’re excited to announce Hartford-based band West End Blend as our featured musician (meet our 2015 visual artist). With their unique blend of soul and hip-hop, West End Blend captures the vibe of the Hartford area. You can catch West End Blend at various events around the city but for now read our q&a with one of the members, Jesse Combs. Read More


Awesome Things to do in Hartford this Weekend 5/1-5/3

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34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers at the Wadsworth Atheneum

 

Happy Friday / International Workers’ Day / May Day! Nothing says May like fresh flowers and new art, so don’t miss the Wadsworth’s 34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers going on through May 3, featuring florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England. There are also a bunch of parties going on Friday night from Dino De Mayo Liquid Lounge at the CT Science Center to First Friday at New Britain Museum of American Art. Enjoy the outdoors at the Riverfront on Saturday for Samba Fest and discover new works of art from award-winning artists at the Vernon Community Arts Center on Sunday.  Scroll down for the full list. Have a great weekend!

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Top 10 Digital Marketing Strategies & Best Practices

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Adams & Knight panelists discuss best practices for digital marketing

The Greater Hartford Arts Council teamed up with the experts at Adams & Knight for a 2-hour panel discussion on best practices for your next digital marketing campaign, including examples from agency case studies. Whether you’re a freelance artist or work at an arts, culture, or heritage nonprofit, I’ve listed the top ten pieces of advice to help you market your events and programs and demonstrate your brand more effectively. The following tips are tweets from my personal twitter accountRead More