11 Awesome Things to do in Hartford this Weekend 4/24-4/26

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Happy Friday! If you received our 7-day newsletter earlier this week, you may have noticed that we’ve launched our new Events Calendar! With summer around the corner, there are plenty of arts, cultural, and entertainment activities you’ll want to explore, so be sure to check in regularly. For now, here’s our curated list of musicals, exhibitions, plays, and concerts to enjoy this weekend from Oscar Wilde’s hilarious play, The Importance of Being Earnest, at Playhouse on Park to student films at the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival. Peruse the list below for more. Have a great weekend!  Read More


Everything To Do In Hartford This Weekend 4/17-4/19

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The Importance of Being Earnest now showing at Playhouse on Park. Photo credit: Rich Wagner

TGIF! If you’re bummed about NFL off-season, rest assured you can get your weekend dose of football – and drama –  with Playing the Assassin playing at TheaterWorks this weekend through the end of the month. Literary fans won’t want to miss Oscar Wilde’s most adored play, The Importance of Being Earnest opening tonight at Playhouse on Park (attend an hour before the performance for a wine and cheese reception!). And environmentalists and fashion people will want to check out the Community Trashion Fashion Show this Sunday featuring creative fashion pieces made with Doritos bags,newspapers and other unconventional materials. Peruse the rest of the list for more and remember to tag your arts explorations with #LetsGoArts on Instagram. Have a good weekend!

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How A Neighborhood Studios Alum Got Her Dream Career

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2014 Neighborhood Studios apprentice at the Amistad Center

Not everyone can look back at their summer work experience and say it helped their career, but for Neighborhood Studios alum, Molly McGuire it opened doors to her dream job. Molly participated in the Snap! Photography studio in 2010 and is now pursuing her passion for the arts and museum work at the Amistad Center. Read on for Molly’s experience at Neighborhood Studios. Interested in becoming a Neighborhood Studios apprentice this summer? Send an application no later than Friday, April 17.

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One-on-One with New England Photographer Ray Lamoureux

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Copyright Ray Lamoureux

When artist turned photographer Ray Lamoureux showed his Portraits of New England exhibit last fall, attendees were more than enamored – and for a good reason. The collection of farmlands, seascapes, landscapes, solitary objects, and vacant spaces, shot from Connecticut to Maine, beautifully convey the warm, mysterious aura of New England. Now, as the Arts Council’s 2015 Featured Artist, Ray’s photographs are back at 100 Pearl Street Gallery with some newer additions (many of which are for sale!). Check out the exhibit going on through May 11 and read on to learn more about Ray’s artistic process. Read More


Review: 17th Ted Hershey Dance Marathon Celebrates Art In Motion

Boots blur, silk costumes shimmer, and feet stomp at the 2015 Ted Hershey Dance Marathon.

Boots and legs blur, silk costumes shimmer, and feet stomp at the 2015 Ted Hershey Dance Marathon.

Crowds were left pleased and impressed at this year’s 17th Annual Ted Hershey Dance Marathon this past Saturday, April 11th at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. There, the Greater Hartford community and members of the region’s dance world gathered to remember, honor, and celebrate the life of a unique person and dancer. Ted Hershey, principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet and co-founder of Works Contemporary Dance, had a vision to make and keep the arts a vital part of the city and region. Hershey died from AIDS in 1998 and the dance community gathered to create the Ted Hershey Dance Marathon. Read More


10 Awesome Events Happening in Hartford This Weekend 4/10-4/12

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Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at The Bushnell

Happy Friday! Here’s our curated list of everything to do this weekend. If you loved the Coney Island exhibition at the Wadsworth, you’ll want to check out tonight’s storytelling series about the famed amusement park at the Mark Twain House. On Saturday night, swing by the 17th annual Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon to pay homage to  life and work of Ted Hershey and get your dance grooves on for the Trinity College hip hop festival. And of course, don’t miss Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at The Bushnell going on through Sunday. Peruse the rest of the list for plays, comedy shows, and musicals. Tag your art and cultural outings on Instagram using #letsgoarts. Have a great weekend!

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Refresh Your Digital Marketing Strategies This Spring

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Calling all arts marketing gurus! For the first time ever we’re launching a free seminar on digital marketing tailored to arts and cultural organizations to help you market your events, programs, and brand more effectively. We’ve 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. The marketing landscape is quickly evolving with digital playing an integral role in how we connect to the community and speak to our constituents. Whether you’re a freelance artist or work at an arts nonprofit, you’ll want to join us for fresh insights and a better understanding of how to achieve marketing goals using social media, email, and PR.

Save the date for Wednesday, April 29, 10AM – Noon at MCC on Main (903 Main Street, Manchester). Space is limited! RSVP to Events@LetsGoArts.org by April 22 to reserve your spot.

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