One-on-One with West End Blend

West End Blend

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


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

Grantee Spotlight: Ebony Horsewomen

337 Vine Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

True or False: There exists a 584 acre public park In the City of Hartford?


Keney Park, which totals 694 acres is located in the North End of Hartford and spills over into Windsor. One of the properties on this serene piece of land is  Ebony Horsewomen, a nonprofit founded by Pat Kelly in 1984, whose mission is to empower youth toward successful lives through the use of equine assisted growth, learning programs and activities. The organization’s equine assisted therapy, horsemanship training and academic programming build leaders, deter destructive behavior and increases academic achievement in youth. They do this  seven days a week through Riding Lessons, the Junior Mounted Patrol program (where young men are trained to become Mounted Park Rangers for Keney Park), the Ladies Dressage Team and the Saturday Saddle and 4H Club. Additionally, there is a Summer Day Camp as well as an Extended Day Program, running September to June. Their fully functioning farm includes horses (of course!) chickens, rabbits, ferrets and even geckos! Read More

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

The Importance of Being Earnest

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!

When you see [UA] in the heading, it means the organization is supported by the contributions made to the Arts Council’s Annual United Arts Campaign.  Read More

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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