Save the Date: Mark Twain House Studio Showcase


Have you ever written a collaborative story or poem without knowing what anyone else was writing? Sounds pretty tricky, huh? That’s exactly the kind of challenge we set up for the apprentices at the Mark Twain House and Museum’s “Write to the Point!” program. “Write to the Point!” is a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprenticeship program. After spending 4 weeks writing creative non-fiction in the same room, could one line from each of them really give us a glimpse into what the Neighborhood Studios experience has been like for this group of talented young writers? Read More

Save the Date: Artists Collective Studio Showcase

Artists Collective 2015 Youth Jazz Orchestra apprentices and teachers

Artists Collective 2015 Youth Jazz Orchestra apprentices and teachers

“Studying music enhances one’s being.” Those are the words musician René McLean shared with me on my last visit with the Artists Collective’s Youth Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprenticeship program this summer. McLean is the Master Teaching Artist working with the young musicians as they hone their skills and work together to produce a jazz showcase for family, friends and the public. Read More

The Artist’s Guide to Using Social Media Professionally


It’s become a Neighborhood Studios tradition to have Hartford-based Sea Tea Improv give a presentation on social media and networking every year. As you know, Neighborhood Studios is the Arts Council’s award-winning summer apprenticeship program for teens. There are five studio programs where apprentices can gain hands-on experience including film, breakdancing, photography, jazz orchestra, and creative non-fiction. Whether we like it or not, social media is here to stay and learning how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms professionally is an integral part of your career, especially as an artist. Read More

Arts Break: Keep Calm & Create Mandalas


Mandalas designed by Arts Council staff

In Sanskrit, a mandala translates to both circle and center, implying that it represents both the visible world around us and the invisible one (deep inside our minds – the center of healing). Bringing the mandala into the workplace this summer has been a conscious effort to get employees to realize that art does not always consist of paint buckets, pastels, and brushes. Meaningful art can be created with a pen and blank sheet of paper. Items we utilize everyday within our offices can become tools that enable us to express and change the way we process emotions and think in general. Aside from the aesthetic beauty, creating art taps into your thought processes, encouraging you to think outside the box in all aspects of life. Read More

Arts Break: Jackson Pollock Inspired Art at UTC

drip & splat

Drip & splat artwork at UTC

With our United Arts Workplace Campaign well under way this year, there have been a plethora of creative arts activities taking place in corporate lobbies and cafeterias. One particularly popular choice this summer is drip & splat painting originally developed by Jackson Pollock during the abstract expressionist movement of the mid-twentieth century. Drip & splat painting is a form of abstract art that entails dripping and splatting paint onto a horizontal canvas using wooden sticks or hard brushes to create a layered, energetic piece of “action” painting. It’s a fun, easy way to create a work of art to hang in your home or office, and best of all, anyone can do it.  Read More

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

Hair at Playhouse on Park

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


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!

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! Read More