Top 10 Hartford Events Happening in October

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Hooker Day Parade

If there’s one month that fully represents the scope of Hartford’s arts and cultural scene it’s October. From creepy ghost tours that span the 19th century to live theater by local playwrights, Hartford is staying true to its promise of having it all. So in-between apple picking and carving pumpkins, visit a haunted house (or two or three) and brush up on the latest art trends in the area. Here’s our roundup of must-see events this month all supported by the Arts Council and made possible by your contributions. Visit our events calendar for more to do in Greater Hartford. Read More

Art Around Town: The Golden Thread Gallery

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“The invisible, underlying connection that weaves together the spirit of humanity – through the arts.” That’s the meaning behind the name of The Golden Thread Gallery. Unassumingly located in the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, this gallery exudes a sense of tranquility and community. I recently visited the space to talk with the founders and to learn more about their mission and programming. Read More

Hartford Fashion Week: Fashion & Culture in a Small City

Hartford Fashion Week Panel

                                Hartford Fashion Week panelists discuss fashion and culture in small cities. Photo courtesy of Chion Wolf. 

This week marks the first ever Hartford Fashion Week. Local designers will showcase their latest looks on the runway at Hartford’s own Union Station during this first weekend of October. Before the newest trends are put on display, Hartford Fashion Week opened up a conversation with the public about fashion and culture in Hartford, Connecticut. Read More

Grantee Spotlight: Queen Ann Nzinga Center

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Every month the Arts Council spotlights a grantee to showcase the amazing impact your United Arts Campaign contributions have on the community and beyond. This month’s spotlight is on the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Read our previous grantee spotlights

Queen Ann Nzinga Center aims to foster children’s development by providing them with opportunities to connect within a community of peers and mentors, discover and hone their individual talents,  achieve successes in a collaborative environment and celebrate diversity.  They are a non-profit organization located in New Britain, Connecticut named after a prominent 15th century African queen known for her sharp wit and intelligence. The center focuses on youth programming, an annual series of concerts and events and a professional music group. Read More

My Summer @ the Greater Hartford Arts Council

Workplace Campaign at UnitedHealthcare

As I complete my summer internship at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, I wanted to write this post to thank everyone who has allowed me to work alongside them these past few months. I have truly had a blast and found my summer here to be rewarding in many aspects. Coming into the Arts Council, I had a lot of respect for non-profit organizations, but very little knowledge of how they operated behind the scenes. I was very excited to finally be a part of an organization that was clearly in tune with its community and its mission of supporting arts and culture throughout the region. As a political science major, I have always been fascinated by the process in which policies and legislation have an impact on different groups of people, especially the disenfranchised. Being a part of an organization such as the Arts Council has allowed me to better understand how the arts resonate the universal values of culture and community. I have also learned how non-profits manage to sustain themselves while also impacting their communities in a manner that is both efficient and effective. In this sense, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to work with both the workplace team and the grant manager, Jose Feliciano. I was able to see the process as money came into the organization through workplace campaigns and money went out through different grant programs. Read More

This Is My Story: SNAP! Photography Photo Exhibition

The ten apprentices at Snap! Photography have worked tirelessly over the past six weeks to create a photo series that coincides with the Amistad Center’s exhibition “This is My Story, This is My Song: Writers, Musicians, and the Black Freedom Struggle.” The apprentices were asked to explore and capture their own story in their photography and share it with others while also learning about every detail that goes into making a great image.  Snap! Photography is a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprentice program.

With guidance from Master Teaching artist Caleb Portfolio and Studio Assistant Molly McGuire, the apprentices were able to use many different photography techniques and styles to help convey their story. Through lessons in Photoshop and dark room photography, each apprentice has developed a unique style that radiates from their photos.

Each apprentice has shared one photograph from their collection that they feel best showcases their abilities and story.

“My series is about how we are told what is right and what is wrong. In my images, the shadow represents the obedient side of myself, whereas the model is meant to represent my true self.” – Chris Healis, Windsor, CT

“My series is about how we are told what is right and what is wrong. In my images, the shadow represents the obedient side of myself, whereas the model is meant to represent my true self.” – Chris Healis, Windsor, CT

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