The Greater Hartford Arts Council’s got a brand-new blog.

Since the arrival of our new CEO, Cathy Malloy, we’ve been asking: “what is our role in the arts community of Greater Hartford?” Are we just a funding agency? Should we focus on providing the best services and programs to artists and arts organizations? Do we connect the public with art all around them?

The truth is, we do all of those things. And more. (If you’re looking for more information on what the Greater Hartford Arts Council does, I’ve created a page that should answer all of your questions.)

But most importantly, we’re about raising awareness for the arts and acting as advocates (read: professional cheerleaders) for all of the wonderful, talented artists and world-class institutions here in central Connecticut. We’re a lucky community: our Chief Operating Officer, Rie Poirier-Campbell, likes to mention that there are more cultural organizations—museums, theatres, symphonies, studios and historic homes—than Dunkin’ Donuts within a mile of the capitol building. And today, that’s a thing of beauty.

This brand-new blog is, most importantly, all about the arts. But along the way we’ll be talking about the United Arts Campaign, the wonderful work of our grantee organizations and how the arts have a big impact on our local economy. You’ll get to meet our fun-loving staff, hear first-hand reports and reviews of some of the best cultural events in the area and, hopefully, come to love our arts and heritage community just as much as we do.

So welcome! Let’s get this pARTy started.

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