Celebrate Culture: Fall Aetna Arts Week 2012

Fall into Aetna Arts Week: November 11-17!

From the music you play on your iPod when you’re at the gym or in the car to the picturesque foliage autumn in New England sprouts each ear, art is all around every day. Amidst today’s increasingly hectic schedules consumed with deadlines, meetings and other obligations, the Arts Council is more determined than ever to encourage everyone to get out there and try something artsy and new.

That’s a big reason why we have chocked November 11-17 full of great artsy programming throughout Greater Hartford for Aetna Arts Week. Initiated a year and a half ago under the name United Arts Week, Aetna Arts Week, sponsored by (you guessed it) Aetna, highlights the wonderful organizations, events and activities funded by generous contributions to the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign. In a nutshell, we create a menu of free and low-cost arts events throughout downtown Hartford to celebrate our local (and fantastic!) arts scene.

Whether you fancy theater or visual arts, or just like to get that exclusive feeling through a behind the scenes tour, you’ll definitely find an event that’ll get your ART beating. Visit FeelYourArtBeat.com to view our full line-up of events at organizations like the Wadsworth, The Bushnell, Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks and more!

Help us brighten up downtown Hartford!

Each Aetna Arts week, we create an interactive and fun “temporary public art project” that downtown Hartford dwellers can take pART on their lunch break. Last spring, we featured performances by some of Greater Hartford’s best dance groups at “Dancing in the Street”; in the spring of 2011, we created an incredible water-soluble coloring-book-style mural in State House Square. This year, we’re illuminating Hartford through “Light up the Night,” a lighted walkway of lanterns created out of recyclable, renewable materials outside Connecticut’s Old State House

Under the artistic guidance of Anne Cubberly, we invite you to create a lantern with us at free workshops this Sunday from 11am-6pm at Hartford’s HodgePodge and Wednesday at 11am at Connecticut’s Old State House. The lanterns from those workshops will then be combined, strung and illuminated together by Cubberly outside Connecticut’s Old State House to complete the project

To keep up on this season’s Aetna Arts Week, check back here, FeelYourArtBeat.com or on our Facebook page for pictures, videos and testimonials. Come get your ART beating with us!