As one of the top ten most artsy states in the country, Connecticut has a plethora of art museums, galleries, and community arts centers just in Greater Hartford alone. We’re so proud to support many of these centers on this list as they continue to provide thought-provoking exhibits, art classes for people of all ages, and fun events that bring people together. While you may have already created your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, we hope you’ll consider visiting more museums too. Every great city has a museum to reflect its cultural standing and celebrate the talent of its citizens. A city like Houston, for example, is famous for its Space Centre as the city is known for its role in advancing space travel. Visiting a museum is one of the many fun things to do in Houston, and it is perhaps the most beneficial. Not only are museums a great way to entertain yourself, but they might also improve your health long-term. After all, tons of scientific literature supports the theory that looking at art enhances mood, decreases inflammation, and improves overall mental and emotional health. And arts therapy is regularly used for veterans and Alzheimer’s patients to promote healing and mindfulness, respectively. So, why not visit a museum at least once a month this year? Share your visits with us on Instagram using #LetsGoArts and we’ll share your photos with our audience.
Art Connection Studio
Located inside the Arbor Arts Center, Art Connection Studio is a community art center and gallery that provides programming in art therapy and creative development for individuals with disabilities. The gallery features exhibits by the artists of the center. Learn more. 56 Arbor St #206, Hartford.
Hartford ArtSpace Gallery
If you participated in Open Studio Hartford, chances are you’ve stopped by ArtSpace. The building features a contemporary gallery space downstairs and studios and apartments where artists work and reside in the upper levels. See their upcoming exhibitions. 555 Asylum Ave, Hartford.
100 Pearl Street Gallery
The Arts Council’s own gallery space featuring works from emerging and established artists in Connecticut, 100 Pearl Street Gallery is home to contemporary art from photography to painting to mixed media. Our current exhibition series, Remembering and Repurposing explores the preservation and recreation of memories and discarded materials into works of art. Visit our gallery page for upcoming exhibits. 100 Pearl Street, 1st floor, Hartford.
A cozy gallery space in downtown, EBK routinely exhibits various forms of art from oil paintings to sculpture and many times the works are available for purchase. Learn more. 218 Pearl Street, Hartford.
Farmington Valley Arts Center
A “little bit of Vermont” in Avon, CT, the Farmington Valley Arts Center exhibits the works of local and regional artists in The Esther B. Drezner Visitors’ Gallery, and a retails space in the Fisher Gallery where you can purchase artsy jewelry, glass art, ceramics, and more. They also offer art classes and workshops from drawing to printmaking, as well as various events throughout the year. Learn more. 25 Arts Center Ln, Avon.
Golden Thread Gallery
Located in the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, Golden Thread Gallery offers resources, programs, and events for artists. Upcoming exhibitions include The Essence of Home, Women; A Fierce Beauty. Visit their website for upcoming calls to artists. Learn more. 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford.
Real Art Ways
From foreign indie movies to post-modern art to their monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, Real Art Ways offers a truly unconventional arts experience. Learn more. 56 Arbor St, Hartford.
Insider Tip: Get 2-for-1 film tickets on Monday and Tuesday with your Let’s GO Arts card.
New Britain Museum of American Art
You may be familiar with NBMAA from their Museum After Dark parties (and if you’re not, you should go!), the art galleries are equally as exciting with exhibits from American impressionists to a collection completely dedicated to 21st century art. Learn more. 56 Lexington St, New Britain.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
As the first public art museum in the country, it’s no surprise the Wadsworth has a diverse collection of exhibits from Baroque and Impressionist paintings to Modern and Contemporary art. Stop by for every Second Saturday of the month before 1PM for free admission. Their current exhibition Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls closes January 24, so check it out soon. Learn more. 600 Main Street, Hartford.
Insider Tip: Get 2-for-1 film tickets and admission with your Let’s GO Arts card.
Connecticut Historical Society
Don’t let the history part fool you. Art is a major component here like the Making Connecticut exhibit that features objects, images, and documents from over 400 years, and The Downtown Abbey Era in Connecticut, which closes at the end of January. Learn more. One Elizabeth St, Hartford.
West Hartford Art League
WHAL routinely posts calls for art submissions, so if you’re an artist, you’ll definitely want to bookmark their site. The most recent exhibit features Instagram photos submitted by local artists. WHAL also offers several classes and workshops for adults from digital photography to painting to hone your skills. Learn more. 37 Buena Vista Rd, West Hartford.
Arts Center East
From art classes and workshops for adults and youth to creative events like Fashion and FestiviTea, there’s no shortage of things to do at Arts Center East in Vernon. Learn more. 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.