Behind the Scenes: “I Am An Artist” Day

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If you’ve been tuning in on social media, you’ve been hearing the phrase “I Am An Artist” quite a bit (like here and here). Our IAAA campaign is designed to promote the arts in the capitol region and increase the cultural vibrancy of Greater Hartford by encouraging interested parties to discover their creative side.

On Wednesday, September 28th, sixteen arts and culture organizations braved the blustering, wind to comprise “I Am An Artist Day” from 11 am-2pm at the Old State House.  The event included free, interactive art exhibits from the art organizations that Greater Hartford Arts Council supports annually. Featured arts and culture organizations ranged from the Hartford Stage to the New Britain Museum of American Art; Connecticut Landmarks to The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Each organization offered their own fun and collaborative exhibit to the mix!

Attendees participated in a number of interactive art and culture exhibits including a Shakespearean insult wheel from the Hartford Stage, a giant scrabble board courtesy of Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, an instrument petting zoo provided by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and so much more! The event was full of music, dancing, and even a paint-your-own-Monet exhibit (thanks Hill-Stead Museum!). There are ample opportunities for art and culture to thrive in the Greater Hartford region but it was extremely rewarding to see the vibrancy our grantees bring all in one place.

A press conference was held prior to the event featuring speeches by Mayor Bronin, Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut, and Cathy Malloy, Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Each presenter spoke of the importance of the arts, highlighting in particular, just how much it benefits Hartford and the state of Connecticut as a whole. “We got some data recently from the National Endowment of the Arts that said that over 70% of Connecticut residents attend performing arts events, movies. Around just under 40% attend exhibitions and, most impressively, 57% of all Connecticut adults identify as artists,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut.

“We are so lucky to have an organization like the Greater Hartford Arts Council to spend every day thinking about how we can make this city more vibrant, stronger, support our artists and arts institutions,” said Mayor Bronin. “Thank you so much for what you do, it’s all the more important in these challenging times, and I believe, deeply, that we’re at a moment where if we all come together to face the challenges head-on, if we step forward, we’re going to take this city to a whole other level.”

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Visit our website for more DIY’s, workshops, and classes to unleash your inner artist! And always stay up to date with arts and cultural events throughout Greater Hartford by visiting our cultural calendar!

Take the time to discover your inner artist and join the United Arts Campaign to keep the arts alive in our communities!

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