A thick, brown cable braided bracelet with a cameo sat on the display table. The brown cable was not made of synthetic fibers or leather…but real human hair. Not just any human hair, the hair of Harriet Beecher Stowe, anti-slavery advocate and author of the world famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This October, members of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s young professional membership group, CANvas, received an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Stowe’s former Hartford residence, which is now the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a non-profit organization and museum. Read More
Now that wool peacoats are becoming more common on the streets of Hartford, we decided to look back on one of the final days of summer 2015, PARK(ing) Day. On September 18th the streets of downtown Hartford radiated with energy in celebration of PARK(ing) Day, an international movement to call attention to the need for more open space in urban areas by converting metered parking spaces into miniature parks. Read More
Our 2015 United Arts Campaign is underway, which means it’s time to support the arts and cultural sector that makes Greater Hartford a great place to live. This year we’re excited to announce Hartford-based band West End Blend as our featured musician (meet our 2015 visual artist). With their unique blend of soul and hip-hop, West End Blend captures the vibe of the Hartford area. You can catch West End Blend at various events around the city but for now read our q&a with one of the members, Jesse Combs. Read More
The Greater Hartford Arts Council teamed up with the experts at Adams & Knight for a 2-hour panel discussion on best practices for your next digital marketing campaign, including examples from agency case studies. Whether you’re a freelance artist or work at an arts, culture, or heritage nonprofit, I’ve listed the top ten pieces of advice to help you market your events and programs and demonstrate your brand more effectively. The following tips are tweets from my personal twitter account. Read More
Not everyone can look back at their summer work experience and say it helped their career, but for Neighborhood Studios alum, Molly McGuire it opened doors to her dream job. Molly participated in the Snap! Photography studio in 2010 and is now pursuing her passion for the arts and museum work at the Amistad Center. Read on for Molly’s experience at Neighborhood Studios. Interested in becoming a Neighborhood Studios apprentice this summer? Send an application no later than Friday, April 17.
We had an exciting year – all thanks to your generosity! Thank you for supporting the arts, cultural, and heritage community of Greater Hartford in 2014. Here are some of our best moments of the past year. Read More
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday madness, but after several days of retail overload we’re ready to give back! Giving Tuesday, an initiative launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, is a global day of giving to non-profits, charities, and causes. It’s a time to give thanks to the organizations that improve our quality of life and communities, as well as those charitable organizations that are just getting off the ground. At the Arts Council, we make it a mission to support both – from Hebrew Health Care’s art therapy program for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, to Neighborhood Studios, an apprenticeship program for teens aspiring to work in the arts. And we couldn’t have done any of it without you! Every contribution, regardless of the size, goes a long way. Watch how your generous gifts to the Arts Council have made an impact: Read More