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. 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. Read More
The Learning Corridor has a new home for the most extraordinary tree on its campus. Tash Taskale’s The Wishing Tree (2007), a 23-foot tall steel sculpture of an abstract tree, was recently reinstalled on the site of the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy expansion. Part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s public art collection, Taskale’s work represents the iconic forms that humans have created throughout history to help bring good fortune and protection. The top of the sculpture also contains a kinetic element that moves with the wind. The Wishing Tree is a part of a group of public art sculptures in Hartford’s Learning Corridor, a campus of public schools ranging from Pre-K through high school. Read More
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.