How A Neighborhood Studios Alum Got Her Dream Career

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2014 Neighborhood Studios apprentice at the Amistad Center

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.

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How You Can Make An Impact On #GivingTuesday

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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

Making Art Work with Make.Art.Work.

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Artwork by Carrie Simon


As any visual artist knows, turning your passions into a lucrative career can be challenging and emotionally draining. For that reason, a growing number of emerging artists in the Connecticut are participating in Make.Art.Work., a six-month career development program for visual artists. The program, limited to 10-15 participants in each of the three regions across Connecticut, including Hartford, Fairfield, and New Haven, is designed to help artists establish and hone their marketing and professional skills. Workshops include everything from finances to social media, and the program culminates with a group show exhibition. Last week I met with several talented painters, printmakers, and sculptors from the Hartford Cohort who had participated in Make.Art.Work. over the past year. Check out the artwork by some of the participants below: Read More

Everything You Need To Do In Hartford This Weekend

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First Thursday at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford isn’t exactly known for having a booming fashion scene but this weekend the Wadsworth Atheneum is bringing the catwalk to our backyards starting with First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy, proving once again that #HartfordHasIt. The fashion show on First Thursday will showcase clothing from the Wadsworth’s upcoming POSH Sale going on this Friday through Sunday, featuring gently used designer clothing for women, children, and men to support the Costume & Textile Society. I got a sneak preview of the pieces and let’s just say the clothes are enough to bring your consignment shop obsessed friends in Boston and NYC to Hartford for the weekend (no joke). Read More

CT and The Stage– A Hot and Cold Relationship

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, "Love/Sick" at TheaterWorks

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, “Love/Sick” at TheaterWorks

Connecticut and the stage have had a long and storied past.  It’s hard to believe that there were multiple points in history where theater and the stage were looked down upon or even banned, when today Connecticut boasts award-winning theaters that bolster our communities’ vibrancy. But according to research done by Hartford Courant journalist, Frank Rizzo, that is very much the case.  As the Hartford Courant turns 250 (Happy Birthday!), I got to learn a little bit more about the history of the very artistic outlets we support. Read More

Sustainable Fashion: Q&A with the Designers of Trashion Fashion

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Accessories for ARTini designed by Trashion Fashion

In a sea of H&M’s and Zara’s there’s a progressive subset of designers creating sustainable eco-friendly clothes. Case in point, Hartford-based artists and designers Nina Salazar and Amy Merli of Trashion Fashion. For the first time ever, the Arts Council will feature 1920’s inspired clothes and accessories designed by Trashion Fashion at our annual fundraiser, ARTini this Thursday (RSVP if you haven’t yet!). Read on for our q&a with the inspirational designers, Nina and Amy, and learn what it takes to design fashion from recyclable materials. Read More