5 Exciting Things to Look Forward to at Big Red for the Arts 2015

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Big Red for the Arts. Photo by Roger Castonguay.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably heard about the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts, a fundraising party with fabulous food, signature wines, and one purpose: to raise funding for the arts. The event, held in The Society Room of Hartford on March 5, kicks off our 2015 United Arts Campaign, which supports over 150 arts, culture, and heritage organizations – both big and small – that you know and love in Greater Hartford. Organizations such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, The Bushnell, Mark Twain House & Museum, Little Theatre of Manchester, Judy Dworin Performance Project, Real Art Ways, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford Symphony, New Britain Museum of American Art, Hartbeat Ensemble, TheaterWorks, and many more. And by attending Big Red, you can help support all of these organizations. Intrigued, yet? Here are five awesome things you’ll see at Big Red’s 10th anniversary: Read More


Oh, Oh It’s Magic (Color Scratch Postcards)!

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Travelers kicked off their fall employee giving campaign with a little magic– magic color scratch postcards, that is.  The Greater Hartford Arts Council was invited to participate in Travelers’ employee giving campaign with a number of other local organizations.  But employees showed off their creative sides by participating in our Magic Color Scratch Art Postcard competition, and boy are they artistic! Read More


Neighborhood Studios Q&A: Artists Collective – Youth Jazz Orchestra

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Apprentices of the Youth Jazz Orchestra program at Neighborhood Studios

When the apprentices of the Youth Jazz Orchestra program at Neighborhood Studios come together to perform, magic happens. I’ve never been one to appreciate jazz, but after listening to the students’ beautiful live performance during Studio Snapshots, I finally understood all rage. Jazz is the heart and soul of Hartford, and these talented musicians trained by the teachers of Artists Collective are the next generation of performers. Read on to get the scoop about the program in our q&a with Artists Collective and check out this video performance of the students. Read More


Everything You Need To Do In Hartford By August 12

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Hartford Stage apprentices of Neighborhood Studios

The Arts Council’s summer arts education program, Neighborhood Studios culminates this week with a series of showcases from various art organizations in Hartford. From poetry slams and breakdancing, to photography and short films, prepare to become inspired by the next generation of artists and writers this week. Other events you’ll want to add to your agenda are First Thursday at the Wadsworth, a free movie in the park, and the last show from Monday Night Jazz (who else is weeping inside?). Peruse the full list below and let us know in the comments if we missed anything. Read More


Neighborhood Studios Q&A: Real Art Ways – Eye on Video

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Neighborhood Studios apprentices of the Real Art Ways program

There’s plenty of reasons to love Real Art Ways: the intimate art space is a haven for contemporary local art, Oscar-winning independent films, and fun, creative cocktail hours. Another reason to love Real Art Ways? They’re one of five organizations participating in Neighborhood Studios, a summer arts education apprenticeship for students in Greater Hartford. The Eye on Video program teaches apprentices – you guessed it – film production. If you’re a fan of short, independent films, you’ll want to stop by Real Art Ways on Friday night for the students’ studio showcase, where they will present their work. You may just meet a handful of future famous film directors. Read on to learn more about the program from our interview with Erika Van Natta, master teaching artist of Real Art Ways. Read More


Neighborhood Studios Q&A: Hartford Stage – Breakdancing Shakespeare

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It’s not often that a performance makes us want to get up and dance, but when the Breakdancing Shakespeare apprentices of Neighborhood Studios are on stage, it’s hard to resist the urge to do arm waves and hand glides. The talented cohort of fifteen teenagers across the Greater Hartford region combine breakdancing and acting for a unique performance based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. There’s something to be said about the passion, confidence, and support these apprentices show for each other, and the communal art form of breakdancing may have something to do with it. We sat down with master teaching artist, Nina Pinchin of Hartford Stage to get the scoop on the popular program. Read More


Neighborhood Studios Career Skills: Social Media & Networking for Artists

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Sea Tea Improv performs a skit for the apprentices at Neighborhood Studios

As artists, we know a little thing or two about DIY, after all we pretty much invented the term. It makes sense then that we would wear many hats when working professionally.  Whether that means building our brand, pitching our own work, or marketing ourselves on social media. That’s why we invited Sea Tea Improv, Hartford’s favorite improv comedians, to share their expertise on social media and networking to the apprentices at Neighborhood Studios, the Arts Council’s summer arts education program for teens. Read More