Save the Date: Mark Twain House Studio Showcase


Have you ever written a collaborative story or poem without knowing what anyone else was writing? Sounds pretty tricky, huh? That’s exactly the kind of challenge we set up for the apprentices at the Mark Twain House and Museum’s “Write to the Point!” program. “Write to the Point!” is a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprenticeship program. After spending 4 weeks writing creative non-fiction in the same room, could one line from each of them really give us a glimpse into what the Neighborhood Studios experience has been like for this group of talented young writers? Read More

Save the Date: Artists Collective Studio Showcase

Artists Collective 2015 Youth Jazz Orchestra apprentices and teachers

Artists Collective 2015 Youth Jazz Orchestra apprentices and teachers

“Studying music enhances one’s being.” Those are the words musician René McLean shared with me on my last visit with the Artists Collective’s Youth Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprenticeship program this summer. McLean is the Master Teaching Artist working with the young musicians as they hone their skills and work together to produce a jazz showcase for family, friends and the public. Read More

The Artist’s Guide to Using Social Media Professionally


It’s become a Neighborhood Studios tradition to have Hartford-based Sea Tea Improv give a presentation on social media and networking every year. As you know, Neighborhood Studios is the Arts Council’s award-winning summer apprenticeship program for teens. There are five studio programs where apprentices can gain hands-on experience including film, breakdancing, photography, jazz orchestra, and creative non-fiction. Whether we like it or not, social media is here to stay and learning how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms professionally is an integral part of your career, especially as an artist. Read More

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

Big Red Turns 10

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)!

Travelers scratch art 1

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


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


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