Copyright 101 for Artists

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Drip & Splat painting by Cantor Colburn staff to support the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign

Before you read any further, you need to know the truth.

I have never practiced law in any capacity OR studied law at any length (besides a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, thank you very much). With that said, if the following post sounds like I know the ins and outs of copyright, it’s only because the presenters of Cantor Colburn, LLP did a phenomenal job presenting at our seminar on Wednesday.

(The following post provides a recap of some of the information shared at the seminar. This is not to be considered legal advice. If you’re interested in legal advice, I’ve linked Cantor Colburn, LLP’s contact information at the end of this post!) Read More

10 Halloween Events in Greater Hartford You Don’t Want to Miss


West Hartford Hauntings, Photo Courtesy of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

There are approximately two types of people who will find this post extremely useful.

Person One has an extensive collection of pumpkin scented candles, has been planning their costume for approximately six months and has exhausted their Hocus Pocus DVD. Weekend activities include: carving jack-o-lanterns, haunted hayrides and bobbing for apples while munching on candy corn and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes or hot cider.

Person Two knows Halloween is fast-approaching but has yet to actually put their Halloween costume together despite their looming Halloweekend plans OR get in the seasonal spirit. Weekend activities include: seeing everyone participate in the activities listed above via social media because they’re occupying their time in an assortment of other ways.

No matter what your level of Halloween enthusiasm may be, we’ve compiled a list of events to get you in the seasonal spirit. Take a look at the events below and register for your favorite today! Read More

Behind the Scenes: “I Am An Artist” Day


If you’ve been tuning in on social media, you’ve been hearing the phrase “I Am An Artist” quite a bit (like here and here). Our IAAA campaign is designed to promote the arts in the capitol region and increase the cultural vibrancy of Greater Hartford by encouraging interested parties to discover their creative side.

On Wednesday, September 28th, sixteen arts and culture organizations braved the blustering, wind to comprise “I Am An Artist Day” from 11 am-2pm at the Old State House.  The event included free, interactive art exhibits from the art organizations that Greater Hartford Arts Council supports annually. Featured arts and culture organizations ranged from the Hartford Stage to the New Britain Museum of American Art; Connecticut Landmarks to The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Each organization offered their own fun and collaborative exhibit to the mix! Read More

I Am An Artist and You Are, Too

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We all have an artist within us.

Whether you just signed up for an improv class or your interest peaked with one poem in your Junior year English class, the I Am An Artist campaign encourages you to discover your inner artist and unleash it.

The following five profiles share the stories of five corporate employees who also have a passion for the arts. Within their respective mediums, each finds cognitive and coping benefits, and full-fledged passion. Together they highlight the fact that it does not matter who you are, what your age is, where you came from, and what your background is; we are all artists. And the only thing holding you back is you. Read on and visit to discover your inner artist through art classes and events, and fun DIYs.  Read More

12 Fall DIYs to Unleash Your Inner Artist

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Scrolling through Pinterest to find some artistic and creative DIY projects for fall? Stop right there! We’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite DIY crafts for fall (ALL pinned in our DIY Board on Pinterest) just in time for our I Am An Artist campaign. We love Do it Yourself projects- have you seen our exclusive DIY Tissue Paper Collage with featured artist, Katherine Tolve? Gather your tools and get crafting; and don’t forget to tag us (@letsgoarts on Instagram). We’d love to see your end results! Read More

7 Ways the Arts Can Benefit Your Health

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Since the dawn of time (or so it seems), our society has been health-crazed. In 2008, Gwyneth Paltrow introduced us to Goop and it seems that since then everyone and their mother has been dying to know what the latest health and wellness fad is. Even before that, society has been filling cable programs and thick, glossy magazines with exercise routines and diet plans.  Working towards your best you is highly commendable; however, as we sign up for barre classes and read articles on kale-inclusive diets, do we ever stop and wonder if we’re missing something?

Something that’s been accessible all along?

Eating well and exercise are absolutely imperative to your overall well-being, as is your mental health. Art is an often overlooked entity that can benefit you mentally and emotionally. The following seven examples prove that art can be valuable to your overall state of health and wellness. Read More

The Science Behind Adult Coloring & 9 Reasons Why We Should Keep the Therapeutic Trend Going

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Every year we are exposed to a selection of exciting and innovative trends and 2016 has been no exception. While 2015 brought us the man bun and Adele’s latest album, 2016 has seen a spike in usage of the lemon emoji (thank you, Beyoncé), flowing bohemian blouses and…adult coloring books? What used to be a staple for busy parents and babysitters everywhere to entertain children is now targeting adults and currently one of 2016’s biggest trends. And we’re hoping it sticks.

Although art itself may not be able to cure diseases, art therapy has been used as a coping strategy for years. A 2006 study found that women with cancer who participated in art therapy experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of physical and emotional distress. Art therapy is also a useful coping strategy for diseases other than cancer such as anxiety, depression, dementia and PTSD. Read More