Grantee Spotlight: Connecticut Historical Society

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Exterior of the Connecticut Historical Society via

What if there was a time capsule spanning four generations’ worth of childhoods in Connecticut? Brace yourselves, because there is.

Since fall 2015, the Connecticut Historical Society has been collecting objects, images and stories for their exhibit: Growing Up in Connecticut. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote and encourage cross-generational communication and understanding. Each generation (the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials) faced their own set of adversity and unique circumstances; both the exhibit and online gallery explore and embrace the differences and similarities each generation experienced. Read More

Grantee Spotlight: Monday Night Jazz


Joshua Bruneau Quintet performing at the August 1st Monday Night Jazz; photo by Maurice Robertson via the Hartford Jazz Society

For the record, I tried really hard to squeeze a Chicago reference in the title of this blog post; REALLY hard. However, these things can’t be forced; it needs to flow. Your writing should be smooth, and easy with a rhythm, kind of like jazz.

It’s difficult to put your finger on what makes Monday Night Jazz so special. Is it the talent it brings in? The tradition and history behind it? The way it transforms a mundane Monday into a whirlwind of brass instruments and melodies? Maybe all of the above. Why don’t YOU decide for yourself? Read More

Bated Breath Takes Off-Broadway

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Beneath the Gavel at the New Britain Museum of American Art

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have heard the exciting news that our friends and grantees Bated Breath Theatre Company are taking their performance of Beneath the Gavel Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters in New York City in March 2017. Beneath the Gavel began as an adaptation of an art auction, teaming up with the New Britain Museum of American Art to transport audiences into the “white hot” core of the art market. Described as “electrifying” and “immersive,” Beneath the Gavel premiered in March 2016 to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. Last year, Bated Breath earned the Award of Merit by the Connecticut League of History Organizations for their production of  Freedom: In 3 Acts. Read More

Arts Therapy Mask-Making with the Veterans Art Foundation

Mask-making workshop with VAF

As a recipient of our Arts + Wellness grant program, The Veterans Art Foundation (VAF) is committed to providing arts therapy to veterans and their families to promote healing, self-expression, and assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life. In this post, volunteers of VAF share their experience on the first of several mask-making workshops for veterans. The next workshop is Saturday, June 4th from 9:30am – 3pm at the Art Connection Studio.  Read More

Grantee Spotlight: Queen Ann Nzinga Center

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Every month the Arts Council spotlights a grantee to showcase the amazing impact your United Arts Campaign contributions have on the community and beyond. This month’s spotlight is on the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Read our previous grantee spotlights

Queen Ann Nzinga Center aims to foster children’s development by providing them with opportunities to connect within a community of peers and mentors, discover and hone their individual talents, and achieve success in a collaborative environment that celebrates diversity.  They are a non-profit organization located in New Britain, Connecticut named after a prominent 15th century African queen known for her sharp wit and intelligence. The center focuses on youth programming, an annual series of concerts and events and a professional music group. Read More

Grantee Spotlight: Bated Breath Theatre Company

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Photo credit: Bated Breath Theatre Company

Every month the Arts Council spotlights a grantee to showcase the amazing impact your United Arts Campaign contributions have on the community and beyond. This month’s spotlight is on Bated Breath Theatre Company. Read our previous grantee spotlights

Have you ever visited a museum and wished the artwork would come to life in a full-fledged performance? You’re in luck! Bated Breath Theatre Company, a Hartford-based theatre group (and our grantee!) partners with area museums to create visceral performances based on exhibitions. Many of these performances take place in museum galleries, reimagining museum space as a theatre stage, and breaking down barriers between the audience and paintings on the walls. It’s an intriguing concept and one that I hope will become more popular.  Read More

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At Your Service: Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants 2014

Funded by the City of Hartford and managed by the Arts Council since 2009, The Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants supports arts and heritage programming and projects that generate or retain jobs, support local business and drive economic activity. Since its inception the Jobs Grant program has retained more than 30 jobs, expanded more than 45, created over 650 (FT, PT and Temp), added over 170 youth employment positions and resulted in more than 5.5 million in visitor audience spending. In 2011 it became a national model for using the arts to impact the local economy, winning the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.
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