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“When I was 13, I had no career goals and was un-directed. Charter Oak gave me a place to sit down with other kids where we could discuss issues and share our art. We created an environment where we felt safe and grew as people. I am now 19 years old, in college, and an assistant teacher at Charter Oak. I would like to continue my career performing, teaching, and writing poetry books to inspire my community. Charter Oak gave me a direction in life.” – Roberto Sanchez, Youth Arts AlumnusCharter Oak Cultural Center
"Social isolation and loneliness are common issues for physically disabled persons and seniors. The Weaving Center's artisan program provides people with consistent opportunities to learn in a group, socialize over lunch, and work through creative and personal challenges in a supportive community. In addition to the social benefit of the close-knit community, artisans express how working through a creative challenge and physically creating a brand new textile boosts their sense of personal accomplishment."Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Hartford Chorale works to cultivate the creative talents of school-aged youth in the region in four specific ways: an internship with full scholarship, 2 rehearsals a year open to school choir singers, free tickets offered to MS and HS students, and inviting HS and Youth choirs to perform on stage with the Chorale. After one young choir student attended both open rehearsals last season and organized her class to attend a performance, she became an intern and brought her own school choir to join the Chorale in this season’s inaugural concert.Hartford Chorale
Judy Dworin Performance Project‘s ‘Moving Matters!’ Multi-Arts Residency at Parkville Community School, entering its 23rd year of operation, is having multi-generational impact in bringing art into the lives of families struggling with access to quality educational and cultural enrichment. JDPP staff overheard families arriving to watch the final sharing performance of ‘Moving Matters’ saying, “do you remember doing this when we were kids?” Families are excited to support their children, and proud of their artistic achievement. The performance had record-high family attendance this season due to their ability to provide bus transportation to and from Trinity College.Judy Dworin Performance Project