Make Music Hartford

Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 1,000 communities around the world.

Neighborhood Studios

Neighborhood Studios is the Arts Council’s arts education program for local teens, ages 14-18. During this six-week summer apprenticeship, students receive hands on instruction in an artistic medium, as well as career skills training to prepare them for today’s creative workplace. Each apprentice also receives a weekly stipend so they don’t have to choose between a quality arts education and a summer job

Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a celebration of art, music and culture in the Capital City created by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in partnership with the City of Hartford with support from Raytheon Technologies. With hundreds of events taking place all summer long throughout our region, there’s always something to do.

PPE Partnership

In partnership with the City of Hartford and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Arts Council has been providing artists and art organizations with PPE to help support the safe reopening of the sector for these artists, organizations, and the public.

Granting Programs

The Arts Council responsibly invests your gift through a range of granting programs that help create a strong, united community. Each grant given by the Arts Council must meet one or more of our community impact goals, which help guide our investment strategy and ensure maximum impact of each dollar invested in our organization.


PressPlay is the Arts Council’s virtual lunchtime performance series. Since 2020, we’ve worked with Travelers to bring audiences some of the capital region’s top talent straight to your computer screens. Pause your workday and press play.

Artist Advisory Committee

In June 2020, the Arts Council gathered a dozen artists from the Greater Hartford community to form the first Artist Advisory Committee. The mission of the Artist Advisory Committee (AAC) is: to inform, support, and educate the Greater Hartford Arts Council about its role as an advocate for artists in the Greater Hartford region. Each of these members play a significant role in our community as artists, educators, students, leaders, activists, facilitators, and organizers. As liaisons to the Greater Hartford artist community, they’re engaged and active within their respective, often overlapping realms.

Arts Network

A direct result of the closing of the creative sector in March 2020, our regular Arts Network calls were born out of a need from artists and arts organizations to connect. The Arts Network calls are made up of arts leaders from local small-midsize organizations. These calls, held on Zoom, aim to provide the sector with a platform to discuss, experiment and collaborate in the new reality created by the pandemic. The calls have now formalized and continue to bring dozens of arts leaders together each month.

Coming Soon:


Coming July 2021

Catalyst Amplified

Coming Fall 2021