Make a Difference
Here is what your gift makes possible
free community performances and open houses to ensure the arts are accessible to all
classroom visits from arts educators that bring the arts to life & reinforce curriculum
get an arts education, career-skills training and a weekly stipend through our Neighborhood Studios apprenticeship program.
performances, exhibitions and showcases bring people together and help make Greater Hartford a vibrant community.
“The arts provide opportunities for children to risk trying new things. That risk is a primary indicator of future success because it builds curiosity.”
– Carol Terry
“Now more than ever, we need activities that move us, motivate us, and stimulate our thinking. Our children need them too.”
– Matthew Lynch, UBS
“The arts is truly one of the unique ways that we can celebrate ourselves – our community, our city, and each other. Not only do we celebrate it in the now, but we also honor the past.”
– Olivia Davis, Spectrum in Motion
“Artists, adventurous and courageous enough to build rooms of beauty for all of us, must be supported.”
– Brian Berry, Blum Shapiro
Making a Difference at Cuatro PuntosMusic Moves Hartford "Downtown Singers," a program of Cuatro Puntos, was formed primarily for those in our community experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. "It is important to use music for greater means than itself...forming a choir helps build a sense of community, purpose, and joy."
“[The] BVA partners were phenomenal…they understood social media in a way the FVAC board and volunteers did not…[they] put out surveys and collected a lot of data.” FVAC’s experience with the innovation goal workshop combined with findings generated by their BVA partners culminated in four distinct yet interwoven areas of potential growth: Visibility, Excitement, Community, and Sustainability.
Making a difference at Charter Oak Cultural Center“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 Alumnus
Making a difference at Hartford Artisans Weaving 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
Making a difference at Hartford ChoraleHartford 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.
Making a difference at Judy Dworin Performance ProjectJudy 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.