I Am An Artist Day is back! Come down to Old State House Plaza on September 19, 2018 from 11:30am – 1:30pm to discover your inner artist through creative and interactive experiences with local arts organizations and artists!
Here is the full lineup of organizations you can visit with throughout the event:
Using images from the Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s collection, participants will play “dress up,” create simple collages, and have their pictures taken with a Polaroid camera for a takeaway keepsake.
Ballet Theater Company
Put your dance knowledge to the test with Ballet Theater Company with two I Am An Artist Day challenges.
1. Name That Ballet: Can you match the plot of a famous ballet with its title? Stop by and play a matching game with us that tests your dance knowledge.
2. What’s In A Ballerina’s Dance Bag: Can you name all the things a ballerina needs in her dance bag? Try to name them all!
Caribbean American Dance Company
Judy Williams of the Caribbean American Dance Company will demonstrate traditional and modern Caribbean dance, followed by lessons and group dances.
Charter Oak Cultural Center
Community artist/educator Jocelyn Pleasant will use African percussion to showcase djembe and dundun rhythms of West Africa. She will share her music, demonstrate each of the different drums, and explain the history of African drumming.
Participants will be invited to make a tissue paper flower to help promote the lovely and historic gardens on Connecticut Landmarks properties in Hartford and across the state. These creations will brighten your day by adding a burst of color to your hair, lapel, buttonhole, or desk!
Music Moves Hartford “Downtown Singers” will sing from 11:30-11:50. Lyric sheets will be available for audience members who would like to join them. Music Moves Hartford is a choir of downtown residents, many of whom have experienced homelessness.
Greater Hartford Arts Council
Passersby can participate in a Drip & Splat Community Painting that will be used as the backdrop for the upcoming TEDxHartford!
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Help create a 21st century alphabet booklet taking inspiration from the “Anti-Slavery Alphabet” published in the 19th century to educate children about the evils of slavery. Create your own artwork and poetry to demonstrate the significance of a current issue we face in the world.
Call and response hip-hop poetry with LAUGH the Poet, actor and teaching artist with the Hartbeat Ensemble. Fill in the blanks of LAUGH’s poem to create your own rhymes. Learn on-the-spot freestyling skills.
Step back in time to the 1980’s and celebrate the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s play Make Believe at Hartford Stage! Stop by our table to play dress-up, blow bubbles, color, enjoy some popular candy from the 1980’s, and spin our wheel to land on a popular – yet now very outdated – ’80’s catchphrase!
Guests can pick and choose from a variety of words from the poem “View of Cap d’Antibes” to make their own using a set format or make a free-form poem. Arrange them how you like on the felt board and take a selfie with your piece!
My Own Monet: Make a mono-print (a one-time unique print that artists like Degas experimented with) based on Monet’s Haystacks series. Use a plexiglass print plate as your canvas, paint based off the model or make your own masterpiece, then lay your paper and peel up to get your unique artwork.
Journey Writers, Inc.
Words are important. Just a few words can tell us so much. Create your own story using only six words.
Judy Dworin Performance Project
An interactive storysharing opportunity with the Judy Dworin Performance Project. In connection to JDPP’s upcoming production, (US), you can share stories about your dreams for the world.
New Britain Museum of American Art
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the magic of color mixing as they create their own individual color field paintings, learning brush techniques and classic color theory while exploring the endless possibilities of color mixing.
Noah Webster House
All word nerds are invited to channel their linguistic excellence in an epic Scrabble challenge. Play on the giant Scrabble board and compete to create the most exceptional word of the day!
Queen Ann Nzinga Center
Make your own maracas, learn the history of the instrument and take them with you to keep your music-making alive. Join the drum circle to accompany the drummers with your new instrument!
Poetry on the Streets
Poetry on the Streets is an interactive exhibit designed to engage pedestrians in writing and painting an original poem based on a word chosen from a “jar of emotions.”
Design your own “gingerbread” version of TheaterWorks. What do you look like inside TheaterWorks?
If that wasn’t enough, there will also be live music by guitarist Jason LaPierre at 1:00pm!