An evening to support arts education!

Wednesday, June 20 | Home of Michael & Shari Cantor | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

The Greater Hartford Arts Council invites you to our Summer Soirée at the beautiful home of Michael and Shari Cantor to support Neighborhood Studios, our arts education program for local teens. Mix and mingle as you enjoy sparkling wine, delicious food, and hear from special guest speaker, Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Why Support Neighborhood Studios?
During the six-week summer apprenticeship program, 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. Please help make their summer of arts education possible! Management, Robinson + Cole, Connecticut Innovations, and Hinckley Allen.

Guest Speaker!

Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager
Seattle Office of Art & Culture

Lara is an artist, racial equity strategist, and arts administrator working at the intersection of cultural policy, public education, and social justice.

As strategic advisor and arts education manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Lara co-leads The Creative Advantage, a public/private initiative to reinvest in equitable arts education for all Seattle students.
Lara is the inaugural co-chair for the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s ALAANA Network, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Teaching Artists Guild, is a 2017-2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and the 2015 recipient of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award. She knows firsthand the power of creativity to transform communities, and inspire systemic change.


Online registration is now closed. Tickets for Summer Soiree can be purchased at the door. We look forward to seeing you! 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Lead Sponsor                                                                       Arts Advocate                                                      Beverage Sponsor