We’ve partnered with Aetna to bring Art on the Streets back to downtown Hartford this spring! Local artists and musicians will present interactive experiences for the public to enjoy that also draws attention to how the arts make us happier and healthier. Share your Art on the Streets photos with us on Instagram using #GHACxAetna and we’ll repost!

Art on the Streets 2019

Tuesday, May 28 – Thursday, June 20
11:30am – 1:30pm

Tuesdays on Pratt St
Thursdays in State House Square (feat. House Band with Dan Liparini)

Hello from Hartford with Anita Balkun

Have fun with snail mail! Design your own postcard to be mailed from Hartford.  There are so many things to celebrate about being part of the Hartford community, so why not tell others with a hand written/designed postcard!  Visitors are invited to add their own artistic touch to a hand-printed “Hello from Hartford” postcard, with the option to address it, add a postage stamp and drop it in a ‘mailbox’ that will be be delivered later that day to an official Hartford post office.

Not Your Grandmother’s Weaving with Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

Weaving is an age-old practice. But, what if we put a contemporary twist on it? Step up to the loop to make a piece of fabric using different patterns and fun colored fibers! Take a minute or two to contribute to a piece of fabric your grandmother would love!

Urban Improv: Downtown Dance & Movement Meditations with The End Ensemble

Break from your daily movement patterns and routines with new movement explorations. When we get stuck in the same routine every day, we stop noticing the world around us and the people we share it with. Change up the pace of your day and reconnect with yourself, your work, and the people and places around you. Move with the rhythm of downtown Hartford with Hartford’s own downtown dance company!

Creating with Mixed Media with Rebecca Maloney Art

Using layers of mixed media, you can design and create your own mounted piece of art with mixed media artist Rebecca Maloney. Sit together, explore different materials, and engage a different part of your brain.

Poetry on the Streets with Melanie Faranello

Poetry on the Street’s little blue typewriter always succeeds in encouraging pedestrians to stop and pick a word from the jar of emotions and write an original poem based on their chosen word. Write your own poem using the typewriter and paint it with water color paints.  Take your finished painted poem with you or leave to share. See more about POTS at www.poetryonthestreets.com

HARTBEAT Poetry with Vintage Fiyah Poetry Collective

What does a healthy Hartford look like? What is community? These questions and more will be the topic of exploration at this spoke word open mic on Pratt Street. Share your poems or just enjoy the work of local poets and spoken word artists.

Modern Art & Meditation with Bri Dill

Explore color theory and emotion through the mesmerizing movement of alcohol ink. Create a piece to take with you and add your art to a collaborative piece.

Everyday Impressions with Elizabeth McNally

Create your own notecards, bookmarks, and art prints using pressed botanicals like leaves, ferns, and flowers. Use paints and inks of different colors to create a collagraph print. Take your creation back to your desk or share it with a friend.

Dancing in the Streets with The Dance Collective

Eight female choreographers will collaborate to create new performances using historical figures and feminine art. Join the movement and have a moment of freedom in the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle.

#ArtOnTheStreets Schedule

Tuesday, May 28 – Hello from Hartford, Not Your Grandmother’s Weaving, Urban Improv

Thursday, May 30 – Not Your Grandmother’s Weaving, Creating with Mixed Media, Art on the Streets House Band

Tuesday, June 4 – Poetry on the Streets, HARTBEAT Poetry, Modern Art & Meditation

Thursday, June 6 – Everyday Impressions, Dancing in the Streets, Art on the Streets House Band

Tuesday, June 11 – Hello from Hartford, HARTBEAT Poetry, Dancing in the Streets

Thursday, June 13 – Everyday Impressions, Poetry on the Streets, Art on the Streets House Band

Tuesday, June 18 – HARTBEAT Poetry, Urban Improv, Modern Art & Meditation

Thursday, June 20 – Creating with Mixed Media, Urban Improv, Art on the Streets House Band