The Arts Lift Our Spirits.
The arts improve our quality of life, add that extra spark to our daily lives, help our children learn, create thousands of jobs and bring us together. The Greater Hartford Arts Council will celebrate its 50th birthday next year, a benchmark we look forward to celebrating. Each and every day, we are inspired by the powerful impact the arts have in the Capitol region and we work tirelessly to advocate and raise the critical funds to support our community’s incredible cultural treasures.
At this very moment, many of the organizations that we have proudly supported and watched grow, develop and thrive are facing enormous challenges, like so many of us and so many businesses. It is our hope that together with you, our very loyal and generous supporters, we can help sustain our arts and cultural community through this devastating pandemic.
From our cornerstone organizations to those small community and neighborhood based arts centers, these organizations are integral to the fabric of our daily lives and many of which do not have the ability to get through this alone. They are depending on the Arts Council, and our supporters, now more than ever. They are counting on us to provide financial and organizational support so they can concentrate on serving our children, our seniors and those underserved members of our community.
Scroll through for virtual experiences from local artists and organizations:
CT Science Center has an online resource, Science at Home, for families looking for educational activities including Movie Mondays and Virtual Field Trips.Connecticut Science Center
Visit HSO-To-Go, the Hartford Symphony's new online resource for music education, performances, and more!Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Join reSET every week for The reSET Forum, a Zoom conversation aiming to provide a forum for co-creation. "How can we collectively support the change that is needed locally in Hartford, as we rebuild toward a better future globally?" RSVP here.reSET
Scene and Heard LIVE: Join Artistic Director Melia Bensussen for a virtual cocktail hour every Wednesday at 5pm. Each week features a special topic and conversation, short play reading, and Q & A.Hartford Stage
Join Kamora's Cultural Corner on Wednesdays from 6-8pm for Community Conversations on Zoom. (Meeting: 722 6393 4349)Kamora’s Cultural Corner
Connecticut Historical Society has something for the whole family - Coffee Hour, virtual activities, and more.Connecticut Historical Society
Check out the Mark Twain House & Museum for At-Home Education, Virtual Tours, and More!Mark Twain House & Museum
Join Diana Aldrete and Tainted Inc. on Zoom each Wednesday for Virtual Art Sessions for Women - Healing in a Time of Uncertainty. For more information, message Diana on Instagram.Tainted, Inc.
Join Cuatro Puntos on Zoom,for their Cross-Atlantic Quarantine series throughout April-June on Mondays at 2pm for musical collaborations and conversations broadcast from Iraq, Turkey, India, and more.Cuatro Puntos
Join Charter Oak Cultural Center on Zoom for "Charter Oak Chatter," a series of poetry readings and discussions.Charter Oak Cultural Center
Poetess and Activist Zulynette Morales leads a poetry workshop every Tuesday at 8pm on Instagram Live.Zulynette
Inspired by MTV Unplugged and VH1 Storytellers, the Arts Council will be livestreaming some of our region's best musicians on Instagram Live, Mondays at 8pm through June 15.Greater Hartford Arts Council
Join Dimensional Dance for a variety of weekly online dance classes on Zoom and Instagram live.Dimensional Dance
Playhouse on Park offers a variety of virtual experiences, including Dance with Darlene and Virtual Open Mic. Playhouse on ParkPlayhouse on Park
Get SaucedTheaterWorks Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero welcomes us into his kitchen as he serves up juicy memories, good times, and the sauce. Featuring special guests and familiar faces. Instagram Live, Thursdays at 5pm: InstagramTheaterWorks
We know so much has been asked of all of us during this crisis and we understand it has been a very difficult time. We thank you for your support of the arts and cultural community and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate whatever you can do to help us ensure that the lights, which may be dimmed today, will shine brightly again at our arts and cultural institutions.
Statewide resources and experiences
Are you an artist or an arts professional looking for relief information? Visit our resource page here.