14 Thanksgiving-Themed DIY Crafts

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Feeling especially #thankful this year? Or looking for a way to take your mind off holiday stress? Start scrolling- we have 14 Thanksgiving-themed DIY’s (shout out to Pinterest for kicking novice crafting up a notch since 2010) for you to ensure your turkey day is the best one yet! Read More

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Concert & Cocktails Preview with Dr. Liu

Concert & Cocktails

Photo by Jennifer Torrance 

Here at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, we talk a lot about the role of the arts in improving quality of life, health, even happiness. Arts education, for example, has been shown to help high school students increase GPA and standardized test scores. It’s no wonder 57% of Connecticut adults identify as artists. But what about the role of the arts in the sciences? We partnered up with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for a special fundraiser (yup, Concert & Cocktails) to learn just that. Featuring a live performance and presentation by Dr. Edison Liu, President and CEO of JAX, Concert & Cocktails will showcase the intersection of art, music, and science as you enjoy signature cocktails by Hartford Flavor Company and Waypoint Spirits (lemon lavender vodka martini, anyone?)

In addition to being a jazz pianist (he’s been playing since the age of 7!), Dr. Liu is also a world-renowned cancer and genomics researcher at JAX. We chatted with Dr. Liu to get a preview of his presentation “The Art & Science of Creativity” and find out why the arts are important to him. Read More


Copyright 101 for Artists

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Drip & Splat painting by Cantor Colburn staff to support the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign

Before you read any further, you need to know the truth.

I have never practiced law in any capacity OR studied law at any length (besides a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, thank you very much). With that said, if the following post sounds like I know the ins and outs of copyright, it’s only because the presenters of Cantor Colburn, LLP did a phenomenal job presenting at our seminar on Wednesday.

(The following post provides a recap of some of the information shared at the seminar. This is not to be considered legal advice. If you’re interested in legal advice, I’ve linked Cantor Colburn, LLP’s contact information at the end of this post!) Read More


10 Halloween Events in Greater Hartford You Don’t Want to Miss

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West Hartford Hauntings, Photo Courtesy of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

There are approximately two types of people who will find this post extremely useful.

Person One has an extensive collection of pumpkin scented candles, has been planning their costume for approximately six months and has exhausted their Hocus Pocus DVD. Weekend activities include: carving jack-o-lanterns, haunted hayrides and bobbing for apples while munching on candy corn and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes or hot cider.

Person Two knows Halloween is fast-approaching but has yet to actually put their Halloween costume together despite their looming Halloweekend plans OR get in the seasonal spirit. Weekend activities include: seeing everyone participate in the activities listed above via social media because they’re occupying their time in an assortment of other ways.

No matter what your level of Halloween enthusiasm may be, we’ve compiled a list of events to get you in the seasonal spirit. Take a look at the events below and register for your favorite today! Read More


Behind the Scenes: “I Am An Artist” Day

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If you’ve been tuning in on social media, you’ve been hearing the phrase “I Am An Artist” quite a bit (like here and here). Our IAAA campaign is designed to promote the arts in the capitol region and increase the cultural vibrancy of Greater Hartford by encouraging interested parties to discover their creative side.

On Wednesday, September 28th, sixteen arts and culture organizations braved the blustering, wind to comprise “I Am An Artist Day” from 11 am-2pm at the Old State House.  The event included free, interactive art exhibits from the art organizations that Greater Hartford Arts Council supports annually. Featured arts and culture organizations ranged from the Hartford Stage to the New Britain Museum of American Art; Connecticut Landmarks to The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Each organization offered their own fun and collaborative exhibit to the mix! Read More


I Am An Artist and You Are, Too

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We all have an artist within us.

Whether you just signed up for an improv class or your interest peaked with one poem in your Junior year English class, the I Am An Artist campaign encourages you to discover your inner artist and unleash it.

The following five profiles share the stories of five corporate employees who also have a passion for the arts. Within their respective mediums, each finds cognitive and coping benefits, and full-fledged passion. Together they highlight the fact that it does not matter who you are, what your age is, where you came from, and what your background is; we are all artists. And the only thing holding you back is you. Read on and visit LetsGoArts.org/Artist to discover your inner artist through art classes and events, and fun DIYs.  Read More


12 Fall DIYs to Unleash Your Inner Artist

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Scrolling through Pinterest to find some artistic and creative DIY projects for fall? Stop right there! We’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite DIY crafts for fall (ALL pinned in our DIY Board on Pinterest) just in time for our I Am An Artist campaign. We love Do it Yourself projects- have you seen our exclusive DIY Tissue Paper Collage with featured artist, Katherine Tolve? Gather your tools and get crafting; and don’t forget to tag us (@letsgoarts on Instagram). We’d love to see your end results! Read More