Feel your ART beat: Aetna Arts Week

Aetna Arts Week is back: April 30 to May 6!

Here at the Arts Council, we’re constantly encouraging people to take pART in the arts all around them–see an exhibit for the first time, catch a play or performance or even try their hand at something artistic. And, from April 30 to May 6, we’re making ity super-easy to find and enjoy something artsy: just take pART in Aetna Arts Week!

A year ago we created a brand-new program, then called United Arts Week, designed to show the community all of the wonderful organizations, events and activities funded by generous United Arts contributions. Thanks to the generous support of Aetna, the program has been growing ever since! Twice a year, we work with our grantee organizations to create a menu of free and low-cost arts events showcasing the best in cultural “happenings” here in Greater Hartford. We use Aetna Arts Week as a chance to remind people that the arts are accessible—and fun—for everyone, and as a way of reminding people about all the wonderful events made possible by their donations.

You’re sure to find something to get your ART beating: there’s theatre, dance, music, visual arts—even a board game party. Check out the full line-up of events on our web site, feelyourartbeat.com. And if you can’t make one of the scheduled events, make sure you check-out some of the ongoing performances and exhibitions happening throughout Arts Week.

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Street painting project in State House Square, part of the Spring 2011 Aetna Arts Week.

Each week we try to create a “temporary public art project,” something interactive (and, again, fun!) that downtown dwellers can take pART on their lunch break. Last spring, we created an amazing water-soluble coloring-book-style mural in State House Square , and in the fall we built giant magnetic boards at the Hartford Public Library where passers-by could create their own evolving piece of magnetic poetry word art. This year we’re exploring “Dancing in the Street,” a project featuring performances and workshops by some of Greater Hartford’s best dance groups and artists.

On Wednesday May 2nd, take a break between 11 AM and 2 PM and head down to the Old State House to see performances by 7 different local dance groups and even learn a few moves of your own. Friendly Arts Council staff members (dressed in bright green shirts) will be on-hand to introduce you to the dance companies and get you engaged in one of the most amazing—and diverse—forms of art our community has to offer.

We’ll be posting pictures, videos and testamonials from Aetna Arts Week on our web site and this blog. Got an Arts Week story you want to share? Let us know!

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