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

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DIY Tissue Paper Collage

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From fashion advertising to abstract art, collage is emerging as one of the most popular mediums – and for good reason. As our Featured Artist and collage aficionado Katherine Tolve says, “The best thing about mixed media and collage is that you can’t really screw up.” We don’t know about you, but the idea of not messing up an art piece sounds really appealing. So, we teamed up with Katherine for a fun, budget-friendly DIY collage activity that you can do on a lazy afternoon. Read More


My Summer @ the Greater Hartford Arts Council

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As I complete my summer internship at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, I wanted to write this post to thank everyone who has allowed me to work alongside them these past few months. I have truly had a blast and found my summer here to be rewarding in many aspects. Coming into the Arts Council, I had a lot of respect for non-profit organizations, but very little knowledge of how they operated behind the scenes. I was very excited to finally be a part of an organization that was clearly in tune with its community and its mission of supporting arts and culture throughout the region. As a political science major, I have always been fascinated by the process in which policies and legislation have an impact on different groups of people, especially the disenfranchised. Being a part of an organization such as the Arts Council has allowed me to better understand how the arts resonate the universal values of culture and community. I have also learned how non-profits manage to sustain themselves while also impacting their communities in a manner that is both efficient and effective. In this sense, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to work with both the workplace team and the grant manager, Jose Feliciano. I was able to see the process as money came into the organization through workplace campaigns and money went out through different grant programs. Read More


Arts Break: Keep Calm & Create Mandalas

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Mandalas designed by Arts Council staff

In Sanskrit, a mandala translates to both circle and center, implying that it represents both the visible world around us and the invisible one (deep inside our minds – the center of healing). Bringing the mandala into the workplace this summer has been a conscious effort to get employees to realize that art does not always consist of paint buckets, pastels, and brushes. Meaningful art can be created with a pen and blank sheet of paper. Items we utilize everyday within our offices can become tools that enable us to express and change the way we process emotions and think in general. Aside from the aesthetic beauty, creating art taps into your thought processes, encouraging you to think outside the box in all aspects of life. Read More


Arts Break: Jackson Pollock Inspired Art at UTC

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Drip & splat artwork at UTC

With our United Arts Workplace Campaign well under way this year, there have been a plethora of creative arts activities taking place in corporate lobbies and cafeterias. One particularly popular choice this summer is drip & splat painting originally developed by Jackson Pollock during the abstract expressionist movement of the mid-twentieth century. Drip & splat painting is a form of abstract art that entails dripping and splatting paint onto a horizontal canvas using wooden sticks or hard brushes to create a layered, energetic piece of “action” painting. It’s a fun, easy way to create a work of art to hang in your home or office, and best of all, anyone can do it.  Read More


Kicking Off the New Year with Mintz + Hoke

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Only two weeks into the New Year, we kicked off the first employee giving event of the 2015 United Arts Campaign with one of New England’s largest advertising and public relations agencies.   For Mintz + Hoke, an early morning “Arts Break” at the Farmington Valley Arts Center proved to be a catalyst for creativity and inspiration. Stepped outside the comforts of the office, a group of more than 30 employees showed up on a chilly Wednesday morning for a United Arts Campaign breakfast and Arts Break.  As they warmed themselves with coffee and found a table to sit, they learned about the value of the arts for the community, the economy, and the quality of life in the Greater Hartford area.  Read More


Creating a “Work of Art” at Aetna

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The Greater Hartford Arts Council has enjoyed a long and beneficial partnership with Aetna to deliver community-based arts experiences to those who live and work in Greater Hartford.  Aetna sponsorship dollars generously supported a range of community focused programs, events, and activities designed to encourage participation in the arts– from Aetna First Thursday to Aetna Arts Week to a new creative collaboration called Work of Art.  The Work of Art partnership program targets and engages Aetna employees, connecting them to our local arts community while also becoming an essential element in the creation of a new piece of art work that will be installed on Aetna’s campus.  What could be better than exploring your artistic side (yes, everyone has one!) with a wonderful local artist by your side, all while beautifying and engaging your workplace? Read More