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


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


12 Fall DIYs to Unleash Your Inner Artist

Fall DIYs

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


Grantee Spotlight: Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut Historical Society

Exterior of the Connecticut Historical Society via chs.org

What if there was a time capsule spanning four generations’ worth of childhoods in Connecticut? Brace yourselves, because there is.

Since fall 2015, the Connecticut Historical Society has been collecting objects, images and stories for their exhibit: Growing Up in Connecticut. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote and encourage cross-generational communication and understanding. Each generation (the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials) faced their own set of adversity and unique circumstances; both the exhibit and online gallery explore and embrace the differences and similarities each generation experienced. Read More


One-on-One with Art Connection Studio

“View from a Hawk,” 2016, Art Connection Studio

We’re frequently inspired by the local artists that brighten our communities. This month we’re excited to feature several inspiring artists at 100 Pearl Street Gallery. Our latest exhibit “Connections & Collaborations” showcases the collaborative works put together by the artists of Art Connection Studio, a community art center that provides artistic programming for  people with disabilities. However, the works are not about disabilities, explains Michael Galaburri, artist and art therapist at Art Connection Studio. Rather, they’re about “discovering one’s unique personal vision and opening up to one’s creative impulses.”

Read on for our q&a with Michael Galaburri, and join us for the opening reception of “Connections & Collaborations” Thursday, September 1 from 5-7 p.m. at 100 Pearl Street Gallery. Can’t make it to the reception? The show will be on display through September 23.  Read More


Hartford Residents: The Wadsworth Atheneum Belongs To You

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Photo credit: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

In an unprecedented move, our friends and grantees at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will offer free admission to all Hartford residents effective immediately. “The Atheneum belongs to you,” said Thomas J. Loughman, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth at Tuesday’s press conference. As the largest public art museum in Connecticut, and the oldest in the country, the Wadsworth holds a legacy of firsts: from being the first museum in the U.S. to purchase works by Caravaggio and Salvador Dali to spearheading a collection of contemporary American art. Read More