7 Ways the Arts Can Benefit Your Health

how the arts can benefit your health

Since the dawn of time (or so it seems), our society has been health-crazed. In 2008, Gwyneth Paltrow introduced us to Goop and it seems that since then everyone and their mother has been dying to know what the latest health and wellness fad is. Even before that, society has been filling cable programs and thick, glossy magazines with exercise routines and diet plans.  Working towards your best you is highly commendable; however, as we sign up for barre classes and read articles on kale-inclusive diets, do we ever stop and wonder if we’re missing something?

Something that’s been accessible all along?

Eating well and exercise are absolutely imperative to your overall well-being, as is your mental health. Art is an often overlooked entity that can benefit you mentally and emotionally. The following seven examples prove that art can be valuable to your overall state of health and wellness. Read More


The Science Behind Adult Coloring & 9 Reasons Why We Should Keep the Therapeutic Trend Going

Art therapy for adults

Photo via article on meditative coloring at: vitals.lifehacker.com

Every year we are exposed to a selection of exciting and innovative trends and 2016 has been no exception. While 2015 brought us the man bun and Adele’s latest album, 2016 has seen a spike in usage of the lemon emoji (thank you, Beyoncé), flowing bohemian blouses and…adult coloring books? What used to be a staple for busy parents and babysitters everywhere to entertain children is now targeting adults and currently one of 2016’s biggest trends. And we’re hoping it sticks.

Although art itself may not be able to cure diseases, art therapy has been used as a coping strategy for years. A 2006 study found that women with cancer who participated in art therapy experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of physical and emotional distress. Art therapy is also a useful coping strategy for diseases other than cancer such as anxiety, depression, dementia and PTSD. 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

Grantee Spotlight: Elizabeth Park Conservancy

Elizabeth Park

Whether you’re looking to take date night outside or snap the perfect picture for Instagram, nothing says summer in Greater Hartford quite like Elizabeth Park and America’s oldest public rose garden.

Home to over 800 varieties of new and old roses, the rose garden is the center of Elizabeth Park. Not only is it the first municipal rose garden in the United States, but it’s the third largest in the nation today. Theodore Wirth began designing the rose garden in September 1903; the garden opened nine months later in June 1904. Initially, the garden was home to approximately 190 varieties of roses. Today, there are over 15,000 rose bushes and over 800 varieties. 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

7 Things to do in Greater Hartford before Labor Day


I don’t know about you but I’m holding onto summer with a mighty grasp. I absolutely love autumn; cute scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple picking are some of my favorite things. However, I’m not quite ready to let go of beach trips, barbecues and flip flops. With that being said, Labor Day is right around the corner! Our cultural calendar is FULL of things you can do all-year round, but here are 7 events that we recommend you don’t miss before summer comes to a close! Read More