All across Connecticut, young artists are moving into rehabbed old buildings, setting up creative new businesses and bringing new life to their communities. I’d like to share two examples.
In Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood, factories and warehouses have been converted into apartments and commercial space. A new CPTV series called “The Parkville Sessions” tells this story through the eyes of some of the musicians who now call Parkville home.
But it’s not just a city thing. In Litchfield, the former Bantam Switch Factory has been renovated and converted into commercial space for artists and artisans. Today, the occupants of the Bantam Arts Factory are helping draw younger people to this rural town. “Arts means business,” says Jocelyn Ayer of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments.
Click the links below and get a sample of the exciting things arts are making happen in our communities!
Spring Open House BY BROOKFIELD CRAFT CENTER | MAY 7, 2019 The Brookfield Craft Center’s 8 studios will be open for demonstrations and showcase learning opportunities and commitment to fine crafts in Brookfield. On May 18th, 2019 from 12-5 pm, art enthusiasts can...read more
The show, titled “I Am the Problem,” reflects the artist’s “micro and macro views of environmental processes, including the ebb and flow of energy and our interaction and disruption of these systems.”read more
These individuals have been named an Arts Hero for their extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts.read more
Congratulations to our local recipients, artist, Megan Marden, Danbury, and Brian Clements, Newtown!read more
Preston poet Margaret Gibson, whose subjects include her late husband’s fight against Alzheimer’s, has been appointed Connecticut’s Official State Poet Laureate, the Connecticut Office of the Arts announced Wednesday.read more
The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University will offer secondary school students three workshop opportunities to enrich their arts education in the High School Summer Arts Intensive program from…read more
Paid internships available to Connecticut college students, emerging creative professionals and military veterans at various arts and culture organizations throughout Connecticut!read more
After 2 1/2 years of planning and curating, Freed Formats: the book reconsidered opened March 30 at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Eight venues in total participating. The Mark Twain Library will host a closing reception on Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm.read more
COA’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) APPROACH to teaching and learning provides educators vital professional development, resources, tools and strategies to develop effective practices in standards based arts education, arts integration, and more.read more
“The nine photographs on display are part of a long-term project of photographing the entire state of Connecticut. This sounds ambitious, but on the other hand,..”read more
Prospective Volunteer Open House! Stop in and learn about how YOU can get involved! Saturday, April 13th 10:00 am
Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Learn how you can get involved at your local national park through the Volunteers-In-Parks program!
“I’m writing today to share my excitement about a new release from the National Governors Association (NGA), created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA.” Pam Breaux, President and CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.read more