‘Hartford Creates’ partnership strives to make the city a regional arts destination
The city of Hartford and the Greater Hartford Arts Council have launched year two of “Hartford Creates.” The multi-year initiative leverages $3 million over three years from the American Rescue Plan to expand the creative economy of the Hartford region by providing more opportunities for artists. The money also supports more arts and culture events for audiences.
At a recent press conference underneath Alexander Calder’s massive public art sculpture “Stegosaurus,” city officials, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and artists gathered to celebrate the first year of the program. The group said it was looking forward to the summer and fall, when the city has scheduled a host of free events subsidized, in part, by Hartford Creates.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said coming out of the pandemic, his office saw the arts as a “must have” for the city.
“We have been able to expand on the incredible traditions we already had,” Bronin said, “and to make sure it wasn’t just the big stuff, but it was the smaller opportunities to create work for artists in our city.”
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Posted May 20, 2023
By Ray Hardman
Connecticut Public Radio