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Its session three-fifths gone, CT legislature begins a crucial time

By Connecticut Arts Alliance April 4, 2023

The 2023 session of the Connecticut General Assembly entered a quiet and crucial phase this week. All but the tax and budget committees have reached their deadlines for reporting bills to the floors of the House and Senate. Complicated and contentious bills on wage and workplace standards, energy regulation, gun control, affordable housing, climate change…

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Signs of a rebound at Hartford venues

By Connecticut Arts Alliance April 3, 2023

A reluctance to attend live shows appears to be easing a bit this spring in Hartford as the pandemic winds down, but the push to coax people off their couches and away from the television still has months, possibly even a year or more, ahead of it. Even so, at Sea Tea Improv, downtown’s underground…

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RiseUP’s ART maniFESTation event in May expected to draw thousands to Hartford

By Connecticut Arts Alliance March 29, 2023

Several thousand people are expected to attend the third annual ART maniFESTation – a combination of public art viewing, musical performances and interactive activities – on Bartholomew Avenue in Hartford on May 13. Organizer Matt Conway, executive director of sponsor RiseUP, said the 2023 event is expected to far surpass attendance of the first two…

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Governor Lamont Announces $11.5 Million To Continue Connecticut’s Popular Summer Enrichment Program in 2023 and 2024

By Connecticut Arts Alliance March 16, 2023

Launched in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Program Keeps Students Engaged in Learning During Summer Months (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker today announced that the Connecticut State Department of Education is releasing $11.5 million from its share of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to continue its highly successful Summer…

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Introducing UConn Health’s New Art Curator

By Connecticut Arts Alliance February 20, 2023

Andre Rochester says he wasn’t quite sure what to expect when someone he knew from the Greater Hartford Arts Council encouraged him to look into UConn Health’s open art curator position. “I’m glad that I did, because I see an opportunity to exercise this curation muscle that I’ve been building for these last 15 years…

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Hartford Art Exhibit To Honor Black Culture

By Connecticut Arts Alliance February 13, 2023

The 224 EcoSpace, a Hartford-based, minority-run small business focused on community, entrepreneurship, the arts and health and wellness, presents “Interpretations of Black Excellence.” The community is invited to the opening reception Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Collaboration Centre at The 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Ave., Hartford. The exhibit will be…

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Hartford area fine arts museums pursue working together as they struggle to emerge from bruising pandemic.

By Connecticut Arts Alliance January 12, 2023

Jeffrey N. Brown, the chief executive of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, leads one of three fine arts museums in the Hartford area that plan to collaborate on marketing, exhibitions and possibly fundraising to chart a course out of a pandemic that has left the institutionsstruggling. Here, Brown is shown at the entrance to…

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COVID crippled Connecticut’s arts scene. Will over $1 million in Supporting Arts grants bring it back?

By Connecticut Arts Alliance November 14, 2022

According to an article in the Hartford Courant “The Connecticut Office of the Arts has awarded over $1 million in Supporting Arts grants to 220 organizations around the state still getting back to normal following the COVID shutdowns of 2020 and ‘21. The funds awarded are designed to be used wherever they are most needed,…

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