Meet Our Members: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating their eighth season this year. Founded in 2012, the 60+ member organization is celebrated for their musicianship, creative programming, and community outreach. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dr. Wendy K. Moy and Executive Director Robert Reader, the HGMC sings a wide range of music as a catalyst to inspire, impact, and enrich the lives of their members, patrons, and the community.

The HGMC recognizes the sociopolitical statement inherent in being an openly gay organization and, as such, representatives of the LGBT community. In addition to concerts, the HGMC represent the LGBT community through partnerships with other gay and gay-affirming organizations, outreach within our community and beyond, and participation and performances at pride events, cultural celebrations, civic programs, sporting events, and other special occasions.

The HGMC recently began a YouTube channel and uploaded its first virtual chorus video, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Also visit their website and Facebook page. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter at #hgmcsing.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today.

Meet Our Members: Fairfield University Art Museum

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) is a dynamic space for engagement with the visual arts on the campus of Fairfield University. It is comprised of the Bellarmine Hall Galleries and the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. In the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, FUAM presents its small but choice permanent collection of European and American paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, as well as Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects, and objects on long-term loan from major museums and private collections.

FUAM presents special exhibitions showcasing works of art in all media from a broad swathe of time periods and world cultures, ancient to contemporary, in both galleries. FUAM is an essential academic and cultural resource serving all of its audiences through outreach, free admission, and free events.

While the doors to the Museum are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, our website offers educational programs, videos, exhibition audio tours, and activities to enjoy from your home. (Check out the Watch, Listen & Learn section).

Follow FUAM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and join their email list (email museum@fairfield.edu) to stay connected.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today.

Meet Our Members: Sally Rogers

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


Sally Rogers began her career as a full-time touring musician in 1979, after encouragement from Stan Rogers, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter.  That was followed by an invitation from Garrison Keillor to appear on A Prairie Home Companion.  She appeared more than a dozen times on that show, which launched her performing career.  Her travels have since taken her to Europe, China, Hungary and Poland, England and Scotland, and across the United States.

Sally has released thirteen albums, not including several collaborative projects with other artists. Her first album, The Unclaimed Pint, has stood the test of time and continues to be a big seller. Her songs are included in the Unitarian Hymnal, the Quaker songbook, Rise Up Singing, Rise Again and both national music textbook series. Several of her songs are considered to be folk music classics.

Although much of Rogers’ time is spent teaching music in the public schools and being an artist-in-residence these days, she continues to perform in concerts as opportunities arise.  Her gorgeous singing voice, boundless energy and good humor are welcomed from coast to coast.

PHOTO: (l-r) Sally Rogers with her dulcimer, and with husband and musical partner, Howie Bursen.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!

Meet Our Members: La Grua Center

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


La Grua Center is a small nonprofit cultural center—open to all—offering a wide variety of concerts, talks, and art exhibitions in a welcoming space with distinctive acoustics located in Stonington Borough. It is also a beautiful rental venue for classes, meetings, celebrations, and other community gatherings.

Their signature monthly series of Saturday afternoon concerts of classical and early music, and world-ethnic-folk music is called Music Matters. These curated concerts allow people in our community to experience live acoustic music in an intimate setting, in an ambience that invites musicians to communicate with immediacy and warmth. 

On Our Minds and The World Comes to La Grua talk series present speakers who share their expertise in current events, world affairs, journalism, the economy, environment, health, and more. The abundance of cultural resources in our region allows us to enjoy conversations with artists, authors, producers, and historians in our Behind the Curtain, Local Treasures, and Good Stories Well Told series.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!

Meet Our Members: Out Film CT

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


Since 1987 (originally as AlteRnaTiveS) Out Film CT has entertained, educated, and promoted community through the exhibition of LGBTQ film. A volunteer, nonprofit cultural organization, Out Film CT is dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBTQ cinema and other theatrical events throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival. The event this year will be held on May 29 through June 6.

Connecticut’s longest-running film festival, now celebrating its 33rd season, holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate, and rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBTQ community unique.

Out Film CT also presents the monthly Queer Thursdays (usually shown on the second Thursday of each month) film series in partnership with Cinestudio, located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford.

To learn more, visit OutFilmCT.org.

PHOTO CREDITS: Cinestudio doorway: Helder Mira, The Trinity Reporter. Cinestudio seats: Shane Engstrom, Out Film CT Festival Director/President.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!