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Friday, September 3, 2021

36 projects by artists of color receive funding by Susan Dunne

Thirty six projects by artists of color received a total of $329,500 in funding from Hartford’s Free Center from its Independent Artists Fund.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:59AM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hallmark Christmas movie filming in Hartford looking for extras, especially those with basketball skills by Susan Dunne

A casting call has been put out for a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie that will be shot in Hartford in September.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:29AM
Monday, August 30, 2021

Shubert general manager Lew Michaels to run Cinestudio in Hartford by Susan Dunne

Cinestudio, the art house theater on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, has appointed Lew Michaels as its new executive director. Michaels was most recently general manager of the Sh…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:09PM

Painted bears — a nod to backyard visitors — being unveiled Tuesday in West Hartford by Susan Dunne

WeHa Bear Fair, a public art project during which 12 artist-painted bears will be installed in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, will be revealed in a ceremony from 4:30 to 6 p.m. o…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:36PM

Connecticut theaters including Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, Long Wharf requiring vaccination, masks by Susan Dunne

Connecticut’s Flagship Producing Theaters will require vaccination and masks for all indoor spaces, they announced on Monday.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:48PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

East Hartford Martin Luther King Jr. mural kicks off with community paint day by Susan Dunne

East Hartford residents are invited to participate in a community paint day Friday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. to work together on a mural of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Sc…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:25PM

Branford native launches The Broadway Song Shoppe, allowing fans to have custom-written songs performed by Broadway stars by Susan Dunne

Anyone can have a song custom-written and sung by a Broadway star through The Broadway Song Shoppe website, co-founded by Branford native and Broadway musical director Greg Kenna.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:31PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Sept. 10 top 12 with Nick Flynn, Martin Espada, Margaret Gibson by Susan Dunne

The 2021 season of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road in Farmington, will be held Sept. 10 to 12, with headliners Nick Flynn, Martin Espada and Conn…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:26AM

Bushnell in Hartford mandates masks, vaccinations to attend shows by Susan Dunne

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts has become the first big art venue in the Greater Hartford area to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend events, it was announced on Thu…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:14AM
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Real Art Ways employee fired after staff pushes for mask mandate by Susan Dunne

An employee of Real Art Ways was fired on Thursday for what he said was termed “gross insubordination” after presenting Executive Director Will K. Wilkins with a demand for a mask mandat…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 07:18PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Connecticut names 2021 state Arts Heroes by Susan Dunne

The CT Office of the Arts has named its 2021 state Arts Heroes. They will be honored at a ceremony Sept. 1, along with the 2020 Arts Heroes.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:02AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Yale drama school to go tuition-free, thanks to $150 million donation from David Geffen by Susan Dunne

Tuition will be free to the Yale School of Drama for all present and future students, thanks to a $150 million gift from film producer David Geffen. The school will be renamed the David Geff…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:04AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

NBMAA’s Min Jung Kim to lead St. Louis Art Museum by Susan Dunne

Min Jung Kim, who is leaving her position as CEO of New Britain Museum of American Art, will become director of the St. Louis Art Museum in Missouri.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:23PM
Friday, June 18, 2021

Min Jung Kim resigns as CEO of New Britain Museum of American Art by Susan Dunne

Min Jung Kim has resigned as CEO of the New Britain Museum of American Art.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:12AM
Monday, June 14, 2021

Leonardo Drew’s ‘monstrosities,’ ‘City on the Grass’ at Wadsworth Atheneum by Susan Dunne

Artist Leonardo Drew, who grew up in Bridgeport, has an exhibit up now at Wadsworth Atheneum of his “monstrosities,” sculptures he creates from the remains of old sculptures he created a…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:30AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Leaders praise Hartford arts landscape but say city, state and federal government can do more to support artists by Susan Dunne

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Ned Lamont, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and arts and culture leaders on Wednesday highlighted Hartford’s recognition as the best U.S. city for artists to …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:51PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

‘Our words are power’: Connecticut indigenous women writers to talk about culture and representation in Arts & Ideas event by Susan Dunne

Five indigenous women writers will get together virtually to chat about writing, culture and representation on June 3, in an event presented by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:33PM
Saturday, May 29, 2021

A month for freedom and reflection: Black art exhibits in Connecticut celebrate Juneteenth by Susan Dunne

February is Black History Month, but Juneteenth is in June, so a lot of galleries and museums in Connecticut are showing Black art exhibits.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, May 21, 2021

100-foot-tall Hartford mural will be tallest in Connecticut by Susan Dunne

The tallest mural in Connecticut, a 100-foot image of a young woman watering flowers, has been painted at the corner of Ann Uccello and Pearl streets in Hartford.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, May 10, 2021

Yale University Art Gallery inviting public back after monthslong closure by Susan Dunne

Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, which reopened Sept. 25 and then closed again on Oct. 16, citing strict university protocols pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen aga…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:54AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Self-portraits sought for Hill-Stead, Free Center exhibit celebrating Black art and identity by Susan Dunne

Free Center in Hartford and Middletown, with the Hill-Stead Museum, are looking for Black artists to submit self-portraits for an exhibit.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:46AM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

SWAN Day CT, a day for women artists, to stream on Facebook Live by Susan Dunne

The 14th annual SWAN Day CT (Support Women Artists Now) will be held April 17 from Free Center in Middletown. The event is virtual and can be seen on Facebook Live.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, April 9, 2021

Wadsworth Atheneum parts ways with its leader amid an effort to shed its stodgy image and connect with Black and Latinx communities in Hartford by Susan Dunne

In the wake of the departure of Tom Loughman as CEO of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the museum’s board chairman William Peelle says that diversity and inclusion will be a big factor g…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:04AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford extends free admission through June by Susan Dunne

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford is extending its free admission period through June 2021. Admission has been free since the museum reopened in June 2020 after the coronavirus pa…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:12AM
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Yale gets four Kline paintings, two Rothkos in donation by Susan Dunne

Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven received a gift of six artworks by famed abstract expressionists Mark Rothko and Franz Kline.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:09PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

New 4D theater opens with two-story screen at Maritime Aquarium by Susan Dunne

A new 4D cinema with a two-story screen was unveiled on Monday at Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. It replaces the six-story IMAX screen that had to be destroyed to make way for a bridge constr…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:23PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

39 Martin Luther King Jr. murals, one for each year of his life, planned across Connecticut by Susan Dunne

CT Murals is partnering with 39 communities across Connecticut to create 39 murals for each year of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life by MLK Day 2022.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, February 5, 2021

Six-year-old from Connecticut to star in Disney+ superhero show ‘WandaVision’ by Susan Dunne

A 6-year-old from Southington is appearing on the Feb. 5 episode of the Disney+, Marvel Studios hit show “WandaVision.”

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Monday, January 25, 2021

Charter Oak hosting ‘Uncaged Art,’ an exhibit of detained migrant children’s art by Susan Dunne

Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford will hold a virtual exhibit of artworks created by migrant children separated from their families and kept in a detention center in Texas. Opening rec…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:25PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Manchester’s new Martin Luther King mural a symbol of ‘strength and hope’ by Susan Dunne

A new mural is unveiled in Manchester, in honor of Martin Luther King, painted by artist Ben Keller of Vernon.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:30PM
Thursday, January 14, 2021

CPTV documentary profiles Italian-born, New Haven theater mogul S.Z. Poli by Susan Dunne

A documentary showing on Jan. 16 on CPTV is about S.Z. Poli, the New Haven-based theater chain owner who was a major player in the vaudeville era and the early days of cinema.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM