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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
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

PBS decluttering show visits home of late Connecticut sculptor to find the stories behind the stuff by Susan Dunne

“Legacy List,” a PBS reality show about home decluttering that has its season premiere on Jan. 14, will visit the Coventry home of late sculptor David Hayes in the season’s fifth episo…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hartford searching for city troubadour, flow artist by Susan Dunne

The search for Hartford City Troubadour and City Flow Artist, which was stalled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has begun again. Applications are due Feb. 15.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:40PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Hartford quilter Ed Johnetta Miller creates First Night Hartford quilt to celebrate as event goes remote by Susan Dunne

Nationally renowned art quilter Ed Johnetta Miller of Hartford has created a quilt to celebrate First Night Hartford, the annual downtown New Year’s Eve party that has gone virtual this ye…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:15PM
Friday, November 13, 2020

The Melanin Project showcases the beauty of Black skin while working to combat colorism by Susan Dunne

The Melanin Project CT is a photographic project to appreciate all the various shades of Blackness, and to give recognition to Connecticut Black creative artists.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Connecticut Literary Anthology 2020 features stories, poems by 36 local authors by Susan Dunne

The inaugural Connecticut Literary Festival ( took place in September 2019 in Hartford. As an extension of that festival, an anthology of work by 36 C…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 04:54PM
Monday, November 9, 2020

New LGBTQ art gallery in Hartford showing work by transgender artists by Susan Dunne

A new gallery in Hartford devoted to LGBTQ artworks is being inaugurated this month with a show of work by transgender Connecticut artists. The exhibit will run until Nov. 30. The dates coin…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 08:40AM
Monday, November 2, 2020

Hartford group taking art and healing on the road to connect with Black communities in election aftermath by Susan Dunne

Black Art Heals is a Hartford initiative to encourage communities of color to make and enjoy art to heal community trauma. Six members of the Black Art Heals collective are taking their show…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, October 30, 2020

Outdoor art exhibit at UConn puts twist on political lawn signs by Susan Dunne

With the election just days away, UConn has installed an outdoor art exhibit that puts a twist on the political lawn sign. Thirteen artists used the format to express their views on social, …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Friday, October 23, 2020

New fund in memory of young Connecticut rapper is helping make mental health resources accessible to young people in inner cities by Susan Dunne

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s S.P.L.A.S.H. Project, created in honor of Iran Brugueras Jr., a rap artist who lived with mental illness who died in 2016 at the age of 20, issued i…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:04AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

New Hartford dance company aims to ‘push the boundaries of ballet' and make it healthy and accessible for all by Susan Dunne

New England Ballet Theatre of CT, a new professional ballet company based in Hartford, will host a fall gala virtual/live performance at Hartford Flavor Company on Oct. 25.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:48PM

Open Studio Hartford going online, seeking artists to participate by Susan Dunne

Open Studio Hartford, the annual autumn extravaganza of art-buying in the city, is going virtual this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and has put out a call for artists to part…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 01:50PM
Monday, October 19, 2020

'Dark Night,’ ballet about PTSD and trauma, live streaming from Free Center Middletown by Susan Dunne

The Free Center in Middletown is hosting a live-streamed ballet this month, “Dark Night,” The Ekklesia dance company, which studies spirituality through dance, is based in Middletown.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Ocean Vuong on Hartford, Glastonbury, the American character and the lasting trauma of the people of Vietnam by Susan Dunne

Ocean Vuong was born in Saigon in 1988, lived in a refugee camp in the Philippines and then got asylum in the United States with his family, eventually settling in Hartford. From this scatte…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 10:01AM
Friday, October 16, 2020

Ocean Vuong among winners of 2020 Connecticut Book Awards by Susan Dunne

Connecticut Center for the Book announced the winners of the 2020 Connecticut Book Awards on Thursday. Among the winners are Ocean Vuong, a book about Yale accepting women and a novel about …

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 02:52PM

Hartford mural will feature Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Michelle Obama by Susan Dunne

Community Renewal Team’s Women’s Empowerment Center at 330 Market St. in Hartford, which recently was renamed after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will soon hav…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 12:44PM
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Twelve Connecticut art exhibits take on sexism, racism and politics in 2020 by Susan Dunne

Exhibits around the state take on loaded issues such as sexism, racism, politics, the 2020 election.

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, John Grisham to appear at Mark Twain House virtual gala by Susan Dunne

A virtual fundraising gala for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford will be Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., with special guests including publishing superstar John Grisham and musical legends Jim…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 03:25PM
Monday, October 5, 2020

New Britain Museum of American Art keeps focus on women, art and social change by Susan Dunne

“Some Day is Now: Women, Art and Social Change,” set to open on Aug. 7, was moved to October, and is on view now through Jan. 24. The delay, rather than a detriment, worked out to the ex…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Steampunk enthusiasts gathering at Hill-Stead in Farmington by Susan Dunne

12 Months of Steampunk, the monthly event centering on steampunk aesthetic, will be Oct. 3 at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. It will be followed by two other events in November and Decembe…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 11:23AM
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Connecticut LGBTQ film fest showing short on Yale Catholic researcher, parody by Hartford activist lawyer and dozens more by Susan Dunne

The 33rd annual Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival will take place Oct. 2 to 10, showing 18 features and documentaries and dozens of short films. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will…

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 06:00AM

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