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Connecticut Arts Day 2018


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CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.

The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Dworin, founder of The Judy Dworin Performance Project!

Connecticut Arts Day has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

8:00 am
Location: Hartford Stage lobby

Performance by The Constellation Kids from New London, Connecticut!

9:00 am (SHARP!)
Location: Hartford Stage

The morning program will feature performances by Quick Center for the Arts' artist-in-residence DBR, Chad Browne-Springer, Zulynette, Doug Wimbish and Los Gigantes de la Plana along with a keynote speech by Dr. Bettina Love!

Dr. Bettina Love is a powerful speaker with a powerful message. Dr. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms.

11:00 am
Location: Hartford Stage, Upward Hartford and Hartford Hilton

Panel A: Advocacy to Activism, hosted by the Connecticut Arts Alliance
* with a theatrical monologue performance by Alicia Thompson!

Panel B: Artists and Resiliency in their Practice
* with a spoken word performance by Kimolee Eryn!

Panel C: Talent is Universal, Opportunity is Not
* with a poetry reading by Bessy Reyna!

Panel D: Arts, Education and Resiliency - Igniting the Process
* with a performance TBD!

Following the panel discussions, join us on Church Street for a Hip Hop Dance and Afro Beat performance by Michael Okasia! Then continue onto the Hartford Hilton (for lunch) and a performance by Bravo Waterbury!'s Bucket Band & Choir in the 3rd floor lobby of the Hartford Hilton!

12:15 pm
LUNCH *the cost for lunch is included in the CT Arts Day registration fee
Location: Hartford Hilton Ballroom, 3rd floor

12:30 pm
Location: Hartford Hilton Ballroom, 3rd floor

Judy Dworin of The Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her inspiring and innovative work on stage, in schools, in prisons and in the community that raises awareness about social issues and creates positive change through creative expression. Judy Dworin founded JDPP in 1989 based on a committment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change.

The luncheon program will feature a presentation by Future Partners about their radical problem-solving system - A Think Wrong Blitz - that gets people and organizations "thinking wrong" to solve their "most wicked problems"; remarks by New England Foundation for the Arts' Cathy Edwards; a small talk with Mohamad Hafez; presentations by VH-1 Save the Music, National Arts Strategies, Make Music Day; and performances by Mike Casey and "A Chorus Line" by students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts!

Following the lunch program, enjoy a performance by The Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society in the 3rd floor lobby of the Hartford Hilton!

1:45 pm
Location: Hartford Hilton

These are fast-paced presentations about existing and unique arts initiatives taking place throughout the state given by the people who are making them happen.

Session A: Arts Workforce Initiative
* with an Artists Thr!ve presentation

Session B: No Number Without A Story; No Story Without A Number - Model Teacher/Artist Collaborative Residencies
* with a poetry reading by Abioseh Cole The Vegan Poet

Session C: Fellowship Artists - Create and Inspire with Determination and Fortitude
* with remarks by Cheryl Schiele, Folk & Traditonal Art Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts and a performance by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo!

3:15 pm
Location: Hartford Stage

Please join us in honoring nine (9) Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in, for, or through the arts during the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. The closing ceremony will include a presentation of the University of Saint Joseph's Healing World Project, an appearance by Connecticut State Troubadour Kate Callahan, a poetry reading by John L Stanizzi and a Breakdancing Shakespeare grand finale!

3:45 pm
Location: Hartford Stage

Join us in the lobby of the Hartford Stage for cocktails, networking and a performance by
Richie Smile "Nigerian Sounds"!


Public parking options include, but are not limited to:

Mat Garage on Church Street. Discounted Rate: $6.50
You must present your CT Arts Day ticket to receive the discounted rate.

Church Street / Hartford Hilton Garage on Church Street. Discounted Rate: $8.00
Bring your parking ticket to the Hilton Front Desk for validation!

For more parking locations throughout the City, click here!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may email Rhonda F. Olisky at rhonda.olisky@ct.gov with questions or special needs.

What's the refund policy?

There is a No Refund policy for Connecticut Arts Day. You may transfer your ticket to another individual. The indiviudal must have your printed ticket in hand.