If you’re looking for arts and entertainment in Connecticut, Greater Hartford has got it covered. With opportunities to experience—or participate in—live theater, visit eclectic galleries, watch films at an indie cinema movie theater, or participate in community events, there is never a shortage of things to do in the Hartford area.
Hartford Stage Enhances Arts, Community, and Innovation in Hartford
Mike Stotts, Managing Director of Hartford Stage, discusses how the arts contribute to Hartford’s economic growth and sense of community. “I think the arts are often underestimated in terms of what our contributions are to not only the economic vitality of the community, but also what we provide for the community in terms of social and educational impact,” he emphasizes.
Real Art Ways Drives Hartford’s Alternative Arts Community
Real Art Ways Executive Director Will K. Wilkins talks about the many ways the arts organization is connected to the Hartford community. “Real Art Ways is a magnet for people who tend to be creative, innovative, and open to new ideas,” he says. “It’s an organization that is perhaps more worldly than you would typically find in a community of this size.”
Hartford Entrepreneur, Innovator and Artist Amy LaBossiere
Amy LaBossiere and her husband Tao (of Art of Tao LaBossiere LLC) touch the arts and entrepreneurial community in Greater Hartford in many ways. Both locally recognized local artists, the duo organizes frequent openings and events at the Hartford ArtSpace Gallery.
Startup Improv Troupe Finds Its Place in Hartford
Julia Pistell, Co-Founding Member and Managing Director at Sea Tea Improv, speaks about the challenges and rewards of launching a startup. “Our business plan was centered on growing the community around our product,” she notes. “We were always questioning: How can we be inclusive? How can we make people in the audience feel comfortable? How can we grow the love of the art form in the audience and the community? That’s how we grew organically.”
Author, Educator, and Entrepreneur Co-Founds Speak Up
Matthew Dicks and his wife Elysha started Speak Up, a Greater Hartford-based storytelling organization, in 2013. A local author, educator, and entrepreneur, Matt says, “I think of storytelling as making the world a more interesting place. When I teach storytelling, I like to think I’m helping people become more interesting. And by telling stories I open my heart. I make connections. I get closer to people.”
The Connecticut Forum
The Connecticut Forum supports the arts and community in Connecticut with live conversations among well-known celebrities and experts and community outreach programs including the Connecticut YOUTH Forum.