Real Art Ways is an alternative multidisciplinary arts
organization that presents and supports contemporary artists and their work,
facilitates the creation of new work, and creatively engages, builds, and
informs audiences and communities.
Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways began when a group of visual artists and musicians took over a ramshackle space in downtown Hartford, where they lived, worked, and presented the work of others. In 1989, Real Art Ways moved into its current Parkville location, giving new life to the building and recognition to the cultural significance of the neighborhood. Today, Real Art Ways is one of the United States’ most productive and dynamic alternative arts organizations. Artists and community are central to our work. We are open 7 days a week, presenting films, concerts, performances, readings, discussions, exhibitions, public art projects, and education programs while offering a welcoming space where artists and audiences gather before and after events. Our space contains 12,500 sq. ft. of flexible exhibition/performance spaces including a video room and a 155-seat theater. Real Art Ways has also been very involved in the community; we have participated in planning processes for a redesign of the central commercial district, neighborhood gateways, and George Day Park.
Real Art Ways is guided by its commitment to artists and
- Surpassed our total attendance Film Field Trips in 2013 within the first three months of 2014; this program serves students throughout the region with a youth-focused documentary film, engaging discussion on leadership, and interactive gallery tour. Our education programs strengthen Connecticut youth; we also offer ParkArt (summer arts workshops for neighborhood children), Eye on Video (a digital video program for area teens, part of the Neighborhood Studios Program), and Real Apprentices (a comprehensive workplace training and personal development opportunity for high school students).
- Selected as only one of 17 cinemas nationwide to produce “Science on Screen” for our third year; this series combines science-themed feature films with engaging community discussions led by local experts; participating organizations have included Yale University, University of Hartford, Travelers, Connecticut Science Center, University of Connecticut, Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, Trinity College, and more
- Commissioned over 30 public works of art since 1990; most recently, Adam Niklewicz’s “Charter Oak” and “Walking Around a Tree,” which have garnered media attention from around the world.
- Created nationally significant programs and exhibitions. Local foundations support is integral to our success, however our work has also been significant to national funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Leonard Nimoy Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation
- Collaborated often with WNPR, reaching people across Connecticut by hosting events and interviews for Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show, and featured or worked with other local organizations, including universities throughout the state, Hartford Public Library, Family Life Education, area restaurants and farms, and more.
1. General Operating Support: this
funding is an essential part of our ability to grown and have an impact. It
enables us to sustain our many programs, our incredibly dedicated staff, our facilities, and other operation expenses.
2. Community & Education Programs: We value programs that allow people to learn, discuss, interact, and exchange ideas; our programs serve everyone from young students to senior citizens.
3. Arts Programming: Not only do we showcase innovative art, but we prioritize supporting our visual and performing artists so they may continue to create impactful work and experience career successes.
4. Facility Improvements and Expansion: One of Real Art Ways’ goals is to eventually purchase our building and expand our facilities so that we may accommodate rooms for additional education programs and performance spaces. This would allow us to expand our education programs, reach more young students, and provide more uniquely innovative performances and contemporary art.
Our visual arts programs provide the community with exposure to contemporary art and exhibitions that are unique to the region. Real Art Ways is a cultural resource that showcases exceptional exhibitions and art works for everyone to enjoy. To continually offer innovative art to our visitors, we feature different works throughout four galleries and a video room on a rotating schedule; we feature new artists each month along with a multitude of engaging programs, discussions, talks, and tours.
Step Up, our open call
for emerging artists throughout the region, has generated considerable
media attention (e.g. New York Times, Art New England, Hartford
Advocate, Connecticut Public Radio, ARTscope, The Hartford
Courant). Select artists have participated in extended residency
activities via the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network (e.g. Kameelah
Janan Rasheed worked for several months with the Greater Hartford Academy of
the Arts and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program
Featuring films that otherwise would only be screened outside of Connecticut, Real Art Ways presents first-run independent and international films seven days a week, the “Science on Screen” film and lecture series, “Meet the Filmmaker” nights, self-produced film festivals, and film discussions.
Real Art Ways presents concerts, performances, spoken word and storytelling events, workshops, and discussions.
Real Art Ways offers dynamic educational programming for people of all ages including:
- Film Field Trips: classes of students come to Real Art Ways to see a thought-provoking film, engage in a discussion about youth leadership, and take an interactive tour through our contemporary art galleries
- ParkArt: creative, hands-on summer arts workshops by practicing artists for neighborhood children in George Day Park
- Eye on Video: an intensive digital video summer program in which area high school students learn to utilize modern technology to create time-based art
- Real Apprentices: a workplace-training program for local teens to learn professionalism and hone their creative skills in our innovative, nonprofit environment
- 91% of students said that the film taught them something new- 70% of students felt that the film helped them understand the role they have in their communities- 77% of students believe the discussion was meaningful
am grateful to be exposed to so much wonderful art. I have also acquired more
computer skills and I am able to do extensive research for any certain topic. I
am very happy to call Real Art Ways my first job experience.”
- “Just like in this movie, I live in the ‘hood’ where people don’t know what to do with their lives. I can set an example for the people in my community to follow like the leaders in the movie did.”- “I can promote the moral way of things wherever I go, simply by behaving accordingly myself.”- “I would like to be a leader to show that working hard can keep you out of trouble and help you achieve something in life.”
Real Art Ways provides opportunities for people to come together, share ideas, converse, and connect as a community.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.
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