Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT intends to bring the love of all things creative to communities.
1) support professional artists by matching their talents to local opportunities with community organizations such as schools, home-schooling groups, restaurants, senior centers, youth clubs, and more.
2) re-integrate the arts back into K-12 education by working with educators to engage subject matter through creative artistic impression, while also supporting students that demonstrate potential for careers in arts industries.
3) support communities to embrace the arts and artists as critical to community culture, advancement, economic development, and empowerment.
A Historical Rock Opera (HRO)-World History Project for Metropolitan Business Academy 9th Grade Classes
Arts in CT Corporation has partnered with New Haven Public Schools and the Metropolitan Business Academy to help create their first rock opera arts integration project, “Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Child.”
Taking the success of Broadway's “Hamilton” as inspiration, Arts in CT is working to create an original rock opera musical that will integrate the arts and allow the students to use their higher order thinking skills as they create their persuasive argument with New Haven's Metropolitan Business Academy’s ninth graders, 110 participants, parents, college students from various colleges throughout CT, corporate partners and staff. We will bring US History to life as the children reconstruct the times, structures, costumes and the lives as they see them while they argue their particular views of the Revolution. The production will be seen by over 500 people, those directly participating and viewing the finished musical.
The HRO will promote a healthy lifestyle through physical activity (singing, dancing) and enabling an outlet of creative expression. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast lessons learned from history with modern issues relevant to their own community, gaining a deep understanding of their heritage and the heritage of their community. Students will work with a diverse group of artists and parents will be encouraged to get as involved as possible. By weaving their history lessons into theatrical productions, students will learn to think creatively, communicate effectively, become better decision-makers and develop positive relationships with a diverse group of adults.
Time Frame October 2016-May 2017.
The total amount to be raised for this project is $44,000.
The Arts in CT program is a consortium of professional artists, certified teachers and skilled craftsmen who use their experience and talents to train, educate and empower individuals of all ages with over 65 artistic programs statewide. The Arts in CT program believes that each individual can excel to their fullest potential through creative learning, nurturing and guidance.
Due to budget cuts statewide, there are limited options for arts programs in traditional school settings. Arts education can be used as a tool to help train, educate, ignite and empower the community. Students with access to arts education and training have the opportunity to stimulate the brain and improve critical thinking.
The Arts in CT program combats this problem by partnering with schools to provide options for arts education through school-day and after-school programming. This provides opportunities not only for students but also viable jobs and teaching opportunities for professional artists.
We provide after-school programming, Musical Theater summer camp, daycare and pre-school programming, and a senior program to community members year-round. In addition to our outreach programs, we also provide classes for students interested in specific areas of art including: voice, theater, music and dance, fine art, digital art and crafting.
Arts in CT’s approach to change is to contribute to personal, professional, and community development by nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in creative expression.
Over the past 11 months as a nonprofit, Arts in CT has provided classes in areas such as guitar, choir, puppetry, musical theater; storytime, hip hop dance, step dancing, fashion design, drumming and majorette dancing.
Through these partnerships, and approximately $30,000 in program funds, Arts in CT has reached a conservative estimate of 1500 students, and provided opportunities for 30 artists. In addition, we have offered professional development for artists and have received media coverage from across Connecticut for the concept and activities. Evidence of success, includes repeat partnerships, investment of program funds, parent requests, and signs of interest from additional organizations and artists. The artist database already includes over 600 professional artists across Connecticut.
In the upcoming year, we are working to continue our quality offerings and to expanding our programming and the support to community members. We are seeking to:
Securing funding for programming through donations, grant funding and city, state and federal RFP opportunities.
As a new organization, we are working towards securing funding for both infrastructure and programming needs. Our fundraising goals for 2017 include:
Obtain funding for a $36,000 lease to secure a centrally located 3000 sq ft space and furnishings for the space including a dance room and piano.
Funding to hire part and full time staff with compensation packages that include benefits and salaries at;
Executive Director - $84,000Administrator/Business Director $50,000Arts Coordinator $ 36,500 Webmaster $20,000
Arts in Connecticut is currently recruiting candidates for the position of Board President, a capable leader that will ensure the success and bright future of our organization.
In March we officially became a 501c3 corporation. Our intent was to be able to reach far beyond the local schools and help artist across the state of Connecticut find a viable employment that will enable them to perform and teach throughout the school year. By allowing these artists to use their talents, profession, and knowledge in a teaching capacity, they can encourage children, enhance learning and be a viable asset to the classrooms throughout the state of Connecticut. It is our intent to provide creative outlets and expand the thinking of students, which will assist the general classroom teacher so that they can teach their content with ease and joy while maintaining statewide standards. Our goal, was not only to help the local area schools but to bring business back to our community through our partnerships with small businesses and local restaurants. Arts in CT's intent is to be able to be an asset to our community in more ways than one.
We are currently seeking an executive director who has the same mission, passion, and mindset to be able to lead Arts in CT into the next era of arts education and community outreach. Through this year, we will be interviewing several candidates that meet the qualifications and understand the structure of how viable Arts in CT will be.
Also in the upcoming year, we are looking to focus on board development by recruiting new members that are active, viable community members and business leaders, who will be able to work with the executive director to assist our local artists.
We also want to continue building our database of professional artists as we educate and empower them to be an asset and available for the community.
We will continue to actively construct organizational policies and procedures that are conducive to our structure.
I am the founder of this organization and would like to play an active role as a monitor and construct effective practices as we explore potential candidates that are an intricate part of our staff.
Arts in CT conducts outreach services and partnerships with organizations statewide. Our specific target areas are those neighborhoods, towns and cities with underserved populations.
Arts in CT Corporation would like to continue the vision of Promote New Haven that was started by Performing Arts Academy of CT in 2014.
We hope this festival will be one of the greatest talent events New Haven has witnessed to date. Participants, ranging from ages 5 to 21, will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities and compete for the life-changing grand prizes. Students can begin auditioning for Promote New Haven in June at Gateway Community College, with auditions lasting through the end of summer. We welcome musicians of all genres and styles, singers, dancers, spoken word artists, thespians and visual artists to participate. The prizes consist of scholarships, trophies, special recognition, a recording contract, and much more.
300 students – three rounds of performances, each serving 100 students, drawn from:
City of New Haven: 124,000
Student Population: 21,500
Minority Population: 85%
"There’s nothing wrong with dreaming of a Tony or an Olivier, or of wishing for an Obie or a Drama Desk. At the same time, let’s acknowledge that the folks who win—or are nominated for—those awards were often honored first by their local communities with Jeffs, Iveys, and Ovations. In Chicago, theater artists sometimes joke that the future of American theater is what happened last year in the Windy City.
As a result of the privileging of what could be called “1 percent theaters,” young artists too often bypass the rich regional theaters across the United States. They miss out on the opportunity to hone their craft in comparatively more affordable cities, consisting of scores of established and upstart theater companies, and committed theater critics on the prowl for new talent."
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