New Jazz Record Features Two Alumni

Zaccai  CurtisDrummer Jerome Jennings has worked with legends such as Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, and Phillip Bailley. His recent release “Solidarity” features playing by two Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day alumni.

On piano is Zaccai Curtis. Zaccai is presently well known in the jazz world working with such greats as Carlos Santana as well as releasing albums on his own. He has been featured in Downbeat Magazine. 

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Using Theater For Change

Project TransformFive Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day students were among a group of youth performers who took the stage to advocate for change. A total of twelve young artists worked for seven weeks with Hartford Stage’s guest artist Nilaja Sun to write and perform an original piece about the changes they would like to see in the community/world. 

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Theater Critic Honors Academy Alumnus

Allie FurlongA GHAA Half Day Alumnus had been recognized as “Best Featured Actress” in a drama by the Orlando Sentinel. The paper honored Class of 2016 theater major Allie Furlong for her roles as a high school student in “John Proctor Is the Villain” and Deirdre in “The Humans.”

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Academy Is a Presence at Festival of Trees

GHAA Festival of TreesPerformers and visual artists from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day helped kick start Hartford’s Festival of Trees. In an annual holiday tradition, the Wadsworth Atheneum exhibits work from local artists in what is known as the “Festival of Trees & Traditions.” Taking part again were visual arts majors from the Academy Half Day.

This year, the school’s young artists presented a collaborative multimedia display. The students created a variety of multifaceted ornaments inspired by contemporary artists from around the world...


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Academy Dancers Pay Tribute to Nikolais

NIkolais PieceDancers from the Greater Hartford Academy Half Day were among a group of performers paying tribute to the late Alwin Nikolais. Eleven dance majors from the Academy took to the stage at Trinity College's Austin Arts Center to perform “Mechanical Organ,”  a piece choreographed by Hartford native Alwin Nikolais and staged by Alberto del Saz.. They were joined on stage by dancers from St Joseph’s University, Trinity College, and ACES New Haven

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Visual Artists Take Part In City-Wide Exhibit

Open Studio HaertfordStudents and faculty from CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half-day Program participated for the 9th year in Open Studio Hartford. Participants exhibited art, conducted free hands-on workshops in clay and printmaking.. 

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Singers Workshop and Perform for Academy

wiffenpoofsThe Wiffenpoofs, a Yale University acapella group over 100 years in the making, are the latest in a string of guest artists to visit the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day. The day started with an informal question and answer session with vocal students from the music and musical theater departments. Topics included college enrollment and personal history of the guest performers.

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Student’s Work Displayed At Wadsworth

The TapeA student’s photography work from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day is on display at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Visuals Arts senior Julienne Delphonse original work “EhT EapT” or “The Tape” has been on display since this summer in a photo gallery other young artists titled “SNAP! Photography Presents Visual Truths.”

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Academy Is One of a Select to Perform Piece

choreographers showcase

Every year, dancers from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day invite well known choreographers from the professional dance world for a collaboration called “Choreographers’ Showcase.” This year, the Academy will have the unique opportunity to present a piece from world renowned dancer Merce Cunningham, one of only a select schools to be granted the rights to do so.

Like many of the guest artist who contribute their time, there is a direct connection with Cunningham and the Academy. Dance faculty member Linda Burns studied with Cunningham under a scholarship many years ago. Recently, to celebrate what would’ve been his 100th birthday, dancers from around the world presented his solos. This inspired the Academy to reach out to The Cunningham Trust to see if one his pieces could be presented for Choreographers’ Showcase.

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Opera Company; First Visiting Artist of the Year

CT Lyric OperaMusic students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts spent the first half of their afternoon watching a World War 2 era opera. On Tuesday, October 8, the Connecticut Lyric Opera presented, “Der Kaiser von Atlantis,” a German opera, written by Vikto Ullman with the libretto by Peter Kien. 

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Dance Faculty Earns Distinguished Achievement

Jeanne GiroirAn artist instructor from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day has been recognized by Connecticut Dance Alliance for her contributions to teaching and performing in the state of Connecticut! Core dance faculty Jeanne Giroir is the latest to be recipient of the “Distinguished Achievement Award.” Every year, the CDA acknowledges someone who has made outstanding contributions in teaching, performing, and promoting dance and who has had a profound effect on the Connecticut Dance scene.

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