An Intensive Arts Experience!

The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts HALF DAY program provides high school students from the capitol region and beyond an focused training in the arts. Students who attend choose a concentration from a variety of  arts disciplines such as Theater, Visual Art, Music, Theater Design, Dance, and Musical Theater.  All classes are taught by professional Artist Instructors.  

We are the recipients of many awards including Best Arts Magnet School by the “Arts School Network” and School of  Distinction  from “Magnet Schools of America” 

Click on "Areas of Study" below to Learn more about what our pre-professional arts program has to offer.

Areas of Study  


Interested in Attending? 

Cs Registration to the Academy is done through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and acceptance is done through lottery.    Anybody is welcome to apply.   Tuition is covered by the state of Connecticut and transportation is provided by CREC.

For more information, on the lottery and applying, click on "Admissions Process.

Prospective Student Open Houses

Open House Dates

In-Person Dates

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00p.m. 
Saturday, February 5, 2022 , 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Dates

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6:00 p.m. 

To learn more about the Academy, we invite you to attend one of our many Prospective Open Houses. We have some in person events which will take place in the Theater of the Performing Arts and will be followed by a tour of the facility.

Additionally, we are offering two Virtual Events.

To attend one or more of our Open House Events, please register below. We look forward to meeting you!

Choreographers’ Showcase
October 23, 7:30 PM

choreographers' ShowcaseNow in its 19th year, Choerographers’ Showcase is a production where Academy dancers perform pieces from world renowned choreographers. This year, we welcome,

  • Carter Alexander, Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a former dancer with the Hartford Ballet of Dallas
  • Massachusetts based artist, Deborah Goffe, Associate Professor of Dance at Hampshire College and Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden
  • Academy Alumna and Artistic Director of Studio 860, Jolet Creary
  • Colby Connelly, Academy Alumna and currently a senior with the Hartt School Dance Division
  • Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Director, and former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Kim Stroud,

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