Selected Works of Guy Duguay

May 20 through June 19 | Curator Reception May 28| 5:30 to 7 pm

Guy Duguay was born in Dieppe, New Brunswick in 1955. Duguay, painter, artist, sculptor, potter, ceramist, engraver and graphic designer, died of AIDS in June 1996.

He married fellow artist Louisa Barton Duguay who curates this show of her late husband’s work. Show runs May 20 through June 19.

Prints are available for purchase. Half of the proceeds of the sales will be donated to Charter Oak. Click here to see Duguay’s  biography and images of his work.


New Montessori Parent/Infant Class

Free to Hartford Residents
A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs.

Charter Oak with the support of Christ Church Cathedral is offering free classes to Hartford parents and their infants. Each class provides 12 instructional hours for parents and their infants.

To register for next round of classes in the fall: Susan Mazer, 860-310-2590 or susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org.

The photo from the May 8 class shows a little boy crawling towards little girl in a wagon.

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Charter Oak, Police, Partners In Music Classes For Boys

In mid-March, Charter Oak Cultural Center in partnership with the Hartford launched Good Vibrations, a program designed to improve the relationship between the police and the community through the magic of music.  Good Vibrations includes two free courses;  a Rap Poetry/CD production class, and a guitar class. All the materials are free, including the guitars which students get to keep. (Guitars donated by Music & Arts.)

Pictured here, a guitar student teaches Hartford police officers how to play the chords he has learned in the first few classes.

The Hartford Courant used Good Vibrations as an example of excellent community police work in a Sunday, May 24 editorial

Thanks to Eric Budney of WFSB-3 for his two-part story on the program here and again


We Need Your Vote To Help Us Win $25,000

Vote Daily Through June 3

Our BOTS Pots gardening program can win a grant from State Farm Insurance if we get the enough votes. Vote daily through June 3. Spread the word through your friends.

Help Charter Oak Cultural Center win $25,000. We need your votes.

Our BOTS Pots gardening program can win a grant from State Farm Insurance if we get the enough votes. Vote daily through June 3. Spread the word through your friends.

BOTS Pots are large pots of organic vegetable plants placed throughout the city of Hartford.  We hire members of the homeless community to tend the pots. The vegetables are available for free to anyone in need, addressing hunger in our city.  In addition, local artists volunteer to transform the pots into public art.  BOTS Pots bring food, jobs and art to Hartford.

Vote here: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1503631/charter-oaks-bots-pots

Thanks.


Change the World: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students

Charter Oak Cultural Center Invites Jewish Students To Change the World
The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.
The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like:  being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.
Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.

Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Friday June 19| 5:30 to 7:30 pm|Free
On Friday, June 19, 2015, Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium presents a Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Through music, dance, and conversation, the program shares the powerful history of this holiday and brings the community together to explore the journey and struggles of African Americans for freedom and liberty.

Gather at the Ancient Burying Ground near First Church of Christ (Center Church) on Gold street at 5:30 pm.  After honoring the spirits of the African American slaves buried there, participants will walk back to  Charter Oak for the celebration.
Eventbrite - Juneteenth Celebration


Funky Dawgz Teach Two Brass Band Camps

Classes Run Weekdays, July 14 through July 24 Free to Hartford Residents

The Funk Dawgz Brass Band will teach two, two-week  classes this summer.  The group met as members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band, and now play professional shows featuring the music of New Orleans. They also give back to the community.

Learn from these high energy players. Read about them here

The Beginner Brass Band, grades 5 to 8, meets 9 am to noon. Instruments provided are saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba or percussion.

The Intermediate Brass Band, grades 9 to 12, meets 1 to 4 pm. The class is offered to students with at least two years of music experience. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, flute and clarinet. Some instruments may be provided as needed.

The camps include individual and ensemble instruction, live community performances with the Funky Dawgz, recording a CD, and a field trip to the UConn music department.

Register: Susan Mazer, susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org or 860-310-2590.

Or register on EventBrite and we will contact you.

Eventbrite - Funky Dawgz Run Free Brass Band Camps





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