YOUTH ARTS
YOUTH ARTS

Charter Oak offers nationally-recognized visual and performing arts programming to over 1,000 students across Hartford. Classes take place after school and during the summer, and enrollment is free of charge.

BEAT OF THE STREET
BEAT OF THE STREET

Charter Oak Cultural Center's innovative programs bring food, jobs and educational opportunities to community members experiencing hunger and homelessness.

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We count on the generosity of our friends, volunteers and donors to make Charter Oak's award-winning programs a reality for the children and families of Hartford. Consider getting involved now!

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EXHIBITS
EXHIBITS

From emerging, young painters to acclaimed photographers, Charter Oak is a haven for creative visual artists from across the region. Within our Our Gallery for Visual Arts, we curate an array of shows throughout the year. 

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Charter Oak Cultural Center feeds the soul by hosting an array of unique, thought-provoking, multicultural performances, exhibits and events in its Sanctuary for Performing Arts — a 150 person performance and event space in the heart of the historic Charter Oak complex. 

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Charter Oak Cultural Center

Charter Oak Cultural Center is a vibrant multi-cultural arts center committed to doing the work of social justice through the arts. Here’s how:

Our Youth Arts Institute offers audition and tuition-free classes in the arts to Hartford youth ages six through eighteen.

Our Beat of the Street programming provides educational and employment opportunities to the homeless community.

Our professional multicultural performances and exhibits provide access to the arts for everyone because no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.

We are stewards of the historic building we call home, the first synagogue build in Connecticut, and are dedicated to preserving the building and its inspiring legacy.

Upcoming Events

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Youth Arts News

Music Matters class in session

Charter Oak’s Music Matters program, featured on WFSB

“Unlike sports, everyone’s in the game. When you have a band or an ensemble, all the kids are needed. You don’t say, 'You clarinet, go sit over here...

Youth Arts Institute Fall 2020 Update

This fall, Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute will be offering virtual arts classes in music, dance, theater, visual arts and more!...

Youth Arts Events

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann). The White House from Washington, DC / Public domainGood Vibrations participants Hartford Police Officer Hiram Otero and student Kayke Lopes were honored as part of the White House’s “Champions of Change” program for their work in building trust and improving public safety in communities. “Good Vibrations” pairs Hartford youth with Hartford officers for a 12-week music program in either rap/poetry or guitar.

Community News

Eats of Street, featured on WFSB

Donna Berman, Executive Director of Charter Oak Cultural Center, explains Beat of the Street's fresh food program Eats of the Street. "We put these...

A former synagogue located in a Hispanic neighborhood, hosting an African-American event that is attended by people of all ethnicities – how cool is that?

Alvin Carter, Jr.

in reference to Charter Oak’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Charter Oak Cultural Center lives in Connecticut’s oldest synagogue building. The building was home to Congregation Beth Israel as well as several other religious institutions over the years, until it was abandoned in the 1970s.

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The innovative programming at Charter Oak Cultural Center is sustained by a diverse community of dedicated supporters. Consider joining the Charter Oak community today.

Latest News

Our 2020 Kristallnacht Commemoration

If you weren't able to join us for our Virtual Kristallnacht Commemoration, we are pleased to make this video available here. Special thanks to the contributors who have made this program so moving and to Eric Budney for his video expertise....

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Our Rose Window Has Returned!

Our Rose Window Has Returned!

stained glassmy mind wanderingback to my prayer- Bill Kenney Thanks to the generosity of the Charter Oak Cultural Center family of supporters, our beloved Rose Window has been returned its home in our sanctuary! As you may recall, last fall, we discovered that...

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Eats of Street, featured on WFSB

Eats of Street, featured on WFSB

Donna Berman, Executive Director of Charter Oak Cultural Center, explains Beat of the Street's fresh food program Eats of the Street. "We put these pots on the street and we fill them with organic vegetable plants, and anybody can pick the vegetables when they're...

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Charter Oak’s #FacetotheName project

Charter Oak’s #FacetotheName project

The Hartford Courant recently did a feature on Charter Oak's #FacetotheName project, a daily Facebook series that shares the faces of Black individuals who have been killed in altercations with the police. The article also features Unspoken Truths moderator Joelle...

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Youth Arts Institute Fall 2020 Update

Youth Arts Institute Fall 2020 Update

This fall, Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute will be offering virtual arts classes in music, dance, theater, visual arts and more! Our programs are available to any student age 6 to 18 in the Greater Hartford area. All classes are free, and supplies...

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