2021 Vision Awards Gala
Vision Awards Gala

Charter Oak Cultural Center invites one and all to its long-awaited 20th Annual Vision Awards Gala, this year honoring our 2021 recipients: Scott O’Keefe, Rachna Ramya Agrawal and State Representative Julio Concepcion.

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.

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.

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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.

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Upcoming Events

2021 Vision Awards Gala

Artwork “Praise” by Shanna T. MeltonCharter Oak Cultural Center invites one and all to its long-awaited 20th Annual Vision Awards Gala, this year honoring our 2021 recipients: Scott O’Keefe, Rachna Ramya Agrawal and State Representative Julio Concepcion.

Youth Arts News

Here Comes the Poetry Bus!

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present The Poetry Bus, a CT Transit vehicle featuring excerpts from poems written by our Youth Arts...

Lip Sync Battle!

Calling all youth! Be A Friend Project is hosting a lip synch battle competition to raise awareness around social bullying. Broadway judges and...
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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

Here Comes the Poetry Bus!

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present The Poetry Bus, a CT Transit vehicle featuring excerpts from poems written by our Youth Arts...

Charter Oak Announces the Sustainable CT Challenge to expand our Eats of the Street program!

Charter Oak Cultural Center is working to expand its Eats of the Street program with the addition of new container gardens on the streets of...

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

Here Comes the Poetry Bus!

Here Comes the Poetry Bus!

Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present The Poetry Bus, a CT Transit vehicle featuring excerpts from poems written by our Youth Arts Initiative students. Working with YAI teaching artist and Poetry on the Streets founder Melanie Faranello, the youth created...

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Lip Sync Battle!

Lip Sync Battle!

Calling all youth! Be A Friend Project is hosting a lip synch battle competition to raise awareness around social bullying. Broadway judges and awesome prizes await your entry! https://www.beafriendproject.org/battle

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YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE: An Essay by Rabbi Donna Berman

YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE: An Essay by Rabbi Donna Berman

August 5, 2020In Hebrew, there are three words--nefesh, neshama and ruach—that, with slight nuances, all mean “soul” or “spirit.”  What’s interesting is that all three words also mean “breath.” What is the connection between soul, spirit and...

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Read The Hartford Courant story on UNCAGED ART

Read The Hartford Courant story on UNCAGED ART

The Hartford Courant arts reporter Susan Dunne recently spoke with Dr. Yolanda Leyva of the University of Texas El Paso's Museo Urbano exhibit, UNCAGED ART: TORNILLO CHILDREN'S DETENTION CENTER. See the preview of the exhibit by clicking HERE.

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