Capital Campaign
CHARTER OAK CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
CHARTER OAK CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Building A Campus Dedicated to Social Justice Through the Arts

2021 Gala
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.

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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
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.

Get Involved
GET INVOLVED

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
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. 

Events
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

Charter Oak’s Got Talent

https://youtu.be/_ykaU6-dr6w Two of our Youth Arts Institute students - Saagariha and Sarvariha Sunoj - were winners of the Be a Friend Lip Sync...

Spring 2021 Youth Arts Institute Student Showcase

Watch our Youth Arts Institute Spring 2021 students share what they’ve learned by clicking on the video below! https://youtu.be/qOjt_BVRpj4

Charter Oak Cultural Center Announces Acquisition of Historic Property, Expansion of Youth Arts Campus, and Capital Campaign

Arts, Culture and Social Justice Non-Profit to Expand and Upgrade Downtown Campus, Serve Double the Number of Hartford Youth Charter Oak Cultural...

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

Charter Oak Cultural Center Announces Acquisition of Historic Property, Expansion of Youth Arts Campus, and Capital Campaign

Arts, Culture and Social Justice Non-Profit to Expand and Upgrade Downtown Campus, Serve Double the Number of Hartford Youth Charter Oak Cultural...

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...

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!

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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