“Charter Oak Cultural Center – It’s hard to heap a sufficient amount of praise onto this ambitious, and frequently courageous, presenter of performing arts. Under the leadership of the inexhaustible Rabbi Donna Berman, the cultural center has become a home to many of the region’s most forward-looking artists and ensembles. Just to offer two musical examples:
The brilliant and category-defying composer/singer/spiritual philosopher Kate Callahan, along with her six-piece band Echo Joy, will be featured October 4.
The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will perform on October 11 in a concert whose centerpiece is Martin Bresnick’s mini-opera, “Der Signal.” It’s based on a Yiddish story about a railroad watchman who selflessly finds a way to prevent a train disaster. The performance is a collaboration with Puppetsweat Theater and Hartford Opera Theater.” http://wnpr.org/post/new-season-itzhak-andris-and-others
– Steve Metcalf, WNPR
“I’ve lived two buildings down from COCC for 7 years now and I have to say having this garden is a such an awesome idea for the community. My sister and I walked through the other day and there was the nicest girl outside working hard and being so friendly, you guys have been great neighbors and just wanted to say thanks :)”
– Luke Honolulu
“Charter Oak is the epi-center of cool.”
– Susan Campbell, author of Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
“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 is a phenomenal organization that offers an abundance of riches in providing nourishment for the body, mind, heart and spirit.”
– Audience Member
“Many thanks to you all at Charter Oak who work so hard and with such heart and dedication.”
“I like to do art at Charter Oak and draw. My favorite classes are Meet the Artist and Fun with Art. At Meet the Artist, I did some abstract pictures and in Fun with Art we did Native American pictures – those were my favorites. I would like to go to Charter Oak everyday!”
– Youth Arts Institute student, age 9
“I like to dance and I like the craziness and the fun at Charter Oak! I would like to come back everyday!”
– Youth Arts Institute student, age 4
“I love to do art. I don’t have a favorite Youth Arts class — I love it ALL!”
– Youth Arts Institute student, age 8
“I’ve recently discovered Charter Oak and love the feeling of community spirit and the beauty of the venue. I look forward to spending many evenings here.”
– Audience Member
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