In the Community
INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS
For far too many Hartford families, hunger and homelessness are an on-going struggle. Since 2010, Charter Oak has been providing critical, innovative programs to empower our neighbors who are experiencing hunger and homelessness with educational opportunities, food and art.
BOTS Center for Creative Learning
Beat of the Street Newspaper (BOTS)
Supporting and Empowering Those Experiencing Homelessness
In September of 2010, Charter Oak Cultural Center launched Beat of the Street, a newspaper which is written and distributed by individuals who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, homelessness and their allies. We started by printing 300 copies in our office, every other month. Now, we have a circulation of 5,500 per month. Beat of the Street features articles, stories, poetry, interviews and artwork. We hire 11 individuals from the homeless community to deliver the paper and compensate those who contribute content to the paper.
Eats of the Street
Combating Hunger and Bringing Jobs and Art to Hartford
Learn more about our latest Eats of the Streets partnership with Levo International.
Watch Rabbi Donna Berman’s Ted Talk on BOTS Pots.
Through our Eats of the Street program, we place large pots of organic vegetable plants throughout the city of Hartford. We hire members of the homeless community to tend the pots, which are painted by local artists. The vegetables are available for free to anyone in need, addressing hunger in our city. Eats of the Street brings food, jobs and art to Hartford.
To combat the rise in hunger resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, we partnered with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Levo International to install hydroponic systems in institutions throughout the city, which enabled us to increase our yearly yield of vegetables by a ton (2,000 pounds!).
BOTS Center for Creative Learning
Creating a Pathway to Prosperity
The BOTS Center for Creative Learning provides a completely free education for those experiencing homelessness. We provide three semesters a year, offering mostly arts-based classes.
Highly-qualified instructors, ranging from seasoned community leaders to corporate executives to doctors, lawyers, and artists, facilitate all of our classes; providing students with an opportunity to network and grow beyond the classroom curriculum.
BRING BRITTNEY BACK!
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Charter Oak Cultural Center Announces Acquisition of Historic Property, Expansion of Youth Arts Campus, and Capital Campaign
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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...
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 Hartford, arbors added to existing pots to increase food...
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...