Read it and Sleep
Read It and Sleep is our free monthly event for local children and their families to enjoy healthy snacks, hear a bedtime story and take home a free book.
Each month, Read It and Sleep chooses a theme — an important character trait or social justice issue — to build on. The book, games and art activities explore the theme, giving participants a fun way to deepen their literacy skills and explore important ideas in being a good citizen.
Dinner and a Movie
In the summer months, we offer Dinner and a Movie in our garden. This program provides an opportunity for families to enjoy a free community meal while they view a film outdoors in our garden. The films we select are based on popular books and we provide each family with a free copy of the book to take home.
Special Family Events
Charter Oak offers family holiday events and activities. Keep an eye on our events calendar!
Pie sweet tiramisu candy ice cream.
Upcoming Family Events
News & Updates
April 2022 Student of the Month: Andrea Cotto-Juarbe￼
Andrea Cotto-Juarbe is a 13-year-old student at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy in Hartford, Connecticut. She has been a Youth Arts student for a year and attends the program alongside her...
March 2022 Student of the Month: Natalia Reyes
MEET NATALIA, OUR MARCH 2022 Y.A.I. STUDENT OF THE MONTH! Natalia Reyes is a 12-year-old student at Renzulli Academy in Hartford, Connecticut. She has been a Youth Arts student for four years and...
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 Contest! Their mother sent Charter Oak a nice note:...
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 Center unveiled today the acquisition of an...
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...
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!...
Charter Oak proudly presents the Fall 2020 Youth Arts Institute Showcase
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 while you wait for these clarinets to play.'...
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...