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Two Academies Help Foster Children

Children in foster care travel frequently from home to home and many times it is at very last minute notice. In 2013, a organization called “Comfort Cases” was formed to supply children in foster homes with a duffel bag along with essentials.

Very recently, students from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day and elementary students from CREC Ana Grace Academy teamed up to help raise funds for Comfort Cases. The effort started in Julie Nunez’s sophomore class where her students read about the group’s founder Rob Scheer.

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Art for Justice

Studio 224It was a night of activism and performances. On June 5th, Sophomores from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day came together to raise awareness of a multitude of issues. The event, titled “Social Justice Extravaganza,” was organized by English teachers Julie Nunes and Caine Schlenker. Approximately 90 people were in attendance at Hartford’s Studio 224 where young artists performed original poetry, music, interpretive dances, monologues, and spoken word.

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Teaching Self-Image Through Art

Creativity in the CommunityHigh schoolers are using art to teach younger kids about positive self-image. Art students in the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts “Creativity in the Community” class recently created posters to hang at Ana Grace Academy, an elementary magnet school focused on the arts. The posters are on the theme of positive self-image with messages such as “Only You Can Define You,” “Don’t Let Others Arrange you, Be yourself,” and “Don’t Dream It, Be It.”






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Young Poets To Read At Festival

Young VoicesThree poets from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have won the Fresh Voices Poetry Contest and will now go on to read at the prestigious Sunken Garden Festival this summer. The Fresh Voices competition is a program put on by the Hill-Stead Museum where local youth poets write and perform poetry that is suitable for publication.

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GHAA Wins Best of Hartford 

Best of Hartford 2019The votes are in and once again the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts  has been rated “Best Magnet School” by readers of Hartford Magazine. Every year, a poll is taken of readers in various categories who submit their votes online. Categories range from restaurants, shops, schools, and other professional services. According to Hartford Magazine, “Readers continue to applaud this progressive institution...

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Artists Showcase the Need for Organ Donors

JeseniaAn Academy student has been recognized for her artistic contribution to bring awareness to the need for organ donors.

Donate Life CT is a group whose sole purpose is to increase the number of registered organ donors in the state. Every year, the group holds a poster contest for high school artists in order to raise awareness to teenagers as they approach driving age and have the option to become organ donors. At a state capitol ceremony recognizing April as “Donate Life Month,”

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American School of the Deaf and GHAA Hold First Joint Reading

Group ShotStudents from the American School for the Deaf and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts participated in a collaborative poetry reading at Real Art Ways on Tuesday, March 12. Students performed solo and group poems, using spoken word and American Sign Language. ..

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