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Singers Help Celebrate Grand Opening

Musical Theater DunksWhen Dunkins opened a new location in Hartford and needed young local talent for their opening ceremony, musical theater students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts answered the call. In a ceremony at the new Buckingham Street location, the freshman and sophomore chorales performed “You Will Be Found” from the musical “Dear Even Hanson.”

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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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Meet the Student Design Team

Bairon Set DesignerHe’s a young aspiring architect. On a daily basis, you will see him in the halls of Academy, laptop in hand, drafting his latest masterpiece. That’s why when it came to choosing student designers for the Academy’s spring musical “Once On This Island,” junior Bairon Selgado Cruz (West Hartford) was the perfect choice…

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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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Meet Young Ti Moune

OOTI RehearsalAn orphan washes up from sea and gets  raised by two peasant. She later grows up to fall in love with a landowner’s son  after his car crashes near the village. Her name is Ti Moune and she is the lead character in CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School spring musical, “Once On This Island.”  While her grown self is portrayed by Academy senior Esperanza Atkinson, her much younger version is played by 9-year-old Khloe Golding from CREC’s University of Hartford Magnet School. 

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Cuban Funk Artist Pays Visit

logoMusicians from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts ended their week dancing to the sounds of funk. On Thursday, April 21, music students all gathered in the recital hall where they were given a free concert from Afro Cuban Funk group Cimafunk. The concert was just one of many stops on their northeastern tour which included Hartford’s Real Art Ways that same night.

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Dancer Educates Peers on Drug Abuse

Andrew GannonThe Governor’s Prevention Partnership recently showcased a senior from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for his efforts to educate his peers on the dangers of substance abuse. Andrew Ganon, who studies dance at the Academy, is an E3 Mentor, a program funded by the Department of Transportation which stands for “Encourage, Empower, Engage.”



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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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Broadway Against Bullying Recognizes Academy

I Have a VoiceThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is the winner of first runner up in the “Broadway Against Bullying” contest and will now have to travel to the Big Apple. Back in January, freshman and sophomores from the Academy’s musical theater department performed the charity single “I Have a Voice” for a video that was uploaded to contest’s YouTube account.

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Academy Leaves Mark On Festival

Body BodyTwenty junior and senior dancers from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts attended the 2019 Regional High School Dance Festival at the University of Wisconsin Madison. From March 15-19, 2019, GHAA dancers joined over 600 students from high schools across the country to attend performances, workshops, and lectures from college faculty and professional artists. Most importantly, they had the opportunity to audition for some of the most prestigious college, university, and summer dance programs in the country.

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BACKSTAGE WITH RONNIE S. BOWMAN, JR OF BROADWAY'S 'ANASTASIA'

Ronnie Bowman Jr GHAACourtesy of Black Texas Magazine
Being able to bring a classic animated film like Anastasia — a film I grew up on — is so exciting and a little scary,” Bowman admitted. “I didn’t realize until we started the tour how huge the Anastasia following is, which means they are all aware of the show, the story and music. It became the entire company’s goal to create a show that would meet or surpass their expectations.



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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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