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Artist Instructor Published

Winter SistersMegan Collins, artist instructor from the Academy Creative Writing department received a publishing deal from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster for her original novel "The Winter Sister." 

The book, which will be available this coming February, is a story about a woman who is dragged into her past to learn secrets surrounding her sister Persephone’s unsolved murder while forced to confront her own guilt about that night...

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Summer Brings Artistic Success

Keys To PhobiaPublic poetry readings, an original film debut, and an award winning story. It has been quite a successful summer for Creative Writing/Media Arts students from the Academy.

On August 6th, poets Alex Nordlund and Rachel Justice shared their original spoken word to an audience at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. They, along with three other student poets from the state, read to a packed audience gathered on the lawn at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington....

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Artist Create Blankets for Women In Need

Mercy HouseVisual artists from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have found more opportunities to share their talents in a way that gives back. Students from the Creativity in the Community class have teamed up with Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford in providing baby blankets to new mothers in need. Each fleece blanket was created by a student from the class and came with a custom card with a congratulatory message.

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Music Heals a Community

Glastonbury HealthSometimes it takes nothing more than a song and a little companionship to make someone’s day. That’s exactly what the Academy Therapy band did just last week. The class, taught by artist instructor Jeff McQuillan, is a musical group with the aim of healing and bringing together community. On Wednesday, June 6, the group took a journey across the river…

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A Chorus Line Receives Awards

TChorus Line HALOhe Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury presented its 15th annual HALO awards to recognize High School Theater and musical theater throughout the state of Connecticut. This year, the cast of A Chorus Line not only received seven nominations, but have also taken home several awards...

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The Academy Takes Manhattan

Jazz Choir NYMany dream of performing in the Big Apple and sharing the stage with a big name. On May 25, with the help of alumni, Academy music students got to do just that. The day started in front of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen theater. First on the bill was the Academy Jazz Ensemble who is led by Ken Fischer. They played three jazz numbers as busy New Yorkers paused to watch...

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Theater Design Students See Profession In Action

NYC TripTheater Design and Production students had a chance to see first hand their art form in action. On May 15, ten seniors took a train to New York City to witness a TV Show rehearsal and get a backstage tour of a Broadway show.

The day started off attending a rehearsal for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During that time, they watched as the director, producers, and Colbert rework jokes, rehearse various bits, and hold creative discussions on show content....

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Academy Wins Best of Hartford 2018

Best of HartfordThe votes are in and once again the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is rated as the top magnet school in Connecticut for 2018 by readers of Hartford Magazine. Every year, readers from around Greater Hartford vote on various categories such as favorite restaurant, museum, magnet school, parks and others. According to Hartford Magazine...

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