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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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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Creative Writers Receive More Recognition

DannyCreative writing students at CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts high school keep receiving recognition for their amazing poetry and prose, winning scholarships and awards from local writing groups. One of these organizations is The Connecticut Writers’ Contest, an annual statewide competition for students grades K-12. Thousands of submissions are submitted annually for consideration. Each grade level gets one winner who gets published in CT Writers’ Magazine. In addition, many submissions receive honorable mention.

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Friendships, Community, and Poetry

American School Deaf and GHAAThe collaboration of artistry and friendship five years in the making continues on. Since the fall of 2014, students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Creative Writing/Media Arts department and high school students from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford have collaborated on an ongoing poetry project, but it is so much more than that. Roughly twenty students, ten from each school, participate.

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Super Bowl Commercial Have Alumni Connection

Sydney LemonSuper Bowl LIII not only brought another Patriots win but also brought us some memorable commercials. Two of those commercials have ties to the Academy in that they feature the work of Academy alumni.

First, the popular HBO show Game of Thrones teamed up with Bud Light for a commercial spoof of the show featuring the beer brand’s famous mascot “The Bud Knight.” Opening up the commercial, is a king and queen sitting on the throne.

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Creative Writers to Compete Nationally

Scholastic AwardsSeveral creative writers from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have been recognized for their poetry and essay writing with some taking home the top regional prize.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a regional and national awards program which honors students from grades 7-12 within the 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are judged first locally by a panel of accomplished visual and literary artists. Panelists look for works that exemplifies a student’s personal artistic voice, originality, and technical skills.,,

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Academy Volunteers Give Warmth to Cold Residents

Keep Hartford Warm

Students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts lent their time and hearts in a spirit of helping a city stay warm. In an initiative called “Keep Hartford Warm,” students Ashley Harris, Trinade Gonzalez, Libby Veneziano, and David Lawrence volunteered their time to hand out winter coats and other necessities to the homeless and sheltered of the city.

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Academy Singer Helps Celebrate Sheff

Andrea SimsA freshman from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts recently performed at a party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sheff vs. O’Neil court case. In front of a crowded room at the Hartford Public Library, freshman vocal major Andrea Sims sang The Beatles “Blackbird.” Present in the audience was Elizabeth Horton Sheff, mother of the lead plaintiff Milo Sheff.


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Musical Theater Lends Their Voices Against Bullying

I Have a VoiceMusical theater freshman and sophomores at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School lent their talents to bring awareness to the problem of bullying. In a music video, the students perform “I Have A Voice” a song that was originally recorded as a charity single for No Bully in 2016. This year, No Bully and Wé McDonald (season 11 finalist on The Voice) have teamed up for a singing competition.

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