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GHAA Students Earn College Credit

ECEA select group of students from CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts had just earned college credit from UConn. Through a program called “Early Learning Education,” seventeen high school visual artists took a college level course designed by the university called “Drawing 1030.” The class is taught locally by their high school art teacher who had to go through a strict screening process by the UConn art faculty.


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Meeting with Artist Centers on Race and Fatherhood

Cbabi Forum GHAAA group of high schoolers from CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts took a trip down to CPTV to attend a public forum with noted visual artist Cbabi Bayoc. In what was billed as a Father’s Day discussion, Bayoc discussed with the students his “365 Days With Dad” project. This particular work, conceived in 2012, was a project in which he painted a different father for each day of the year.It’s concept was to change the narrative around fatherhood and people of color. 

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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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ASD and GHAA Continue Creative Partnership

ASD GHAA CollaborationIt is a friendship five years in the making. On Thursday April 26, ten creative writing students from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, along with students from the American School of the Deaf, came together to share their work at the Universalist Church in West Hartford. In what was part of the Riverwood Poetry Series...

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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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