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Academy Featured In Community Exhibition

Open Studio GHAA A citywide exhibition featuring local artists has once again come upon Hartford. For two weekends every year, Open Studio Hartford features work from a community of artists in and around the city. For several years, the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School has taken part by showcasing artwork from both students and faculty...




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Local Orchestral Students Perform With National Act

black violinA well-known hip hop duo brought in some young local talent. Black Violin, is a hip hop group from Florida that consists of two classically trained musicians Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B (viola). On Wednesday, October 24, a group of string students from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, joined students from other local high schools on the Mortesen Hall stage ...

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Meet the Student Dancers: Hartford Courant Story

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Hartford Courant StoryAt a rehearsal for the upcoming 2018 Choreographers’ Showcase at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts on Vernon Street, this dance — choreographed by Susannah Marchese — doesn’t yet have a name. But all eight dancers know it by heart. It is their first performance of it onstage after working for weeks in classrooms and rehearsal studios or practicing to videos at home.

“Before I came to this school, I knew nothing about dance,” says senior Andrew Gannon of Colchester, who has only been dancing for two years and is the only male dancer in the showcase. Gannon switched from musical theater to dance after playing a Jet in “West Side Story” in his freshman year. He now takes ballet classes every day, modern dance twice a week and courses in choreography and composition. He dances in three of the six dances in the showcase, which is Oct. 27 at the academy.

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Two Alumni Showcased At La Sala Femme

La Sala FemmeSageseeker Productions in Hartford will showcase several performances this weekend. Two of whom are Academy alumni. On Saturday, October 20, La Sala Femme in Hartford will feature performances by Arien Wilkerson, class of 2009, and Brittney Crush (Brittney Melvin) class of 2011. 

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Recording Artist and Academy Alumni Featured

Mike CaseyLocal saxophonist, Mike Casey, Academy class of 2011, was recently featured in the Huffington Post regarding his passion for jazz music in the modern age. A year ago, Casey released his first album “The Sound of Surprise” and “Stay Surprising” which has been streamed over a million times on Spotify and other services. " All About Jazz" describes Sound of Surprise as “an unconventional album offering surprisingly good music.” Both album features another Academy alum, Matt Dwonszyk on bass. Mike Casey’s latest single “Cold Blooded Blues” can be streamed on Apple Music and on his official website.

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Empty Bowls Successful Again

Empty BowlsAnother school year and once again visual artist from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts held their Empty Bowls fundraising event. Lead by artist instructor Ann Baldwin, ceramic bowls were created by herself and students in the department. They were sold for a suggested donation of $5, $10, and $20 during a delicious potluck dinner provided by faculty and families of the Academy….

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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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