Visual Artist Contribute To Their Community

CREC CaresVisual artists’ from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts loaned their talents to assist their community. Seven students from the school contributed the artwork displayed on Valentine’s Day cards. The cards were then sold in exchange for a donation to the CREC Cares Foundation.



Jazz Singer Receives Honors

Talia QuagliaroliJazz students from CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts set out to compete in the annual High School Jazz Festival and returned with a winner. On Saturday, February 10, students from the Academy’s Jazz Combos and Jazz Choir set out to Boston’s Hynes Convention Center to compete in the annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival.


Theater Recognizes Student Work

Eric Murphy A theater major from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts’ play had recently gained recognition for an original piece of work. Eric Murphy, a half day Academy senior from Avon, has had his original work “Civil Procedure” accepted by The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Art Center


Scholastic Awards Five GHAA Students

Scholastic Art and WritingCreative writers and four visual artists are the latest students from CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts to win several Scholastic Awards for visual art and writing.

Scholastic receives submissions nationwide from students grades 7-12 in twenty nine different categories in literary and visual arts. In 2017, over 330,000 works were submitted for consideration. Judges are luminaries in the field who look for works that exemplify originality, technical skill, and personal voice or vision.


High Schoolers’ Open Hearts Warm City

Keep Hartford WarmAcademy students participated in Keep Hartford Warm, an initiative organized by Academy English teacher Greg Garcia. Senior Nikki Ponticelli, junior Megan Torres, and sophomore Richanny Rodriguez volunteered to distribute clothing to the homeless and sheltered in Downtown Hartford's Burr Mall


Director of the Arts Featured

From Dance Teacher Magazine

Kim Stroud"What are the true fundamental elements that they need to have in order to move on?" The answer came to her when she looked at what her students were getting in their other classes. "I had to figure out how Graham technique informs the body in ways that other techniques don't address," she says. "My students get regular ballet class, which informs their arms and legs very well. I work on informing their torsos." Stroud puts a strong emphasis on contract, release and spiral, so that her students become adept at using their spines.