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Top Local Connecticut Arts Programs To Support

May 21, 2012 6:00 AM

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Pop art, whether it be Hollywood’s multi-million dollar productions or the latest MTV superstar release, is not only self-supporting, but constitutes one of America’s biggest for-profit businesses. However, art extends beyond the top 40 or the Oscars, and often requires support with donations of time and treasure. Connecticut is graced with a multitude of wonderful art programs, nonprofit in nature, that provide the state and nation with great art as well as preserve the legacy of some great indigenous artists. Highlighted here are five arts programs that are giving back and worthy of both time and money.
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Hartford Symphony Orchestra
99 Pratt St, Suite 500
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 244-2999
hartfordsymphony.org

Hartford’s Symphony is an extremely affordable and accessible means for exposing Connecticut’s youth and community to the wonders of live symphonic performances. In the middle of its 68th season, this orchestra constitutes the second largest symphony in New England and is consistently rated as one of the best regional symphonies in the nation. The symphony welcomes both monetary and volunteer donations. Make a one-time contribution or offer up a few hours to help staff with ensuring performances run smoothly.

Related: A Guide To The Charlotte Symphony

blackboxtheatre Top Local Connecticut Arts Programs To Support

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Black Box Theatre
117 Mt. Pleasant Road
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 426-8717
blackboxnewtown.org

The Black Box Theater is Connecticut’s newest nonprofit live theater. It holds only 50 guests, making it one of the most intimate settings for theater in the area. Black Box will feature a range of productions including plays, student showcases and university works. However, productions stretch into artistic dance as well with this theater providing adequate space for cabarets. The organization is eager to accept any donation of theater equipment from props to lights. Also, monetary contributions are greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, send an email to BlackBoxNewtown@.com.

yaleartgallery Top Local Connecticut Arts Programs To Support

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Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-0600
artgallery.yale.edu

The Yale Art Gallery is a cultural treasure trove which includes art and exhibits from around the world. Some of those featured in the collection are African art, American decorative arts and Asian art. Being a University gallery, the organization’s primary goal is to educate. They provide numerous learning opportunities for interested learners. Admission is always free, and donations of time and money are welcomed. The institution’s contributions to the community and beyond certainly justify support.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 247-0998
marktwainhouse.org

Samuel Clemens’ (Mark Twain) Hartford home is restored and open as a museum. The Mark Twain House & Museum has created opportunities for visitors to learn about this beloved author. As one of the pioneers of literature, he has been extremely influential in the arts and deserves to be honored. Help the organization that has made this education possible. Adjacent to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Mark Twain Museum preserves a cultural entity of this state and nation that is vitally important, and without help from volunteers and generous donors would not be available.

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Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 677-4787
hillstead.org

Hill-Stead Museum is an impressive art hub comprised of 10 buildings spanning across 152 acres. This museum has become a National Historic Landmark and welcomes over 45,000 visitors each year. Visitors can participate in lectures, festivals and school activities to gain a better grasp on this museum’s historical database. Collections include works from Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Furthermore, expansive displays of photographs, furniture, ceramics and documents can be viewed by all. Volunteer, membership and financial donations are strongly encouraged and welcomed by the museum.

Related: Best Art Museums In Charlotte

Steve Alexander holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Psychology; did graduate work and taught as a Teaching Fellow as a specialist in Arms Control and Disarmament for Boston Universitys Political Science Department; and spent a 30 year career as a human service professional–a counselor, administrator and advocate for people afflicted with mental disabilities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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