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National Arts

The National Arts Program® For Hartford and Middlesex Counties

Encouraging and developing artistic talent in Central Connecticut 

New for 2019!
Find out about CRT's new community service opportunity for students in Central Connecticut. “Teens Looking Out for Teens” invites students to submit a piece of art that evokes a greater understanding of the social issues affecting teens. Click here for more information


For 27 years, Community Renewal Team has hosted an Annual National Arts Program providing an opportunity for local artists to showcase their art within the community. Youth, teens, amateurs, intermediate and professionals from Middlesex and Hartford counties are invited to participate. All prizes are determined by a panel of judges with experience in the arts. A gallery display will be held at Capital Community College located at 950 Main Street in Hartford, CT from January 19 – February 7, 2018.

All forms of visual arts are accepted; from paintings and photographs to sculptures, crafts and textiles. Applications are being accepted until January 11, 2018!

Click to see pictures of National Arts 2017

You are welcome to a reception and presentation of awards that will be held at Centinel Hill Hall, 11th floor, Capital Community College on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1pm – 3pm (snow date: February 3, 2018).

More than 350 people are expected at the ceremony which turns out to be a performance in and of itself. There will be entertainment and the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. along with its poets/musicians will be reciting Ekphastic poetry in response to the award winning art.                                                                                                                                                  

Click here for additional information and to register to submit a piece of art!

Please review the National Arts Program brochure, and for more information or to become a volunteer for this event, please contact Ilana Bernstein at (860) 560-5657 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Updated October 2018  
Meet CRT's President Lena Rodriguez


Deanna Troy Henry
Intermediate Artist
Best of Show 2013
 “I’m so honored to have received this when you see all of the talented artists that submitted some truly great art.”