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National Arts


The Community Renewal Team presents a wonderful opportunity for teens to learn about and express their feelings about social issues. For over 27 years, CRT has hosted the National Arts open art show, as an opportunity for anyone (both amateur and professional artists) to participate in a non-juried art show, for free.
In an effort to expand awareness of CRT’s programs and services, we are expanding the National Arts program as a way of reaching more people and bringing awareness of the social issues that affect teens. New this year, we are offering an additional category called “Teens Looking Out for Teens” to the National Arts show, in which individuals or groups of teens can submit a piece of art that evokes a greater understanding of the social issues affecting teens.
The show will be at Capital Community College (960 Main Street, Hartford) from February 11 – March 2, 2019. An awards ceremony will be held at Capital on March 2, 2019 from 1PM – 3PM. Following the judging which will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2019 the winning pieces within the “Teens Looking Out for Teens” category will be photographed and printed on posters to be exhibited in a variety of community spaces throughout Central Connecticut.
Dates to be aware of:
  • Register online: www.crtct.org/en/events/national-arts by Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Deliver art to either Avon Old Farms School (500 Old Farms Road, Avon - Estabrook Arts Center) or Capital Community College (960 Main Street, Hartford) on February 6 or February 7, 2019 between 3:00 – 6:30 PM.
  • Volunteer to hang the art work. We need volunteers for Friday, February 8 to hang the art work as we typically get over 200 pieces submitted in the show. Please let Ilana Bernstein know if you are available at (860) 560-5657 or Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. .
  • Visit exhibit from Monday, February 11 – Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Mon-Fri 7am – 10 pm and Sat 8am – 1pm.
  • Award winners are notified - Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Celebrate the award winners at an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 2, 2019 1PM – 3PM (snow date March 9) - Exhibition closes and art is returned the day of the reception
  • Check Out the community spaces where the winners of the “Teens Looking Out for Teens” art is hanging!
26 years of National Arts

Local Artists were recognized during our 26 National Arts Program


More than 350 people came to Capital Community College last Saturday to support local artists at our 26th Annual National Arts Program. Artists were recognized by judges JoAnne Bauer, Carlos Hernandez Chavez, Ellis Echevarria, Angela Parker and Ed Johnetta Miller. All forms of visual arts were represented; from paintings and photographs to sculptures, crafts and textiles. 

The awards ceremony was a performance in and of itself, with singers Aja Wilson and Orice Jenkins, pianist Warren Byrd, and live poetry readings by Ekphrastic Poets from The Free Poets Collective who created original poems about each first place entry.

We would like to thank all the artists and volunteers who participated. Special thanks to: The National Arts Program, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, Capital Community College and President Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, Carlos Hernández Chavez of the, City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs, JoAnne Bauer, Ellis A. Echevarria, Angela Parker, and Ed Johnetta Miller, Members of the Free Poets Collective, CRT CapitalCity YouthBuild, Mark Pallatino, Mick Melvin, Wilberto Guzman, Nancy Pappas, Maria Cheema, Myriam Pilar Salazar Chala, Dario Muneton, Jennifer Chapman, Catherine Damato, Tiffany Cooper, Julie Ackerman, Ernesto Rios, Lori Lennon, Brodey Coutant, Faris, Manaal and Zain Sheriff and Program Coordinator Nancy Shapiro.

The National Arts Program® para los condados de Middlesex y Hartford

Fomentando y desarrollando el talento artístico en Connecticut Central

El Programa Nacional de Arte del CRT ofrece una oportunidad para que los artistas locales exhiban sus obras dentro de la comunidad. Se invita a participar a niños, adolescentes, aficionados, nivel intermedio y profesionales de los condados de Middlesex y Hartford. Todos los premios son determinados por un panel de jueces con experiencia en las artes. Una exhibición de arte se hará en el Capital Community College en el 950 de la calle Main de Hartford, CT.
CRT is la única organización en CT que lleva a cavo este magnifico program. Las inscripciones no tienen ningun costo. Las aplicaciones están abiertas en este momento!

Participación e Inscripción
Trabajos en todas las formas de arte visual son bienvenidos. Para participar, los participantes deben registrarse antes de enero 9 del 2017. Por favor revisen los requisitos de inscripción detenidamente antes de someter la inscripción. Se puede inscribir online en la página del National Arts Program. Solamente las primeras 350 obras de arte son aceptadas. 

Exhibiciones en Galerías 
Habrá una exhibición gratuita en una galería pública desde enero 19 hasta febrero 4, 2017 en el Capital Community College. El Capital Community College está cerrado los domingos. 

Ceremonia de premiación
Se efectuará una ceremonia de premiación y una recepción a la 1 p.m. en el Centinel Hill Hall, piso 11 en el Capital Community College el día sábado, enero 28 del 2017. En caso de que neve se realizará febrero 4, 2017 a la 1 de la tarde. 

Premios y Galardones
$2,400 en premios se darán a los ganadores. Cada artista recibirá un certificado de participación en el programa nacional de arte. 

Información Adicional
Por favor revice el panfleto del Programa Nacional de Arte o contacte a Nancy Shapiro al (860) 560-5471 o por correo electrónico al Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. . Los participantes tambien se pueden ergistrar online en la página del National Arts Program.

Oportunidades para Voluntarizar
Contact Nancy Shapiro para más información a cerca delas oportunidades de voluntarizar al (860) 560-5471 o por correo electronico a Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.


Child Abuse Prevention


CRT's campaign to end child abuse is driven by a simple idea - that the best way to put an end violence and abuse is to educate our young people, both to protect themselves today and future generations tomorrow.

This spring marks the 5th annual installment of the campaign, and the main event this year is the “ volunteer reader day” in which adults take a little time out of their day to read age-appropriate books to children in any of our 72 classrooms throughout Central Connecticut. The date is April 19, 2013, and we need volunteers to help us make this a great success.
Together these efforts are led by Community Renewal Team's Early Care and Education program, and made possible with the partnering support of a broad coalition of advocacy, education and protective agencies.
The campaign has roots in CRT's efforts to end domestic violence among its ECE families. For the past four years, CRT has hosted guest readers in each of its classrooms for the reader day in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is also recognized nationally. Throughout April, other workshops, trainings and activities are held in classrooms for both parents and children.
Like every year, community partners from throughout the State of Connecticut are sharing events, resources and awareness to help end domestic violence. To learn more about how to become involved in our mission, please contact Bethanne Vergean, CRT mental health manager, at (860) 761-7948 or by email at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. .

National Arts Program® para los condados de Hartford y Middlesex 

El programa de CRT National Arts Program® está concebido para brindarles la oportunidad a todos los artistas que vivan en los condados de Hartford y Middlesex de exhibir sus obras de una forma profesional y competir para ganar premios en efectivo. 

Profesionales de prestigio en el campo de las artes visuales juzgarán las propuestas basados en la edad y la experiencia de los artistas.