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The Community Renewal Team (CRT) will honor the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (#RBG) and other remarkable women leaders with a massive public mural at the Women’s Empowerment Center in downtown Hartford.

Local, award-winning artist Micaela Levesque began painting the mural this week. She spoke with NBC Connecticut about why this new mural featuring iconic women leaders is so important, and what it means to her.

Learn more about this new mural project.

Local, award-winning artist Micaela Levesque selected to complete massive mural at 330 Market Street in Hartford

Hartford – The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is sponsoring the creation of a massive public mural that will be painted on the side of its multi-service center in Hartford (330 Market St.) to honor the life-long commitment to women’s rights and social justice of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with other remarkable women leaders. The artist chosen to complete the work for CRT is East Hartford resident Micaela Levesque, whose vibrant artistic vision and skilled portrait work will make this mural a landmark for downtown Hartford for years to come.

“After a long, and rigorous search process, CRT is thrilled to have chosen Ms. Levesque to complete this important mural on our behalf,” said CRT’s President and CEO, Lena Rodriguez. “We can think of no better way to honor RBG’s legacy than to ensure that her memory lives on through the work of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center. Justice Ginsburg’s accomplishments will be felt for decades to come. We know that all women in our community today – especially the next generation that is coming of age now – are better off because of her.”

In addition to prominently featuring Justice Ginsburg, the mural will also showcase the following female leaders:

  • Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris;
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor;
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama; and
  • Ella Grasso, the first woman elected Governor in Connecticut and in the United States.

In addition to the five portraits that will be featured in the mural, the artist plans to add a variety of painted symbols that will add to the depth and complexity of the finished work of art.

Ms. Levesque previously won the “Best in Show” award at CRT’s 2020 National Arts Program show in Hartford for a painting of her self-portrait.

“The ideas of this mural align perfectly with my own artistic vision,” said artist Micaela Levesque. “When I learned that this RBG-inspired mural would be on the side of the building for CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center, I knew I wanted to be involved. I am so excited to bring a visual representation of these iconic women to Hartford. You will see that I am going to put myself completely into this project and will be so proud to stand behind the finished work.”

The building where the mural will be painted houses CRT’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford, which offers a safe and open space for women from Hartford and Middlesex Counties to develop the skills they need to reach their full potential.

The goal of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center is to encourage women to find stable careers, establish financial security, and commit themselves to life-long personal growth and success. The Center provides specialized and holistic case management, support groups, financial literacy and personal development classes, intensive one-on-one mentorship, entrepreneurship, and leadership training to help women thrive.

The Center also offers members networking opportunities to meet successful women from various backgrounds and careers. These opportunities are essential to bridge gaps derived from economic barriers and other social determinants. Relationships developed through these networks build pathways to better futures.

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center meets a critical regional need. Of the female-headed households living in Hartford, 46.6% do not have a spouse or partner present (source). Additionally, 29% of females living in Hartford are living below the poverty line (source). CRT has a history of offering female-centric initiatives (e.g., helping women gain employment skills, leave abusive circumstances, decrease substance use and recidivism, and enabling grandparents, particularly grandmothers, to raise their grandchildren). CRT’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center represents the culmination of these efforts.

Work on this massive mural – it is expected that it will be visible to passing cars on I-91 – began on August 17, 2021, and Ms. Levesque anticipates completing the project in approximately five weeks.

While it will be possible for the public to see the work being done to complete the mural over the next five weeks, a public unveiling and celebration of this tribute to RBG and other women leaders is being planned for mid-September (exact date to be announced).

This mural was made possible by a Neighborhood Beautification grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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Editor’s Note: Artist Micaela Levesque is available for media interviews, upon request. It is anticipated that Ms. Levesque will be on-site painting six days a week, from 10 am – 7 pm each day, with a one-hour break per day.

Additionally, high resolution files of conceptual sketches by the artist depicting what the mural may look like upon completion are available for publication.

CRT’s 11th Annual Tee Off with Women to benefit the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford was a tremendous success, raising much needed funds for the Center and its work to help women thrive.

The morning of the event, Heidi Voight from NBC Connecticut shared details with their viewers.

To learn more about the Women’s Empowerment Center, please click here.

This Unique Women’s-only Golf Tournament Will Support CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford

Hartford – The Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) 11th Annual Tee Off with Women golf tournament, being held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington will once again benefit CRT’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford, which offers women the opportunity to be supported and support themselves.

The goal of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center is to help women thrive.

As the designated community action agency for both Hartford and Middlesex Counties, CRT has been committed to serving the needs of individuals and families in local communities since 1963. As it happens, the majority of the people that CRT serves each year are female, and often they are the head of their household, too.

“This annual golf tournament is a big part of CRT’s summer-time calendar, and gives a big push to the work of our Women’s Empowerment Center, which is a much-needed safe haven and resource for women from the Greater Hartford area,” said Tenesha Grant, CRT’s Director of Women’s Services. “We are dedicated to bringing women and families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. We want to empower women to lead sustainable, thriving lives.”

This unique, all-women’s golf event is being held to raise funds for CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford. The Center was opened in 2019 to help women focus on their own personal or professional goals, and it also serves as a support system for everyone who is involved with the Center. One-on-one case management sets the path for women to begin their journey, along with other tools for success such as workshops and mentoring are available and customized to the needs of each member.

This special golf event offers many ways to participate, even for those who are not golfers.

  • Golfers can play nine holes for $150 per player; or 18 holes for $225 per player in a best-ball format.
  • Registration for 18-hole golfers will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.
  • BBQ lunch for all golfers begins at 11:30 a.m., with the shotgun start for the 9- hole golfers beginning at 12:00 p.m.
  • Throughout the day there will be special games and contests, unique to CRT’s Tee-Off tournament, such as “Putting with Bling” and “Closest to the Wine.”
  • If you are not a golfer and would like to learn, there will be a “Not a Golfer” one-hour lesson from Professional Golf Coach Estela Morales Segarra, the Co-Founder of the CT Latinas Golf Team beginning at 1:30 p.m. for $50.
  • A Networking hour will begin at 3:30 p.m. with exciting raffle prizes.

For those individuals who are unable to attend the golf event, the Networking Hour and Empowerment Dinner tickets are available separately for only $50 per person.

The Lead Sponsors for CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center are Liberty Bank, OneDigital and Latin Financial. Sponsorship opportunities, tee signs, and program ads are still available.

Registration details for the 2021 Tee-Off event are available in the Events section of CRT’s website.

For more information about this year’s Tee-Off event, please call (860) 560-5657 or email [email protected].

For more information, please contact CRT’s Communications Director, Jason Black at 860-230-4535.

As the holidays approach, there are a lot of families struggling to put food on the table this year during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mike Massaro from NBC Connecticut shares details about the work of some local businesses (including Hartford-based Gold Bond Mattress) and volunteers from Dog Star Rescue who provided Thanksgiving meals this past weekend to 24 families helped by CRT, along with special food and treats for their pets, too.

The story was also shared by Jim Altman on Fox 61.

CRT is seeking proposals from artists to create a massive public mural as a visual tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other strong women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women and social justice. The mural will be painted at 330 Market Street, Hartford – home of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center.

Learn more in this report on WTNH News 8.

Mural will be featured at 330 Market Street, Hartford – home of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center

Hartford – Following the Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) recent announcement that it is officially renaming its Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford to honor the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the agency announced today that it is now soliciting proposals for the creation of a massive public mural on the side of the building where the Center is located (330 Market Street, Hartford).

Local artists are being encouraged to submit proposals for this project to “honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women.”

As noted in the Request for Proposal (RFP) document, which can be found on CRT’s website: “The mural will be a symbol of Women’s Empowerment anchored by a portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will serve as a visual tribute to Justice Ginsburg and other women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women. It will help to create a strong and positive image for the community.”

The deadline to submit proposals for this new mural in Hartford is November 20, 2020 by 1:00 p.m.

Additional details about the project are below, and in the attached RFP document.

Goal of the project: The goal of the Women’s Empowerment Center Mural Project is to honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women.

Design and Theme: The mural will be a symbol of Women’s Empowerment anchored by a portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will serve as a visual tribute to Justice Ginsburg and other women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women. It will help to create a strong and positive image for the community.

Mural Site Location & Specifications: The North facing site wall of 330 Market Street, Hartford CT is approximately 105 feet long and is a brick structure. The artist’s canvas will be the space between the first floor and second floor windows. The artist will have the whole side of the building as their canvas. If the vision of the artist includes wrapping, the mural around the building this will considered considering the design.

Artists will:

  • Develop a distinct painted mural artwork that communicates and promotes women (of all ages and cultures) within the character and spirit of women’s empowerment – through the use of design, color and a variety of subject matter for public viewing of all ages and cultures.
  • The mural will feature a prominent portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with dissent collar, Judge Sonia Sotomayor and former first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Generate a work that is artistically engaging and sufficiently stimulating to ignite conversation and evoke appreciation by the general public.
  • Design a work that fits well within the context of the site (i.e. scale and theme).
  • Use materials of the highest quality, designed and fabricated for all weather durability for at least 20 years, as well as for low maintenance – and including the application of an anti-graffiti protective coating/sealant.
  • Complete project within the specified period of time and within budget.

Selection Process: CRT will review all submittals in conformance with the RFP. After a selection has been made, CRT will enter into a contract with the artist or team of artists.

Deadline: Complete proposals are due November 20, 2020 by 1:00 pm and should be emailed to: [email protected]

View the RFP on the Vendor portion of CRT’s website.


For more information about this advisory, please contact: Jason Black, Communications Director @ 860-230-4535 or via email: [email protected]

An enormous mural featuring the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former First Lady Michelle Obama will soon be appearing in Hartford at CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center at 330 Market St. in Hartford.

CRT recently announced plans to rename its Women’s Empowerment Center after Ginsburg, and now we have put out a call for artists to submit a design for this mural project. The brick wall is about 105 feet wide, and from the ground the height available is 29 feet, so the total mural size could be massive.

Lena Rodriguez, president and CEO of CRT, spearheaded the drive to rename the building and to create the mural.

“The work she has done and the barriers she has gone through paved the way for women in law, women in social justice, all women and all people in general,” Rodriguez said. “Learning about her passing was really hard. I thought, what could we do as a state to honor her?”

Get more details about this important project in this article by Susan Dunne in the Hartford Courant.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz along with OPM Secretary Melissa McCaw hosted a Women in Leadership panel discussion this week. A recording of that important conversation is now available online.

The session was co-moderated by CRT’s President and CEO Lena Rodriguez, and it also included several Latinas in leadership positions throughout Connecticut:

  • Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools
  • Evelyn DeJesus-Trinidad, Nurse Manager for the Medical-Surgical ICU at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Dr. Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Dr. Zulma Toro, President of Central Connecticut State University.

Give a listen to the full conversation now.

 

Nationally, first-time unemployment claims topped 840,000 people last week. And despite the start of Phase 3 of the reopening of businesses here in Connecticut, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a hard toll on many women in the workplace locally, many either choosing to leave jobs to stay home with their family, or out of work due to business closures.

It has been reported that in September, 865,000 women left the labor force.

Christine Stuart from NBC Connecticut spoke with CRT’s Director of Women’s Services, Tenesha Grant, about the work of the agency’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford to help women in need find meaningful employment during these extremely difficult times.

Events

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf

 

CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center Presents: Her Time Hartford: A network designed to support and uplift women impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Have you or a loved one been incarcerated?
  • Has transitioning from prison been a struggle?
  • Are you curious about resources available to you?
  • Are you ready to commit to change?

Support is here!

When: First Thursday of the month; 6pm-8pm
Where: Group offered via Zoom (link below) or In-Person (hybrid)
Address: 330 Market St, Hartford, CT 06120 Lower Level

For more info contact:
Tenesha Grant, Director of Women’s Services: 860-748-7605
Shamare Holmes, Director of Her Time: 203-727-9248
Cherell Banks, Her Time Program Manager: 860-794-8189

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-ispj4oHNOIfgeq9nkSSCQ_PL2O0Rdf