No matter what part of the arts interests you, the city of Hartford has something to be found for everyone. From the traditional artwork at the Wadsworth Museum to the more unconventional arts at the Real Art Ways, the art scene in Hartford is both vast and ever-changing.
The Wadsworth Museum
The Wadsworth Museum is one of the most noteworthy museums in Connecticut. This Hartford art museum was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth and is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States.
The Wadsworth is noted for its collection of ancient Egyptian and Classical bronzes, French and American Impressionist paintings, Hudson River School Landscapes and European Baroque Art Additionally, there are many Wadsworth Atheneum events to keep an eye out for, including movie showings, family-friendly activities, and walk through tours.
Real Art Ways
If you’re looking for things to do in Connecticut, you’ll want to take a look at what’s going on in the Real Art Ways. Tucked away in the Parkville section of Hartford, Real Art Ways is its own little bustling artist community. From dance and yoga to visual and live arts, you will find a range of artist studios and events here.
Plus, seven days a week, the Real Ways Cinema, showcases unique indie films for only $11 a person. Creative cocktail hours, instrumental portrait series, and more – no matter what you are into, Real Art Ways is bound to have something for every art enthusiast.
This gallery may be small, but it is not overlooked. Located on the first floor of the historical Goodwin Building, this gallery displays small exhibits and unique works throughout their space. The artists rotate monthly so there’s always something new and exciting to explore. Check out their website and Facebook for upcoming exhibits.
Hartford Open Studios
Once a year, some of Hartford’s most beautiful art studios open their doors to the public, with artists showcasing their work from the past year. Galleries will often hold viewing events, offering small bites to eat and complimentary beverages. During this time, a shuttle bus becomes available to bring you to and from each gallery stop. It’s a great time to get a group of friends together for an amazing night of art and culture. Check on their website or Facebook for the most up to date information about this exciting event.
The Capital of Connecticut is extremely fortunate to have such a variety of theaters within the city as well as in Hartford County. The four theaters in the city of Hartford are Theaterworks, The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, The Hartford Stage, Infinity Hall, and Webster Theatre. There are 10 theaters all within Hartford County, each offering different performances throughout the year, so there is always something to be found for every performing arts enthusiast.
The Hartford Symphony has been a prominent part of the Hartford arts community since the 1930’s. The Symphony presents more than 230 concerts every year to audiences of more than 110,000 people. Over the years, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s extensive array of Education and Community Activities serves more than 22,000 individuals in Hartford and surrounding communities annually. Check out their website and Facebook to view upcoming performances.