Afarin Rahmanifar: Unraveling Stories

Show Runs Through May 1
Afarin Rahmanifar was born in Tehran, Iran, and received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. Her work is shaped by the intersecting points of eastern and western cultures.  She specializes in painting and mixed media and in Persian miniature illustration.
Her show, “Unraveling Stories: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Female Identities,”  runs March 17 through May 1.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am through 5 pm or by appointment. Information: 860-310-8014. Read Susan Dunne’s Hartford Courant story here
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Community Dinner and Breakdancing Class

**DATE CHANGE** Monday | May 4 | 6pm

One Monday a month we have a family meal for any family in the Greater Hartford Area, followed by an exciting art workshop by one of our talented Teaching Artists! Fun for the whole family! Everyone is welcome, just show up! Starting at 6pm, dinner will be graciously served by volunteers from Beth El Temple of West Hartford.
Immediately after, all are welcome to learn some hot new breakdancing moves taught by one of our talented teaching artists!


Read It & Sleep

Friday|May 8| 7 to 8 pm

This month’s reader is Akinlawon Tripp, coach of the Hartford Hurricanes football team in the Tiny Mites League.  The book is Bill Cosby’s “The Meanest Thing To Say, from his Little Bill series.  It’s a story about resisting peer pressure.  When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

Wear your cozy clothes and bring your favorite adult. Snacks are served. The first 25 families can take home a free copy of the book.
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New Montessori Parent/Infant Class

Classes Begin Friday, April 24|Free to Hartford Residents
A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs.

Charter Oak with the support of Christ Church Cathedral is offering free classes to Hartford parents and their infants. Each class will provide 12 instructional hours for parents and their infants.
Eventbrite - Free Montessori Classes For Hartford Parents of Infants

The classes will be taught by Kathy Aldridge, a veteran teacher from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford.

Additional support for these classes is provided by the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and the Capitol Region Education Council.

The two-hour classes run weekly beginning Friday, April 24 through Friday, May 29, 9 to 11 am.
Information: Susan Mazer, 860-310-2590 or susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org.


Charter Oak, Police, Partners In Music Classes For Boys

Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Hartford Police Department are partners in two new music classes designed to reach out to middle school boys.

“Good Vibrations” is a pilot program offering two, 12-week classes for middle school boys, chosen by community resource officers from the police department. Classes are free and so are all the materials needed, including musical instruments. Music & Arts, the largest  band and orchestra retailer in the U.S., generously donated the guitars.

The program has two goals: To bring young people who have had encounters with the police or have been referred by their principal to a School Resource Officer, the opportunity to enrich and transform their lives through the magic of music; and to nurture a positive relationship among the police, youth and their families.
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Change the World: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students

Charter Oak Cultural Center Invites Jewish Students To Change the World
The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.
The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like:  being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.
Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.

The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like:  being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.

Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.


Juneteenth Celebration

Friday June 19| 5:30 to 7:30 pm|Free
On Friday, June 19, 2015, Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium presents a Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Through music, dance, and conversation, the program shares the powerful history of this holiday and brings the community together to explore the journey and struggles of African Americans for freedom and liberty.
Eventbrite - Juneteenth Celebration





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