1) Offering free, inclusive, visual art, music, theater and dance classes both onsite at Charter Oak and through partnerships
2) Offering free family events that encourage life-long learning through the arts
We believe that everyone is an artist.
We believe in providing programs to meet the needs of the whole person.
We believe in offering a variety of classes in order to stimulate creativity and appeal to different learning styles.
We believe in allowing students an opportunity to identify with art in their own unique way.
We believe in making the arts accessible to everyone.
We believe in the art of collaboration and the importance of a final presentation to celebrate the achievement of goals and learning.
We believe in the value of Non-Violent Communication, a conflict resolution technique that helps students to express themselves and get their needs met without resorting to anger or violence.
School Year Programming
Music Matters is the first program of its kind in Hartford, in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral and The Common Sense Fund. Grade 4 and 5 students get private and ensemble instrumental music instruction in a comprehensive afterschool program 4 days a week. The students receive instruction in performance, theory, bucket band and music appreciation.
Shared Ability Arts
Taken from a segregated classroom, these students with multiple and sever disabilities meet weekly to dance and create artwork, and are paired with their typically developing peers. Classes are held with a physical therapist present, so students are able to stand with assistance or with special equipment.
This amazing program, run by UCONN’s Assistant Director of Marching Bands, Marvin, is an after-school and summer educational enrichment program, based on the New Orleans Brass Band tradition. Through it, our students gain musical proficiency, perform, and compose music, while stressing the importance of having “sound” values and of being productive citizens. The brass band is essentially a leadership program embedded in a music program. The students receive a one hour tutoring session with University of Connecticut education students, a hot dinner, and a 90-minute rehearsal each week.
Every Summer, Charter Oak Cultural Center hosts multiple music camps. We partner with The Funky Dawgz Brass Band and provide instruments and transportation to those in need, all in support of our mission to provide all children with access to high-quality arts education. We offer summertime music instruction for both beginners and experienced student musicians.
Evening Family Programs
Registration is now open for spring Youth Arts Institute classes.
For more information, contact Erica Willis: EricaW@charteroakcenter.org, (860) 310-2590.
See our events calendar for upcoming Youth Arts Institute events.