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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.

Gather at the Ancient Burying Ground near First Church of Christ (Center Church) on Gold street at 5:30 pm.  After honoring the spirits of the African American slaves buried there, participants will walk back to  Charter Oak for the celebration.
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BOTS Graduation

Join Us May 21 | 7 pm

It is graduation season and we have a special one.
The public is invited to watch the third graduation ceremony of Charter Oak Cultural Center’s BOTS Center for Creative Learning, a school for people experiencing homelessness.
The ceremony is 7 pm, Thursday, May 21 at the center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford.
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Students completed 96 hours of instruction in courses such as poetry, photo journalism storytelling and American Sign Language. Rabbi Donna Berman, the center’s executive director, teaches a return-to-learning college preparatory course.
The Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best, president of the Conference of Churches, will give the keynote address. The Rev. Damaris Whittaker, minister of the United Church of Christ-Center Church, will deliver the benediction.
Charter Oak’s Hartford All City Youth orchestra, BOTS alumus Sal Pinna, violinist and teacher Kaela Krystal, and the center’s music director, Susan Mazer, will perform.
Hartford quilting artist EdJohnetta Miller created silk stoles for the graduates.
Instructors, who volunteer their time, include: columnist Susan Campbell, who is teaching at Central Connecticut State University; Professors Mohammad Ayoub and Aida Mansoor of Hartford Seminary; and Morgan Ferrarotti, director of corporate responsibility at The Hartford.
Graduates are: Louisa Barton Duguay, Linda Lee, Joseph Brodeur, George Sterling, and Cynthia Hudson.
A reception follows.

Community Youth-Programs

Read It & Sleep

Friday | March 13 | 7 pm | Free

Wear your cozy clothes and bring your parents for our monthly “Read It and Sleep.”

This month’s reader is Ari Blechner of West Hartford, who will be joined by his family.   They will read “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt De La Peña.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Peña’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The first 25 families  can take home a copy of the book.

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Monday Night Dinner Moved To Tuesday

Our monthly community dinner, prepared and served by volunteers from Beth El Temple, is moved to Tuesday, Feb. 10, because of snowy weather.

Community Youth-Programs

Read It And Sleep

Friday, Jan. 16 | 7 pm | FREE

Wear your cozy clothes and bring your parents for our monthly “Read It and Sleep”

This month’s book is “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, who grew up in Springfield, Mass. His story is a warning about not respecting nature. Twin sisters Jillian and Nicole Selig of West Hartford are this month’s readers.

Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Each family can take home a copy of the book.

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Kwanzaa Joins First Night Celebration

New Year’s Eve | 6 to 8 pm

Sankofa Kuumba presents its annual Kwanzaa celebration at Charter Oak Cultural Center as part of First Night Hartford, running from 6 to 8 pm.  Learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa through the artistic gifts of story, song and dance. This community celebration has the theme of Faith or Imani, the 7th principle of Kwanzaa. This annual event also pays homage to both recent and ancient ancestors: family, friends, artists and community leaders who paved the way and will honor the artists who have participated in the past 25 years of public Kwanzaa celebrations initiated by Sankofa Kuumba.

Thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Council for its support of Kwanzaa.

Community Music

Holiday Sing Along

Thursday | Dec. 11 | 7 pm

“Annie” is supporting our 4th Community Sing Along.
We’re giving out movie passes, T-shirts and stuffed animals. The film opens Dec. 19.
The Susans will lead us. Susan Campbell – book author, college professor and community activist -joins with Susan Mazer, director of Charter Oak’s music programs, in some of your favorite holiday songs.
Bring some baked goods to share and we’ll provide the beverages.
Suggested donation: $5

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Celebrations Community Youth-Programs

Read It And Sleep

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
7:00 pm


WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen lit up the Internet when he interviewed his daughters Eva and Sadie about a sister haircut gone very wrong. Now he’s written a book about it. Come over to Charter Oak Cultural Center Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm, and Jeff will read the book. Kids, bring your parents. Snacks served. Each family can take home a copy of the book.


The Beat: Spoken Word

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


An evening of original poetry and short stories by local wordsmiths. Hosted by Ralph Gagliardo aka RJ Wordsmyth. Features poets published in the Beat of the Street newspaper. Read about it: See more here:

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Celebrations Community

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Sunday, November 9, 2014 5:30 pm

Sunday, November 9, 2014
5:30 pm

Our annual remembrance of the two nights in 1938 that began the Holocaust.
Kristallnacht translates to “Night of Broken Glass.” Throughout Nazi Germany and Austria paramilitary forces and civilians smashed the windows of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues.
Join us for a night of prayer, music and dance, followed by a community meal.
The remembrance will be interpreted for the deaf.

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