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2018 Applications Now Available! Deadline: April 6

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Neighborhood Studios
is the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s award-winning summer arts apprenticeship program, offering a one-of-a-kind learning experience in the arts, providing Greater Hartford teens with paid, hands-on artistic training and valuable career skills essential to today’s workforce. For six weeks each summer, the program sends participating teens to art studios at cultural organizations throughout Hartford, uniting both students and their families to the city’s diverse arts and cultural community.

Each studio provides specific training in a different art form and students work as paid apprentices alongside Master Teaching Artists. Apprentices also participate in weekly career skills workshops on resume building, financial literacy, interviewing and networking skills. Apprentices receive a weekly stipend of $100 per week for six weeks. This program takes place from June 25 – August 3, 2018. Apprentices are selected from across the Arts Council's 34-town service area, providing an opportunity for teenagers to learn from others with different cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds. 

2018 Studio Partners 

The Arts Council is proud to partner with 6 local arts and cultural institutions to offer the following studio programs:

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture — SNAP! Photography
Under the guidance of a master teaching artist and the SNAP! Photography studio team, apprentices will improve their skills and knowledge of photography. Apprentices will learn about the history of photography, how to operate a camera, and how to design and install a photography exhibit. Apprentices will learn how to use digital and film cameras, how to develop photographs in a darkroom and edit images with Photoshop software. Apprentices will explore the theme “The Journey of Words to Images.”
See photographs from the apprentices that tell their stories

Hartford Stage — Breakdancing Shakespeare
Breakdancing Shakespeare apprentices participate in all-day rehearsals and workshops with master teaching artists, including breakdancing techniques, physical and vocal characterization, movement, and interpretation of classical text and use these skills to put a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play. What culminates is an exciting, high-energy public performance that makes Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages.
Watch the apprentices in action as they perform Hamlet

The Mark Twain House & Museum — Write to the Point! 
How does living in Connecticut shape who you are as a writer? If you become famous, what would you preserve and collect for "the museum of you"? How are objects the focus of writing? Through poetry and creative nonfiction, apprentices will explore the role of time and place on a writer's work. Working with Master Teaching Artists and museum staff, and through mapping, study in The Mark Twain House & Museum, and writing exercises, apprentices will compose and perform pieces exploring place and identity.
Listen to stories from the apprentices.

TheaterWorks – Making a Scene 
Making a Scene will prepare teens for careers in theatrical production through hands-on artistic training that will take place in a variety of venues: classroom to shop, shop to stage. Apprentices will engage in the design process by witnessing the production team at TheaterWorks and also imagining their own visions, and learning about different tools used in scenic construction. Creative energy and willingness to try new things are required as Master Teaching Artist Michael Lenaghan and the professional staff at TheaterWorks guide apprentices through the process of designing and building scenery for the stage.

Real Art Ways — Eye on Video
The Eye on Video program is an unparalleled opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking under the guidance of a Master Teaching Artist and other professionals in the field. Eye on Video includes professional camera and computer operation, digital video production, editing with Adobe Creative Suites, and screenwriting, storytelling and composition. Apprentices will explore film history, the intricacies of filmmaking and the creative process. Each student will develop an independent project, investigating the language of film and its potential to tell a story. Students will also have the chance to collaborate with each other on partner and small group exercises. Eye on Video emphasizes students’ creation of work, backed by a strong film studies component that highlights cultural film landmarks and contemporary standouts. Apprentices will be asked to reflect on their own cultural backgrounds, and what it means to be a citizen in the media age.
Watch film trailers from the apprentices

Artists Collective — Youth Jazz Orchestra 
Youth Jazz Orchestra apprentices will increase their music abilities to play at a high-level of proficiency by the completion of the Neighborhood Studios program. Alongside professional musicians, apprentices will gain improvisational and solo performance skills, and exposure to traditional African-American music including jazz, blues, gospel and R & B. Apprentices will study music theory, sight-reading, Western classical technique, modern concepts, listen to classic compositions performed by jazz greats, and study the history of Pan-African music. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to apply.
Hear music from the apprentices


Learn about apprentices' experiences on our blog! 



Photos from Neighborhood Studios 2015


Thank you to our funders for supporting the 2018 Neighborhood Studios program:

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Studio Sponsors

Ensworth Charitable Foundation


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