The Greater Hartford Arts Council (Arts Council) hosted a reception at “The Art Room” to recognize the 2018 “Arts + Wellness” grant recipients and increase awareness of these organizations’ works. The Arts Council also acknowledged UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring this program since its inception in 2016. Both Arts Council CEO Cathy Malloy and UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions president and Arts Council board member Chris McGoldrick shared how inspired they were by the work that these organizations do and even more significantly by the individuals who participate in these programs. Grants were awarded to Hartford Artisans Weaving Center’s “Building Block Weaves: A Weaving Project for Seniors and the Blind,” Easterseals’ Camp Hemlocks Arts Enrichment Program, Nourish My Soul’s “Junior Chef Boot Camp” and Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s “Watoto Arts Outreach.” Each organization shared the work they were doing with the grant funds to help improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities from weaving scarves to making jewelry and decorative masks to enabling individuals to do things they never thought possible, like dance and painting. For more information on these grants and other Arts Council programs, visit www.LetsGoArts.org
. Also, mark your calendars as Hartford joins hundreds of cities worldwide for “Make Music Day,” coordinated by the Arts Council, on June 21.