Hartford Changemakers

Documentary Photography Exhibit

Photograph by Jasmine Jones

The Hartford Changemakers project celebrates Hartford Black, Latinx and Indigenous historical changemakers as well as our own neighborhood stories and visions of shaping the history of Hartford through art and creativity.

This summer Hartford photographer Jasmine Jones led a documentary photography workshop as part of the program and encouraged participants to capture compelling, authentic moments at locations across the city. Select images from the participants will be included in this exhibit.

Exhibit Opening: November 14th, 4-6 pm

Dwight Library

17 New Park Ave.

Exhibit up until December 16th

Photography by:

Connor-Ethan Galarza, Sam Arias, Fatima Briley, Jasmine Jones, Syeita Rhey-Fisher, James Baldwin, Andre Rochester

Jasmine Jones, series instructor, is a photographer and filmmaker from Hartford. Her work focuses on daily life, overlooked moments and ignored communities. She is the founder and publisher of Aislin Magazine, an arts and culture magazine based in Hartford.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month


Toni Jensen

This is a powerful and poetic memoir from an Indigenous women sharing her memories and experiences with gun violence.

"A meditative exploration of people and place that shows what it means to live and survive.” — Library Journal

"An unsettling account that creeps into your bones.” — The New York Times Book Review

Almanac of the Dead

Leslie Marmon Silko

A haunting, epic novel about people caught between two cultures and two times.

"It’s brisk and gorgeous ... and it will sweep you off your feet." — The New York Times Book Review

"It's simply splendid, and I can't stress too much how happy I am to have this book in the world." — Toni Morrison

Sing. Dance. Juggle.

We know Hartford has talent – let’s find it and celebrate it! 

All ages are welcome to audition! Talents may include, but are not limited to: singing, dancing, instrumental music, skits, magic, comedy, martial arts or juggling. Those who advance are eligible for cash prizes and a chance to compete on stage at The Bushnell! Stop by one of the auditions this month:


Singers, Rappers, Groups Auditions

November 12th, 12-4 pm

Downtown Library, Center for Contemporary Culture

Dancers, Musicians and Unique Talents

November 19th, 12-4 pm

Downtown Library, Atrium

Register or learn more HERE.

Calling all artists submit to the ArtWalk today!

ArtWalk offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in Greater Hartford. The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply to be included in the 2023-24 ArtWalk season. Submission deadline is December 1st. Submission info and guidelines HERE.

Final Days of Visual Narratives exhibit by Brigid Kennedy

Exhibit Closing on November 13th

ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Film screening & director's talk back

Stewards of the Land

Stewards of the Land is a documentary about three young landless ecological farmers in Puerto Rico striving to produce healthy food for local consumption. The film's director, Juan Manuel Pagán Teitelbaum, will be present for a talk back after the screening.

Thursday, November 10th: 5-7:30 pm

Downtown Library, Center for Contemporary Culture

500 Main St.

Hartford Reads in Color

Hartford Reads In Color Book Club discussion

'The Light We Carry' by Michelle Obama

Saturday, November 26th

1-3:30 pm

Zoom and in person

Downtown Library

500 Main St.

In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, No. 1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

Register HERE.

Just Art is back

Just Art is an open art studio with lots of art supplies and experienced artists to help you with your project! Artist/mentor Sonyetta Strickland will be there to make art with you. No registration is necessary and all ages are welcome.

Downtown Library, Atrium

500 Main St.

Fridays 2-4 pm

Nov 18th, Nov 25th, Dec 2nd, Dec 6th, Dec 9th, Dec 16th

We're looking for you

Join our team!

We've got job openings in administration, facilities, security, adult education and more.

Check out our many opportunities for all backgrounds HERE.

Come make a difference in your community!

Security officer training program

Our one-day program qualifies candidates to apply for a Security Officer ID card, issued by the State of Connecticut.

More info and full schedule of classes HERE.

Honoring our veterans

Join us on Thursday, November 10th to make a pin for a veteran

Dwight Library

3-4:30 pm

7 New Park Ave.

More info HERE.

When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry

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