Holocaust Memorial at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford and plaster model of same sculpture. Elbert Weinberg collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library.



Join us for another season of Encounters, which is a forum for public dialogue around important topics and issues of our times. The fall 2019 season kicks off with themes in Black and indigenous history, religion, and art.
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Uncovering Their History

Discover more about the individuals of Hartford's earliest African American and Native American communities.
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Hartford Artisan Weavers: Not Your Grandmother’s Weaving

The scarves, towels, shawls, wall hangings, and other items on display are the creations of 36 artisans, all of whom have low vision, no vision or are over 55 years of age.
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ArtWalk: Among Friends, Ed Johnetta Miller

Among Friends is a retrospective of Ed Johnetta Miller's life work with a focus on pieces that speak to my close, beloved ties to the Hartford community.
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Linda Martin, Sharing Stories

Many contemporary fiber artists, such as Linda F. Martin, use quilts as a way to commemorate important figures, tell folklore, share history, and speak to contemporary social justice issues.
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ArtWalk: BEYOND SURFACE, Brian McClear

Join us for the opening reception of BEYOND SURFACE, with tattoo portraits and still life paintings by Brian McClear.
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Faith Church: 200 Years

Faith Congregational Church, formerly Talcott Street Congregational Church is celebrating 200 years of existence and social justice work in the City of Hartford and beyond.
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March / April 2019 Focus: Stories of Incarceration

Join us for two months of exhibitions and programming around stories of incarceration in the state of Connecticut.
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Breaking Barriers

Join us for a conversation on African American leaders featured in Breaking Barriers, Aetna’s 2017 publication celebrating 35 years of African American leadership in our country. Breaking Barriers features local community change makers Charmaine Craig, a.k.a. Hartford’s Tree Lady, and Patricia Kelly, founder and CEO of the Ebony Horsewomen. Both Hartford women will be joining the Library in conversation about the challenges they faced in making change. The discussion will be moderated by Floyd W. Green, Vice President and head of Community Activation and Local Marketing, Aetna.
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Hartford Hip Hop: 1981 – 1991

Learn more about the Hartford Hip Hop Digital Stories project and view photographs, flyers, newspaper articles, and footage from Hartford's early hip hip scene, with a particular focus on the 1970s and '80s arts organization Peace Train's Breaking and Popping All-Stars and hip hop exhibitions that were curated at Real Art Ways in 1981 and 1991.
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