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That’s the latest for the State Street Mural Project, a collaboration among the Bradley Street Bicycle Co-Op (BSBC), Arts For Learning Connecticut, the Upper State Street Association (USSA) and local artists Alex Novak and Anika Stewart. Earlier this year, the project received $8,000 from the Could Be Fund, a project of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative. As they work to reach matching funds by the end of the fiscal year, artists plan to begin priming at the end of the month.

"Drums Shake Hamden" Article
"Drums Shake Hamden" Article

Taikoza, our Japanese drumming group recently performed in Hamden. Check out this article in The New Haven Independent

Ion Bank Community Awards Program
Ion Bank Community Awards Program

You can help us earn grant money!

Voting has begun for the 10th Annual Community Awards Program so please help us earn grant money! We will receive a $25 donation from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote we receive! Every vote counts! If you are an Ion Bank customer, please visit to vote until March 31, 2019.

Voting is open to all Ion Bank customers. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one organization.

New Artists, New Programs!
New Artists, New Programs!

Arts for Learning CT is excited to welcome aboard a slew of new artists, as well as new programming from veteran artists! Let's welcome African Drummer Bolokada Conde, Environmental Entertainer Billy B from Young Audiences of MA, Spoken Word Artist and Poet Sharmont "Influence" Little, Author and Visual Arts Teacher Susan Striker, and Author and Motivational Speaker Theresa Mackiewicz! Also featured on our website are new programs from Kahana Hula, Laughing Matters, and Turtle Dance Music!

One of our new Roster Artists and former special educator Theresa Mackiewicz is speaking to children with special needs in a new way. Her book "Scribbles" is giving them a voice. "Scribbles is a young girl who struggles in school. She would rather draw her favorite animal, frogs, all day. Mrs. Sunshine notices her struggle and guides her in her schoolwork so she can feel successful in both environments: school and drawing," Mackiewicz wrote.

Artist Nate Barnes in the news
Artist Nate Barnes in the news

Musician Nate Barnes is working on a new tech venture that makes music production accessible for blind people. Check him out

Also watch this video of song "Kiss for the last time," featuring Nate and his former student Kayla Carategena -

2018 Performing Artist of the Year is Surcari
2018 Performing Artist of the Year is Surcari

Arts for Learning CT is proud to announce our 2018 Performing Artist of the year: Surcari! Surcari has exploded this year with great demand from schools for their irresistible Latin American beats. Surcari's joyful yet intense musical style introduces students to instrumental and vocal music from the Spanish Caribbean, South America, Spain and Mexico.

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