HOT Schools arts integration in action: Ashford School nature walk

In this video, we take a late October evening walk along the wooded nature trail at Ashford School to view artfully illuminated pumpkins, drawings, and nature poetry created by second grade HOT Schools student-artists. In this HOT Schools Fall 2022 AIR (Arts Integrated Residency) “Autumn Inspirations: Exploring Nature Through the Arts,” students studied the environmental

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AFLCT Staff and TAs celebrate in Bridgeport

This weekend Arts for Learning Connecticut staff and Teaching Artists got together for a fall picnic in Bridgeport’s beautiful Beardsley Park. Joined by family and friends (four-legged and otherwise!), we spent the afternoon enjoying delicious food and rhythmic tunes from the impromptu drum circle. AFLCT intends to host these gatherings in cities and regions across

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“Emerge” – Training and mentorship program for emerging Teaching Artists

The application period for the 2023 Emerge Pilot Cohort is now closed. Emerge is Arts for Learning Connecticut’s training and mentorship program for emerging Teaching Artists. This program advances arts in education by promoting collaboration between classroom teachers and Teaching Artists and ensuring successful learning outcomes for students. We accomplish this by providing meaningful learning

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AFLCT to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Arts for Learning Connecticut has been approved for a $35,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools. As a part of AFLCT’s whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program, this project will support professional development in Social and Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching,

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Rachna Agrawal named to International Dance Council!

AFLCT Teaching Artist Rachna Agrawal has been named to the International Dance Council, CID UNESCO. From the organization’s website: “CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. It

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Calling all Ion Bank Customers! Vote for AFLCT!

The Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards Program gives away $70,000 to local non-profit organizations with each Ion Bank customer eligible to vote for their favorite non-profit organization. AFLCT is not only a customer of Ion Bank but also a recipient of program grant funds, and we are grateful for their support and the work they do

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CT Cultural Fund awards $45,000 to AFLCT

On December 22, 2021, AFLCT was one of 624 cultural organizations across the state selected to receive an operating support grant through the CT Humanities CT Cultural Fund! We would like to thank our legislators, including State Representative Josh Elliott and State Senator Martin Looney, for helping make this generous funding available. A full press

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AFLCT Teaching Artists in the news!

We’re proud to share some exciting news and engagements for a number of AFLCT’s Teaching Artists. First, Khaiim Kelly, (AKA Self Suffice the RapOet), has been named Hartford’s first-ever troubador! According to city commissioner of cultural affairs Richard Hollant, “On top of having tremendous talent, with a lyrical spirit that’s so far advanced and sophisticated,

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