1200 Albany Ave.
Hartford, CT 06112
(860) 527-3205



Summer Program: July & August six week work training program trains students in dance, African percussion, martial arts, choral vocal, music (advanced instrumentalists) and drama. In addition to the actual training, several hours are devoted to the cultural aspects of these art forms and information which includes: history, sexual morality, AIDS prevention, nutrition, cleanliness of body and mind, and drug abuse awareness. Lecturers are invited as role models to speak on these various topics. Strong emphasis is given to developing a work ethic. Camp Culture Program is a tuition program for youth 8 to 13 years of age and the Summer Youth Emplopyment Training Program for youth 14 to 18.

Regular Training Program: open to adults and children, this program offers diversified courses for performing arts training. Dance Department programs include African, jazz, tap modern, ballet, martial arts and African percussion. The Drama Department offers a children's workshop in script reading, writing and basic theater techniques. The Music Department sponsors private and group instrument lessons (reeds, brass, percussion, vocal and group improvisation). Music theory classes are taught in conjunction with instrument training.

Performing Ensembles: the Artists Collective has developed several student performing ensembles in the music and dance departments that perform throughout Connecticut. Dance department ensembles include the Children's Performing Ensemble (students 10-13 years of age), the Choreographer's Workshop (advanced students 13-18 years of age), the African Connection (adults) and special staff lecture demonstrations and performances. Through special funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Youth Orchestra (advanced students 13-19 years of age) and the Youngin's Orchestra (students 10-12 years of age) have been developed. Other ensembles in the music department are the Junior Jazz Woodwind and Brass Ensemble (advanced students), the Explorers, the Collective Expression (both former students and instructors) the Renaissance Adult and the Children's Voices Choruses.

After School Program: this program, initially begun with special funding from the United Parcel Service and continues with funding from the State of Connecticut's Department of Children and Family Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts-in Education Program and other foundations, is a cooperative venture with the Hartford Public School system and transports elementary and middle school students to the Artist Collective afternoons for performing arts training in African percussion, dance, vocal music and drama. The program is run in trimester periods over the course of the school year and culminates with the Student Festival in June.

Pre-Employment Work- Maturity Skills Program: The Pre-Employment Work Maturity Program designed for at-risk in-school youth 14-15 years of age is conducted October through May and is funded through the Employment Resources Development Agency. This program focuses on positive youth development by providing culturally specific training in dance, drama, and music.

Youth Jazz Orchestras: outstanding young musicians, age 13 to 21, are seleckd to audition for placement in the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Youth Jazz Orchestra, has performed at Artists Collective special events, as well as the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, First Night Hartford and the New England Foundation for the Arts' Jazz Conference in Hartford. The Youngin's Orchestra was established last year and is comprised of 10 music students between the ages of IO and 13 years of age, who sit in with the Youth Jazz Orchestra for rehearsals and perform selected music pieces. A mentoring relationship has been established between the two orchestras.

Dance Ensembles: The Choreographer's Workshop is comprised of selected advanced dance students ages 9 - 17 years of age. This ensemble has performed traditional African, Jazz, and tap throughout Connecticut at schools and civic events. Selected younger dance students, ages 9-13 years make up the Children's Pefforming Ensemble. The Artists Collective's adult dance performing ensemble, African Connection, perfomms predominantly traditional African dance, as well as the dances of the African Diaspora.

Camp Culture: a summer youth camp for children 7 to 13 years of age. Workshops are taught concurrently with the Summer Program for six weeks, also culminating in an end of the year performance.

Dance and Music Residencies and Master Workshops: held several times during the year to serve as mentors to the students and to continue training for our instructors.

Yaboo (Rite of Passage): is based on the African tradition and has been presented annually since 1976. In addition to arts training in dance and African percussion, this program includes a "skills for living" curriculum, which addresses such subjects as study of the family unit, communication, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, finances, housekeeping and taking care of sel£ A main emphasis of the program is family values. Taboo is intended to offer a cultural awareness as well as stabilizing factor for youths and their families. The education component fo the program is conducted in conjunction with the African American History Department of Weaver High School.

Special Events: the Artists Collective presents a variety of special events for the public including concerts by world renowned jazz artists, jazz sessions, productions from the dance and drama departments and visual art exhibitions. Artists who haven been presented through the Special Event program include in music Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach with Aminata Moseka, Nancy Wilson, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Betty Carter, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, B.B. King, Frank Foster's Big Band, "Little Jimmy Scott', Oscar Brown, The Nighty Clouds of Joy, Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Milt Hinton, Arthur Taylor and in dance Pearl Primus, Kevin Jeff, Diane McIntyre, Moi Thiam for master workshops and in concert "Sounds in Motion", Jubilation!, PHILDANCO, Joseph Holmes Company, Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater, Jubilation! Dance Company among others.

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