Dozens of cloth pieces adorn the walls, hang from the ceiling, or are folded neatly in display cases in the Widener Gallery at Trinity College. This may sound like a standard stroll through the mall, but the textiles are all from West Africa, on loan from multiple collections.
The items on display are woven, stamped, appliqued, and resist-dyed textiles, made from cotton, rayon, and wool. One tunic is also composed of goat skin and colobus monkey fur.
A man’s smock, from Cameroon, combines woven fiber with human hair. The ceremonial garment would have been worn at funerals for VIPs.
Wrappers and blankets vary from colorful, to subdued, to simply indigo and white.
The It’s a Wrap exhibit hasn’t wrapped up yet– you have until March 14, 2015 to view the textiles in the Austin Arts Center.
On March 5th at 3 p.m. a gallery talk will be held in the Widener Gallery. Continue reading 'West African Textiles at Trinity'»
Art Sled Derby 2014
Each month we collect and search for events happening in Hartford, but there comes a time when a relationship feels like the give and take is not balanced. So, we decided for February to only publish events that were sent in. If this list looks sparse, that is why. It shows how much is sought out, rather than submitted.
If you want your organization’s events posted in the future, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of each month. For instance, if you have an event in March, get that info to us by February 25.
- The Other Son screens at the Wadsworth Atheneum today at 2. This film, presented with Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc., is about two men — one Israeli, one Palestinian — who were accidentally switched at birth. $9 general admission.
- The Hartford Jazz Society, WWUH 91.3FM, and Hartford Public Library present another afternoon of music. The Baby Grand Jazz series is sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. What this means? You can show up at the Hartford Public Library at 3 today and enjoy an hour of music by Jolie Rocke Brown without any admission fee. Show up early to claim your seat.
- Our Balls Are Inflated at the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. Doors open at 6p.m. This is a community viewing of the Super Bowl. They say, “Not a football fan? Come anyway. Watch Idina Menzel perform the National Anthem, John Legend will sing and Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz do the half time show, and of course, all those commercials that people will be talking about for days afterwards.” There will be some snacks and soda provided. Visitors are welcome to bring own food/drink, but no alcoholic beverages. The HGLHC is located at 1841 Broad Street. Continue reading 'February 2015 Events'»
In a message sent to the Trinity College community today, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney announced that the institution won the bid for 200 Constitution Plaza. Though the college would not be relocating as a whole to Downtown, how it does intend to use the property remains up for discussion. Here is the letter:
I am pleased to share with you a strategic move on behalf of Trinity College. Last week a local alumnus alerted us to an educational facility in downtown Hartford that was placed into auction this week. We followed up with multiple site visits and asked the Trustees to support a bid for the property. We have just received notification that we are the winning bidder for 200 Constitution Plaza. This long-term strategic move aligns with our goal for urban engagement and collaborative partnerships in Hartford.
Having a downtown footprint will allow us to connect our students with the heart of the city and its endless possibilities for internships, educational partnerships and interactive learning. It opens the door to new relationships for our whole community, including faculty, staff and local alumni.
This building was used at one time by the Traveler’s Insurance Company as its corporate training and educational facility and is well-suited to educational needs, including a 200-seat amphitheater, multiple classrooms, lounge areas, a library and a teleconference center. The size and location of the building will enable us to lease space that we choose not to occupy, and thus could provide revenue enhancement for the College. Continue reading 'One More College Adding Its Presence to Downtown Hartford'»
The Reverend Allison Read, Trinity College Chaplain, gives the invocation
President Joanne Berger-Sweeney is cheered as she proceeds toward the stage to the beats of the Samba Ensemble’s rendition of a Processional and Bassa Song from Liberia
Joanne Berger-Sweeney was inaugurated as Trinity College’s 22nd president this past weekend.
Her leadership presents many firsts for the college. Among the ways in which she is breaking ground, the soundtrack during the community reception was upbeat and strong: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and Black Eyed Peas. Continue reading 'New Leadership, Era for Trinity College'»
Robert Cotto, Jr.
What does it mean when changes to educational policy that begin in urban districts go on to shape the policy for schools statewide?
That was a question asked by Robert Cotto, Jr. in his talk: “Connecticut Catches a Case of the G.E.R.M.” at Trinity College as part of the Center for Urban and Global Studies’ Global Vantage Point Lecture Series.
The G.E.R.M. referred to is the global education reform movement, which he said “pushes a prescribed curriculum” and includes “test-based accountability and control.”
“We think the suburbs is where where the action” is in terms of changes to education policy, Cotto said, but cities are where the theories get tested.
In 2012, Gov. Malloy declared that it was the “Year of Education Reform” and unveiled six principles. Of those, three were already being practiced in Hartford and New Haven; New Haven was already using test-based teacher evaluations, and both cities had limited expansion of preschool programs and limited use of conditional funding.
The Hartford and New Haven models “appeared” to be successful, but Cotto chalked that up to what he calls “addition through subtraction,” or test scores getting an artificial boost when students with disabilities no longer had to take the same standardized test. Continue reading 'G.E.R.M. in Connecticut Education'»