There are six CVS stores in Hartford. Only one is in a building with any architectural flair, and that downtown location is set to move into another space in the near future. (The one on Washington Street built in place of an historical building that was torn down instead of reused does not count as having character.) Otherwise, the ubiquitous pharmacy with a penchant for dull, box construction — with an easy-to-reverse-your-car-through façade — presents opportunity for visual improvement. This is equally true of other chain stores found in Hartford, from gas stations to doughnut shops.
A CVS on the corner of Thayer and Cushing Street in Providence shows that another reality is possible. CVS paid RISD students to create the mural. It has not been without some controversy, partly because everything just has to be controversial these days, but regardless: Artists were paid. (more…)
Everything I Am Youth Summit: They say that this free event is “designed to enhance, engage and empower youth towards a future of achievement, fulfillment and happiness. Our programs cater to African American, Hispanic and Bi-Racial youth ages 12-19.” There is only room for eight girls, so register. This will be held at Carmen’s Events & Beauty Showroom (942 Main Street) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Goodwin Park Clean-up: Here’s a chance to give back. Bring your own gloves and bags. Refreshments will be provided. 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Yoga in the City: Free yoga in Pope Park (meet on lawn near pond) begins at 11 a.m. This will be taught in English and Spanish. Bring your own mat/towel and water.
This class of about a dozen students kicked off on Monday and will be finishing their small stringed-instruments this weekend. No prior woodworking knowledge or experience was required of participants who have been using both hand and power tools to make their instruments.
On Tuesday, Hartford Board of Education will be considering a resolution to de-magnetize the Journalism & Media Academy on Tower Avenue.
JMA was originally intended as a neighborhood school, as part of Weaver High, just down the road where Tower and Granby Street intersect. In 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education wanted JMA to become a magnet school to serve the Sheff mandate.
Three years later, the Sheff mandate has not been met, and as a side effect, there are empty seats in the school. There are Hartford kids waiting to get into the school. They are waiting solely because those empty seats are held for white and Asian students.
When the decision was made to magnetize it, the plan was to have 400 students enrolled by this school year. The actual number of students at JMA is around 200. (more…)