Connecticut Historical Society
About Connecticut Historical Society
The Connecticut Historical Society is home to the CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program, a statewide initiative that locates, documents, assists, and presents many of Connecticut's finest community based folk and traditional artists. The artists in our program work in many genres both familiar (painting, dance, storytelling) and unfamiliar (lace-making, weaving, drum-making). Their art forms derive directly from the cultural expressions of their ethnic groups and communities. Our artists come from groups who have recently settled here as immigrants and refugees, as well as from communities who have been in this area for a long time. They have remarkable artistic and technical skills that reflect the history and heritage of our neighborhoods and schools, making their presentations very rich and often familiar to students. Traditional arts can teach across disciplines such as geography, history, physics, literature, and language arts, and also encourage healthy social values. We offer 5 programs through Hartford Performs - weaving from Burma and Bosnia, music from Uganda, Caribbean Carnival arts, and Laotian arts and dance. Our artists are presented by Lynne Williamson (Facilitator), a museum curator, ESOL teacher, and folklorist who directs the statewide CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program. She has produced study guides as a learning tool for each program. Support for development of our in-school programs has been made possible through the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.