HARTFORD — Join hundreds of artists, innovators, and advocates on Connecticut Arts Day as the day-long event celebrates how the arts connect to our every day lives.


On March 2, Arts Day celebrates how the arts impact the elderly and veterans, and the community’s social justice, health, and economy, dubbing the theme as “Moving the Arts from Nice, to Necessary.”

“Connecticut has a wealth of cultural gems, large and small, that shine brightly across the state and the nation, but what’s not so well-known is how the arts reach more quietly, deeply, and personally into nearly every aspect of community life,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, director of culture in the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). “We plan to put a spotlight on that very human side to the arts.”

Titus Kaphur, who Time magazine commissioned to create a visual for their cover in light of the Ferguson protests, will be one of many featured on Arts Day.

Titus Kaphur’s work

 Catherine Smith, commissioner of DECD, State Senators Bob Duff and Tony Hwang and State Representative Matt Ritter will speak about the value of the arts to the state.

You can register for Arts Day here, where you’ll also find information about the day’s activities.

Also be sure to “like” the CT Office of the Arts on Facebook and use the hashtag, #CTArtsDay to stay connected throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.ct.gov/cct or call 860-256-2800.