First Lady Michelle Obama presents The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Artists Collective student, Lauren Horn, and Founding Executive Director, Dollie McLean, in the East Room of the White House. Members of the Youth Jazz Orchestra performed with tap dancer, alumni, instructor Corey Hutchins and dance student, Lauren Horn. Lauren has been a student of the Artists Collective since the age of 3.

2015 Summer Program finale' performance
“Songs in the Key of Life"
Teen African Piragramic Dance

Black Wall Street
Jackie McLean Memorial celebration 2015

Yaboo Rites of Passage Council of Elders and Initiates.

2014 Artists Collective, Capital Workforce Partners Summer Program pastel portraits

Wynton Marsalis with Youth Jazz Orchestra students after his benefit concert for musicians of New Orleans held at the Collective.

Steel Pan Student Performance

The great Jack DeJonette sharing knowledge with drum and saxophone members of the Jackie McLean Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Martial Arts Workshop

NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan with The Steve Khun Trio in concert

2015 Summer Program Finale’ Performance
“Songs in the Key of Life” Children African Dance

Group standing with  Josh Groban Artists Collective with Josh Groban, Manchester, New Hampshire as one of 42 organizations nationally to receive a donation from his Find your Light Foundation

2015 Student Events and Programs

Fall Workshops begin September 15
New Seeds Music Showcase Friday, March 27
6:00 pm
Young Urban Voices Saturday, March 28
2:00 pm
Piano Recitals May 7 through May 21
6:00 pm
Music Showcase May 16
10:00 am
Yaboo Rite of Passage Ceremony TBA
5:00 pm
Student Showcase FestivalTuesday, June 2
6:30 pm
Saturday, June 6
2:00 pm
Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment Training Program, Rites of Passage and Neighborhood Studios Summer Program June 29 - August 7
O-H-A-T-A-C (Open House At The Artists Collective) Sunday, November 22
2:00 pm
Pre-Kwanzaa / Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 19
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Jackie McLean International Arts Festival 2015

Jackie McLean Memorial Celebration

In collaboration with Mark Twain House & Museum

Celeste Bedford Walker’s
Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 * 8:00 p.m.
Artists Collective Theater

A powerful new play brings to life a little-known portion of American history during the early 1900s-1920s. In the heartland of America, there was a Black community paradise. In the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, African Americans, Native Americans, and people of Jewish descent developed a networking relationship surpassed by none in modern day history, creating more than 600 businesses. There were 41 grocery stores, 30 restaurants, 6 privately owned airplanes, 5 hotels, 3 schools, 1 hospital with 15 physicians/surgeons, a bank, a bus system, and 2 movie theaters.

It’s June 1, 1921- with an alleged incident involving a white female elevator operator and a Negro “shoe shine boy” which ignited the simmering resentment and jealousies of neighboring white communities. In the aftermath of the worst race riot in US history, the once thriving business district of Greenwood lay, smoldering and totally destroyed.

Black Wall Street is produced by an award-winning creative team featuring Playwright Celeste Bedford Walker, Producer, Director Michael Green, and Executive Producer Voza Rivers. The production comes to life with a cast of award-winning actors and creative team. BLACK WALL STREET has received critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike for its successful run in New York.

Performances will be held at the Artists Collective, located at 1200 Albany Avenue (corner of Woodland Street/Jackie McLean Way) in Hartford. Ample free secure parking is available on-site.

Tickets for Black Wall Street are: $25 for advanced purchase general admission; $20 advance purchase for Artists Collective and Mark Twain House & Museum members, students, seniors and GHAC Lets Go Members; and $30 at the door for all.

Tickets are available via The Mark Twain House & Museum by calling (860) 280-3130 or visiting or by calling the Artists Collective (860) 527-3205. Special Group rate tickets are available. Call the Artists Collective for information.

BLACK WALL STREET is made possible with generous support of: The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund

Doobie Powell
Saturday, September 19 @ 8:00 p.m.
Free Community Concert

Music was a motivating force in Doobie Powell’s life, and his skillful commitment to the art has opened many doors for him to work with the likes of Kim Burrell, the Clark Sisters, Tramaine Hawkins, Kelly Price, Rance Allen, Donald Lawrence, John P. Kee, the late Billy Preston, Mike Phillips, Tye Tribbett, Tonex, The Tommies, Pastor Marvin Winans, Rob Lewis, Alex Ward, Mano Haines, Harry Connick, and Raphael Saadiq, just to name a few. He has performed on and produced many projects for many artists such as Kim Burrell and Harry Connick, Jr. EndFragmentWith five critically-acclaimed independent albums under his belt (found on iTunes), he is well on his way to seeing his mission transform from vision to reality. His goal as a Minister of Music and of the Gospel is to help advance the Kingdom of God by any means necessary.

Free passes for Doobie Powell in concert are available in advance and will also be available at the door.

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and there is no reserved seating. Call (860) 527-3205 for more information.

Music in the Atrium

A new music series showcasing Greater Hartford’s diverse, talented groups representing many genres of music. Mix, mingle, hors d’oeuvres, enjoy!

Tony Harrington and Touch
Friday, October 16
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Tony Harrington and Touch are a multi-faceted band that has performed throughout New England, and the east coast at festivals, corporate events, universities, and night clubs, including Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Resort Casino. Their repertoire includes an array of R & B, Jazz, Motown, and Classic Rock music. The group was established by Tony Harrington in 1985, and continues to be a popular, and in-demand music ensemble.

The Kenny Hamber Show
Friday, November 27
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Kenny Hamber was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Realizing that he was gifted, Kenny started his career at Weldon Baptist Church as lead male vocalist and sang with various Doo-wop groups singing five part harmony. During his career, he has appeared with Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Jean Carn, just to name a few. Kenny Hamber continues to deliver his outstanding vocal qualities to thousands of enthusiastic fans locally, nationally, and around the world. With years of performances, recording, producing and directing behind him, Kenny continues to tour and perform to thrilled audiences everywhere.

Call for more information, (860) 527-3205.

Latanya Farrell
Holiday Celebration Dance
Saturday, December 5
8:00 p.m. - Midnight

Latanya Farrell is a contemporary solo artist, and former Star Search champion from Connecticut, whose vocal stylings have been described as "incredible", "amazing", and "mesmerizing" by critics and audience members alike. Featuring an ensemble of highly talented musicians, her shows encompass a mix of high energy and elegance, and include selections that showcase her unique talents, and capture her wonderful spirit and love for life. With a busy schedule of performances throughout the northeast, Latanya crafts her sets with a skillful selection of soul, blues, jazz, and dance classics along with some of the best known original music from her debut album, "Feelin? Alright"!

Call for more information, (860) 527-3205.

Note: Advance ticket prices are honored until the day of the performance, excluding Sunday, until 2:00 p.m.

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