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

Student Events and Programs 2016

Winter Workshops begin January 12
New Seeds Music Showcase Friday, March 18
6:00 pm
Young Urban Voices Saturday, March 19
2:00 pm
Piano Recitals May 12, 13
6:00 pm
Music Showcase Saturday, May 21
10:00 am
Yaboo Rite of Passage Ceremony Tuesday June 7
6:30 pm
Student Showcase FestivalTuesday, June 7
6:30 pm
Saturday, June 11
2:00 pm
Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment Training Program, Rites of Passage and Neighborhood Studios Summer Program July 5 - August 12
O-H-A-T-A-C (Open House At The Artists Collective) Sunday, November 20
2:00 pm
Pre-Kwanzaa / Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 17
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Jackie McLean International Arts Festival 2016

Music in the Atrium
A new music series showcasing Greater Hartford's diverse, talented groups representing many genres of music. Mix, mingle, enjoy!

XY ELi Band
Friday, February 26
6:00 - 10:00pm

XY Eli Williams, originally from Savannah, Ga., began his musical journey at his grandfather's church, before moving to Hartford in 1967. Since the 1960's, Eli has played in many bands. In addition to leading his own band, he also teaches blues guitar and history of the blues. Eli is preserving and perpetuating one of America's original art forms. His music is deeply grounded in the tradition of the blues, inspired by the architects of the music such as: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and the Masters that came before. Eli's repertoire also pays homage to contemporary artists like Jimi Hendrix, who came from the blues idiom and expanded it to another level, inspiring the next generation of musicians in America and around the world.

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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and Dance Performances, along with artist comments