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.

Summer Program Performance
"Sweet Harlem Suite"

Jimmy Greene, Jackie McLean Memorial Concert 2014

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

Creative Movement performance

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

2014 Student Events and Programs

Fall Workshops begin September 16
New Seeds Music Showcase Friday, March 21
6:00 pm
Young Urban Voices Saturday, March 22
2:00 pm
Piano Recitals May 1–-22
6:00 pm
Music Showcase May 17
10:00 am
Yaboo Rite of Passage Ceremony Tuesday, June 3
5:00 pm
Student Showcase Festival
Tuesday, June 3
6:30 pm
Saturday, June 7
2:00 pm
Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment Training Program, Rites of Passage
and Neighborhood Studios Summer Program TBA
O-H-A-T-A-C (Open House At The Artists Collective) Sunday, November 23
2:00 pm
Pre-Kwanzaa / Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 20
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Jackie McLean International Arts Festival 2014

University of Connecticut Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Master workshop, lecture demonstrations @ the Artists Collective
Tuesday, January 7
1:30 - 7:00 pm

Preserving the important oral and musical history of traditional New Orleans brass band music is the mission of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. They also incorporate contemporary popular music into their repertoire.

Nat King Cole Remembered
"A Love Affair"
Cabaret Musical Performance
Featuring Adam Wade with Frank Owens, piano
Saturday, February 15
6:00 pm

Hosted by Artists Collective Board of Directors

As a recording artist, crooner and actor, Adam Wade, enjoyed a string of hits, which include,"Tell Her For Me," "Take Good Care of Her," "As If I Didn't Know" and "The Writing On The Wall." Adam Wade was the first African American to host the game show CBS "Musical Chairs." The series was recorded at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, currently the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Mr. Wade also starred on daytime television soap operas such as Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light and also on primetime shows, including Hill Street Blues, The Dukes of Hazard, Law & Order and many more. Adam's comedic talent came to light on Sanford and Son, What's Happening, The Jeffersons, Good Times and others. His film credits include classics such as Come Back Charleston Blue, Shaft, Claudine and many more.  Broadway audiences last saw Adam Wade in I'm Not Rappaport and touring in the first national production of The Color Purple.  Mr. Wade also shared the stage in Staggerlee with Ruth Brown, Same Time Next Year with Della Reese, Guys & Dolls with Leslie Uggams and many others. Legendary pianist, Frank Owens, will accompany Adam Wade during this magical performance.
Advance ticket sales only: $75 (Until Thursday February 13)
Tickets available at: The Artists Collective (860) 527-3205


Jackie McLean Memorial Celebration


Wednesday,  May 14, 2014
*  Artists Collective Theater *
1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nelson Mandela Remembered
An inspirational evening of reflection and music dedicated to the anti-apartheid revoluntionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Mandela died in December 2013. The program will feature South African born Andrea Van Den Heever, the founder of the, CT Center for a New Economy, along with Kathleen S. Santiago, President, CT Chapter Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Bill Shortell, Machinists Union, John Fussell, Tree of Life, and Dan Durant, Hartford Rising.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
*  Artists Collective Atrium *
1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

African American Connecticut Explored
* Panel Discussion * Book Signing * Reception

Considered the first book for a general readership to present an overview of more than 300 years of the African American experience in Connecticut, numerous essays by many of the state's leading historians document an array of subjects beginning from the earliest years of the state's colonization around 1630 and continuing well into the 20th century.  Panelists for this thought-provoking and enlightening historical journey will feature some of New England's foremost African American historians, including Stacy Close, Eastern Connecticut State University, Katherine Harris, Central Connecticut State University, Wm. Frank Mitchell, Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and moderator Elizabeth Normen, editor of the volume, and publisher of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history.  The panel discussion will be followed by a reception. Books will be for sale and the authors will be available to sign.

Free and open to the public. 


Friday, May 16, 2014
Artists Collective Atrium *
1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UCONN Funky Dawgz

The UCONN Funky Dawgz return for a participatory Second Line presentation outside and inside of the Artists Collective.  This innovative and exciting brass band is based on the New Orleans genre. The Funky Dawgz are entertaining and educational while preserving an important piece of American musical history. 

Free and open to the public.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
* Artists Collective Theater *
1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford
8:00 pm

The Jimmy Greene Quartet

Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive presence in the jazz world. His nine solo releases and numerous appearances as a leader and sideman have won rave reviews from critics, fans and his peers. As a composer, he has been recognized by the ASCAP/IAJE, Chamber Music America, the State of Connecticut, City of Hartford, to name a few.  

Jeff Watts, drums * John Patitucci, bass * Renee Rosnes, piano

Concert tickets: $30 advance general * $35 at the door 


Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund
The Sweet Sue Special Band
Saturday, September 20 @ 8pm

Free Community Concert

Saxophonist, clarinetist, Sue Terry, has played, and recorded with a variety of notable Jazz artists including Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Clifford Jordan,Wynton Marsalis,and Peggy Stern to name a few. She’s been a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops, and has performed worldwide at venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, Quasimodo in Berlin, Germany, Marian's Jazzclub in Bern, Switzerland, and Spice of Life in London, UK. In the States, she has been a frequent performer at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. 'Sweet' Sue Terry travels frequently to South America where she is Artist-in-Residence at the Jazz Society of Ecuador. In 2014, she collaborated with American film director, Ashley Rogers, and Venezuelan cinematographer Hernán Salcedo to create a 9-minute documentary short, The Source. The film features her advice to artists of all stripes, and includes stunning shots of Ecuador as well as live music scenes with some of the country's up and coming musicians. "Sweet" Sue Special Band: Bob Cranshaw, bass, Steve Johns, drums, and Vic Juris, guitar.

Free passes for the “Sweet” Sue Special Band are available in advance at the Artists Collective and will also be available at the door. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, there is no reserved seating. Call (860) 527-3205 for more information.


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Saturday, November 15
8:00 pm

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in the traditions of African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. Collaborating with nationally-renowned choreographers across the spectrum of modern, ballet, and African dance, DRDT's work reflects many voices in contemporary life.

Chicago's premier contemporary dance theater is steeped in the African-American aesthetic. Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) performs the works of renowned choreographers, tours nationally and internationally, and produces two seasons annually in Chicago.

Advance tickets: $15
At the door: $20
Group discount for 10 or more

Tickets available at the Artists Collective (860) 527-3205

*Master workshop Friday, November 14 - call for more information

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


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