What were the specific goals of this creative economy project? Describe the community development challenge or opportunity that your project was designed to address:
Project Goals include:
• Build a strong sense of community identity and pride
• Bring people together who might not otherwise come into contact with each other
• Further the conversation on the dynamics of community
• Inspire others to help make Hartford safer, stronger, and more vibrant
• Draw visitors from around the region to the City of Hartford
• Create a shared artistic experience that will become a powerful uniting force for the City of
• Introduce an innovative art form yet to be seen in our region
Numerous studies show the arts greatly enhance the quality of our lives. They make us richer, not only financially but also culturally and creatively. Pivotal Hartford will:
• Help preserve our cultural heritage and support ethnic diversity
• Help establish community through the sharing of arts and culture
• Provide a creative outlet and a means to engage our youth
• Create and inform civic dialogue
If the goals change over time, please describe how:
What has been an unexpected surprise is the connections that were made within the project of various people and groups who were featured. Also once people saw the promo there has now been a huge positive response and community excitement surrounding the project and we have had multiple requests to move the project to different locations within the City after the run at the Bushnell..
Link to promo here:
Who was involved in this project and what did they do? (be sure to include the partners from outside of the creative sector and how local voices were included):
Ruedi Hofmann, Photographer
Daniel Salazar III, Filmaker
Tricia Haggerty Wenz-Producer
Kate Wilson Producer
Raine Ramse, Sound
Community Solutions, Inc
Stakeholders and Sponsors include;
Mayor of Hartford
Max Restaurant Group
Marshall Rubin, LLC
How does this project relate to a larger community development strategy?
Through the Greater Hartford Arts Council's leadership a key strategy of Hartford is to utilize the power of the arts to improve the City, celebrate the unique cultural diversity, educate families, create an economic “ripple effect” to make Hartford a vibrant, wonderful place to live, work and visit.
We believe creating a unique and innovative project such as PIVOTAL HARTFORD seamlessly fits into the larger community goals around the arts by celebrating amazing people in the City and creating a project that encourages tourisms, and hopefully begins a new conversation around Hartford, one that talks about hope and possibilities.
What projects or places, if any, inspired your approach to this creative economy project?
PIVOTAL Newburgh inspired PIVOTAL Hartford.. being a part of that project I was able to witness some amazing things happen. It was the largest art opening I ever attended in Newburgh with the most diverse crowd.. when premiering the Newburgh film people cheered at what was on the screen and were inspired to help make a difference in their community! Everyone matters.. everyone has something to give back and that is what this project showcases through amazing art. We did PIVOTAL HARTFORD because we believe in the transformative power of the arts, and the power each of us has to make a difference in our community. Through Pivotal Hartford we are so excited to combine these beliefs in such an beautiful, inspiring and innovative way.