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TWO YEARS IN A ROW!

WINNER! #1 CT Magnet School
Hartford Magazine Reader's Poll

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2014 OUTSTANDING ARTS SCHOOL AWARD!

An Artistic and Academic Immersion

Students interested in the arts will find a professionally oriented, highly structured, and academically rigorous curriculum at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In addition to professional training in vocal and instrumental music, dance, theater, musical theater, creative writing, and visual arts, high school students learn about the history and criticism of the arts and the arts as a mechanism for social justice.

Interested in attending the Arts Academy? Learn about our Open Houses and application process on the Admissions Page.

To download documents like Program of Studies, Student Handbook and Parent Newsletter, visit  Documents Page.  Daily Student Announcements appear on News and Newsletters Page.
 

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ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION IN HARTFORD!
The Theater of the Performing Arts houses a 622-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, a 120-seat flexible theater, classrooms and support spaces. Visit the Theater of Performing Arts Page for event calendar and details. Box Office: 860-757-6388

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


Check out our DAILY STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS that appear on
the School Calendar & News Page.
 

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DOWNLOAD THE NEWEST VERION OF PARENT NEWSLETTER  •  DECEMBER  2014

 

HOLIDAY SPARKLER !

Mark your calendars in red for Saturday, December 13, 2014 for GHAA Musical Theater Department’s Old Fashioned Arts & Crafts & More Holiday Fair and Holiday Sparkler Concert!

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WHAT: OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS & MORE FAIR
WHERE: Lobby of the Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor
                359 Washington St (corner of Vernon Street)
                Hartford, CT 06106
WHEN: Saturday, DECEMBER 13, 2014   10:00AM-4:00PM
               Admission to Fair (in Lobby) is Free
 
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WHAT: GHAA MUSICAL THEATER HOLIDAY SPARKLER CONCERT
WHERE: Mainstage at the Theater of the Performing Arts
                359 Washington St (corner of Vernon Street)  Hartford, CT 06106
WHEN: 4:30PM-6:30PM (Doors open at 4:00PM)
               General Admission: $15 for adults/$10 for students
The doors of the will be open from 10:00AM -4:00PM for an Old Fashioned Holiday Fair in the lobby of the Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor, 359 Washington Street, Hartford, CT
 
Vendors and artisans from around Connecticut will be displaying and selling their holiday gift ideas, alongside fundraising tables from several of the departments of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Included in the sales will be app. 200 brand new and gently used evening and prom gowns. Thousands of dollars worth of gowns and dresses will be on sale for $30 to $125. (No checks) A percentage of the proceeds will go towards the Musical theater department.
 
Santa’s helpers, Dickens carolers, delicious baked goods, face painting, raffles, Children’s games and much more will make this a jolly stop for young and old throughout the day.
 
Performing groups from the Academy will give sneak peak performances periodically from 10:00AM-3:00PM
 
At 4:30PM, the day culminates on the mainstage as the musical theater department takes you an a fun filled holiday journey with their third annual HOLIDAY SPARKLER Concert! Included in this year’s program will be student developed skits and an adaptation of the television classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
 
Music lovers of all ages will love this upbeat holiday program of songs, skits and dance, consisting of music spanning from GLEE to the Julie Andrews Christmas Songbook to contemporary gospel and Broadway, these young performers will raise the roof as well your spirits with the sounds of the Holiday Season!
 

All proceeds of the concert to benefit the musical theater department and other departments of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.


AUDITIONS FOR SPRING PERFORMANCES

For all students who are interested in auditioning for any production this Spring, here are the steps you need to follow and all pertinent deadlines: 

•  All students, full and half day, must submit a copy of the last report card before auditioning. Students will not be allowed to audition without a report on file or if there are two D’s or more. The deadline to submit Report Cards is December 5. Students will find boxes on both campuses to submit report cards.

• Audition week for the spring productions will be held during the week of December 15. Students will find sign-up sheets on the call boards at both campuses.

• Casting notifications will be emailed to address on file on January 2. This date is in response to parents who did not want notification to happen until the holiday ended.

Notification comes by email:
 

- to make sure all students get notice at the same time

- students are at home and can process the results with family

- this is how notice comes in the professional setting

- Faculty, directors, and counselors will be available shortly after, the week of January 5th, for consult should students wish

 

•  Rehearsals can begin as early as the week of January 5. The start date and rehearsal schedule will be given to each cast.

 

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ARTS ACADEMY AT THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Arts Academy students are inspired and ready for action after attending the Youth Leadership Summit on Youth Voice and Positive School Climate that took place on October 14, 2014 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  Our students were given the opportunity to hear from various State Representatives, Senators, members of the Department of Education on the state and national level, numerous superintendents from districts across the state, and most importantly,  other student leaders from several Connecticut high schools.  Grammy Award Winning Lady Gaga's mother was also here, representing her daughter's foundation that celebrates diversity and empowers youth called "Born This Way."  The six student leaders from our school also offered up excellent examples to those in attendance of how the Academy supports a positive school climate and encourages our students to take initiative and create positive for the school community and beyond.  BRAVO to our students for participating in this learning opportunity and for representing the Arts Academy so wonderfully! 


PROSPECTIVE STUDENT OPEN HOUSE

Interested in attending the Arts Academy? Attend one of the Open Houses for Prospective Students! All these Open Houses happen in the  Main Theater Building at the Learning Corridor, 359 Washington Street (at the corner of Vernon Street.) Come 30 minutes early to meet and talk with Department Chairs (Dance, Creative Writing & Media, Music, Musical Theater, Theater  and Visual Arts).


DECEMBER  3  at 6 pm
JANUARY 20  at 6 pm
FEBRUARY 21 at 10 am (Saturday)

For more information, email Kim Stroud at kstroud@crec.org or Rachael Cisz at rcisz@crec.org. Learn more about the Lottery System visit the RSCO website at www.choiceeducation.org
 


 

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The Arts School Network presents The Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts in Hartford, CT with the Outstanding Arts School Award, presented for outstanding overall excellence in faculty and student achievements, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations, continuing growth and development, and state and national recognition.
 
Arts School Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to its mission to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources support, and networking opportunities.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS!  View the official press release.
 
 

 

Gradcapdiploma.jpgCONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2014!

We are so proud of our graduates! Many of our new alumni will be attending colleges, conservatories and working in the region and across the country. Take a look at the COLLEGES LIST and the GRADUATION STATISTICS of merit awards and scholarships for the Class of 2014!

 


 

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HELP MAKE THE ARTS ACADEMY EVEN BETTER!

PARENTS: please go to the link below and fill out the Parent Survey. It is a completely anonymous survey we will use to make changes to our school!   CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY!

Thanks in advance for your participation!   


 

EVENTS/PERFORMANCES 

Box Office: 860-757-6388

 

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