Keynote Speech

Jay Williams

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving President Jay Williams gave the keynote speech, addressing the opportunity gap, discussing how we plan to change the way we work, and sharing how our region can be Greater Together. 


About the Performers



The Judy Dworin Performance Project is an award-winning organization whose work on stage, in schools and in prison communities sparks awareness about social issues and provides compelling experiences through multi-arts performance and residencies in the community.





Hartbeat ensemble

HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond the traditional barriers of class, race, geography, and gender through original full-length works that tell extraordinary stories of ordinary people. They also run education programs that address bullying prevention, art-based curriculum integration, and the Youth Play Institute.





daniel salazar

Daniel Salazar is an internationally praised classical guitarist, with a repertoire that expands the boundaries of traditional and original works with a fusion of Spanish, Latin American, world music, and orchestral elements. He is the founder of the annual Guitar Under the Stars outdoor concert, and a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Manchester Community College, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Tonight, enjoy two of his original compositions, featuring his ensemble and East Hartford High School student, Dominic Migliore. 






Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum, and Dance Corp

Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill and Dance Corp integrates movement, sound, and artistry into the overall development of young people and provides them with the necessary resources for success in school and life.





Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps

The Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fyfe and Drum Cops is dedicated to patriotism, honoring veterans and the military, and providing its youth members with enriching experiences of music, history, and leadership.







Hartford’s favorite brass marching band.



About the Installations



joey batts: Greater together mural

Hartford Public School teacher, rapper, and community muralist, Joey Batts, will be working on a movable mural in the Bushnell courtyard. He will be joined by several of his students. Batts has collaborated on many murals throughout the community. He embodies the idea that anything for the community is best done with the community.




Moving portraits

Starting on the first floor and distributed throughout the event, you’ll find “Moving Portraits” sharing the breadth of our education strategy. Download “Zappar” from your app store to see the displays come to life. Our Hartford Foundation staff is available for assistance and will have access to iPads for you to use. Enjoy the experience while learning how our work and investments aim to help ensure that every child has a fair chance to succeed in school and life.





Live event doodling

Watch as Constanza Segovia captures observations from the evening and turns them into a compelling snapshot of the event. This method of recording insights is one of the emerging tools for impactful convenings.

Constanza Segovia is Hartford’s official “live doodler.” She is a designer, illustrator, visiting lecturer of design at Trinity College and Tunxis Community College, and founder of VEO VEO Design, a studio focused on helping people understand what visual communication can do to improve the world around them. 







Commemorate the evening with a portrait by photographer Mike Marques. Backdrop weaving installation by Hartford Artisans Weaving Center.

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is a supportive and creative community that preserves, promotes, and teachers the craft of hand-weaving. The Center's artisan program is especially committed to people with low or no vision, and anyone 55 and older.



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