School Project Benefits Community, Celebrates Artistic Talent

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In partnership with West Middle School, The Hartford launched “Coloring Our Community,” a community initiative to inspire artistic talent and update the streetlamp banners surrounding the Asylum Hill headquarters.

The 16 recently installed banners feature artwork created by fourth through eighth-grade students, who participated in the unique program.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art also participated in the program, offering docent-led tours and hands-on art instruction for students as part of its “Museum on the Move: Community Outreach” program.

winning picThe students were challenged to design banners that answer the question, “What does community mean to you?”

Employees from The Hartford voted to select one grand-prize winner. Shyann P. won for her painting, “A Community Full of Heart.” She will receive art supplies, museum passes and a special art experience provided by the Wadsworth.

Shyann and all the students were celebrated at a reception at the Wadsworth on Wednesday, June 5.

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