State Budget Woes Threaten Project Longevity

by Allan Appel | Aug 9, 2017 2:42 pm | Comments (6)

Allan Appel Photo The police department’s number one priority—reducing gun violence—is being achieved and the crime stats prove it: Five homicides compared to seven last year, and a shining achievement compared to the state’s comparable big cities, where to date Hartford has 19 homicides and Bridgeport 18.

But would a diminishing of resources due to the ongoing state budget crisis put the brakes on that positive momentum?

No, and, yes. Possibly.

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“I Am Shakespeare” Hits The Screen —  And Some Tough Questions

by Brian Slattery | Aug 8, 2017 11:25 am | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery Photo Elm Shakespeare Company Producing Director Rebecca Goodheart stood in front of a crowd of about 30 at Highville Charter School on Monday night to talk about her sobering takeaway from Stephen Dest’s film I Am Shakespeare, which tells the story of Henry Green.

In Green’s case, Goodheart said, “it was not enough” that the Newhallville-born Green had played Tybalt in Elm Shakespeare’s 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet. His exposure to the arts had given him an outlet for his talent and the forging of a possible path to college. He had ended up gangbanging anyway, and very nearly died as a result. “As someone who has built my life on the premise” that art education matters, Goodheart said, “I have to say it’s really troubling. How do we do more? How do we do it better?”

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