Who We Are
Arts in CT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing the arts into diverse communities and art deserts to help individuals of all ages, abilities, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds pursue their creative and artistic dreams.
We design high-quality programs focusing on arts integration education, community empowerment, and workforce development. With over 80 creative programs, we share our talents through a variety of settings. This includes school performances, after-school programs, public libraries, virtual events, summer camps, senior centers, restaurants, and other locations.
What sets us apart from other organizations is we customize our programs to fit your needs and your budget.
We contribute to holistic personal, professional, and community development by creating partnerships between our database of local professional artists, school, libraries, and community centers. We are passionate about providing our communities with opportunities to meet and learn from professionals in different aspects of the arts. The exhilarating pride, resounding happiness, and smiles of joy from our students during our programs indicate the need to do more!
Community Specific Goals
Provide FREE musical theater programs to low-income at-risk youth
Develop Artist-In-Residency (AIR) programs in low-performing schools in need of STEAM projects
Offer arts integration professional development for local artists, to ultimately improve test scores in low-performing schools
Facilitate training for high school juniors and seniors considering a Broadway career
Growing up in Gary, IN, my family struggled financially after my mom was laid off from her job with US Steel. As a teen, I loved to sing! I was constantly singing at home, just driving everyone crazy. Eventually, my mom found a program to support my talents, and she enrolled me in the Gifted and Talented program, where I fell in love with musical theater. I looked forward to spending my Saturdays at the program because it was a meeting place for people with similar passions.
One day, my chorus teacher surprised me with a ticket to the Broadway show, “Mama, I Want to Sing,” which came to Gary on tour. With tears running down my cheeks, I watched the performers on stage. I imagined myself also performing on the big stage.
That show helped me find my life’s passion – To perform on Broadway! Although everyone laughed at my dreams, I was not deterred. Before my father’s passing, he recorded a video of me. He asked, “What do you want to do in your life?” I responded, “I want to perform on Broadway.”
In 2016, I created the nonprofit organization, Arts in CT, to help and support local children in Connecticut with a passion to perform, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Everyone deserves the opportunity to perform, like I did in high school, and they should not be limited to singing and theater. Instead, I include all forms of arts, such as edible, visual, performing, and techno arts, and I provide opportunities for professionals to teach children how to develop their gifts.
My promise to my father came true in May 2006, when I performed on Broadway in an Off Broadway Show, with my mom watching in the audience. After the show, I stood outside, took in the Broadway lights, and was proud of myself for accomplishing my childhood dream. That electrifying feeling activated my new passion for helping other children pursue and accomplish their big dreams.