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Connecticut Arts Hero Awards


The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor individuals who are doing extraordinary things in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts.  The public is encouraged to nominate an individual during an open nomination process.  The Hero Awards are presented annually at an open-to-all, free event designed to celebrate these extraordinary individuals and to reaffirm the significant role the arts play in Connecticut. 

All Connecticut Arts Heroes are presented with a framed print of the original art — Small State, Big Heart, Great Art —which was created by Hartford Prints! for the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

A black and white original print by Hartford Prints!  Small State, Big Heart, Great Art

Awards Ceremony

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut.  The event is free and open-to-all.