Performing Arts Education for All: The Access Initiative
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Performing Arts Education for All: The Access Initiative

As the community arm of The University of Hartford’s Hartt School, the mission of The Hartt School Community Division is to enrich lives through innovative and unparalleled performing arts education. The implementation of that mission occurs on a daily basis, as literally thousands of students from all walks of life make their way through our doors. Unfortunately, there are students that could benefit immensely from our diverse programming, but for them, it is simply not possible. Their desire to experience the joys and challenges of participating in the performing arts is tempered by the cold reality that it is not affordable. We truly want to make our offerings accessible, and we’re asking for your help.

Please join our Community Of Mindful Performing Arts Sustainers and Supporters (COMPASS),  with a gift toward our Access Initiative, and help put the performing arts within reach for a family in need.

The Fund for Access is a means to provide high-caliber performing arts instruction to Hartford-area students who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Over time, the fund has been generously supported by private individuals, foundations, and corporations, but requires annual donations and gifts from the community to meet the ongoing need of qualified students.

The Fund for Access awards more than $130,000 in need-based financial assistance to more than 150 Community Division music and dance students from nearly 30 towns in the region, and 100% of donations are used for student scholarships.  Any gift is a gift of magnitude, please consider a tax-deductible donation to make a Hartt Community Division education possible for worthy students. Donate online.

The Thompson family talks about the Fund for Access

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In addition to providing need-based financial assistance, our COMPASS Initiative also focuses on building our alumni network, other development needs, and our volunteer opportunities for parents, students, and employees. 

Since 1984 alone, nearly 40,000 students have participated in HCD programming, and keeping in touch with those alumni is important to us – so much so that we dedicate a weekend each spring to reconnecting, visiting, and enjoying each other’s company! Watch for details.

Other development needs include the HCD honors program, which supports merit-based scholarships for students who show great promise in their individual study; Community Division Activities Fund, supporting investment in all aspects of the school; Fuller@50, The Hartt School’s initiative to update and enhance the Alfred C. Fuller Music Center; and Programming, supporting continued exploration and enhancement of our innovative and distinctive programs.

Being a volunteer for HCD takes many forms.  From outreach opportunities, to events and community-building, to a variety of promotional activities, giving of your time can make a difference! Interested in joining us? Contact Alumni Relations and Compass Committee Coordinator Frank Viola, or Hartt Community Division Director Noah Blocker-Glynn.

Regardless of how you decide to share your gifts, they can and will make a difference. We encourage you to consider a gift of time, or a donation—of any amount. We value your support, because without it, we would be unable to do the many wonderful