Thursday, December 5, 2013

PLTI grad brings international art exhibit to the Capitol

Danbury PLTI graduate Miguel Barreto is brightening the state Capitol with "Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light," an exhibit of children's artwork from around the world. As director of operations for Creative Commons, a Norwalk-based nonprofit organization, Miguel gathered examples of the artwork created under Creative Connections’ ArtLink program, a six-month program in which American and foreign students make art that express a common theme but still reflects their own cultures. This year, students were asked to highlight otherwise-hidden aspects of their cultures by placing a source of light on them.

The exhibit, consisting of work from 17 countries, lines the concourse connecting the state Capitol with the Legislative Office Building. It will remain there through December and can be viewed on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free parking in a garage attached to the LOB, at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. (Directions)

Creative Connections created the exhibit in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Connecticut Commission on Children, which operates PLTI.