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HARTFORD, CONN (June 13, 2017) – Today, the Greater Hartford Arts Council (Arts Council), the City of Hartford, and United Technologies announced the “Summer in the City” partnership program to celebrate arts and culture in Hartford.  The program will pay for costs associated with hosting a series of existing regional events, and for promoting and highlighting the region’s vibrancy through an online event calendar, community engagement campaign, and neighborhood events.  In addition, Riverfront Recapture announced that Riverfront Fireworks will return this summer on July 8th.


“Hartford has a great lineup of concerts and festivals every summer, but the City has never had the resources to promote and support these events as part of a coordinated summer series," said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “These events happen every year because of committed, dedicated volunteers.  As our fiscal challenge forced the City to cut back on subsidizing those events, we asked private funders to help us do what we really aspired to do, which is not just to help keep particular events going, but to bring them together into one, well-branded Summer in the City series.  I’m grateful to our program supporter and to the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the event organizers for their tremendous partnership.” 


"The Arts Council is thrilled to partner with the City of Hartford to help highlight the incredible vibrancy of our community,” said Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  “Summer in the City is a showcase of the arts and cultural events that make Greater Hartford such an exciting place to live, work and visit.


“Riverfront Recapture is pleased to be bringing back our mid-summer fireworks display to the Connecticut River,” said Mike Zaleski, CEO of Riverfront Recapture.  “Many have worked hard over the past year to secure the private sector funding required to put on this fun, free celebration.  My thanks to Mayor Bronin, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the numerous companies and corporations that stepped up to support fireworks on the river and all of our summer events.”


Mayor Bronin secured the private funding to support “Summer in the City” and asked the Arts Council to manage the coordinated, branded summer event series.  The Arts Council will manage the program, coordinating with event organizers, developing the website, and ensuring that the Greater Hartford community is aware of the program so that they can enjoy the many events being offered.


Events that are part of “Summer in the City” include:

  • June 17: Black-Eyed and Blues Festival
  • June 24: Greater Hartford Latino Fest
  • July 8: Riverfront Fireworks
  • July 14-16: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
  • August 5: Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival
  • August 12: West Indian Independence Celebration
  • August 19: Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
  • September 9: Hartford Capital City PrideFest


Program support provided by United Technologies.  To learn more, please visit:


About the Greater Hartford Arts Council

The Greater Hartford Arts Council uses the power of the arts to improve lives and transform communities. The organization is dedicated to connecting all citizens to the arts in their community and promoting the arts as a regional asset. To learn more about the Arts Council’s programs and services, visit or follow @letsgoarts_org on Twitter.


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