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Funding is drying up and the arts are struggling, but plenty of creative people are finding new ways to revive them.


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The national arts ecology is more fragile than since the Great Depression and the Fed's WPA.

For dance, it's especially acute. The City of Hartford is attempting to secure Federal Stimulus Act monies for a round two of "arts and heritage" job grants, How about, instead, small strides locally? Projects with low overhead. At Trinity College, James Latzel, Production Manager for the Austin Arts Center, has determined how he can actually do incrementally more with less.

The upcoming residency of New York contemporary dance choreographer Monica Bill Barnes is an example. Dan Blow is hosting cabaret in the showroom of his clothing store. Greg Garcia co-founded the Libertine Collective with artist Heather Groenstein (aka H.L. Groen). They've brought several art shows to Artspace Hartford, the 650MAC gallery in Middletown, and Alchemy Café.

Of these, all have integrated live music and two have included spoken word poetry. Their newest endeavor: Welcome to Bohemia! is an attempt to fuse all of these mediums (along with belly dancing and other performance art) as naturally as possible in a recurring series. All shows have been run on the cheap, with DIY advertising and a lot of Facebooking.

You can join the conversation. How is the Connecticut art scene reinventing itself in order to survive in a changing economy? Leave comments below or e-mail [email protected].

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