The Sewing Circle Project assists newcomer, refugee, and immigrant textile artists to produce and sustain their traditional art forms and share their work and cultural expressions with public audiences.
ICR’s work includes research and programming on a wide range of topics related to social justice, disparities, cultural representation, and community partnerships. Our research addresses health and wellbeing across the age spectrum and uses cutting edge social science and participatory research methodologies. Click on the links below for more information and examples of research and programming in each area of ICR’s work:
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A longstanding program of the Institute for Community Research, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP) serves as the state’s official folk and traditional arts initiative.
Urban Artists’ Initiative (UAI): Urban Artists’ Initiative (formerly Inner City Cultural Development (ICCD) Project)
The Urban Artists Initiative provided culturally and ethnically diverse artists and arts organizations in Connecticut with training, grants, mentors, technical assistance, and staff support needed to thrive and enrich the cultural health of their communities.
This study investigated the efficacy and diffusion of a peer-led HIV prevention intervention, implemented by trained, active substance users in partnership with project staff. It was conducted in high-risk substance use settings. The subsequent longitudinal study investigated long-term behavioral effects of the peer-implemented HIV prevention program on trained active substance users and the substance-using contacts to whom they provided the intervention, diffusion of the intervention and its effects through substance-user social networks, and into substance-use sites in Hartford, CT. It also investigated the sustainability of the peer-led HIV prevention intervention.