Institute for Community Research


ICR exhibits reach and engage broad audiences by bringing together researchers, artists, and diverse community members. Our exhibits are designed to share new knowledge and scientific results, cultural traditions and representation, and expressive awareness of the world in which we live.

Warmth and Creativity: The Hudson Family Quilts (2014)

The exhibit displayed traditional southern African American hand-sewn quilts made by the late Laura Hudson, as well as new multi-media art works crafted by members of her family today, including her son Robert Charles Hudson and her husband Joseph Hudson.

MAS: Costumes from Hartford’s Caribbean Community (2012, 2013, 2014)

An exhibit of colorful and imaginative costumes (Mas) such as those worn in Trinidad-style Carnival made by young Hartford women.

Institute for Community Research Celebrating 25 Years of Research Partnerships: Integrating Science, Arts, and Community (2012)

An exhibit of the many ways that ICR has integrated art in research methods, model intervention programs, and dissemination of research findings, and used scientific methods to document, conserve, and develop community and heritage arts. Installed in conjunction with the ICR 25th anniversary celebration.

Rugs of Remembrance: Bosnian Weaving in Hartford (2011)

An exhibit featuring hand woven rugs, carpets, and wall hangings made by skilled Bosnian weavers living in Hartford.

Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa (2009)

120 works of art made in traditional South African styles by rural craftswomen to carry messages about AIDS prevention.

Connected Threads. (2008)

An interactive community arts installation to commemorate World AIDS Day featuring quilt squares, wall hangings, and community altar.

Ancestors: Day of the Dead Celebration. (2008)

A multi-media exhibit featuring ten New England artists and curated by Guatemalan artist Balam Soto.

A Life in Stone: The Cape Verdean Stonemasonry Tradition in Eastern Connecticut. (2008)

An exhibit of photographs and Cape Verdean stonemasonry from the Norwich, Connecticut area.

RAP It! (2007)

An exhibit of artwork by peer health advocates conveying HIV prevention and harm reduction messages.

Celebration of Life: Affirmation, Remembrance, Activism. (2007)

A multimedia exhibit featuring work by people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory. (2006-2007)

Sixty textiles from war-torn countries around the world.

Rollin’ and Dustin’ in Hartford: Pathways to Urban Life Styles (2006)

An exhibit of thirteen 7-foot panels, disseminating almost 10 years of research on youth drug use in Hartford through comic art.

At Face Value. (2006)

Urban Artists Initiative veteran Lori Sikorski displays eight portraits.

New Work from Connecticut Prisons. (2006)

The Annual Show of new work from the Prison Arts Program.

Ties That Bind: Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese Wedding Traditions in New England (2005)

An exhibit showcasing artifacts, displays of food, and traditional wedding clothes arranged in three sections.

10 Years: An Exhibit of Work Past and Present. (2005)

Original work by Victor Pacheco, inspired by identity and cultural issues.

Giving Women Power Over AIDS. (2005)

A traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness of HIV and new prevention technologies such as microbicides.

10 Cities/10 Years  (2004)

An exhibit celebrating the ten years of the Urban Artists Initiative

ยกQue Bonita Bandera! The Puerto Rican Flag in Folk Art (2003)

An exhibit highlighting the symbol of the flag featuring a variety of folk and community-based art forms.

Polonia w Connecticut: Polish-American Traditional Arts (2000-2001)

An exhibition presenting works of art made by hand in the Polish folk tradition, and used in Polish homes in Connecticut today.

Focus on 4: Hartford, New Britain, Bristol, Waterbury (2000)

An exhibit of new works by artists from four cities in the Urban Artists Initiative.

Mano a Mano: Puerto Rican Traditional Arts from Island to City  (1999)

An exhibit showcasing 15 traditional craft forms practiced on the island of Puerto Rico.

Sur Bois: Franco-American Wood Carvers of New England (1998)

An exhibit presenting traditional Franco-American woodcarving, a pursuit with a long history in New England.

Career Dolls: What I Want To Be When I Grow Up  (1998)

Twenty young girls from Hartford made life-size dolls to represent themselves and their career dreams as part of the curriculum for ICR’s Urban Women Against Substance Abuse program.

Herencia Taina: Legacy and Life (1997)

An exhibit presenting a wide range of traditional arts illustrating Taino heritage.

Reinventing Urban Areas Through the Arts (1997)

An exhibit of works by selected artists from the Urban Artists Initiative (formerly known as the Inner City Cultural Development Program.

Vision, Voice, Remembrance: The Hartford AIDS Memorial Exhibit (1996-1997)

An exhibit focusing on a community altar constructed by the public as a memorial to those who have died of AIDS.  Exhibit Curator: Salvatore Scalora.

Auspicious Signs: Tibetan Arts in New England (1996)

An exhibit celebrating Tibetan cultural traditions with hand-crafted items by regional Tibetan artists.

Living Legends” Connecticut Master Traditional Artists (1994)

A traveling exhibit of Connecticut’s master traditional artists representing twelve distinct cultural groups.

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