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The Center for Contemporary Culture at the downtown library is a  multi-purpose performance and educational space. Equipped with state-of-the art technology, the center is the premier destination for cultural and educational programs, including concerts, author talks, films, children’s programs and special events.

If you're interested in reserving a meeting room for a program or event, please click here to complete our reservation request form. To learn more about other programs click here for the events calendar.
Education in Place: Hartford’s Urban Learning Environment
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

How does the decision to restore and renovate (as opposed to tear down and rebuild), in the case of Fox Middle School, Hartford Public High School, and the Hartford Public Library, affect the institutions that inhabit these new/old spaces? How does location impact learning? Is there an architectural model that schools should use? How do transformed spaces impact the transformed roles and missions of public learning organizations? Schools and libraries are central elements of Hartford’s built environment, and this panel seeks to explore how the educational spaces we live with impact our experiences of learning and our understanding of the city around us.

Matt Poland
Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools
Tyler Smith - not sure of title - see bio below
Timothy J. Sullivan Jr., Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC)

James Thompson Jr., Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Bloomfield

Film Screening & Panel Discussion-“Julia Toda en Mi “
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

This 2003 portrait by Ivonne Belen draws on the poet's letters and her family's testimony to tell the story of Julia de Burgos's life, illustrating it with archival footage and dramatic reenactments. Cast includes Jacobo Morales, Danny Rivera, Nydia Caro and more..

Reimagining Hartford: Creating the New City
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

What if we could time travel to visit the Hartford of the future? What would it look like? What issues will be solved and which will still need to be addressed? We can take a sneak peak at the new city—the city Hartford will become—by looking at innovative organizations in Hartford that are solving persistent problems of housing, health, technology, and green space with an eye to the future. Whether they are converting an abandoned factory into a community center, offering techies a place to invent and innovate, or providing affordable housing, these organizations imagine a better Hartford and take steps to make the new city the best city it can be.

Panelists include: Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra; Gina Frederico-Muslim, Executive Director, Community Solutions, Northeast Neighborhood Partnership; Steve Yanicke, MakeHartford; Cary Wheaton, Executive Director, Billings Forge Community Works. Moderated by the Hartford Courant’s Tom Condon.