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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.
 
Community Workshop About the Hartford Public Schools Transition Report
With Superintendent Beth Schiavino- Narvaez
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez will share the findings of the Transition Team and request your feedback.

 
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

Join Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Historical Society in a discussion on Hartford’s urban learning environment. 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? 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.

Panelists include Hartford Public Library CEO Matt Poland, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Timothy J. Sullivan Jr., Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC) and moderator James Thompson Jr., Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Bloomfield.

Visit the accompanying exhibit, “Building Public Education in Hartford” at the Hartford History Center on the 3rd floor, on view from October 22-November 24.

 
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

Join Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Historical Society in reimagining Hartford, a panel discussion about creating a new city. 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.

Visit the accompanying exhibit, “Building Public Education in Hartford” at the Hartford History Center on the 3rd floor, on view from October 22-November 24.