48th Annual Youth Art Renaissance Showcases our Students’ Talents

48th Annual Youth Art Renaissance Showcases our Students’ Talents

The Hartford Youth Art Renaissance (HYAR) has been a long-standing collaboration and tradition between Hartford Public Schools and the Wadsworth Atheneum for the past 48 years in which student artists are celebrated from all levels, PK-12, throughout the Hartford Public Schools.  The image above is Ester Delgado, At Home During Hybrid, from Kennelly School, Grade 5.

In past years, HYAR pieces are framed and displayed in a dedicated gallery space in the Wadsworth Atheneum for a month-long exhibition open to the public. The artwork is adjudicated and all students are recognized at an awards ceremony with their families.

This year, due to the pandemic, we have shifted to a digital display of student talent and are excited to display the innovative ways our teachers and students have taken a challenging year and turned it into a beautiful expression of student Reflections. The exhibition will be displayed digitally through the windows of the historical Wadsworth Atheneum from May 14-June 30, 2021 and all are welcome to come and view.

Additionally, the Yard Goats will be featuring our HPS student artwork on their jumbo screen at Dunkin’ Donuts park during games in early June! More to come. Lastly, we will be running HYAR 2021, Reflections, on our HPS website.  You can view it below.


Learn more at https://www.thewadsworth.org/explore/upcoming-exhibitions/hyar-reflections/

May 14 – June 30, 2021
In collaboration with the Hartford Public Schools, this collection of PreK–12 student artwork, photographs, and creative writing examines the impact of 2020 on our students and community. Presented in a digital format at the museum and online, the collective works serve as a vision of hope for a more equitable future.

Congratulations to all of our beautiful and capable student artists and our inspiring art teachers from 22 participating schools!

For more information, please contact Tracy Avicolli, Director of Arts and Wellness, HPS