Several of us in the newsroom couldn’t help but wonder what was said behind closed doors at the Executive Resident after Governor Malloy announced cuts to arts funding. After all, his wife, Cathy is the president of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
The First Lady of Connecticut is on Face the State this weekend, and I did ask her about that. Mrs. Malloy taped a segment with David Fay of the Bushnell to talk about the business of the arts. For a city its size, Hartford has a tremendous arts community, that pumps millions into the local economy.
Still, its not been easy lately. The economic downtown has hit the arts very hard, and the exodus of several major companies from downtown Hartford during the Eddie Perez years certainly didn’t help. A dark, empty, skycraper and vacant storefronts do not make for an inviting city. The Bushnell attracts tens of thousands of people very year, and yet there are complaints the neighborhood is desolate at night, and some have called the parking lot, “creepy.” Wouldn’t it be nice if Bushnell patrons could step out after a show into a bustling neighborhood, fitting of a first class performing arts center, and walk to a cafe, or restaurant, rather than rush to their cars to head to the suburbs?
During a taping, we talked about what can be improved, and what the city and state could do to help the arts. Iquilt is a major part of the future plans, and you’ll hear about that on Sunday.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the interview http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6806228