“To send a light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Robert Schumann
Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, The Ghostlight Project is a nationwide event pledging to protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Honoring the great tradition of performance at our own Aetna Theater, we will gather outside the museum to create a “light” for dark times ahead.
Gather on the museum’s front steps (600 Main Street) at 5pm to enjoy good company, hot chocolate, and performances by Nzinga’s Daughters, CONNetic Dance, and Mimi Lines, followed by remarks from Wadsworth Atheneum Director & CEO Tom Loughman and Amistad Executive Director Frank Mitchell. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight!
At 5:30pm everyone will shine their lights together, in tribute to those who have fought for social justice and equity, and in renewed commitment to opening minds and changing lives through art and culture. The lights will keep shining as the group processes up Main Street, joining other groups from TheaterWorks and Hartford Stage at Sea Tea Improv on Asylum Street.
Ashley Douglas, an unreasonably optimistic man, has been released from prison and returns to his stagnant neighborhood expecting everything and everyone to be the same. When things don’t go as planned, he enlists the help of a new friend to reboot his life.
2016. USA. 90 min. Not Rated. Directed by Joshua Locy. Starring Andre Royo. Click to watch the trailer.
Saturday, January 21 at 2pm – Stay for a post-film Skype chat with Andre Royo!
Sunday, January 22 at 2pm
$9 Regular Admission
$8 Seniors (62+) and Students with ID
Free for Insider Access Members (and above)
Tickets are available for purchase at the door.
Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house.
With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.
Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. Restroom facilities are not available at the Austin House, and guests are encouraged to plan in advance for their comfort.
To protect the carpeting and floor, guests will be provided with flexible shoe covers, or may remove their shoes at the front door. Due to its unusual architecture, the house is not wheelchair accessible and there is no elevator service to the second floor. Verbally-descriptive tours of non-accessible areas of the house are available with a reservation at least three weeks in advance.
Reserve Your Visit:
Austin House visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00 pm.
Thursdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 24 hours in advance.
Saturdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 48 hours in advance.
If available, “day-of” reservations may be made in-person at the Wadsworth.
Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Jonathan Chatfield Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets will be available online soon, and include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa.
There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm.
The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries.
Please note that tickets do not include gratuity for brunch service.