The LatinX Theatre Project team has been collaborating with the Hartford Stage and becoming involved with different organizations and artists. The Hartford Stage submitted this project proposal to the Action Lab because they have noticed that there is a gap and difference with the audience they attract. They have noticed that the majority of their audience comes from outside of Hartford, from a higher socioeconomic background. Since the Hartford Stage is located in the heart of Hartford, they are looking for ways to connect to the city. Hartford is made up a very diverse community that is majority people of color, 43% of whom are LatinX. The Hartford Stage was particularly interested in which churches, restaurants, cafes, bars, etc, are important to the LatinX community, and what organizations they utilize. The ultimate goal of the Hartford Stage is to connect and deepen their relationships in the city and it is through direct feedback from the Latinx community. They want to create meaningful partnerships and support the already existing and thriving community of Latinx artists and audiences. The end goal for this project was to find ways to connect the Hartford Stage with the LatinX community in Hartford. The team sought to answer three research questions: What acts/organizations are already in the area that involve the Latinx community and could potentially partner with Hartford Stage? Where does the Latinx community spend their free time and what are and/or cultural activities are most relevant to the community? How can we be most effective in creating or encouraging partnerships between the Hartford state and organizations/artists from the Latinx community of Hartford, and what could these partnerships include?
Figueroa-Pomales, Joyce; Medina, Jennifer; and Monzon, Jackie, "Latinx Theater" (2019). Liberal Arts Action Lab. 18.
Community Partner: Hartford Stage