‘Pivotal: Faces of Change, Hartford’ – A Showcase of City Changemakers

Members of Trinity Community Featured in Exhibit at Bushnell through May 25

With President Berger-Sweeney’s portrait at right, three Trinity members of the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band pause for a photo after performing at the Pivotal opening: Kent Dunlap, professor of biology; Chris Brown, studio arts technician; and Joe Barber, director of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.

Hartford, Connecticut, May 13, 2017 – Trinity College is well-represented in Pivotal: Faces of Change, Hartford, an exhibit of approximately 75 black-and-white portraits showcasing area individuals and groups who are working to create a strong and vibrant Hartford. The Pivotal portraits, on display at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts through May 25, have a unique feature: each portrait by photographer Ruedi Hofmann includes an accompanying video vignette.

Visitors to the exhibit can point their smartphones at the portraits and, using a free mobile app, Live Portrait, “meet” the subjects. Some of those profiled in the exhibit, which opened April 27, are well-known in the community, including Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and his wife, architect and attorney Sara C. Bronin; Katherine Kane, executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; and Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Others featured are not typically in the limelight. Restaurateurs, artists, police officers, entrepreneurs, activists, and many individuals working for or volunteering with local nonprofit organizations are among those whose stories are shared.

Included among the changemakers profiled are Trinity alumni Karraine V. Moody ’01, executive director of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, who is shown with a band of volunteers known as the Habitat Saints, and Jamil Ragland ’13, co-host of the Radius Project, a podcast exploring the city and people of Hartford. In the Pivotal video segment in which he is featured, Ragland says, “If people realize they have a stake in the city doing well, then it helps everybody… Everybody grows, everybody gains... If we all come together, we can make this a really great place.”

Another Trinity alumnus featured is Khaiim Kelly ’03, a performer of hip-hop, spoken word, rap, and poetry known as “Self Suffice, the RapOet,” who is a visiting lecturer in Trinity’s International Studies Program.

The premiere viewing of the
Pivotal film at The Bushnell
(Photo by Iran Nazario)

Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, the city’s funky pep band with several Trinity employees and alumni among its musicians, is also spotlighted. Another portrait subject is Meg Taylor, executive director of Capitol Squash, a youth development program based on Trinity’s campus, whose mission is to empower the youth of Hartford to reach their potential as athletes, students, and engaged citizens of character.

Trinity alumnus Thomas McGowan ’80, who, sadly, passed away on April 16, was a generous donor to the Pivotal Hartford project, along with his wife, Mary McGowan.

Tricia Haggerty Wenz and Kate Wilson of The Golden Thread Gallery commissioned Hofmann to bring his Pivotal project to Hartford. They also provided research for Pivotal candidates, brought in funding, and produced the Pivotal Hartford project.

For those who cannot visit the exhibit in person, the portraits and accompanying video clips can be viewed online, along with a film that combines all the mini-videos into one. A companion book of all the portraits is also available for purchase.

Read more about Pivotal: Faces of Change, Hartford in a recent Hartford Courant article here.

Written by Kathy Andrews