Annual EnvisionFest to Showcase Hartford’s Abundance of History, Arts, and Culture

Talk at Wadsworth Atheneum by Trinity’s American Studies Director Featured in Citywide Event, Saturday, September 20

HARTFORD, Conn., September 17, 2014 – Connecticut’s capital city will serve up more than 100 cultural events, activities, and performances—all free of charge—on Saturday, September 20, as part of the third annual EnvisionFest Hartford, a day-long, family-friendly festival in downtown Hartford.

Scott Gac will deliver a lecture from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Trinity’s own Scott Gac, associate professor of history and American studies and director of the American studies program, will give a talk from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum museum, discussing tough topics of masculinity, race, and violence in relation to early American art in the Wadsworth’s collection. (Meet at 2 p.m. in Gray Court, just inside the museum’s 600 Main Street entrance.)

Also participating in EnvisionFest are a dozen Trinity students from Praxis, a residentially based community-service program at Trinity. The students are volunteering with other Atheneum-hosted activities and performances.

Here’s a sampling of other activities to check out at EnvisionFest in downtown Hartford:

  • Tour historic landmarks, including the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
    Arch and the Ancient Burying Ground
  • ​Be amused and amazed by a comic-juggling duo and an acrobat
  • Create a unique, interactive light display with artist Balam Soto
  • Enjoy the sounds of an array of musical groups, including the Hartford
    Steel Symphony
  • See a breathtaking display of balance and agility by a professional stunt cyclist
  • Take a ride on the Bushnell Park Carousel (the 100-year-old wooden carousel will soon be closed for the season)
  • Shop at Hartford HodgePodge—equal parts street bazaar, festival, and farmer’s market
  • Head up to the Travelers observation deck for a panoramic view of the city
  • Play “Big Games” in Bushnell Park, including giant chess, checkers, and tic-tac-toe
  • Take a selfie with Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe at Bushnell Park’s Pump House Gallery
  • Be entertained by Sea Tea Improv as they use ideas from the audience to compose a “made up musical” on the spot​
​Trinity students are encouraged to use the CT Transit bus system to travel to and from EnvisonFest. Every student has a U-Pass, which provides access to local  buses at no out-of-pocket cost. All the buses (37/39 and the 61) that serve the Trinity area go downtown (The south side of New Britain Avenue for bus 37 or 39 and the east side of Broad Street for bus 61).

All festival activities are free, including free admission to participating institutions, such as the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Butler-McCook House, Connecticut’s Old State House, and the Bushnell Park Carousel. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit