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'ArtsMentors' Program in West Hartford Brings Youth and Artists Together

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Artists and Youth share experiences in the new ArtsMentors program at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

Photo credit: Andy Hart

Photo credit: Andy Hart


Hip-Hop artist Tang Sauce (John Manselle-Young), center in photo, is impressed with the rap lyrics of Elijah Hughes, at right, during ArtsMentors, a free, live arts programming for youth and their mentors provided by the Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph. 

Elijah and Donavan Williams (not pictured) from Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and others enjoyed face-to-face time with Tang Sauce and fellow performers Klokwize and Self-Suffice. 

Pictured at left is University of Saint Joseph graduate student and co-program director of ArtsMentors, Camille Cielo. 

ArtsMentors brings artists’ passion, knowledge and art directly to mentors and mentees and continues at the University of Saint Joseph with future performances by Guggenheim Fellow and originator of the breakdance form Raphael Xavier on Feb. 24 and Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill Band on Mar. 17.  

ArtsMentors is a partnership with the University of Saint Joseph, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and ArtsMentors.

Funding is provided by the Richard P. Garmany Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge American Grant that seeks to extend the reach of arts to underserved population. For more information about ArtsMentors at the University of Saint Joseph, visit or call 860-231-5529.

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