Beginner’s Printmaking Workshopat Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Join us in learning the basics of linocut printmaking! In this workshop, led by folk artist Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey, you will be guided through the whole “block print” process: from designing a pattern, transferring, carving, testing and printing your design to take home. No printmaking experience required, and people of all artistic abilities are welcome. Even if you think you can’t draw, you can print! All the tools and materials will be provided; however, participants are encouraged to bring any print making tools they wish to use. This workshop will be structured for the beginner, but all levels of expertise are encouraged to register! Suitable for ages 16 and up. For more information

$30

Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Alibaba Awrang at Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Join us for an introduction to Persian Calligraphy with master calligrapher Alibaba Awrang. Fusing Persian letters with brightly colored and bold patterns and images, Alibaba uses both traditional and modern techniques in his works. In this workshop, Alibaba will share his history , including his position as head the Department of Calligraphy and Miniature Painting at the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Afghanistan, an NGO founded by the former Prince of Wales (now King Charles III). Awrang will present an overview of calligraphy, demonstrate his art form, show examples of his works, and assist students in creating their own small piece of calligraphy. This workshop will be structured for the beginner as well as the experienced artist. Materials and tools will be provided. For more information

$30

French Canadian Jam at Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Get acquainted with French Canadian traditional tunes at this monthly jam session at the CMCH,  happening Saturday afternoons on First Free Weekends! New players and new listeners are always welcome! If you would like to join in, please get in touch with jam organizer, Joe Lavariere, at joesondra@juno.com. Please note: the French Canadian Jam will take a break during July, November, and December. For more information

Book Talk with Manisha Sinha: The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Join us as acclaimed historian Manisha Sinha discusses her new book, The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic: Reconstruction, 1860-1920. The book is a groundbreaking, expansive new account of Reconstruction that fundamentally alters our view of this formative period in American history. After the Civil War, the victorious North attempted to create an interracial democracy in the unrepentant South, but that effort failed—and that failure serves as a warning today about violent backlash to the mere idea of black equality. For more information

$10 – $15