Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant
The Greater Hartford Arts Council hosts the second in a series of two "national arts forums." Part 2 of "Arts & Heritage: Climbing to the Top of the Urban Agenda," will be held Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mark Twain House Museum in Hartford. It will feature more than a dozen local experts discussing how arts, heritage and architecture play key roles in the revitalization of urban areas. The session is part of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts' MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series held in 20 cities throughout the United States. Moderator Michael Kintner will ask local developers, urban planners, entrepreneurs and cultural leaders to share their vision of a revitalized Hartford.
Panelists include Phil Barnett, owner/partner of Vaughan's Public House, Agave Grill and Wood `n' Tap restaurants; Michael Grunberg, principal and managing partner of Grunberg Realty, which owns and manages the 280 Trumbull St. building; Willard Holmes, executive director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Jim Koplik, president of concert promoter Jim Koplik Presents; Carlos Mouta, owner of Hartford Self Storage and a developer in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood; Irene O'Connor, weekend anchor on WFSB-TV Channel 3; John Palmieri, director of Development Services for the City of Hartford; Patrick Pinell, AIA architect and town planner; Janet Reynolds, publisher of Hartford Advocate and Preview Connecticut; Manuel Rodriguez, regional vice president of Clear Channel Radio; Bernadine Silvers, neighborhood leader and community development director of Sheldon Oak Central, Inc.; Kink Terry, senior vice president and partner of CB Richard Ellis; and Will K. Wilkins, executive director of Real Art Ways. Tickets and information: 860-525-8629, or www.ConnectTheDots.org