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December 4, 2013

For more information, contact:
Kevin Flood
Director of Communications

Miguel Barreto of Creative Connections
(203) 803-4376, ext. 3

Student art from around the world at the Legislative Office Building through December

HARTFORD—The artwork of students from 17 countries will be on display at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford throughout December.

Lawmakers, their staffs, and the public will see the exhibit, called "Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light," as they pass through the concourse connecting the LOB with the state Capitol. Young people from Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, India, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, The Gambia, Turkey, and Uganda as well as the United States contributed works.

The exhibit is presented by the Norwalk-based nonprofit Creative Connections, in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Connecticut Commission on Children.

Miguel Barreto, director of operations for Creative Commons and curator of the exhibit, is a graduate of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a civic initiative of the Commission on Children. (For more on PLTI, visit

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held in the Capitol’s in the Hall of Flags from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5. Mr. Barreto will be present and available for interviews.

The exhibit is the culmination of Creative Connections’ ArtLink program, a six-month class-based project where U.S. students collaborated with students abroad, exchanging ideas about each other’s artwork. For the 2013 edition of the program, students were asked to highlight otherwise-hidden aspects of their cultures by placing a source of light on them.

Children from Connecticut are well represented. Elias Pardo, 12, of Norwalk’s Roton Middle School, describes his work this way: "There is a man from Connecticut with his briefcase going home from work, but there are still some people working, so some lights are on in the buildings. I am depicting the value of working, because working gives you resources. In the U.S.A, money is needed for everything."

The Legislative Office Building, at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, is open to the public on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available in a garage attached to the building.

Samples of the artwork, along with suggested captions, may be downloaded from the Cultural Connections website, at

art exhibit poster

About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of five. For more information, visit

About Creative Connections: Creative Commons is a Connecticut-based, nonprofit organization that fosters in young people an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of other cultures as well as of their own. For more details about exhibits, program offerings, and more, visit or call (203) 803-4376.

This page was last updated: December 5, 2013

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