Real Art Ways, the nerve center of contemporary art in Hartford, will hold "Real Ride hARTford" on Saturday, September 18, starting at 6 p.m. Here's how RAW describes it:
"Ride with us through 35 years of Real Art Ways history. From public art projects commissioned by Real Art Ways to our former locations, this fun tour will show you Hartford’s art scene like you’ve never seen in before."
Here's video from last year's ride:
Thirty-five years isn't long by the standards of Hartford institutions, but in the difficult world of contemporary and alternative art, that's an eternity. After occupying several spaces downtown in the '70s and '80s, RAW moved into the old Underwood typewriter factory on Arbor Street and eventually embarked on a renovation project that made it one of the most vibrant places in Hartford. (Check out the great movie theater sometime.) But just as importantly, RAW constantly seeks to build community with events like this one.