Calendar


Kwanzaa
Dec
30
7:00 pm19:00

Kwanzaa

  • Trinity-on-Main

Kwanzaa celebrates the seven principles of African heritage: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.  It is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.

Check out the full Press Release HERE.

Documentary Film and Betty Harris Concert
Nov
26
8:30 pm20:30

Documentary Film and Betty Harris Concert

  • Wadsworth Atheneum

Join us for a special sneak peek of Bang! The Bert Berns Story, at the Wadsworth Atheneum which tells the story of 1960s American songwriter and record producer Bert Berns. The documentary is narrated by Steven Van Zandt and includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Ben E. King, Ron Isley, and Cissy Houston. 2016. 96 min. USA. Not Rated.

“One of the great untold stories of Rock n’ Roll.” – Rolling Stone

Following the film, legendary soul singer Betty Harris (“Cry to Me”and “His Kiss”) will perform with the Mighty Soul Drivers.

A post-film Q&A will feature Bert Berns’ son, Brett Berns, who co-directed the film with Bob Sarles; Bert Burns’ daughter, Cassie Berns; producer Leo Feroleto; musician Kenny Hamber; and Betty Harris.

The event is planned in collaboration with Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Ann Nzinga Center and the Six Summit Gallery.

Tom Sawyer Day
Jun
11
11:30 am11:30

Tom Sawyer Day

  • Mark Twain House & Museum

Join Nzinga's Daughters for a performance at Tom Sawyer Day, at the Mark Twain House/Museum. Free Admission.  

May
19
9:30 am09:30

Learn How to Use Your Tax Dollars for Good

  • CCSU Downtown New Britain

CT Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program helps nonprofits

 The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. invites businesses and nonprofit organizations to an informational session on the state Department of Revenue Services' Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program. Businesses will learn how they can earn tax credit and invest in programs that support their communities by making cash donations to eligible nonprofit agencies.  Nonprofit organizations will learn how to become eligible for these benefits.

 Participants will:

  •  learn about the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program;
  • meet a representative from the state Department of Revenue Services who will explain the program to nonprofits and businesses;
  • network with area businesses and nonprofits;
  • enjoy a light breakfast.

WHEN: May 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  CCSU Downtown New Britain branch. 185 Main St New Britain CT  
The Sikorsky room.

Kwanzaa
Dec
27
4:00 pm16:00

Kwanzaa

  • Trinity-on-Main

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors and children (under 12).  Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The celebration is open to people of all ages, races, cultures and faiths, and all are invited.


Bring Change
Nov
13
8:30 am08:30

Bring Change

  • TD Bank

Want to help us Bring Change? We’ll be at TD Bank on 178 Main St, New Britain, CT on Friday, November 13, raising funds for the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Bring your loose change and cash it in at the Penny Arcade. TD Bank will help match coins counted as a contribution to our goal.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Oct
10
1:00 pm13:00

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

  • Stockman Gallery

Please Join us for a celebration of Hispanic Culture and Heritage!

  •  Enjoy live music and performances featuring special musical guest Unique from Arkatex
  • Sample delicious foods (for free!)
  • Learn different Latin Dances from Frank Rende Jr of Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  • Games, crafts, story telling and more for kids of all ages
  • Win prizes and give aways!
  • FREE ADMISSION
  • bring your money for cash raffles and vendor booths
Open House for Queen Ann Nzinga Center
Sep
12
1:00 pm13:00

Open House for Queen Ann Nzinga Center

  • Queen Anne Nzinga Center

Learn about the Queen Ann Nzinga Center and our programming for youth. Kids can enjoy an afternoon of arts, crafts and games. Parents can register their children. 

Music from the African Diaspora
Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

Music from the African Diaspora

  • Theater for the Performing Arts

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presents its annual Music from the African Diaspora concert at 7 p.m. on July 25 at the Theater for the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor in Hartford. Nzinga's Daughters headlines the show, and other performers are Third Tabernacle Choir, Nzinga's Daughters R&B Band, Changes, Crystal Blue Project and the world-renowned soul singer Betty Harris. David Mayes, of Plainville, who mentors young vocalists in the Queen Ann Nzinga Center programs, will perform a solo. The free concert is geared to all ages, and children are welcome.

“We create a place for people to come together to sing, dance and experience the music.  We are all transformed – the artists, the audience, the community, the world. The show invites active audience participation,” said Dayna R. Snell, L.C.S.W., the concert’s musical director.  “Everyone wants in and we want everyone to be a part of this good time.”

This year, concert goers will enjoy a preview of Betty Harris performing with back-up singers she has mentoredfrom the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s Watoto program. Two of them will be traveling to Spain this summer to perform with Harris at the Euro Ye Ye soul music festival, where Harris is the headliner. 

Doors to the theater at 359 Washington St. open at 6 p.m., and prior to the concert, artwork and photography will be sold at a silent auction to benefit the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s youth arts and enrichment programs. 

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Plainville Campground
Jul
19
3:00 pm15:00

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Plainville Campground

  • Plainville Campground

Join Nzinga's Daughters for a live, outdoor concert at Plainville Campground. 

Nzinga's Daughters is an ensemble of women who share their gift of song and prose from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of Africa. 

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Hartford Public Library
Jul
9
6:00 pm18:00

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Hartford Public Library

  • Hartford Public Library

Join Nzinga's Daughters for a concert at the Hartford Public Library. 

Nzinga's Daughters is an ensemble of women who share their gift of song and prose from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of Africa.  

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Norton Park
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

Nzinga's Daughters Concert at Norton Park

  • Norton Park

Join Nzinga's Daughters for a live, free outdoor concert at Norton Park in Plainville. 

Nzinga's Daughters is an ensemble of women who share their gift of song and prose from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of Africa. 

Watoto Mask Exhibit Opening
May
2
1:00 pm13:00

Watoto Mask Exhibit Opening

  • Stockman Gallery, Trinity-on-Main

The Queen Ann Nzinga Watoto Mask Exhibit will be the inaugural show in a new art gallery opening at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain.

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, (QANC) headquartered in Plainville, received a generous $1,200 grant from the Elizabeth H. Norton Trust Fund, which allowed the nonprofit to hire artist-in-residence Reneé Soares to work with the boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, to teach them to make mixed-media masks. The grant also funded the cost of materials to create the masks, in which participants were asked to reveal a side of themselves that they usually keep hidden.

The Elizabeth Norton Trust grant is crucial to the QANC being able to provide opportunities and education to participants, said Dayna R. Snell, L.C.S.W., executive director of Queen Ann Nzinga Center.

“The Norton Trust is really supportive,” she said. “Over the years, their grants have allowed us to provide a variety of arts enrichment programs to the kids. When the students see their masks on display in an art gallery, it helps them see themselves as artists.  The teaching artist helped them surprise themselves because the quality and creativity of their masks exceeded their expectations.”

The Norton Trust grant also funds an annual field trip and a host of arts and cultural activities, mentoring, productions and performances. Through Nzinga’s Watoto program, an Afro-centric model based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, participants meet Saturday afternoons. The program fosters a strong, positive self-image in children and youth of all races and abilities.

 On May 2, the Queen Ann Nzinga Center will host its annual end-of-season celebration called Kwanzaa in May. This ceremony allows participants from both the fall and spring programs to receive certificates of completion, perform impromptu skits and sing songs.  This year, the first part of the celebration, held from 1 to 2 p.m., will be combined with an opening reception for the masks exhibit, where student artists will be on hand and light refreshments will be served. Following this, Center participants will participate in an awards ceremony.

The QANC children and teens were invited to present the opening show because they use the room every Saturday, said Stephen Hard, executive director of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, which is managing the new Stockman Gallery with Trinity-on-Main.

 “It will be a learning opportunity for them. They’ll learn how art gets displayed and shown,” he said. Hard hopes this is the beginning of an annual tradition, where art created by the Watoto participants is displayed in the gallery at least once a year.

In addition, “going forward, I’d like to have the artists whose work is being shown in the gallery talk to the children, so that it’s an enhancement of the educational opportunities here.” 

Mar
21
4:00 pm16:00

Constance "Connie" Renee Wilson Collins Execeptional Women Concert

  • Raymond Hill School Auditorium

Join us for a concert honoring exceptional women in our community.

The 2015 Honorees include: Mrs. Pamela Bianca, Mrs Shirley Black, State Rep. Elizabeth Boukus, Ms. Kimberley Carmelich, Prof. Evelyn Newman-Phillips Ph.D., Ms. Lorna Little, Dean Salome Raheim Ph.D., Mrs. Gail Williams, Mrs. Ellen Zoppo-Sassu 

This year's performing artists include: Crown Imperials, Nzinga's Daughters, Mr. J. Bill Bevely & David Mayes

General Admission: $20, Student/Senior $15

 

Tickets can also be purchased on the phone by calling the office at 860-229-8389

Feb
21
2:00 pm14:00

Plainville African-American History Program

  • Plainville Historic Center

Rhonda Born Free..Sold Into Slavery....A Central Connecticut Story

Celebrate Plainville's rich African American history and learn about our local families.  Enjoy the magical sounds of Mr. Bill Beverly on the saxophone, songs by Nzinga's Daughters and refreshments after the presentation. 

On Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m the Plainville Historic Center and Queen Ann Nzinga Center will present a talk regarding the history of African-American Families from Plainville and our surrounding towns. Christine Pittsley, will share what she’s learned about Rhoda, whose mother was a free Native American and whose father was an African-American. The talk, at the Plainville Historic Center, will reveal how this baby, born free but into poverty without a surname, went from indentured servant to slave. Rhoda’s case was heard before the Superior Court and reviewed by the state General Assembly.