Discover CCHAP


Discover CCHAP

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Our Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program

Connecticut’s official folk and traditional arts initiative

Ethnic, immigrant, and occupational communities in Connecticut have an extraordinary commitment to maintaining their cultural heritage and identity while experiencing and adapting to new social and cultural environments.

The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) encourages and promotes traditional artists and their communities through an active process of documentation, technical assistance, and public presentation to bring their work and the history of their communities to new audiences. The fieldwork-based program is unique in Connecticut, employing original research in partnership with artists and communities to strengthen community-based resources.

CCHAP Activities


We partner with local cultural groups to locate and interview artists from their communities, photograph or record their work, and learn from them about their art forms. 


CCHAP produces exhibits, performances, demonstrations, radio broadcasts, compact discs, and catalogues featuring the art work of Connecticut’s finest traditional artists. Our public events provide opportunities for audiences to interact directly with a wide range of communities and their artists. Learn more about CCHAP’s projects.


Information, images, and recordings from over 25 years of fieldwork are organized and stored in CCHAP’s archive, which is accessible for public use.


CCHAP mentors artists, connects them with appropriate resources for their work, and advises them on topics such as presentation methods and curriculum development.


CCHAP shares information about traditional artists, art forms, and Connecticut’s diverse cultures with individuals, arts presenters, educational organizations, and community groups. CCHAP also oversees the Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Program.


CCHAP offers workshops, panel discussions, school programs, and training sessions with and for folk artists, educators, and public audiences. We coordinate the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Southern New England Apprenticeship Program

Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program

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One Elizabeth Street
Hartford CT, 06105



Museum Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Research Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
Always by appointment only.