Monday's #younghARTford Panelists

Feb 07, 2014

Hartford attracts a great array of creative people, from improv actors to jazz musicians, rap poets to kinetic artists. As part of The Courant's yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary, this Key Issues Forum is devoted to the cutting-edge arts here. What is it that so draws artists? What do they need to stay and work here? Presented by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT.

This event is free, but registration is encouraged. You can also RSVP on Facebook!

The panel will be moderated by:

Chion Wolf
Producer, announcer and photographer for WNPR

Chion Wolf has always been a rabid NPR fan, and in late 2006, she heard Bill Henry's call for volunteers to answer phones for the upcoming WNPR fund drive. She volunteered, met John Dankosky, and began her internship weeks later. She voices breaks for the station, and produces, announces, chooses music and writes songs & essays for the Colin McEnroe Show, in addition to finding hand-picked music to the station's music bed. She also brings her photojournalism skills to events and stories generated by WNPR.

Chion also co-produces The MOuTH - a live storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. She is also an actor and on the Board of Directors for Night Fall, Inc., a yearly Hartford-based public performance with Anne Cubberly's giant puppets, dancers, and music. She is also a founding member of the Hartford-based marching band, the Hartford Hot Several, where she plays the trash can bass drum, is a certified judge with the International Chili Society, and she is unapologetic about her love for onions.


Cynthia Bulaong
Hartford Open Studio

With a background in the arts, and having experienced and assisted in many performing, fine and visual art organizations, Ms. Bulaong has a deep appreciation and understanding for the special needs of artistic events and their importance in this community. That appreciation drives her involvement and dedication to the arts in Hartford. Ms. Bulaong is currently the coordinator for Open Studio Hartford, and in the past has worked with the Connecticut River Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Community Music School and more.

Anne Cubberly
Night Fall

Anne Cubberly is a visual artist with more than 28 years of experience. Her work includes kinetic sculpture, artist-in-residence experiences, installations, and performance. She has exhibited steadily in solo and group exhibitions and has created performances and pageants for The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She organizes Night Fall Hartford, an extremely popular outdoor community performance. She has worked extensively with school and community groups, always with a focus on creativity, process, community, and re-purposed materials. Ms. Cubberly teaches group performance, mask-making, giant puppet-making, sculptural papier mache, and creating kinetic sculpture or automata from recycled materials.

Khaiim the RapOet
Spoken-work and rap artist

The RapOet, Self Suffice, is a popular host and poetic rap artist (MC), first booked by the legendary Eric Drooker (New Yorker Magazine) and Talib Kweli (BlackSmith). After graduating from Stuyvesant (the most coveted of New York’s 9 specialized high schools), amidst a growing buzz in Manhattan’s Underground Hip-Hop scene, he was offered a production deal with Def Jam, which he declined so that he could accept a scholarship to Trinity College. After graduating, he continued to win rap battles, feature on Hip-Hop compilations, and serve as a DJ (and Music Director) at 89.3FM WRTC in Hartford, CT (heart of the New York and New England Tri-State area). Wanting to share his success with others, while creating events that exemplify Peace, Love, Unity, and Joy, the RapOet transitioned from battling other MCs (putting them down) to hosting showcases and open mics (lifting them up).

Julia Pistell
Sea Tea Improv

Julia Pistell is the co-founder and Community Relations Manager of Sea Tea Improv, and the Director of Writing at the Mark Twain House. Pistell is the recipient of a 2010 Solo Writers Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council as well as a 2011 Arts and Heritage Jobs grant from the City of Hartford. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Star-Ledger, the Hartford Advocate, and many other publications. A featured reader at Real Art Ways, regular guest on WNPR, and founder of the reading series Syllable, Julia is an enthusiastic contributor to the Connecticut literary community. She is one-third of the nationally popular literary criticism podcast, Literary Disco, along with Tod Goldberg and Rider Strong.

Maxwell Williams
Artistic Director at Hartford Stage

Maxwell Williams is the Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage, where in addition to directing critically-acclaimed revivals of Boeing-Boeing, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, and Dying City, he has worked to develop new plays by Bill Cain, Christopher Shinn, Bekah Brunstetter, Horton Foote, and many others.  He has staged new plays and revivals at theatres in NYC and across the country.  His production of Freud’s Last Session by Mark. St. Germain is currently running at Theaterworks Hartford until February 23, 2014.

The forum is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar starting at 5:30pm. The panel starts at 6:15pm. Please email questions for the panelists, with your name, address and daytime phone number to

The Hartford Courant has sponsored Key Issue Forums on topics of importance to the community for more than 25 years.

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About The Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the Hartford home where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most imporatant works there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.


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