This is a bitter sweet feature that will conclude the six month We Love Hartford Project
by exploring the individuals who turned a vision into a reality. The WLHP allowed three lovers' of Hartford and creators of our own creative networks join forces and give back to our community.
From left: Nick Cinea, Carmen Veal and Saige DuPont
Humans of Hartford Creator Nick + WLHP Photographer
I created Humans of Hartford
because I was inspired by the photography and storytelling effects of Humans of New York. I loved how H.O.N.Y. reminds us of a very known yet forgotten fact: everyone has a story to tell. Simultaneously, I was looking for a creative art to explore, and the first thing that came to mind was photography. So in March of 2014, I started Humans of Hartford knowing that a place often deemed as a "scary city" would have many unique stories to share.
What I love most about Hartford is that I'm always surprised how many of its people are willing to open up and share their personal stories with me. I think that when walking down the streets of Hartford there's a certain sense of "keep to yourself," but once you show you're sincere and willing to listen, Hartford's people will open up! I'm even more amazed by how many people in Hartford have been through rough pasts, but are continuing to hold positive mindsets for the future. There's something beautiful about that.
Love Hartford Creator Saige + WLHP Coordinator
I started Love Hartford
because as I was exploring Hartford I found limited sources of social media marketing highlighting the positive cultures, arts, and community news in Hartford.
I love the potential of this city! I love the history of Hartford and I see how it can be a platform to move our city forward.
Hartford Girl Creator Carmen Veal + WLHP Organizer
I created Hartford Girl
about four year after moving to downtown Hartford. I would visit NYC to experience fashion, culture, art, and other fun and exciting attractions in the city. As a small business owner building my personal and professional brands since 2009, I developed a respect and appreciation for working positively with others and community involvement. My mission evolved to play an intimate role in Hartford's dynamic growth and encompasses special events production
. After celebrating my company’s 5-year anniversary in May of 2014, I felt the need for inclusive growth that would allow me to combine my talents, and evolve with my community.
Hartford is a wonderful city with amazing people, historical landmarks, great food, creative arts, music and fun! I'm proud of my hometown and am committed to playing an intimate role in it's dynamic growth.
But wait, there more! Celebrate with us!
Tonight we will celebrate the completion of this We Love Hartford project and preparation of another amazing one. The 2nd annual hARTford Art Crawl
will be held Thursday Sept 17th. Full details are forthcoming.