TED Talk Tuesday @ WORK_SPACE
Oct 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Visit WORK_SPACE on your lunch break & watch inspiring talks on topics of personal and professional development.

Let’s discuss how to have better conversations by watching the talk by radio host, Celeste Hadlee. At this monthly networking event professionals gather to watch a TED Talk over lunch (BYO), discuss the topic, and then eat cake. Cake and beverages provided.

Art & Healing @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Art & Healing: The Power of Energy, Movement, and Consciousness

Lunch provided with purchase of ticket. 

Beer & Business: Community Networking Hour @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals.

November’s sponsors will be:

Rhythm Brewing CompanyNewly launched in March 2018, Rhythm Brewing Co. is a New Haven, CT based brewery, founded by Alisa Bowens-Mercado. Realizing the lack of craft lagers on the market, Alisa decided to create her own. Her flagship beer, Rhythm, is a modern American-style lager with an ABV of 5.5%. Brewed with South African hops, Rhythm is unfiltered, flavorful, and has a slight bite that leaves you wanting more. Music, Dance, and Beer have played a significant role in Alisa’s life. Both of Alisa’s Grandmothers’ were beer drinkers, and on special occasions, they would sip, dance and converse about “Finding your Rhythm in Life”.

Black Ink Creative Partners – The visual communication, multi-media, integrated marketing company providing services in graphic design, UX/UI, web design, brand development, strategic marketing, marketing design, and advertising development. This is the very talented group that created the “ONE MANCHESTER” mural on the WORK_SPACE building.

Perspectives: Opening Reception @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the opening of our newest art exhibit.
“Perspectives” runs from Nov. 1st-Dec. 26th and is intended to create positive social change in and through the arts. “Perspectives” will include cultural performances, interactive workshops, and artist conversations with weekday lunch & learns and evening/weekend events.
Perspectives: Gender Gaps and Jazz @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presentation followed by a jazz performance.


About this Event


FREE TO BE YOU AND ME – a presentation by Kamora Herrington of the Kamora’s Cultural Corner

Herrington, who holds a BS in Human Services from Springfield College has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth.

Kamora is the Vice Chairperson for the City of Hartford Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. She is a Cultural Competence trainer for the City of Hartford’s Youth Development Practitioners Academy and Middle Management Institute as well as a consultant for the State of Connecticut’s Safe Harbors Program, which ensures the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in out-of-home care.


JAZZ: A GIFT TO THE WORLD – a performance with the Nita Zarif Trio

Nita Zarif, one of Hartford’s best and most loved singers since making her debut in her early 20s at Hartford’s now legendary 880 Club — the South End jazz bastion presided over by Al Casasanta, Hartford’s “Godfather of Jazz” — Zarif has set a high standard for jazz singing while displaying her eminently likeable stage-presence.


Suggested donation at the door.
Art & Identity: Lunch and Learn @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Art & Identity: Images, Words, and Creative Expression

Lunch is provided with the purchase of a ticket.

Perspectives: Music and Dance @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience two very diverse performances.

Expanding Gender Views and Perspectives

-Experience music and narration by Maxx Gianni as they expand your views on gender identity.

-Then, enjoy another dance performance and narration that highlights the two dance styles – Kizomba and Krump with JuS Move Studios and Trizillion Mixed Arts

Suggested donation at the door.

Art & The Harp: Lunch and Learn @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Art &The Harp: Performance and Dialogue with Harpist Debra Venick

Lunch is provided with the purchase of this ticket.

Perspectives: The Poets Speak @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Poets speak for diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

Michele Gara

James Black, 3rd Eye Studio

James is the author of Waldo and the Ramblings on Man. This author and poet, is a trained teacher, former talk show host, semi-professional soccer player, avid reader, inspirational speaker, and an amateur guitarist.

Julia Morris Paul

Julia Morris Paul, an elder law attorney in Manchester, was named the town’s first poet laureate in 2014. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and serves on the boards of several poetry organizations. Julia Paul is a poet of fierce compassion and lyric grace

Frederick Douglass Knowles, II

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist involved in community education. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, “BlackRoseCity” was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Ryan Parker

Ryan T. Parker is a Manchester based poet, teacher of the year recipient, and artivist. Influenced by the strength, wisdom and humor of his mom, love for hip hop and people, his practices with tutoring at ECSU, and his personal frustrations with his own educational experiences and education system as a whole (his 10th grade English teacher had a sign in her classroom which read, “Silence is Golden” –Ahhh! Freaky stuff!), Ryan developed a passion for teaching and promised himself he would break that golden silence and bring golden noise into education! In addition to teaching middle school students, Ryan also consults with educators running workshops and professional developments centered on The Open Mic Movement in Education and teaching educators strategies for establishing and maintaining effective classroom environments.

Suggested donation at the door.

Art & Engaged Mindfulness: Lunch and Learn @ WORK_SPACE
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Olusanya Bey leads an interactive program on the art of being human by helping us better experience engaged mindfulness.

Lunch is provided with the purchase of this ticket.