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Tuesday, March 3: University Closing at 7 p.m.

Due to expected storm conditions, the University will close at 7 p.m. this evening. All classes starting at or after 7 p.m. are canceled. Individual professors may opt to conduct classes or provide assignments online when the campus is closed, so students should check Blackboard and their email to learn of any alternate arrangements.

University Libraries will close at 7 p.m. tonight.

All Hartt Community Division activities after 3 p.m. today are canceled.

Updated 3:30 p.m., 3/3/15

This is my story

Lucia Esposito ’11

Art of Healing

I have been making art ever since I was little, but most of that art was for myself. I wanted to start sharing my art with other people, so I signed up for the Hartford Art School's "Arts in Healthcare" class with Assistant Professor Cat Balco.

Over the course of this semester, my classmates and I have visited the Wintonbury Care Center in Bloomfield once a week to work on art projects with its residents. We like to engage them in activities that get their minds going and put smiles on their faces. I can tell we are lifting the residents' spirits and bringing them out of their shells.

Some students are helping their new friends paint, draw and sculpt. I am making sock puppets. During each session, I show Mario, who I am paired with, a book of animals. He decides what kind of puppet he wants to create. I help him cut different shapes for mouths and tongues, and then we glue them on. We put on a puppet show, with our animals telling jokes. I even made a video of the show so Mario can remember me after the semester ends. Watch Video.

After I graduate, I hope to go to school for art therapy and eventually open my own practice, so I can use art to affect the lives of others.


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