Salons at Stowe is the 21st-century parlor conversation designed to inspire you to move from dialogue and debate to action on current social justice issues. In 2010, the Stowe Center's Salon series received the Connecticut Humanities Council's Wilbur Cross Award for outstanding heritage programming, with this citation: "With its rich collections, the Stowe Center is in the exceptional position of having the material foundations and mission particularly suited to link contemporary issues to their historic context."
Since 2008, the Stowe Center's Salons have become a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to issues that concerned Harriet Beecher Stowe. Featured guests provide a starting point for discussion and are a resource for the audience. At every Salon, the audience creates an "Inspiring Action" agenda - a list of specific actions that can be taken to address the issue at hand.
Here is what Salon-goers have to say:
"As successful an exercise in “civic engagement” as I have seen. Your featured guests were articulate, honest (courageous) and wise."
"Congratulations to the Stowe Center: no one else in the community is hosting discussions of these difficult topics."
Hear more in these two brief videos:
All Salons start at 5:30 PM with refreshments and conclude by 7:30 PM.
For more information on individual Salons see the Stowe Center Calendar.
Can't attend? Summaries of the Salon discussion are posted on the Salons at Stowe blog. Check it out and tell us what you think!
Fall 2016 Salons at Stowe
September 6 5:30-6:30 PM
Special Salon at Hartford's West End Farmer's Market
Rain Date: September 27
Creating Change: Arts & Activism
Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members, donors and:
Aetna Foundation Inc.
Barnes Group Foundation
Bartlett Brainard Eacott
Bradley, Foster & Sargent, Inc.
Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts
Conning; Day Pitney LLP
Elizabeth Carse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Fairview Capital Partners
Fiduciary Investment Advisors
George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America Co-Trustee
Greater Hartford Arts Council
Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Pratt & Whitney
Premier Accounting Group
Pullman & Comley LLP
Robinson + Cole LLP
Tauck World of Giving
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co.
United Technologies Corporation
William Beecher Scoville Foundation.