Public Program or Exhibit Proposal


Programs and exhibits are considered based on the Library’s strategic plan and mission and available library resources. All submissions will be reviewed by the Library’s programming staff. Most lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances are done on a volunteer basis.



Hartford Public Library sponsors programs that support our activities, mission, collections, and strategic plan at the Downtown Library and at neighborhood branches.



The Library showcases works of established and emerging artists—particularly from Hartford— and/or exhibitions that focus on Hartford and Hartford’s history, which educate, enlighten, challenge, and enrich people’s lives. The Library gives preference to exhibitions linked to program themes and initiatives, such as The Big Read. All exhibitions will be curated by Library staff. Original work in all media will be considered.

If you are interested in applying specifically for the Library’s ArtWalk, separate submission guidelines are available at



A completed application includes:

·       Public Program or Exhibit Proposal form (enclosed)

·       A bio and/or resume

·       At least three references

·       Required support materials:

  • Exhibits: Ten to twelve representative images. Images must be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x786 pixels. Include a corresponding image list.
  • Musical performances: Website, audio and video links.
  • Author talks/book promotion: Author’s name, Publisher, Publicist’s name and contact information, and book release date.

·       Any additional support materials

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.