RiseUP is on a mission to ensure public art and placemaking are core ingredients in all future developments in the state and beyond. This Sip Session will introduce the audience to the power of adding creativity to environments and the impact it can have on people’s mental health and overall spirit. Learn more about the explosion of public art and placemaking in Hartford and Connecticut and experience the fully immersive art exhibit, The Electric Jungle.

About Matt

Matt is a community developer, public art & placemaking innovator. He is Founder and Executive Director of The RiseUP Group. RiseUP’s mission is to empower communities to imagine new possibilities. He has organized hundreds of public art projects and created significant paid opportunities for professional Connecticut artists who use public art to uplift our communities. Matt launched the Creative Leadership Internship Program, a safe and creative space where youth are exposed to real-life public art opportunities and are mentored to work alongside professional muralists. Matt’s latest projects are bringing Connecticut artists together to create the future of Connecticut. He launched The Studio CT labs which are physical creative incubator spaces in Hartford and Bridgeport and The Art Club with the goal of cultivating a creative community where artists can collaborate, learn, and create together.

In addition to his work in the community, Matt has 10+ years of finance, project management, and strategic leadership experience working for international companies and healthcare startups.

Matt has an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from UHart Barney School of Business.

Instagram: @CTMurals

Website: www.theriseupgroup.org

Reminder: Bring an open mind and an open heart and a beverage to share so we may toast together!

Location: The Dirt Salon, LLC 50 Bartholomew Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 from 6-8 pm.


Your Input Requested | SIP Session Wildcard Topic for December 13, 2023

You are invited to suggest the topic of the last SIP Session of 2023. What do you want to explore? Controversial or taboo topics welcome … and honesty is encouraged. What do you dare us to cover next? Have a say. Go to the survey here.