About the 224

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    It’s more than the traditional art gallery, dance studio, banquet hall and co-working space. We combine them all within our 30,000 square foot building forming what we like to call an EcoSpace.

    An EcoSpace is a prime factor for growth in any habitat; defined as the relationship between people, their environment and their access to vital resources.

    With our doors always open to the creative thinkers and doers from all walks of life, we strive to make a lasting impression of hope, transformation and growth in the heart of the city.

    The 224 is the only EcoSpace to live in the greater Hartford region. With 30,000 square feet of endless possibilities, our space provides a nurturing environment and the necessary resources for life learners and innovators to work, create and lead - beyond the traditional ways of thinking.

    Our five pillars include:
    • Public Art
    Health & Wellness
    Transforming Leadership
    Community Building
    Spirituality & Culture

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  • What programs and services are offered? Useful! Not useful!

    The EcoSpace has three centers of operation for you to work, create and lead: The Collaboration Centre, The LivingWell Centre and Business Growth Centre. The Collaboration Centre is perfect for hosting a multitude of events including meetings, seminars, art exhibits and retreats. The LivingWell Centre focuses on promoting health and wellness through traditional and unconventional fitness programs. The Business Growth Centre is designed to support the community’s entrepreneurs with co-working office space and business development resources as well as full access to all of our other services.

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    Members at The 224 are innovators, creatives and leaders who are smart enough to work alone but realize that collaborating together in an eco-space can produce a genius idea. Their innovations result from out-of-the-box thinking and they are driven by life-long passion. They push limits and ask the questions necessary to change the world.

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    If you are interested in attending or becoming a sponsor for the 2015 Catalyst Awards, visit here.

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    We look forward to you joining us. Thank you!

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The Collaboration Centre

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The Business Growth Centre

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The LivingWell Centre

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    LivingWell Centre

    Whether you’re looking to get fit with a dash of fun or a place to practice uninterrupted meditation, this area is perfect for those who need to get away from it all. When you enter our LivingWell Centre, you will begin your journey to holistic health and wellness. Equipped with masterfully trained instructors, we offer Keep Reading ..

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    Business Growth Centre

    The Business Growth Centre is designed to support the community’s entrepreneurs with co-working office space and business development resources, as well as full access to all of our other services. Launch or grow your business in an ecology designed for innovation. Expand your knowledge in our resource center. Our Leadership Library is fully-stocked with informational Keep Reading ..

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    Collaboration Centre

    At The 224, we have a passion for connecting with transformational leaders, which is one of the reasons we created the Collaboration Centre. Unlike the typical convention/conference center, this area is uniquely designed to inspire creativity and innovation. The room of your choice will be customized to your vision with the helping hands of our Keep Reading ..

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    Thought Leaders & Advisors of The 224

    We continue to form long-lasting connections with thought leaders and advisors as we develop The 224. Each month, we will feature those who have provided ongoing thought leadership, mentorship and design for the birth of The 224. Paul Pita CEO/Executive Creative Director The Pita Group Paul has an amazing ability to build consensus among groups Keep Reading ..

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    The 224 EcoSpace: The Power of Purple

    Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut, said to be “the land of steady habits.” Some people think our city is dull, boring and, well…beige. When we thought about “reviving,” our city, through the creation of The 224 EcoSpace, we decided to “paint the town purple” through the creative, bodacious purple spark of color on Keep Reading ..

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    Frequently Asked Questions – The 224 Events

    Here at The 224, there are guidelines to ensure maintenance of the building and the best interest of guests. Find the answers to frequently asked questions below: Can I provide my own catering? We offer the option of preferred caterers. To arrange for catering services, please contact us. Do you offer audio support and assistance? Keep Reading ..

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    11 Ways to move from Community vision to Community Action

    By Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best, Director & Chief Curator of The 224 EcoSpace “One day my soul just opened up.” – Iyanla Vanzant Eleven years ago I was minding my business, driving down north-main street in Hartford, on my way to service at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. Then I woke up. As Iyanla Vanzant Keep Reading ..

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Leadership

Our Executive Team

  • Rev. F. Lydell Brown III, Director of Operations
  • Rev. Brian Walton, EcoSpace Coordinator

 

We continue to form long-lasting connections with thought leaders and advisors as we develop The 224. Each month, we will feature those who have provided ongoing thought leadership, mentorship and design for the birth of The 224. Check out our latest features here.

Director & Chief Curator


Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best

Dr. Best is a Connecticut Yankee, visual artist, human rights activist, theologian and social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit, faith-based and business sector with a mission to help organizations and communities develop strategic alliances for sustainable change.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.21.18 AMFull-speed Wifi
Download and upload faster for free. Get more work done with high-speed internet access spots throughout the eco-space.

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Full access to all of your major office needs. Easy, fast and convenient self-service work stations.

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 5.26.48 PMCommuter Friendly
Free parking, no matter how long the stay. Bike racks. Within a block of the FastTrak.

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Pick up and send off. Have a professional address for all of your business needs.

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Keep your belongings safe in accessible locker space. Secure and large enough to hold whatever you need.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.53.59 PMCoffee and Tea Café
Artisan coffee, tea and snacks for a short break or take it to-go. Recharge in our community café.

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Make use of the perfect location for intimate business meetings, lectures and presentations.

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Take advantage of our inventory of audio equipment, post-production and content development services.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.54.11 PMChanging Rooms
Conveniently get ready for fitness in our changing rooms equipped with showers and full-length mirrors.

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Get in touch with the health benefits of body-work therapy in our designated rooms with massage tables.

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Practice uninterrupted meditation at your leisure in a quiet, closed-off atmosphere.

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Expand your knowledge in our resource center  with an extensive literary collection.

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 5.21.13 PMYoga & Fitness Studio
Host or join a yoga, fitness and dance class in our spacious fitness studios equipped with wall mirrors and mats.

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Find your perfect patch of land to harvest plants in a garden plot designated just for you.

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 5.30.47 PMArt Exhibition Space
Showcase your creative works in one of our many well-lit rooms designed for displaying art.

 

 

 

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Address

@the224
224 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Phone

(860) 247-0017

Email

info@the224.org

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