Together is so much better.

The Alliance and the CT Arts Alliance: A Powerful Partnership

When two organizations come together with a shared vision and a passion for their craft, the result is always something special. That’s exactly what happened when The Alliance joined forces with the CT Arts Alliance.

As a trusted ally of the CT Arts Alliance, The Alliance is committed to supporting and promoting the arts throughout Connecticut and beyond. From visual arts to music, theater, and dance, we believe that the arts have the power to inspire, challenge, and transform us all.

Thank Your Legislators!

Showing appreciation for support of the arts is a critical piece of long-term support for the arts from legislators. Provide legislators an understanding of how the allocated funding is benefitting the arts community. 

Take the Arts Promise.

My Arts Promise is a quick and simple opportunity for members of the community to show you’re ready to answer the call to support the arts. By adding your name and contact information, shows a promise to take an active role in advancing the arts during the legislative session. Make it your goal to be an active supporter of the arts! Find out 4 ways you can do so and make your promise to take action throughout the year. 

What is the 1% for Arts campaign?

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut teamed up with the CT Arts Alliance to advocate for 1% of ARP funding to municipalities.  The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) sends money directly to municipalities in Connecticut for leadership to use in ways that will best help their community. We are asking local leadership to reserve 1% for the arts in our region. Ridgefield is the first to commit at least 1% to the arts in our region.

Why 1%

Because a vibrant, thriving arts and culture scene directly benefits the recovery of restaurants, lodging, tourism and hospitality industries. Also, outdoor events throughout the summer and fall are vital for reviving downtowns, restoring jobs, and renewing our social connection. 1% will have a large and direct positive impact on your community! View the estimated funding allocation numbers courtesy of Connecticut Main Street Center.

We’re working

for you!

The Cultural Alliance joined the CT Art Alliance statewide campaign in 2021 advocating 1% for Arts. We sprang into action and reached out to municipal leaders in the 10-towns we serve by email and phone. Municipal art commissions were contacted to let them know we’re advocating for support to arts and culture and asked them to join us. On October 8th, we hosted The Arts Revitalize the Economy: Roundtable discussion with government, education, and business leaders.  We can do more, but we need you!

April Letter to municipal leaders

July letter to municipal leaders

Get involved.
Reach out.

We are in this together. We need your voice. If you’re a creative thinker, producer or presenter, designer, maker, arts organizational leader, trustee, staff, and others. Reach out to your leadership and ask them to reserve 1% for the arts. If your town is looking for ideas to support arts and culture, perhaps you have a few ideas of your own. Share them! For more information or help to strategize for your community, contact us!

Municipal Use of ARP Funds

Contact us for information on how to partner with us!

Past Advocacy Work

Create The Vote Candidates Forum

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut hosted a candidates forum on October 22, 2020 in an effort to connect voters and candidates. We invited candidates who completed the Create The Vote survey to discuss their plans to strengthen the arts and culture sector in the region and State. 

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