DECD CT Office of the Arts | June 25, 2020

The pandemic has been devastating to many industries and no less so for the arts industry. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut wishes a special congratulations to all arts organizations in Connecticut, but especially to those in our region, who received support through the CARES Act Emergency Relief. We extend a collective thank you to the CT Office of the Arts for their commitment and support! Brookfield Craft Center; Camerata d’Amici, Friends of the Ives, Musicals at Richter, The Ridgefield Chorale; Ridgefield Guild of Artists; Ridgefield Theater Barn; Sherman Chamber Ensemble; TheatreWorks New Milford; Thrown Stone Theatre Company; Village Center for the Arts; Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra  

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) awarded one-hundred and twenty- two (122) CARES Act Emergency Relief grants totaling $350,000. Grants range from $1,500 to $3,000.

The Connecticut CARES Act Emergency Relief grant program was made possible with funding distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act grant recipients include:

Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, West Hartford
Almira Stephan Memorial Playhouse (aka Castle Craig Players), Meriden
American Mural Project, Winsted
Architecture Resource Center, New Haven
Art League of New Britain, New Britain
ArtEcon Initiative, New Haven
ARTFARM, Middletown
Artreach, Norwich
Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden (aka Gallery 53), Meriden
Arts Escape, Southbury
Arts in CT Corps, Milford
Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford
Bristol Symphony Orchestra (aka Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra), Bristol
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield
Buttonwood Tree (The), Middletown
Camerata d’Amici, Ridgefield
Cappella Cantorum, Essex
CAST (aka CAST Children’s Theatre), Manchester
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk
Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony, Greenwich
Charter Oak Performing Arts (aka Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus), New Haven
Chestnut Hill Concerts, Guilford
City Lights & Company, Bridgeport
Clinton Placemakers (aka Clinton Arts Gallery), Clinton
Con Brio Choral Society, Centerbrook
Connecticut Ballet, Stamford
Connecticut Ballet School (akaConnecticut Dance School), Fairfield
Connecticut Chamber Choir, Trumbull
Connecticut Chopin Foundation, Rocky Hill
Connecticut Early Music Society, New London
Connecticut Guitar Society, Hartford
Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, Derby
Connecticut Lyric Opera, New London
Connecticut Storytelling Center, New London
Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, Windsor
Creative Connections, Norwalk
Crystal Theatre, Norwalk
CT Academy for the Arts, Torrington
Cuatro Puntos, Norwich
David Hayes Art Foundation (aka David Hayes Sculpture Fields Open Air Museum), Coventry
Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (aka EC-CHAP), Willington
Elm Shakespeare Company, New Haven
Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art (aka Ely Center of Contemporary Art), New Haven
Essex Art Association, Essex
Essex Winter Series, Essex
Fairfield County Chorale, Westport
Fairfield County Symphony Society, Fairfield
Fermata Arts Foundation, Avon
Figments Youth Dance Ensemble, Stafford Springs
Flock Theatre, New London
Friends of the Ives, Danbury
Goshen Players, Goshen
Greater Bridgeport Symphony (aka Fairfield County Symphony Society), Bridgeport
Greater Middletown Chorale, Cromwell
Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater, West Cornwall
Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, Hartford
Hartford Chorale, Hartford
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, Hartford
Hartford Jazz Society, Bloomfield
Hole in the Wall Company (aka Hole in the Wall Theater), New Britain
Hygienic Art, New London
IMTEMPO, Stamford
I-Park Foundation, East Haddam
JIB Productions (aka Play With Your Food), Westport
Kent Singers, Kent
Landmark Community Theatre, Thomaston
Little Theatre of Manchester (The), Manchester
Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme
Madison Lyric Stage, Madison
Main Street Ballet Company, Woodbury
Mariachi Academy of New England, North Haven
Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Fairfield
Music at the Red Door, West Hartford
Music Mountain, Lakeville
Music on the Hill, Wilton
Music School at Sound Crossing, Windsor
Musicals at Richter, Danbury
New Canaan Society for the Arts (aka Carriage Barn Arts Center), New Canaan
New Haven Oratorio Choir, Hamden
New World Trio, Hartford
Newington Children’s Theatre Company, Newington
Night Fall, Hartford
Norwalk 2.0, Norwalk
Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (aka NICE), Norwalk
Norwalk Symphony Society, Norwalk
Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middletown
Opera House Players, Enfield
Opera New England of Northeastern Connecticut (aka Performing Arts of NE CT), Pomfret
Opera Theater of Connecticut, Clinton
Orchestra New England, New Haven
Our House Meriden, Meriden
Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration (aka P.L.A.C.E), Hamden
Peach Orchard (aka Masque Family Theater), Bethlehem
Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Plainville
Ridgefield Chorale (The), Ridgefield
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield
Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts (aka Ridgefield Theater Barn), Ridgefield
Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton
Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Sherman
Site Projects, New Haven
Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Hartford
Southington Community Cultural Arts, Southington
Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, Hartford
Stamford Art Association, Stamford
Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Stamford
Ted Thomas Dance Foundation (aka Thomas/Ortiz Dance), Norwalk
TheatreWorks New Milford, New Milford
Thrown Stone Theatre Company, Ridgefield
Treetops Chamber Music Society, Stamford
Valley Arts Council, Derby
Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shelton
Village Center for the Arts, New Milford
Voice of Art (The), Warren
Waterbury Chorale (The), Middlebury
Wesleyan Potters, Middletown
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Ridgefield
Westport Community Theatre, Westport
Wilton Singers, Wilton
Windham Theatre Guild, Willimantic
Windsor Art Center, Windsor

The Connecticut Office of the Arts realizes the gravity of these times and would like to express its deep appreciation for the work that these organizations, and the many other organizations not on this list, do to keep the arts alive and well in Connecticut.