NEA awards $985,400 to 11 CT arts groups; GHAC awards ‘Art + Wellness’ grants

Susan Dunne | Hartford Courant | May 16, 2019

Eleven arts organizations in Connecticut received a total of $985,400 from the National Endowment for the Arts in its latest round of funding for the fiscal year 2019. The NEA granted a total of $80.4 million to 1,114 organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four U.S. jurisdictions.

Here are the organizations, their amounts and the purpose of the funding.

  • Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County in Bridgeport, $15,000, to expand an apprenticeship program for students from underserved communities.
  • Goodspeed Opera House Foundation in East Haddam, $15,000, to support the development of “Because of Winn Dixie.”
  • Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, $10,000, to support the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
  • Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, $73,000: $30,000 to support Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and $43,000 to support Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program.
  • Connecticut Public Broadcasting in Hartford, $20,000, to support artist workshops and pitch events that bring new voices into the media.
  • Connecticut State Office of the Arts, $737,400, to support arts programs statewide.
  • Hartford Performs, $30,000, to support professional development for elementary school teachers and teaching artists.
  • Wesleyan University in Middletown, $15,000, to support artist in residence Netta Yerushalmy.
  • Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, $20,000, to support the exhibit “Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art.”
  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, $30,000, to support a teen-engagement program, “One Work, Many Voices.”
  • Westport Country Playhouse, $20,000, to support a production of “Mlima’s Tale” by Lynn Nottage.
Wellness grants

The Greater Hartford Arts Council has awarded $2,500 each to four arts organizations in its 2019 “Arts + Wellness” grants program, which is targeted to programs that enhance the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

Here are the organizations and their programs.

  • Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, whose Shared Abilities Arts is a weekly dance and visual art classes for students with multiple and severe disabilities.
  • Easterseals Camp Hemlocks in Hebron, whose Arts Enrichment Program is a visual arts and movement/dance program for adults with moderate to severe disabilities.
  • Hartford Artisan Weaving Center, which teaches hand-weaving to those with low or no vision.
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts, whose All Access program teaches creative skills and offers social interaction for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Grant opportunities

Connecticut Office of the Arts is accepting applications for its Artist Fellowship Program, which supports artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals.

Three levels of grants are available, $1,000, $3,000 and $5,000. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, and a full-time resident of Connecticut for at least one year at the time of application. During the funding period, the recipient must remain a Connecticut resident.

Categories being considered are visual artists, performing artists, filmmakers, digital media artists, designers, literature and script writers, teaching artists, traditional artists and multidisciplinary artists.

The office points out that artists should apply only when they have a substantial body of recent work that can be presented professionally.

Applications are due Aug. 20. To apply and for more details, visit