CCT: Commission on Culture & Tourism Awards Grants to Support Nonprofit Arts

Commission on Culture & Tourism Awards Grants to Support Nonprofit Arts


HARTFORD, Conn. (March 1, 2010) - The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) announced that ninety-six arts organizations from across the state have received grants totaling $852,200 in earnings from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund. The Fund was established by the State Legislature in 1988 to stimulate the development of private sector funding resources and help stabilize arts institutions.

Interest earnings from the Arts Endowment Fund principal are distributed annually to eligible organizations. Non-profit organizations whose primary function is to create, perform, present or otherwise promote the visual, performing or literary arts in the state may apply for a share of the earnings. Awards are calculated based on a statutory formula which rewards organizations reporting a substantial increase in the amount of private sector contributions received in their most recently concluded fiscal year. Organizations may apply grant funds toward capital expenses, administrative costs, programming, or to build their own endowments.

The Arts Endowment Fund investments are managed by the Office of the State Treasurer.  Distribution of Fund proceeds is administered by CCT.

“Helping to sustain Connecticut’s nonprofit arts organizations, which contribute immeasurably to our state’s quality of life and economic well-being, is an important function of CCT,” said Karen Senich, the agency’s executive director. “The Endowment Fund has been a precious source of public funding that helps leverage substantial contributions from the private sector.”

The 96 organizations receiving awards are as follows:

Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund FY 2010 Distribution
After School Arts Program Washington Depot $1,756
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Ridgefield $9,054
Amistad Center for Art & Culture Hartford $5,672
Arte New Haven $895
ARTFARM Middletown $1,781
Artists Collective Hartford $4,762
Arts Council of Greater New Haven New Haven $11,729
Artspace New Haven $2,081
Ballet School of Stamford Stamford $889
Bruce Museum Greenwich $12,980
Bushnell Center for Performing Arts Hartford $12,980
Center for Contemporary Printmaking Norwalk $22,864
Charter Oak Cultural Center Hartford $6,865
CONCORA New Britain $1,844
Connecticut Early Music Society New London $719
Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra Stamford $5,283
Connecticut Guitar Society  Hartford $1,015
Connecticut Lyric Opera  New London $754
Connecticut Storytelling Center New London $915
Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra New Britain $1,027
Creative Arts Workshop New Haven $4,683
Crescendo Lakeville $497
Curtain Call Stamford $2,461
Danbury Music Centre  Danbury $2,029
Dandelion Productions (CT Free Shakespeare) Bethany $2,866
Eastern Connecticut Symphony New London $3,253
Eli Whitney Museum Hamden $2,476
Elm Shakespeare Company  New Haven $5,167
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Waterford $12,083
Fairfield Arts Council Fairfield $965
Fairfield County Chorale Fairfield $1,088
Fairfield Theatre Company  Fairfield $2,381
Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme $64,189
Garde Arts Center New London $12,344
Goodspeed Opera House East Haddam $47,140
Greater Bridgeport Symphony Bridgeport $5,572
Greater Hartford Arts Council Hartford $12,980
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz Hartford $1,514
Greenwich Ballet Academy Greenwich $534
Greenwich Music Festival Company Greenwich $1,663
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Greenwich $2,492
Guilford Art Center  Guilford $1,490
HartBeat Ensemble Hartford $5,906
Hartford Children's Theatre Hartford $3,667
Hartford Chorale  Hartford $3,028
Hartford Jazz Society Hartford $497
Hartford Stage Hartford $64,901
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Hartford $15,515
Hill-Stead Museum  Farmington $7,582
Hygienic Art New London $2,690
Joyful Noise Torrington $4,657
Judy Dworin Performance Project Hartford $2,167
Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts Westport $27,972
Little Theatre of Manchester Manchester $1,039
Long Wharf Theatre New Haven $64,901
Lyman Allyn Art Museum New London $6,808
Mark Twain House & Museum Hartford $55,979
Mattatuck Museum Waterbury $23,764
Music & Arts Center for Humanity Bridgeport $7,581
Music for Youth Westport $1,451
Music Mountain Lakeville $1,169
Mystic Art Center Mystic $2,725
National Theatre of the Deaf  West Hartford $2,052
Neighborhood Music School New Haven $9,471
New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain $12,980
New Britain Symphony Orchestra  New Britain $2,504
New England Carousel Museum Bristol $327
New Haven Ballet New Haven $394
New Haven Chorale New Haven $1,168
New Haven International Fest. Arts & Ideas New Haven $19,369
New Haven Symphony Orchestra New Haven $12,980
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Norwalk $1,503
Norwalk Youth Symphony Norwalk $1,361
Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts Torrington $460
Oddfellows Playhouse Middletown $2,556
Original Works Bridgeport $1,396
Palace Theater Waterbury $8,834
Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut Pomfret $670
Pilobolus Washington Depot $8,038
Pro Arte Chamber Singers of CT Stamford $849
Real Art Ways Hartford $8,607
Ridgefield Playhouse   Ridgefield $13,905
Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Ridgefield $5,418
Salt Marsh Opera  Stonington $2,806
Seven Angels Theatre Waterbury $2,643
Shakespeare on the Sound Norwalk $7,587
Shakesperience Productions  Waterbury $1,143
Shoreline Arts Alliance  Guilford $2,233
Shubert Theater (CAPA) New Haven $5,706
Stamford Center for the Arts Stamford $33,044
Stamford Symphony Orchestra Stamford $9,161
Tri-State Center for the Arts  Sharon $6,023
Warner Theater (Northwest CT Assn. Arts) Torrington $10,450
Westport Arts Center Westport $5,653
Westport Country Playhouse Westport $50,461
Young Audiences of Connecticut Hamden $717
  Total $852,200

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Karen Senich
Executive Director
Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2727 (Leigh Johnson)