CCT: FY15 Arts Leadership Grantees

Arts Catalyze Placemaking ~ FY2015 Arts Leadership Grantees
The Connecticut Office of the Arts awarded forty-two (42) Arts Catalyze Placemaking - Arts Leadership grants in the amount of $967,466.
The ACP ~ Arts Leadership category awards 1-year grants ranging from $1,500 -$50,000 for the planning and/or implementation of arts-based creative placemaking projects. This category requires partnerships, develops community engagement and positions the arts in a leadership role.

List of FY2015 Arts Leadership Grantees:
ACP ~ Arts Leadership
Ashford Town of Ashford $6,650
Bridgeport City Lights & Company $50,000
Bridgeport Jin Hi Kim $10,000
Bridgeport The Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Colchester Jack Jackter School $6,625
Coventry Town of Coventry $6,000
Danbury Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut $10,000
Hamden Young Audiences $47,120
Hamden P.L.A.C.E. $36,158
Hartford Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program $10,000
Hartford Avery Ensemble $22,970
Hartford Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art $50,000
Hartford PARTNERS Foundation Inc. $50,000
Hartford Kinsella Arts Incorporated $10,000
Hartford Night Fall Inc. $10,000
Killingly Town of Killingly $2,000
Middletown The Greater Middletown Chorale, Inc. $44,170
Middletown Wesleyan University Center for the Arts $10,000
Middletown ARTFARM $24,100
Middletown Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University $10,000
New Haven New Haven Free Public Library Foundation $10,000
New Haven A Broken Umbrella Theatre $50,000
New Haven Yale-New Haven Hospital $10,000
New Milford Town of New Milford $10,000
Newtown Middle Gate School Parent Teacher Association $6,000
Norwalk Norwalk 2.0 $50,000
Norwich Norwich Public Schools $3,500
South Woodstock Performing Arts of Northeast CT $25,987
Stafford Springs Stafford Springs Blue Fest $10,000
Stamford Connecticut Ballet  $32,100
Stamford Stamford Public Schools $50,000
Stamford INTAKE Native Instrument Academy $50,000
Tolland Joe McCarthy $10,000
Torrington Artwell, Inc. $10,000
Torrington Five Points Gallery $10,000
Washington Pilobolus, Inc. $25,909
Washington Depot After School Arts Program, Inc. $50,000
Waterbury Waterbury Symphony Orchestra $50,000
Waterford Oswegatchie Elementary School $3,177
West Hartford Carol Padberg $10,000
Willimantic Eastern CT State University $10,000
FY2015 Arts Leadership Grantees: PDF

A total of 15 panelists and 5 review panels where conducted. Panelists were selected based on their professional credentials. The panelists are as follows:

David Marshall
is a professional photographer and grant-writing consultant.  David holds a Graduate Certificate in Photography from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts. He pursued doctoral research in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, specializing in critical anthropology and American community studies. He has directed two arts centers, conducted oral history projects as an independent consultant, and worked for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has served on numerous panels including the NEA, the USDOE, and seven state arts agencies. A published poet, he also authored a history of Roger Williams Park- The Jewel of Providence. Marshall is an avid gardener and has proudly practiced as a tango beginner for four years.

usan R. Delvalle
is the Executive Director of Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in NYC. Delvalle joined Broadway Housing Communities in January 2013 to lead the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, a new initiative scheduled to open to the public in 2014. Previously, Suzy served as Director of External Affairs at El Museo del Barrio in New York where she secured the museum’s first major city, state and federal funding including over $37 million in capital support and a three-year $2 million capacity-building grant. Before joining El Museo, Suzy worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. Suzy also serves as Adjunct Faculty at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and as a Guest Lecturer in the Arts Management program at The New School University. Susan serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Advisory Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative as well as on other boards. She holds an undergraduate degree from Bentley University and a master’s degree from New School University’s Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.

Michael L. Campbell
has served as Executive Director of SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center in Windsor, CT for the last two and a half years.  Prior to this, he was Chief of Staff for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut serving as a senior staff member of Connecticut’s premier organization for girls.  In the development area, he served as National Development Director for the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps responsible for all advancement efforts nationwide for this youth development organization.   Previously, Michael was the Executive Director of the Hartford Children’s Theatre.  His duties included development, finance, operations and the management of all programs and led the organization to receive the New England Theatre Conference’s award for best youth theatre production in New England.  Michael was a fixture at the Producing Guild, a premier non-equity theatre for over 15 years as Business Manager, Production Manager, and Production Assistant.  He has served on many local, national, and international Boards with experience in all areas of non-profit governance and management but his first love is the arts.  He specializes in development, Executive Director support, finance, advocacy and how to survive the day to day challenges that face all organizations that give so much to the community. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years.


Victoria Christgau is a life-long Peace/Arts Educator, Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.  She is a Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Teaching and Performing Artist, working as a Peace/Arts Educator for over 25 years.   Victoria founded and directs the Peace is Possible Chorus and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Commemoration of Litchfield County, which celebrating 20 seasons.  Victoria has taught vocal improvisation, public speaking, nonviolence workshops and residencies for students and faculty at venues throughout the nation. As a certified nonviolence trainer and educator, Victoria works closely with civil rights legend, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., former executive staff member for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., currently Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence at Emory University. Dr. LaFayette serves as Honorary Board Chair on the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. In 2014 Christgau was awarded as community leader by the CT State Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

Jean Mineo
holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration with 20 years experience in fund raising, marketing and promotion, communication, financial management and reporting, volunteer and staff management, community relations, program development, and strategic planning for non-profit visual arts organizations.  Mineo has managed both temporary outdoor sculpture exhibitions and permanent public art projects in the Boston area since 1998. She has been Director of the cooperative Boston Sculptors Gallery since 2006 where she manages 36 contemporary sculptors representing a wide range of media, in 14 solo exhibitions annually. From 2006 – 2009, Mineo ran the Jamaica Plain Open Studios (220 artists at 70 sites) and oversaw educational programs for 1,700 students annually and more than 30 exhibitions of contemporary art and  during her tenure as Executive Director of the New Art Center in Newton (1994 - 2003). 

Todd Eric Hawkins
is the Manager of Finance and a Project Manager for Public Art for Public Schools in New York City. In this role, he has overseen multiple projects, taking an active role from the commissioning of artists through to the installation of the final work at public schools throughout NYC. Todd received in Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College and his Bachelors from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Council and the Vice-President of the Alumnae/Alumni Board of Directors at Goucher College. 

Syma Ebbin
is the Research Coordinator at Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and member of the CTSG Management Team, administering CTSG's omnibus research program, development grant program and the extramural research funding program of the Long Island Sound Study, which is jointly administered with NY Sea Grant.  She developed and administers the Connecticut Sea Grant Art Funding program, which awards competitive grants to local artists working on coastal and marine themes.  The program, begun in 2010 has awarded grants to seven artists since its inception.  She is the Chair of the national network of Sea Grant research coordinators. Syma is also an Associate Professor in Residence in the University of Connecticut Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and teaches courses on marine and environmental science and policy.  Syma was an avid member of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven while in graduate school.

Louise Pascale is a Professor in Lesley University’s, ITA Creative Arts in Learning program where she has worked for over 15 years. She teaches Multiple Perspectives through Music, Arts Integration, Literacy and Common core, the final thesis course and Integrating in Inclusive Settings. Louise’s research investigates the meaning of singer and non-singer with an interest in changing the ways singing is perceived, nurtured and implemented in classrooms. Ten years ago she launched the Children’s Afghan Songbook Project, a project that strives to preserve traditional Afghan children’s songs and return them to the children of Afghanistan.  These songs almost completely disappeared from Afghan culture due to the devastation that has afflicted Afghanistan over the past 30 years. This project is rooted in her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late ‘60’s.  In 2008, she published Children’s Songs from Afghanistan, the English translated version of the songbook which is being distributed to music specialists, educators, Afghan-Americans and others interested in learning more about world music.   To date, there are 45,000 copies of two different songbooks of traditional children’s songs along with an accompanying teacher’s guide for each songbook.  The songbook packages are distributed to elementary schools and orphanages across Afghanistan.


Jessica Tomlinson is the Director of Artists at Work at Maine College of Art and the Board President of SPACE Gallery. She has served on the Maine Arts Commission, the state’s Creative Economy Council and the board of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance. Prior to her work at MECA, she ran an art gallery and wrote about the arts for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Down East magazine.

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer  is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.  Not only is she a proud Queens girl, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to transform community and loves loves loves working in social media and web properties to create investable spaces for artists. She is a blogger who writes about lifestyle and careers.  Check out for style notes for people who change the world. If you do good, why shouldn’t you look good? Her other superpower is writing and illustrating children’s literature.  She is the author and illustrator of Rabbit Mooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children published by Little, Brown & Company.  Her second book for young adults, Ghostmistress, is being developed as an online serial with seventy middle school writers. Hoong Yee is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.   She is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway, Queens where they live with their three children, Mikki, Remy & Sky.


William Kraus acts as a prime mover in Placemaking projects that involve the redevelopment of significant historic buildings that seem to have no economic re-use. Past projects include the conversion of the formerly derelict D.M Read’s Department Store in Bridgeport, CT into 61 affordable artist live/work lofts, retail and gallery space with Artspace Projects, Inc. of Minneapolis. During 1990s, Mr. Kraus was a Vice President of Citicorp Real Estate where he worked nationally with troubled commercial real estate properties and on complex financial restructurings. Mr. Kraus holds an MBA with honors from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He also studied architecture and urban planning at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) in Manhattan. Mr. Kraus is a board member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and the Historic Bird Homestead and Rye Meeting House, in Rye, NY. He is a former member of the Connecticut Historical Commission and Norwalk Planning Commission. He is a former board member of the South Western Regional Planning Association of CT, the Norwalk Land Trust and the Norwalk Preservation Trust.

Cynthia Langlykke is the Development Director at AS220, an artist-founded, artist-run, non-profit arts organization in Providence, RI.   For 29 years, AS220 has been a creative commons providing art making and presenting opportunities for all Rhode Island artists.  It provides an alternative to traditional presenting venues and has gained widespread recognition for its commitment to an “open and unjuried”, egalitarian approach to nurturing creative community.  Prior to working with AS220, Cynthia directed a community development corporation and was a practicing architect in Raleigh, NC. Her work in community and economic development included planning and implementing neighborhood development strategies, promoting sustainable and healthful communities.  While working as a registered architect, she provided leadership for and management of public and private development projects to enhance the quality of the built environment. Cynthia has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Ashley Sklar is the the Community Programs Manager at the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  She runs the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios, a summer arts education program placing students as paid apprentices in Hartford’s cultural organization to receive arts training and to build their professional career skills.  In partnership with Connecticut’s Department of Economic & Community Development’s Office of the Arts, Ashley oversees the Peer Advisor Network, a short-term consulting service for nonprofit arts, heritage or cultural organizations.  Partnering with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Ashley collaborates to deliver Make.Art.Work., a comprehensive professional practice program for visual artists in CT.  Beyond that, Ashley is endlessly on the lookout, researching and creating new opportunities to benefit the Arts Council’s partner organizations and artists in the region. Prior to joining the Arts Council, for over four years Ashley served as the Program Officer for the arts at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, a family foundation based in New Haven, Connecticut.  Before joining the Tremaine Foundation, Ashley worked and interned in museums, galleries and nonprofits in California and Connecticut. Ashley holds a B.A. in art history from Skidmore College; she received an M.A. in art history from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in library and information science focusing on archival studies from Drexel University. As a Connecticut native, Ashley strives to move the arts forward in her home state both personally and professionally.

Ricardo Barreto is currently the Director of the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art, an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and administration of public art projects. Barreto is also a lecturer for the Department of Arts Administration at Boston University. Prior to that he served as Program Officer for Organizations for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1994-2000) and worked as Program Coordinator for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project Public Art Program (1992-94). M.A., B.A. in Art History, Oberlin College.

Loren Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum, Exeter RI

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