CCT: Arts & Community Impact Grant Program

Arts & Community Impact Grant Program

The Arts & Community Impact Grant Program (ACI) funds projects that create or sustain a meaningful relationship with non-arts stakeholders to effectively connect the intrinsic value of the arts to identifiable community needs, interests or opportunities.
FY2017 Arts & Community Impact grant recipients:

Grant Amount 
Project Summary 
Wesleyan Center for the Arts 

The Center or the Arts, working with the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, the Muslim Student Association at Wesleyan University, and the Wesleyan Refugee Project (a student activist club), will work with New Haven-based visual artist Mohamed Hafez, and a group of student and community-based advisors, to pair Hafez with three to five refugee families to co-create an installation of images and objects to express their experiences as refugees. The work will culminate in two installations (at two different locations) to inform a series of public conversations about the refugee crisis and its social and political context. 

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, The 

The Quick Center or the Arts working with CT artist Nina Bentley (Westport), the Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (ABRI) Homes for the Brave homeless veterans program (Bridgeport), and Fairfield University MFA Director and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Sonya Huber, will cast and produce "War Stories," a 2016/2017 full-length theater presentation as a part of the Center’s Global Theater, a performance series hosted in the Wein Experimental Theater at the Center. The stakeholders will work with veterans from ABRI to formalize veterans’ stories into performances, working with the assembled team, through writing and journaling exercises in a three-month series of workshops. Veterans will be paid for their work and final performances. 

Community Partners in Action 

Community Partners in Action, working with York Correctional (women) and four Men’s Correctional Institutions (Cybulski, others), will engage over 20 artists/inmates to develop and create wall murals for the Visitors’ Centers at each facility. These visiting rooms are arguably the most important physical spaces within the prisons. Creating a positive, welcoming environment through inmate art is an inaugural initiative for the more than 38-year old Prison Arts Program. This murals project will utilize long developed relationships within the prisons and bring together the skills, thoughtfulness, experience, and dedication of the program’s prison participants. 

Carol Padberg 

Hartford-based artist Carol Padberg, working with Knox Parks and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program, will create the "Hartford Curiosity Cabinet," an ongoing interactive community artwork to improve health and wellness through art, gardening, and increased contact with nature. The project will be implemented in community gardens and empty lots, and ultimately create a mobile art trailer designed by Neighborhood Studio’s high school students as a lasting public art work - an educational, interactive field station through which the project intends to help develop ecological literacy and teach world history. The mobile Curiosity Cabinet will have a variety of potential uses, including the collection of oral history, farming traditions, the teaching of seed saving, and herbal healing. 

Eastern CT State University 

Dr. Gail Gelburd, Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at ECSU, working with the Town Of Windham Director of Economic Development, Jim Bellano, as well as three important Willimantic projects, Whitewater Park, Horizons, and the Kerri Gallery, will bring together residents and artists in the community to transform and revitalize one mile of historic downtown Willimantic streets, sidewalks, building facades, and empty store fronts into an engaging public art exhibition. Murals, chalk art, performance work, installations, projections and videos will be submitted by artists throughout the state and juried by art professionals.

Music Theater of Connecticut 

Music Theater of CT, working with the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA), will provide theatre classes for Housing Authority students. MTC will expand NHA’s pilot to 5 classes/week to serve a larger population, which will increase students served from 24 per week to 72 per week for an 8-week fall term and an 8-week spring term. Students involved in the prior pilot program (2015) have demonstrated greatly increased life skills including greater feeling of self-worth, confidence, social skills and communication as a result of the classes. 

Hugo Kauder Society 
New Haven 

The Hugo Kauder Society, working with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), will organize "Recovering Voices: The Sounds of Refuge," performances of composer Hugo Kauder's music, using traditional Middle Eastern instruments, performed by professional musicians from Iraq and Afghanistan with a refugee status. These performances will bring together musicians-in-exile together through the music of an earlier refugee (Hugo Kauder) and provide an alternative avenue for refugee's voices and stories to be heard and for new arrivals to rebuild a career through new connections in the United States. This project will feature refugee musicians, their stories, and bring greater awareness to their current Connecticut circumstances. 

Cuatro Puntos 

Cuatro Puntos, working with Hartford's American School for the Deaf (ASD), body percussion artist Eden MacAdam Somer, and composer Elizabeth Adams, will provide percussion and performance workshops for ASD students to benefit both deaf and hearing. The project will commission two works for musicians, singers, and interpretive dancers fluent in sign language. One initiative will interpret music for the deaf by including instruments that create feeling, interpretive dance, and sign language and the second will interpret a deaf story into music to allow the hearing to experience something originally for the deaf. 

Music Haven 
New Haven 

Music Haven, working with the Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) – the Refugee organization of New Haven – will work with children and families over the course of one year to provide music education to refugee children, develop connections through music with other youth of the same school grades, and support cultural reflection and understanding to help ease the refugees’ transition and acculturation process. Music Haven will provide a safe, nurturing space for children to explore musical interests and a doorway into their new home within the greater New Haven region and its thriving arts and culture scene. Among the project’s goals are to build new relationships, confidence, and safe entry points toward social integration. This program will bring Music Haven students together with the newest citizens of New Haven and provide space and time for them to learn from and about each other. 

Writer's Block Ink 
New London 

Writer’s Block Ink, working with the New London Community & Campus Coalition’s (NLCCC) Juvenile Review Board (JRB), will use the arts to explore the effects of incarceration on youth in New London County and engage youth in the criminal justice system through hip-hop music. This project will work with young people in JRB’s community-based diversion program on the creation of original artworks in spoken word, music, song writing, multi-media production, hip-hop, and dance. The project’s goal is to develop personal skills and support rehabilitation. Art classes and workshops will be combined with Community Summits, panel presentations, mentorships, and a final showcase of works created by the youth. 

Intake Native Instrument Academy
Stamford & Norwalk

Intake, working with Diane Montgomery, an English language tutor and Instructor at Norwalk Community College (NCC), Christ the Healer Church (North Stamford), and Future Five (Stamford), an organization that works to advance opportunities for underserved students, will expand Intake’s Native Instrument Academy to a second site in North Stamford that will serve an additional 40 students and families, including twenty currently on their growing waiting list. This project will not only enable Intake to serve more children and families but to penetrate more deeply into Stamford's lower socioeconomic and immigrant communities. These project partners will engage parents and students, provide language coaching and English as a Second Language education, provide opportunities to sing and perform in Intake’s bilingual community choir, and offer academic tutoring and college preparation for Intake’s high school students.

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra 

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, working with the Children’s Community School (CCS, Waterbury), Bridge to Success (the Strive educational program in Waterbury), and the Lever Foundation, will operate a year-long music education program for under-served children and their families that will employ music education as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change. The symphony, a participant in Bravo Waterbury!, the Strive initiative which is now in its fifth year, will inaugurate a new program pilot to create greater equitable access to this El Sistema-derived program, namely, to move from a school-only based program to one that is open to all children residing in Waterbury. This grant will support the music instruction at CCS for eleven months of the year and will serve a total of 150 children city-wide. 

The FY2017 Arts & Community Impact program is closed. 
The application deadline was Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
*All grants funds are dependent on state and federal annual appropriations as allotted by the Governor and the Connecticut General Assembly, therefore, all grant monies are contingent on availability.

The Arts & Community Impact Grant Program (ACI) funds projects* that create or sustain a meaningful relationship with non-arts stakeholders to effectively connect the intrinsic value of the arts to identifiable community needs, interests or opportunities.  Grant Request ranges are divided by Tier.

TIER ONE – for funding requests from $5,000 up to a maximum of $10,000


  • Artists (with fiscal sponsor)
  • Artist Groups without 501-c-3 status (with fiscal sponsor)
  • Arts Organizations
  • Arts Programs of a 501-c-3 non-arts organization
  • College or University
  • Municipal Art Departments

TIER TWO – for funding requests that start above $10,000 up to a maximum of $20,000.


  • Arts Organizations
  • Municipal Art Department (Category C only)

FY2017 Arts & Community Impact (ACI) Guidelines (PDF)

Budget Instructions (PDF)
Project Budget - Expenses & Income Allocations (Excel)

Applicants must complete a Project Budget and possibly an In-Kind Worksheet as part of the application. You will be asked to upload these documents during the on-line application process. Be sure to convert these documents to PDFs before uploading.

In-Kind Budget Worksheet (Excel)
SAMPLE In-kind Budget Worksheet (Excel)

SAMPLE Budget documents:

Project Budget with no in-kind (Excel)

Project Budget with in-kind (Excel)


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