Connecticut Office of the Arts announces grant recipients

By Kevin Zimmerman

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Numerous Fairfield County organizations are among those receiving grants from the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) for its fiscal year 2017. In total, COA awarded 129 grants totaling $1,532,598.

County organizations receiving grants under COA’s Supporting Arts in Place (SAP) program – which awards grants to eligible arts organizations and municipal arts offices to strengthen the state’s nonprofit arts industry – were the Bridgeport Symphony ($9,400); Dandelion Productions (Bridgeport; $2,500); Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation (Bridgeport, $9,000); Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County Inc. (Bridgeport, $12,400); and New England Ballet Co. (Bridgeport, $2,500).

Also receiving SAP grants were the Ives Center for the Arts (Danbury, $6,900); Darien Arts Council ($9,200); Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestra (Fairfield, $4,600); Connecticut Alliance for Music Inc. (Fairfield, $3,000); Connecticut Dance School (Fairfield, $6,400); Fairfield County Chorale (Fairfield, $5,900); and Fairfield Theatre Co. ($16,600).

Additional SAP grant recipients were the Greenwich Arts Council ($6,800); Silvermine Guild of Artists Inc. (New Canaan, $14,700); the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, $8,800); Creative Connections (Norwalk, $8,200); Norwalk Symphony Society Inc. ($7,200); Norwalk Youth Symphony ($7,000); Ridgefield Chorale ($3,600); Ridgefield Playhouse ($18,600); the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (Riverside, $363); and the Rowayton Arts Center ($8,300).

Also receiving SAP grants were Curtain Call (Stamford, $5,700); Franklin Street Work Gallery (Stamford, $8,600); Pro Arte Chamber Singers of CT Inc. (Stamford, $3,600); Stamford Symphony Orchestra ($10.500); Mighty Quinn Foundation (Stratford, $2,100); Fairfield County Children’s Choir (Trumbull, $5,000); Music on the Hill Inc. (Weston, $3,500); Westport Arts Center ($9,800); and Westport School of Music Inc. ($5,300).

Among those receiving grants under COA’s Arts & Community Impact program – which funds projects that create or sustain a meaningful relationship with non-arts stakeholders to connect the value of the arts to identifiable community needs, interests or opportunities – were Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University ($10,000); Music Theatre of CT Inc. (Norwalk, $9,000); and Intake Organization Inc. (Stamford, $20,000).

Receiving grants under COA’s Public Art Community (PAC) program, which provides funding for public art projects that engage in quality partnerships and consider community needs and opportunities, were Resonator Films LLC (Easton, $16,000) and Norwalk 2.0 ($15,000).

Receiving regional initiative grants were the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut (Danbury, $35,000), which also received a $30,855 regional service organization grant and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (Norwalk, $35,000).

Under COA’s Arts Learning program — which provides funding for the planning and implementation of new or expanded arts in education-based projects that engage partners to advance teaching and learning for birth to grade 12 in a defined community setting – a grant was awarded to Arts for Healing (New Canaan, $20,000).

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