CITY OF HARTFORD AWARDS $370,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE   March 2015

 

 

CITY OF HARTFORD AWARDS $370,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

 
 

NEWS AND COMMUNITY STATEMENT

 
 
(March 5, 2015)Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the recipients of the City’s annual Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants or “Jobs Grants," a program managed by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  This year, the City awarded $370,000 to a dozen Hartford-based artists and organizations to support local cultural programming, job creation and local tourism.  Jobs Grants are awarded in three categories: up-and-coming works, facility renovations, and youth employment projects. This year’s recipients include Hartbeat Ensemble, Anne Cubberly/Nightfall, TheaterWorks, Institute for Community Research, Hartford Blooms, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford Stage Company, Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, Connecticut Landmarks, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.
 
“Many of these organizations continuously drive economic activity and tourism from across the state," said Mayor Segarra. “Artists and art organizations have a profound impact on the revitalization of our City. I’m glad to announce our support.”  
 
“Arts and culture are the backbone of our community,” said Cathy Malloy, Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Council. “Jobs Grants do more than help the arts; they create jobs, develop leadership skills in our youth, and ensure local organizations continue to thrive.”
 
“We’re very excited and appreciative that we were selected. We are looking forward to the opportunity to share the rich, cultural diversity that exists in Asylum Hill and we will create jobs for Asylum Hill and Hartford residents,” said Jennifer Cassidy, chair of the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association’s Welcoming Committee.
 
The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association, a first time Jobs Grant recipient, is planning a series of events in June, including an art show at ArtSpace Hartford, a pop-up street market and dance performances.
 
Jobs Grants have helped local arts organizations improve their facilities, expand programs, and provide internships to youth. Previous projects include:
 
Youth Employment: Mas Camp at the Institute for Community Research
Mas Camp Youth Employment Program brought the community’s teenagers together in Hartford’s North End to teach the cultural history and traditions of the Caribbean while hiring local educators and artists to create Carnival-style costumes for performers at Hartford’s Caribbean festivals and celebrations.
 
Facility Renovation: The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
After undergoing renovation of exhibition spaces over the past year, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art reopened to the public during Black History Month in February 2015 with new, expanded facilities and an exhibition, This is My Story, This is My Song: Writers, Musicians and the Struggle for Black Freedom.
 
Expanded Program: Anne Cubberly/Nightfall
Artists Anne Cubberly, LB Muñoz, and Steve Mitchell have moved Nightfall, a multi-media production featuring music, dance, theatre, spoken word, and puppetry to a different City park every year in October. They have employed local artists, performers, technical and production crews in the design and performance of the work.
 
Since 2009, the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant program has become nationally recognized for using the arts to stimulate the local economy and create short- and long-term job opportunities. The Jobs Grant program received a 2011 Audrey Nelson Award from the National Community Development Association.
 
For a full list of grant programs and funded projects, visit: https://letsgoarts.org/Grants.
 
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
c. (860) 986.1439
 

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