The following article was compiled from a press release.
Last month, the board of directors of CT Humanities (CTH) awarded 624 non-profit museums and cultural, humanities, and arts organizations a total of $16 million in CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants. Four Wilton non-profit organizations were among the groups that received funding — the Carl Schmitt Foundation, Music on the Hill, Weir Farm Art Center and Wilton Historical Society.
These grants are part of $30.7 million of support allocated to CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Gov. Ned Lamont.
The financial awards are meant to assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public; connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content; and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.
Based on budget size and in consideration of other sources of state funding, the minimum award was $5,000 and the maximum award was $500,000. Eligible organizations included Connecticut museums and 501c3 non-profit, municipal, or CT-based tribal nation organizations that provide cultural, humanities, and arts-based projects and activities for the public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, arts organizations, cultural centers, and other organizations that offer activities like exhibitions, performances, arts classes, public programs, or walking tours). Wilton organizations received the following grants:
Carl Schmitt Foundation: $59,000
Music on the Hill: $11,300
Weir Farm Art Center: $8,000
Wilton Historical Society: $39,500
“These grants not only meet critical needs today, but they also provide us an unprecedented look into the state of the cultural sector going forward. We have an opportunity to more fully understand and quantify the profound impact arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits have on the individuals, local economies, and issues in Connecticut,” explained Dr. Jason Mancini, executive director at CTH.
The CTCFOSG continues the public/private partnership between CTH and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), Department of Economic and Community Development.
To view the full list of grants awarded, visit the CTH website.
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations and gifts from private sources.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.