Fiscal Year FY20

COVID Relief: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


  • Organization Name:
    NSCDA-CT/ Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

  • Organization City:
    Wethersfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Shuttered Museum and Events


  • Organization Name:
    Colchester Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Colchester

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: The Show Must Go On!


  • Organization Name:
    Barnum Museum, The

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Historical Society of Glastonbury


  • Organization Name:
    Historical Society of Glastonbury

  • Organization City:
    Glastonbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Wilton Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Wilton Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Wilton

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Providing Continuity in Education


  • Organization Name:
    Friends of Wood Memorial Library

  • Organization City:
    South Windsor

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Antiquarian & Landmarks Society


  • Organization Name:
    Antiquarian & Landmarks Society Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Closing Recovery


  • Organization Name:
    Stamford Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Stamford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Safeguarding Chester History in the Time of COVID


  • Organization Name:
    Chester Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Chester

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Lebanon Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Lebanon Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Lebanon

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Torrington Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Torrington Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Torrington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven


  • Organization Name:
    Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: The Ruth Callander House Museum of Portland


  • Organization Name:
    Portland Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Portland

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: The Dorothy Whitfield Historic Society


  • Organization Name:
    The Dorothy Whitfield Historic Society, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Guilford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Weston Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Weston Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Weston

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: New Haven Pride Center


  • Organization Name:
    New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Inc/New Haven Pride Center

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Funding for New Haven Museum


  • Organization Name:
    New Haven Museum

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    * This relief grant was funded by the Connecticut Humanities Fund made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.


COVID Relief: Students for Educational Justice


  • Organization Name:
    Community Mediation, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Hamden

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community


  • Organization Name:
    Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Turning the Tide: Madison and COVID-19


  • Organization Name:
    Madison Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Madison

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Madison Historical Society (MHS) with Ciné Verité Productions is documenting the effects of the pandemic on Madison. The short documentary film features key members of the community including business owners, frontline workers, school administrators, elected officials, civic and religious leaders, and students impacted by this crisis. We will screen the documentary broadly for others to discover how one shoreline town responded to the pandemic and the community’s hope for a better future.


Westport In Focus: Long Lens Oral History Project


  • Organization Name:
    Westport Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Westport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Westport In Focus is a long-lens oral history project that the Museum began in mid-March to document the town’s response to the coronavirus crisis through the images and words of residents, workers, first responders, politicians and others. The aim of the project is to create a primary resource about this historic era in perpetuity for the benefit of future researchers.


The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series and Trouble at Home Conversations


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series offers free lectures by humanities scholars that address subjects related to Mark Twain, his work, or his era. The Trouble at Home Conversations are free, online conversations with Twain scholars on topics related to the author. During the grant period, the museum plans to offer five on-site lectures that will be livestreamed, as well as six online-only conversations.


Digital Exhibition Pilot Project: An Unfinished Revolution


  • Organization Name:
    Greenwich Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Cos Cob

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Greenwich Historical Society seeks funding to support the creation of a digital exhibition to extend the reach of “An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial”. This digital platform will increase the exhibition’s audience in the wake of COVID-19 closures, offer alternatives to hands-on activities, permit the exhibition’s educational and interpretive content to exist indefinitely in a digital context, and enable GHS to build staff capacity to pilot new digital initiatives.


CHS 3D Exhibit Tours


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,729.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will produce 3D virtual tours of 4 exhibitions to be experienced free of charge on the CHS website. These online tours will provide access to existing and upcoming exhibitions for people who may be unable to visit the museum in person due to travel restrictions, health concerns, or limited museum visitor capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The tours will also increase CHS’s digital content available to history enthusiasts beyond Connecticut.


Glass House Presents


  • Organization Name:
    New Canaan Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    New Canaan

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and The Glass House respectfully request grant support for a series of ten talks presented via Zoom as part of “Glass House Presents,” an ongoing series of talks that sustain the site’s historic role as a platform for creative activity. These programs will take place in partnership with community partners. Program dates are flexible due to COVID-19 considerations. All programs will be recorded and made available for free on the Glass House website.


COVID Relief: Ridgefield Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Ridgefield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Ridgefield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Simsbury Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Simsbury Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Simsbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Woodbridge

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Essex Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Essex Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Essex

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Mark Twain House & Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Avery-Copp Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Avery-Copp Museum

  • Organization City:
    Groton

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association

  • Organization City:
    Windsor Locks

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Shelton Historical Society, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Shelton Historical Society, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Shelton

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Ward Heitmann House Museum Foundation, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Ward Heitmann House Museum Foundation, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    West Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Sharon Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Sharon Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Sharon

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Orange Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Orange Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Orange

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Historical Society Inc Watertown


  • Organization Name:
    Historical Society Inc Watertown

  • Organization City:
    Watertown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Stonington Village Improvement Association/ James Merrill House Committee


  • Organization Name:
    Stonington Village Improvement Association/ James Merrill House Committee

  • Organization City:
    Stonington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Society of the Founders of Norwich


  • Organization Name:
    Society of the Founders of Norwich

  • Organization City:
    Norwich

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Keeler Tavern Preservation Society, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Keeler Tavern Preservation Society, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Ridgefield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Stonington Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Stonington Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Stonington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Windsor Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Windsor Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Windsor

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: American Clock & Watch Museum


  • Organization Name:
    American Clock & Watch Museum

  • Organization City:
    Bristol

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Wallingford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: New London Maritime Society


  • Organization Name:
    New London Maritime Society

  • Organization City:
    New London

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Amistad Center for Art & Culture, The


  • Organization Name:
    Amistad Center for Art & Culture, The

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Thames River Heritage Park Foundation


  • Organization Name:
    Thames River Heritage Park Foundation

  • Organization City:
    New London

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Madison Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Madison Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Madison

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Connecticut Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Wethersfield Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Wethersfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Wethersfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Florence Griswold Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Mattatuck Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Mattatuck Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Waterbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Vernon Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Vernon Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Vernon

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Fairfield Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Middlesex County Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Middlesex County Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County


  • Organization Name:
    Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

  • Organization City:
    Norwalk

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Cheshire Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Cheshire Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Cheshire

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Westport Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Westport Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Westport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Norwich Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Norwich Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Norwich

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Farmington Village Green and Library Association


  • Organization Name:
    Farmington Village Green and Library Association

  • Organization City:
    Farmington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House


  • Organization Name:
    Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House

  • Organization City:
    Woodbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Guilford Keeping Society


  • Organization Name:
    Guilford Keeping Society

  • Organization City:
    Guilford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    West Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Open Arts Alliance Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Open Arts Alliance Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Greenwich

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Haddam Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Haddam Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Haddam

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: New London Landmarks


  • Organization Name:
    New London Landmarks

  • Organization City:
    New London

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium


  • Organization Name:
    Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Litchfield Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Litchfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Litchfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Organization City:
    Lebanon

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Dudley Foundation


  • Organization Name:
    Dudley Foundation

  • Organization City:
    Guilford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Windham Textile & History Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Norwalk Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Norwalk Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Norwalk

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Deep River Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Deep River Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Deep River

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Greenwich Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Greenwich Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Cos Cob

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hamden

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

  • Organization City:
    Norwalk

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


COVID Relief: Institute for American Indian Studies


  • Organization Name:
    Institute for American Indian Studies

  • Organization City:
    Washington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Collection Digitization Planning


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $8,020

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funds will allow the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to conduct the planning stages of the Center’s collection digitization project. Digitization will increase researcher access to the Center’s collections consisting of more than 13,000 published works, 195,000 manuscripts, 12,000 images, 5,000 graphic materials, and 8,500 artifacts, and open new avenues of inquiry of its materials.


Board development success planning


  • Organization Name:
    Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9,900

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for succession planning and board development for Sankofa-Kuumba, a well-established Greater Hartford organization with the mission to research, teach and promote the culture of Africa and the Black Diaspora by working with youth, children, families and communities. The goal is to develop a succession plan to include organization assessment and board content that will enable it to continue to provide humanities programming.


Developing a Community Engagement Framework for Creative Storytelling in the New Human Culture Galleries of the Yale Peabody Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Yale University/Yale Peabody Museum

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $7,500

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Reimagining the eclectic collections of the Yale Peabody Museum to more deeply engage with the surrounding community through celebration, criticism, and new angles into our history and collections. Funding will be used to engage a museum consultant in the fields of cultural humility and community building to develop partnerships and community engagement.


Planning & Development of Exhibition on Sports and Athletic Pastimes in Greenwich


  • Organization Name:
    Greenwich Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Cos Cob

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,248

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for planning and development for an exhibition on Sports and Athletic Pastimes in Greenwich. This exhibition will examine themes of human athletic achievement and community pride, celebrating the stories of ordinary and extraordinary athletes alike. It will connect visitors to the past in meaningful ways, presenting first-hand stories about the development of modern American society through the lens of leisure time, sports and athletic competition.


We (Heart) America!: Phase 2


  • Organization Name:
    Stepping Stones Museum for Children

  • Organization City:
    Norwalk

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding to complete logistical and content planning for two statewide virtual and in-person student civic engagement-focused events (KidsCon I and II). Collecting and curating crowdsourced digital content from this KidsCon to support the concept design stages of a new immersive, three-dimensional storybook exhibition entitled We (Heart) America! (WHA), as well as providing the requisite educator professional development to scaffold this entire process.


The Year of Alternative Voices


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $30,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Florence Griswold Museum (FGM) will present a full year of interdisciplinary, humanities-rich exhibitions and programming through “The Year of Alternative Voices.” Using a thematically-cohesive umbrella approach, FGM will present three exhibitions centered on their own collections – “Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum” (on view June 6-Sept. 20, 2020), as well as “Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection” and “The Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery” (on view concurrently Oct. 3, 2020-May 23, 2021).


Planning a Composite Curriculum: A Professional Development Program in African American and Latino Studies


  • Organization Name:
    Yale University/ Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding to develop a professional development program for high school teachers, one which will address our “composite nation,” emphasizing African American and Latino American history, with particular focus on Puerto Rican history. This will be a seven-month program, from July 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. During the course of the program a consulting group of historians, educators, and students will meet monthly via a virtual meeting platform to plan the workshop series. The group will work closely with the State Educational Resource Center (SERC), the organization tasked with designing the curriculum for the newly mandated class. The project team will select the topics to be covered during the workshop series, identify and contact scholars to lead the individual workshops, identify readings and resources to support each of those workshops, and select the dates and venues where the individual workshops are to be held.


Mattatuck Museum History Gallery Reinterpretation


  • Organization Name:
    Mattatuck Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Waterbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,999

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Waterbury: City of Transition (working title) takes the heart of Waterbury’s history and makes it relevant and personal for a local or out of town audience. This project will allow the history gallery to be more welcoming and engaging for all visitors, regardless of economic, social, or cultural background, and regardless of where they live. By fully embracing participatory culture and the active, social ways that people today engage with history, art, and ideas, the Museum has the potential to be a catalyst for social change. The exhibition will invite visitors to look at Waterbury’s history through a lens of transition to answer the question “Who am I now?” In this way, the exhibition will guide visitors through an experience where the Waterbury region serves as an example through which they can consider their personal history.


Connecticut Public Sheff Documentary


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $20,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    $20,000 in planning funding to research, plan and create a Production Plan for a documentary about Connecticut’s school integration program, Sheff v O’Neill. This project will offer an overarching look at Sheff and the impact on the students and our state over the history of the program including both the positive and negative effects on the students’ lives.


Strategic Plan Development


  • Organization Name:
    Cheshire Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Cheshire

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,774

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding to develop a strategic plan that helps the Cheshire Historical Society move forward with collection interpretation and collection care ultimately focusing on community engagement and creating a strong relationship with the public audience.


The Way Sisters: Miniaturists of the Early Republic


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet U Allyn Testamentrary Trust/ Lyman Allyn Art Museum

  • Organization City:
    New London

  • Amount Awarded:
    $20,460

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Way Sisters: Miniaturists of the Early Republic exhibition will present the work of sisters Mary Way (1769–1833) and Elizabeth Way Champlain (1771–1825), pioneering women artists who helped expand both their artform and gender roles in the early days of the new republic. This exhibition will be on view from February 13 to May 2, 2021.


Programs for Next to Normal production in April 2021


  • Organization Name:
    Westport Country Playhouse

  • Organization City:
    Westport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $7,679

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Westport Country Playhouse will offer a comprehensive slate of education and community engagement activities alongside its 2021 production of the Tony Award-winning hit musical and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal. With music by Tom Kitt and book/lyrics by Brian Yorkey, this groundbreaking production looks at a family in crisis, pushing the boundaries of contemporary musical theater. The production will be directed by Marcos Santana, the director/choreographer of the Playhouse’s hit, In the Heights, and will be cast entirely with artists of color.


Creating Community Connections Through Visionary Planning


  • Organization Name:
    East Haddam Historical Society, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    East Haddam

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,006

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for strategic and visionary planning.


“Connecticut’s Resilient Indigenous People” (working title)


  • Organization Name:
    Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Inc

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $24,875

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for to support the writing of a research document that will be the foundation of the outline draft script used for the future production of an interpretive digital media project in the form of a one hour documentary on the history and current state of affairs of indigenous people in Connecticut to be broadcast on CT Public Television.


“We Are Not Princesess”: Sanctuary Kitchen Film Screening & Talk Back with Syrian Refugee Chefs


  • Organization Name:
    CitySeed, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    New Haven

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,252.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The project is a collaboration between Sanctuary Kitchen—a culinary program at CitySeed that works works with refugee and immigrant chefs—the team behind “We Are Not Princesses”—a documentary film about Syrian refugee women who come together to tell their stories through the Greek play Antigone. Funding will enable Sanctuary Kitchen to host a film screening on November 6, 2019, with Syrian chefs catering the reception, and a talk-back that shares the stories, culture and cuisine of Syrian refugees with the New Haven community.


An Evening with David Blight. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,664.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will enable the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to present An Evening with David Blight on November 21, 2019. The program will consist of the author discussing his latest book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, followed by a conversation with fellow scholar Dr. Dann Broyld of Central Connecticut State University, and a facilitated question and answer period conducted by Stowe Center staff that include opportunities for audience participation that encourage them to think critically about slavery, abolition, racism, and equity and how we understand these issues in today’s world.


Non-Native Control of Native Identity in Connecticut: A Historical Perspective


  • Organization Name:
    Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    West Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,400.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    On Indigenous Peoples Day, October 14, 2019, this CTH funded program will be offered to the public to pay tribute to the people who first occupied the land in the Hartford area. Facilitated by members of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, attendees will be challenged to consider the dehumanizing nature of non-Native control of Native identity and the cultural impact of past indentured servitude on Native communities. Co-hosted by The Connecticut Human Rights Partnership and First Church, West Hartford.


Civic Leadership and Organizing for Change in the 21st Century


  • Organization Name:
    Paul J. Aicher Foundation (dba Everyday Democracy)

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,899.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows Everyday Democracy to present a project that will engage participants in a talk by and discussion with nationally renowned political scientist and organizer Dr. Hahrie Han on November 23, 2019. She will challenge participants to reflect on the kinds of civic leadership and strategies that civic leaders and organizers will need in today’s social context. She will also examine the role that civic associations and leaders play in mobilizing participation in politics and building power for social and political change.


Group Exhibition, “Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text”


  • Organization Name:
    Franklin Street Gallery

  • Organization City:
    Stamford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,900.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The exhibition shows how acts of erasure can subvert notions of authority and rewrite history, examining relationships between the erasure of text through cross-out, redaction, and white-out and the erasure of bodies through policy, norms, and violence. Programs/outreach center marginalized individuals and communities – LGBTQ+, POC, indigenous peoples, women, people w/ disabilities. With many points of entry via the humanities, the show is profoundly relevant to today’s socio-political issues and is on view from September 2019 to January 2020.


By the Force of its Own Merits: Examining the Life and Legacy of the Litchfield Female Academy


  • Organization Name:
    Litchfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Litchfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,845.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding is used to present “By the Force of its Own Merits” a one-day symposium on November 15, 2019 that will round out a two-year celebration of the Litchfield Female Academy, a progressive educational institution that instructed over 3,000 young women between 1792 and 1833. A diverse slate of presenters will discuss the structure and curriculum of the Academy, illuminate its role in the development of educational and social opportunities for women, and speak to the school’s legacy and relevancy within current scholarship.


Common Ground 2019–The 11th Middletown International Film Festival


  • Organization Name:
    Russell Library Company

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will allow six international films to be hosted by partners: Russell Library, Wesleyan University, and Middlesex Community College. Each film will explore the theme of “Children and Families in a Troubled World”. Each film will be introduced and followed with a discussion by a facilitator, so viewers can benefit from one another’s shared insights and perspectives. Event will fun for six consecutive Tuesdays in October and November 2019.


DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women


  • Organization Name:
    Avon Free Public Library

  • Organization City:
    Avon

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,030.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will enable the Avon Historical Society (AHS), Avon Free Public Library (AFPL) and Avon Senior Center (ASC) to partner to offer a series of programs, in two phases, from November 2019-November 2020 entitled “DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women.” This series will run from November 2019 through November 2020 and focus on events that contributed to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will include a detailed overview of the 75-year struggle that led to the largest reform movement in United States history.


The James Merrill Lecture Series


  • Organization Name:
    Stonington Village Improvement Association/ James Merrill House Committee

  • Organization City:
    Stonington

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,435.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    As part of its ongoing series, the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, will be hosting nationally prominent poet and writer–Mary Jo Salter during the fall 2019–as Merrill Fellow. Funding will enable her to come to Stonington, CT, to give a lecture and a discussion session on poetry and writing on September 28, 2019; she will be invited to spend time in the National Historic Landmark Merrill Apartments in the village where the late poet wrote and made his home for forty years.


Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) Programs


  • Organization Name:
    New Britain Museum of American Art

  • Organization City:
    New Britain

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    ‘Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)’ at the New Britain Museum of American Art comprises iconic works by Walker that are based on, and presented in conjunction with, a selection of original Harper’s prints depicting scenes from the Civil War. Funding will support the NBMAA to offer programming for adult audiences to deepen the audience’s understanding of the complex subject matter in February 3, 2020 and March 15, 2020. Exhibit is open January 24 – April 19, 2020.


Plymouth, CT Community Reads


  • Organization Name:
    Terryville Public Library

  • Organization City:
    Terryville

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Terryville Public Library will facilitate a Community Read of “Wishtree” by K. Applegate. “Wishtree” is a timely novel, told from the perspective of a generations-old red oak tree, that challenges readers to consider and discuss tough topics and a community’s response to them. Funding will support the project in providing copies of the book for public school students and interested community members as well as facilitated activities in the library and community to meet humanities goals. Events will take place from March 1 – May 1, 2020.


Her Time


  • Organization Name:
    Council Of Churches of Greater Bridgeport/ Hang Time

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding enables the Council of Churches of greater Bridgeport (CCGB) to present “Her Time” from November 16-17, 2019. The production will serve to pilot the story of a fictional drama about prison reentry and obstacles faced in transitioning back to the community. “Her Time” is based on the film 5K motion, a story about a Connecticut teen mother who received a 40-year sentence for refusing to cooperate with legal authorities regarding her boyfriend’s role in a drug-related murder with an illegal firearm.


The 1619 Project: Understanding the Legacy of Slavery


  • Organization Name:
    Charter Oak Temple Restoration Assocation, dba Charter Oak Cultural Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding is for a 12-session discussion group beginning in late November, running through the spring of 2020 in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The focus of the conversations will be the group of essays, “The 1619 Project,” that appeared in the August 18, 2019 New York Times Sunday Magazine. The goal of the project is to tell the truth about slavery and how it continues to impact virtually every institution in our country.


Votes For Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment (VFW)


  • Organization Name:
    Ridgefield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Ridgefield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,974.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Votes for Women is a multi-faceted project celebrating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, created with the Ridgefield Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center. Funding enables the collaborators to develop and present a comprehensive series of free education programs (exhibits, lectures, performances, book discussions) exploring the Suffragist movement from a local, state, and national perspective. Programs will be held at partner venues from January through August 2020.


The Empathy Project (EP) – Meeting Hate with Humanity


  • Organization Name:
    After School Arts Program, Inc

  • Organization City:
    Washington Depot

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,850.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding is for The Empathy Project, a year-long project for Nonnewaug 9th graders/teachers in Woodbury. Using the Holocaust as a platform for learning students are entrenched in history through museum visits, survivor interviews, literature, and film, to show how even among these atrocities people had compassion. Through this work students make connections to present day – how to overcome fear with compassion. Students then use multiple mediums of expression to create a public display/forum to share what they have learned.


Before the Afterlife: Exploring the Culture and Life of the Barnum Museum’s Egyptian Mummy


  • Organization Name:
    Barnum Museum, The

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will enable The Barnum Museum to acquire and present new and contextual information about the Museum’s 4000-year-old Egyptian female mummy. On December 8, 2019, Dr. Sahar Saleem, an Egyptian paleo-radiologist and scholar with expertise in mummies and ancient Egypt will give a public program about women’s lives in the Middle Kingdom era, incorporating her analysis about the Museum’s mummy. Both the program and a focused interview will be professionally filmed to acquire footage for the next phase digital project.


Connecticut’s Kid Governor® 2019-20


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $7,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Partnership support enables Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) to continue offering Connecticut Kid Governor (CTKG) as a free program, ensuring that all 5th grade classrooms have equitable access to the program and resources. CTDC is committed to eliminating barriers to participation by keeping CTKG free and turnkey. This is important for many programs, especially in a program where students actually vote. CTKG lays the groundwork for an engaged CT by immersing students in civic lessons from a young age and extends CT Humanities’ (CTH) civics and history reach beyond Connecticut History Day’s 6-12 grade audience to 5th grade teachers and students. By providing students the opportunity to identify problems in their communities, research the background of those problems, and think carefully about viable solutions, CTKG fosters curiosity, understanding and critical thinking. Partnership period is July 2019 – June 2020 and the CTKG elected in fall 2019 will serve through December 2020.


Sharing Connecticut Stories


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Storytelling Center

  • Organization City:
    New London

  • Amount Awarded:
    $6,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Partnership funding will allow Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC) to expand programming to older students and present programs that focus on the Colonial / Revolutionary War and Civil War periods through storytelling bringing to light many interesting and diverse people and events that are often left out of school curricula. Piloting the program with 6 storytellers, CSC will bring stories that celebrate CT’s history to schools, libraries and historical societies and encourage discussion about our history and how it impacts the present. If the interest is strong, the goal is to grow the program’s reach with additional storytellers with material related to Connecticut history. Partnership period is November 2019 through June 2020.


Connecticut History Day


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Partnership funding allows the Connecticut History Day program to engage people in the history, literature, and culture of Connecticut and it encourage curiosity, understanding and critical thinking for student participants. CHD allows participants to direct their own learning; students choose the historical topic to explore, how to present their project, and whether to work alone or in a group. Connecticut Democracy Center encourages students to use local resources by creating and distributing a 30-page list of Connecticut topics related to the NHD Annual Theme, distributing partnership materials (including ConnecticutHistory.Org) to workshop participants, and featuring collaborating institutions through social media and on the CHD website. CHD events begin September 1, 2019 and run through June 2020.


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