Fiscal Year FY21

Jane and Laurayne’s Walk Virtual Tour of Downtown Bridgeport


  • Organization Name:
    Bridgeport Economic Development Corp/ Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,975.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows creation of a companion neighborhood tour video to their Jane + Laurayne’s Walk. They will honor Laurayne Farrar-James, who embodies the principles of community-led change, and introduce new people to her story and legacy. The video tour allows participants to connect with the neighborhood while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist.


Enabling Outreach through an Enhanced Web Platform


  • Organization Name:
    Colchester Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Colchester

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,945.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funds are used to upgrade the CHS website to a responsive platform to feature two important new exhibits through 360-degree, narrated virtual tours that enable stories to reach a broad audience and reconnect to students, educators, historians and the public.


Fairfield Museum K-12 Distance Learning Platform Development


  • Organization Name:
    Fairfield Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Fairfield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funds are used to develop a distance learning platform in partnership with Fairfield Public Schools (FPS) and technology company CultureConnect. The platform will host two online content modules for FPS 3rd and 5th grades, using regional history, supporting FPS curriculum, and aligning to social studies standards.


Penelope’s Odyssey – A Digital Exploration of the Humanities Themes in Penelope’s Odyssey the Dance.


  • Organization Name:
    Sonia Plumb Dance Company

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,625.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding supports the filming and editing of a performance of Penelope’s Odyssey, a series of humanities discussion-based webinar programs, and the creation of study guides for teachers and students to help contextualize and frame the themes of women’s voices, gender roles, and Greek/Roman mythology in Penelope’s Odyssey.


The United States in WW II: Pivotal Events from a Modern Perspective


  • Organization Name:
    Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library

  • Organization City:
    Monroe

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,824.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    This eight-part series looks at United States involvement in WWII and will be presented via Zoom. Each program examines the U.S. role in the war through a specific battle or event that made a critical difference in outcomes. The programs will express perspectives from both sides of the conflict, what was controversial and why, and its impact on later decisions and perceptions in American society. Connections will be drawn to current-day issues and policies. Programs will take place two Thursdays each month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting in September and ending in December.


Connecticut Literary Festival, Online Lit Talks


  • Organization Name:
    Central Connecticut State University Foundation

  • Organization City:
    New Britain

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,900.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    The 2020 Festival is moving online with a series of Lit Talks, thought-provoking conversations on books, culture, and literary life featuring authors, educators, and arts advocates. These free virtual events for the Connecticut literary community and schools, particularly virtual high school classrooms, are “live” on September 10th, 24th; October 1st, 10th and 22nd; November 5th and 19th; and December 10th. They will be archived for future viewing.


Hindsight is


  • Organization Name:
    Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

  • Organization City:
    Ridgefield

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding supports Hindsight is, a digital project to enhance distance learning for families and schools including research materials, a series of podcast episodes dramatizing historical figures, and online public conversations with collaborators including historians. The program will deepen the audience’s understanding of the ways local history can inform contemporary debates including systemic racism, voting rights, erasure of First Peoples, and fascism. The exhibition runs October to March and programming from September through November.


Andean and Afro-Latinx cultures in the Connecticut diaspora


  • Organization Name:
    Intempo Organization, Inc

  • Organization City:
    Stamford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding brings this hour-long program featuring a half-hour documentary, Compadre Huashayo, produced by PBS with Latin Grammy composer Gabriela Frank and multi Emmy-winning videographer, Aric Hartvig to Connecticut audiences this fall. The film features insights into South American, Indigenous, and Afro-Ecuadorian music as a unifying force for cultural identity and social justice. Post-screening, participants will join a guided discussion and see live and/or virtual performances showcasing Indigenous/Andean instruments featured in the film.


Virtual School Tours


  • Organization Name:
    Mattatuck Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Waterbury

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    With this funding, the Mattatuck will respond to teacher needs caused by COVID-19 by creating virtual school tours for third, fourth, and fifth grade. Tours will reinforce the social studies curriculum and allow students to use objects and primary sources to learn about history.


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