CT Humanities is proud to invest in and collaborate with these organizations to enact transformative change to further our mission to champion the enduring value of public humanities in our lives and civil society.
Our partnership with the Connecticut Heritage Foundation and Conservation ConneCTion supports the Collections Assessment Grant Program, which provides small and mid-sized museums with a free assessment of their museum or archive collections. Grant recipients receive a half-day site visit from a museum curator or archivist who will examine collections on exhibit, in storage, and policies and procedures related to collection care and management and provide a written report. Every assessment report will include a prioritized list of recommendations for improving the care and management of collections.
Funding for this partnership will expand the capacity of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) to better serve diverse cultural communities throughout the state. This will be accomplished through increased community-informed consultation, in-depth cultural instruction within communities, community-led projects and collaboration, and open access to a growing catalog of digital assets in the CCHAP archive of materials at the CHS.
Our partnership with the Connecticut Digital Archive, a program of the University of Connecticut Library, will support the development and launch of My Town, My Story. My Town, My Story will work with public libraries across the state to build digital collections of their local history by encouraging individuals and community groups to contribute to the shared memory of their town.
Through our renewed partnership, Connecticut Explored will strengthen the strategic goals of both organizations by increasing support for historical research and writing, public history projects, and K-12 history, social studies, and humanities education statewide.
Our partnership with the Connecticut League of History Organizations will help forge a stronger, more robust, and sustainable League with the capacity to serve not only Connecticut’s history community but its entire museum ecosystem. Partnership funds support five main areas to achieve the goal of becoming a state museum association: expanding staff, strategic planning, direct services to museums, expanding digital infrastructure through the Connecticut Collections project, and outreach to the broader museum community.
Through this partnership, the Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) will be able to increase staff for two signature and award-winning civics/history programs: Connecticut History Day (CHD) and Connecticut’s Kid Governor® (CTKG). Increased staff will allow for expanded audiences and participation, deepen engagement opportunities, add enhancements and resources, and an increase focus on equitable access. CTDC will also be able to deepen and expand services to teachers and students in underserved communities.
With partnership funding, the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (CCSS), in coordination with the Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC), will employ an equity lens to usher a revised set of social studies standards, offer professional development, provide funding for sustainable partnerships between cultural institutions and schools, and modernize the web presence for CCSS. Materials created from the partnerships will be made publicly available and the standards will be available to all educators at no cost.
CT Humanities has invested in the University of Connecticut’s History Department’s Engaged, Public, Oral, and Community Histories (EPOCH) initiative to leverage the subject matter expertise and resources of the state’s flagship university to tell fuller, more inclusive stories about Connecticut through collaboration and capacity building with community organizations, K-12 teachers, historical societies, public libraries, and individuals in the areas of engaged, public, oral, and community histories. This funding relationship grew out of the relationship between Fiona Vernal and CT Humanities convening the Oral History Collaborative in 2020 and recognizing a need for more statewide coordinated efforts for oral history projects.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, with partnership funding, will seek to expand, diversify, and broaden the content and reach of the Ideas series–the flagship humanities component of the Festival for more than 26 years. Funding will support presenting world-renowned speakers from Connecticut and across the globe, increasing access and inclusion of Spanish-language speakers and audience, infrastructure for year-round and statewide programming, and building deeper connections with educators and young people.
Connecticut Historical Society: Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiatives
Connecticut Literary Festival
Connecticut Storytelling Center
Friends of the Office of State Archaeology Inc.
Today in Connecticut History: Office of the State Historian/Connecticut Public
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