Project Implementation

Connecticut Humanities Fund Public Presentation Grants support projects that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. They allow us to analyze our complex society and to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions based on inquiry, evaluation, and empathy.

The Public Presentation grant lines support projects from planning through implementation and the flexible funding range allows organizations to develop projects of all sizes. There are separate application forms and requirements for Planning Grants and Implementation Grants.

Only one (1) Public Presentation Planning or Implementation Grant can be open at a time.

All Implementation Grant proposals must demonstrate significant humanities scholarship and content and articulate clearly defined goals that will be achieved during the project.

Implementation Grants, from $5,000 to $35,000, may be awarded for exhibitions, public programs, and interpretive digital media projects.

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Application deadlines (the first Friday of November and April):

November 2, 2018
April 5, 2019

Award decision: The first workday of February (for November grants) and July (for April grants).

Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal.

Click here to view the Implementation Grants program grant guidelines.

Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Scott Wands at to discuss your project idea. We are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review draft applications received at least two weeks before the grant deadline. Applications submitted without prior communication with CTH staff will not be considered.

Recent Implementation Grants Awarded in FY2018 include:

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme), $25,000: “Art and the New England Farm”- The Florence Griswold Museum’s new exhibition, “Art and the New England Farm,” will be on view from May 11, 2018, through September 16, 2018. The exhibition looks at the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate, the Lyme region, and beyond to examine the complex history and character of New England’s farms. The project includes an exhibition and educational programs for adults and families to help visitors explore the exhibition themes from various angles, while also creating discussion of current social issues of the New England farm.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford), $20,000: “Launching the New Stowe Center Experience”- The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center received support for a robust marketing project to introduce the new Stowe House tour experience to the public, grow and diversify the house tour audience, and drive visibility and participation. The Stowe House reinterpretation has resulted in an engaging, compelling, and thought-provoking new experience for the public, replacing a traditional guided tour of period rooms. The tour uses conversation, immerses the visitor in Stowe’s world, connects the issues of her day with today, and illustrates Stowe’s impact. Participants are inspired to take action on an issue important to them, as Stowe did when she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The new experience extends the dialogue and issue-based style of the Stowe Center’s other public programs into the historic house, transforming the museum into a forum connecting the past and the present, a place for discussing ideas and issues, and encouraging civic engagement.

Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington), $20,000: “Sunken Garden Poetry Festival 2018”- In 2018, Hill-Stead Museum will present the 26th season of the “Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (SGPF).” Scheduled from May-August 2018, the Festival includes a five-part series of poetry readings and musical performances. Along with a performance by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the SGPF will feature four themed performances: Irish Poetry & Music, Disability Awareness, Poetry of Our World celebrating multiculturalism, and CT Young Poets Day with Andrea Gibson. Each evening begins with a Prelude that offers attendees and poets an opportunity for mutual learning, deep reflection and face-to-face interaction. Programming continues in the Sunken Garden with readings by an opening poet, a musical interlude, and the headlining poet’s performance.

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., $22,955: “The Vinland Map Exhibition”- Mystic Seaport Museum’s May 2018 Vinland Map exhibition places this controversial manuscript on U.S. public view for the first time in 50 years. Purported to be documentary evidence that the Vikings reached North America 500 years before Columbus, the map triggered a firestorm of public and scholarly debates among humanities scholars, scientists, and Italian Americans. This exhibition will examine the map’s mysterious origins; the reasons scholars initially believed it to be authentic; the world’s response to its unveiling; the challenges to that conclusion; and the science that finally turned the tide of scholarly opinion.

New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, $25,000: “The Ideas Program at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas”- The Festival’s 2018 Ideas Program centers around a series of lectures and panel discussions designed to illuminate some of today’s most exciting advancements and pressing concerns, demonstrating the vital role played by the humanities in civic life. Talks and panels feature thinkers and leaders from numerous disciplines including novelists, artists, poets, playwrights, historians, anthropologists, and politicians. Each year they provide audiences of more than 80,000 people with access to outstanding experiences, driving tourism and economic development.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford), $25,000: “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s”- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art are co-organizing an exhibition entitled “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s,” which focuses on the relationship between Surrealism and war in both Europe and America. The exhibit will be accompanied by educational and interpretive programming and a fully-illustrated catalogue, which will present new scholarship on the broader impact of the effects of war and Surrealist imagery in Europe and the United States.

Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library, $10, 511: “We Are Artists Everyone: The Art Center in Action, 1970-1986”- The Cultural Arts Center (Art Center), was first funded by the social services agency A.B.C.D. in Bridgeport, CT in 1969. We Are Artists Everyone: The Art Center in Action, 1970 – 1986 is a project that combines exhibition with public programming and hands-on instruction to tell the story of the Art Center, and the community it served from 1970 – 1986. The exhibition and its related programming are situated in the areas of American Studies, Art History and Criticism, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, and History. By the time of its on-record closing of 1986, the Art Center had offered thousands of hours of art, photography, music and culinary instruction to city youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Art Center history is endangered in that there is no book, documentary, library archive or any other discrete medium in which its rich existence is recorded in full. The project comes out of a Planning Grant from CTH. The proposed exhibition site is the local library.

Connecticut River Museum (Essex), $49,915: “Connecticut River Myths and Legends Project”-The Connecticut River Museum (CRM) requested support for a new traveling exhibition about Connecticut River Myths and Legends. The exhibition will bring together for the first time a selection of folklore and social history from the River Valley by utilizing three overarching humanities-based themes: Extraordinary People and Events, Powers of Darkness, and Supernatural Wonders. Using dramatic silhouettes, interactives, and historic artifacts, visitors will journey through four centuries of Connecticut River myths and legends. The exhibition will open at the CRM in May 2019 and be on view through October 2019 before traveling to Vermont Historical Society from November 2019 through April 2020 and then the Springfield Museums (MA) from May through November 2020.

The Stonington Historical Society, $24,966: “The Rollie McKenna Project”- Stonington Historical Society (SHS) received funding for an exhibition of Stonington native and photographer Rollie McKenna’s portraits and streetscapes of Stonington. It is an impressive collection, the bulk of which is in Arizona currently. Issues of gender, sexuality, identity, place, and more are addressed in the project. The project team has done lots of archival research.

Westport Country Playhouse, $20,000, “Community Engagement events surrounding Thousand Pines”- Westport Country Playhouse will offer several education and community engagement activities in conjunction with their world premiere production of Matthew Greene’s Thousand Pines. The play deals with the disturbing trend of mass shootings by focusing on the lives of three intertwined families in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy. In collaboration with a number of community partners, the Playhouse will offer several forums in which the audience can further explore the work on stage, its relationship to attendees’ own lives, and its impact on the larger world. Programming will include discussions with a variety of participants with multiple perspectives on the important and topical issues of gun violence and gun safety in America, and the ways in which families try to move beyond tragedies. The Playhouse will host a symposium, panels, a talkback with artists, and other engagement events.

Total Project Implementation Grants Awarded = $243,347.

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