On July 1 we began our new fiscal year, with a much smaller budget but with renewed determination and focus. Though the Connecticut Humanities Fund is on “hold” for lack of state funds – temporary, we hope – we are moving ahead in 2016-17 with many of our signature offerings. These include Book Voyagers, Poetry Out Loud, and the STEPS-CT program. Look for enhancements to our information-packed online resources, specifically ConnecticutHistory.org, and the Connecticut Center for the Book (ctcenterforthebook.org).
You can continue to enjoy our e-newsletter that features events across the state. And in the meantime, be on the lookout as we implement a new Community Conversations series, and for a new, statewide directory of scholars and other humanities experts, available soon.
As one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils across the United States, we receive support from the National Endowment for the Humanities that largely covers our operating expenses. Our work is further supported by specific foundation grants and generous individual donors, like you.
We continue to work to restore Connecticut Humanities Fund for FY 2017-18. At that point, we hope to again offer a full array of grants to fund programs and exhibitions staged by a local organization you may represent, serve as a volunteer, or enjoy as a participant. We also hope to renew financial support for valuable initiatives such as Connecticut History Day, and Connecticut Explored magazine
If you have already written the governor or state lawmakers on behalf of funding for Connecticut Humanities – THANK YOU! Please continue to make your views known in the days, weeks and months ahead. We are grateful for your ongoing support.
What you can do to help today:
1) Subscribe to Connecticut Humanities’ e-Newsletter: Stay up to date with the latest developments on what’s happening at Connecticut Humanities, including advocacy updates about our state funding situation, and learn how you can help us moving forward.
2) Follow Connecticut Humanities on Facebook and on Twitter and help us by liking, sharing, and retweeting our posts.
3) Make a donation: generous contributions from individual donors such as you help us provide programs like Book Voyagers, StEPs-CT, ConnecticutHistory.org, Poetry Out Loud and so much more that make Connecticut a special place.