Organization City Bridgeport

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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


Housatonic Community College’s One Book, One College 2018/2019


  • Organization Name:
    Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,975.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    During the 2018/2019 academic year, Housatonic Community College (HCC) will host One Book, One College (OBOC) 2018/2019, its third annual community-read program, with Connecticut author Okey Ndibe and his memoir Never Look an American in the Eye, centered around immigrating from Nigeria to the United States. This cross-curricular program will include an author talk, book signing, lectures around themes in the book, and a meet-and-greet reception open to the public, free of charge.


Facing History: Documenting and Sharing the Forensic Recreation of an Egyptian Mummy?s Face


  • Organization Name:
    Barnum Museum, The

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The Barnum Museum plans to pursue an opportunity to engage a forensic imaging specialist in sculpting the face of the museum?s 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy using a 3-D print replica of the skull. Funding is requested to film the process, and to enable a live-streamed public program with facilitated discussion at the Museum. Filming will be done at the New York Academy of Art during a one-week course in forensic sculpting taught by the specialist, who will demonstrate with the mummy skull.


We Are Artists Everyone: The Art Center in Action, 1970-1986


  • Organization Name:
    Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library

  • Organization City:
    Bridgeport

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10511

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This project 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. 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.


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