Organization City Hartford

Connecticut History Day


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

     CT History Day (CHD) is one of 58 affiliate programs of the renowned National History Day (NHD) program. CHD helps students in grades 6-12 explore local, state, national, and world history by encouraging them to use libraries, archives, museums, and oral history to conduct extensive research into historical topics of their own choice. It teaches students how to analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history; and create final projects that demonstrate their work. Every year, CTDC runs six Regional Contests where students enter their work in competitions. Regional winners advance to the State Contest, and then on to the National History Day Contest in Maryland. The program prepares students to lead active civic lives by engaging them in the world and teaching them important civic skills such as critical thinking, communication, media literacy, research, leadership, and teamwork. Over 5,000 students annually participate in CHD. In 2012, NHD was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. This funding supports the 2021 program.


Today in Connecticut History


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $33,940.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    365 days a year, Today in Connecticut History tells a significant Connecticut history story through 30-second radio spots on all Connecticut Public Radio stations, posts on social media, and to daily email subscribers. Audiences are directed to the TodayinHistory.com website where visitors find short, visually compelling, reader-friendly posts providing details about the daily story along with additional links to web-based resources providing additional information on the topic.


CT Humanities Cultural Relief Grant – Amistad Center for Art & Culture


  • Organization Name:
    Amistad Center for Art & Culture

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).


CT Humanities Cultural Relief Grant – Artists Collective


  • Organization Name:
    Artists Collective

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).


CT Humanities Cultural Relief Grant – Ebony Horsewomen


  • Organization Name:
    Ebony Horsewomen

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).


CT Humanities Cultural Relief Grant – Heartbeat Ensemble


  • Organization Name:
    HartBeat Ensemble

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Amistad Center for Art & Culture


  • Organization Name:
    Amistad Center for Art & Culture

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT Landmarks


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Landmarks

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Charter Oak Cultural Center


  • Organization Name:
    Charter Oak Cultural Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT Forum


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Forum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT Public


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22,727.25

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Mark Twain House & Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Everyday Democracy


  • Organization Name:
    Everyday Democracy

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Wadsworth Atheneum


  • Organization Name:
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – CT Science Center


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Science Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,454.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY21

  • Grant Summary:

    COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.


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.


COVID Relief: Antiquarian & Landmarks Society


  • Organization Name:
    Antiquarian & Landmarks Society Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • 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.


The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series and Trouble at Home Conversations


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series offers free lectures by humanities scholars that address subjects related to Mark Twain, his work, or his era. The Trouble at Home Conversations are free, online conversations with Twain scholars on topics related to the author. During the grant period, the museum plans to offer five on-site lectures that will be livestreamed, as well as six online-only conversations.


CHS 3D Exhibit Tours


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,729.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will produce 3D virtual tours of 4 exhibitions to be experienced free of charge on the CHS website. These online tours will provide access to existing and upcoming exhibitions for people who may be unable to visit the museum in person due to travel restrictions, health concerns, or limited museum visitor capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The tours will also increase CHS’s digital content available to history enthusiasts beyond Connecticut.


COVID Relief: Mark Twain House & Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • 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.


COVID Relief: Amistad Center for Art & Culture, The


  • Organization Name:
    Amistad Center for Art & Culture, The

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • 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.


COVID Relief: Connecticut Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • 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.


COVID Relief: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $15,000.00

  • 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.


Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Collection Digitization Planning


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $8,020

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funds will allow the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to conduct the planning stages of the Center’s collection digitization project. Digitization will increase researcher access to the Center’s collections consisting of more than 13,000 published works, 195,000 manuscripts, 12,000 images, 5,000 graphic materials, and 8,500 artifacts, and open new avenues of inquiry of its materials.


Board development success planning


  • Organization Name:
    Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9,900

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding for succession planning and board development for Sankofa-Kuumba, a well-established Greater Hartford organization with the mission to research, teach and promote the culture of Africa and the Black Diaspora by working with youth, children, families and communities. The goal is to develop a succession plan to include organization assessment and board content that will enable it to continue to provide humanities programming.


Connecticut Public Sheff Documentary


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $20,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    $20,000 in planning funding to research, plan and create a Production Plan for a documentary about Connecticut’s school integration program, Sheff v O’Neill. This project will offer an overarching look at Sheff and the impact on the students and our state over the history of the program including both the positive and negative effects on the students’ lives.


An Evening with David Blight. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,664.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will enable the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to present An Evening with David Blight on November 21, 2019. The program will consist of the author discussing his latest book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, followed by a conversation with fellow scholar Dr. Dann Broyld of Central Connecticut State University, and a facilitated question and answer period conducted by Stowe Center staff that include opportunities for audience participation that encourage them to think critically about slavery, abolition, racism, and equity and how we understand these issues in today’s world.


Civic Leadership and Organizing for Change in the 21st Century


  • Organization Name:
    Paul J. Aicher Foundation (dba Everyday Democracy)

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,899.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows Everyday Democracy to present a project that will engage participants in a talk by and discussion with nationally renowned political scientist and organizer Dr. Hahrie Han on November 23, 2019. She will challenge participants to reflect on the kinds of civic leadership and strategies that civic leaders and organizers will need in today’s social context. She will also examine the role that civic associations and leaders play in mobilizing participation in politics and building power for social and political change.


The 1619 Project: Understanding the Legacy of Slavery


  • Organization Name:
    Charter Oak Temple Restoration Assocation, dba Charter Oak Cultural Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding is for a 12-session discussion group beginning in late November, running through the spring of 2020 in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The focus of the conversations will be the group of essays, “The 1619 Project,” that appeared in the August 18, 2019 New York Times Sunday Magazine. The goal of the project is to tell the truth about slavery and how it continues to impact virtually every institution in our country.


Connecticut’s Kid Governor® 2019-20


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $7,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Partnership support enables Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) to continue offering Connecticut Kid Governor (CTKG) as a free program, ensuring that all 5th grade classrooms have equitable access to the program and resources. CTDC is committed to eliminating barriers to participation by keeping CTKG free and turnkey. This is important for many programs, especially in a program where students actually vote. CTKG lays the groundwork for an engaged CT by immersing students in civic lessons from a young age and extends CT Humanities’ (CTH) civics and history reach beyond Connecticut History Day’s 6-12 grade audience to 5th grade teachers and students. By providing students the opportunity to identify problems in their communities, research the background of those problems, and think carefully about viable solutions, CTKG fosters curiosity, understanding and critical thinking. Partnership period is July 2019 – June 2020 and the CTKG elected in fall 2019 will serve through December 2020.


Connecticut History Day


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Partnership funding allows the Connecticut History Day program to engage people in the history, literature, and culture of Connecticut and it encourage curiosity, understanding and critical thinking for student participants. CHD allows participants to direct their own learning; students choose the historical topic to explore, how to present their project, and whether to work alone or in a group. Connecticut Democracy Center encourages students to use local resources by creating and distributing a 30-page list of Connecticut topics related to the NHD Annual Theme, distributing partnership materials (including ConnecticutHistory.Org) to workshop participants, and featuring collaborating institutions through social media and on the CHD website. CHD events begin September 1, 2019 and run through June 2020.


Planning Grant for “Sugar” exhibition


  • Organization Name:
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Sugar changed the global economy and indelibly impacted mankind’s cultural footprint through commerce, the wealth it generated, and the subsequent human diaspora it catalyzed. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is crafting an exhibition that aims to explore the material world fueled and shaped by this commodity—from the resulting histories of the sugar trade and its human impact to the physical goods generated around and for its use. By broadening the discussion of sugar to encompass social, cultural, and economic topics, American fine and decorative arts can be made relevant to visitors. This exhibition will help further develop an innovative, programming-based road map that resonates with international, national, and local constituencies, especially the African American and Afro-Caribbean communities in Hartford. By identifying local and national experts to collaborate in the telling of these humanities stories, new audiences can be reached and content with lasting impact can be created. Planning is projected to take place from July 2019 through December 2020.


A Hidden History Revealed: Coming Back Home to Talcott Street


  • Organization Name:
    Faith Initiatives Inc

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Faith Congregational Church, formerly Talcott Street Congregational Church. The church has made an enormous impact in the City of Hartford in terms of African American-led social, economic, and racial justice, yet it remains a hidden story. Faith will partner with Hartford heritage organizations to tell the story. Through an outdoor program on the original site, we will publicly acknowledge this history followed by a reception at Connecticut’s Old State House. The program will take place on September 29, 2019.


Mark Twain: An Introductory Exhibition


  • Organization Name:
    Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,825.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows the Mark Twain House & Museum to create a long-term exhibition for the lobby of its Museum Center that will provide visitors to the building with an introduction to Samuel Clemens (“Mark Twain”), his life in Hartford, and his work. The exhibition will consist of panels featuring content about Twain, his family members, his home, the works he wrote while living in Hartford, and his enduring relevance. The exhibition will open in December 2019 and remain on view for the foreseeable future.


Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community Exhibit


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,985.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows the creation of the “Mas:Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community” exhibit to examine the heritage of Carnival as practiced in Hartford. Costumes created by Caribbean-descendant youth under the direction of experienced costume makers from the islands are displayed with images of dance at the West Indian Parade over the years. The exhibit will explore the cultural meanings inherent in performing in these costumes and will feature community voices explaining their traditions. Exhibit runs from August 18 to October 8, 2019 with a guest lecture in late September.


Out on View: LGBTQ+ Perspectives on the Collection


  • Organization Name:
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    “Out on View” is a self-guided tour through the Wadsworth’s collections focusing on LGBTQ+ history. Visitors will discover narratives about gender and sexuality spanning 2,000 years that are often omitted from interpretive materials. The tour will be the first of its kind in a major museum in the United States. Funding will be used to hire an expert on the history of gender and sexuality, to consult on the project, lead two “live” tours, and deliver a lecture. The exhibition runs from June 22 to September 15, 2019.


Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: The Life of Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction


  • Organization Name:
    Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,010.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding allows Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation to offer the lecture “Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: The Life of Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction.” Author Michael Downs will expound upon the historical Wells and how his tragic life became the subject of his most recent novel. A collaboration between Cedar Hill and Bushnell Park Foundation, the program will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.


Uncovering Their History: Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground


  • Organization Name:
    Ancient Burying Ground Association, Inc

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,955.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will allow the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford’s oldest historic site, to re-envision its public programming to present fresh viewpoints that draw on new scholarship on the Witch Trials of 1662; Hartford in the American Revolution; and the African and Native Americans of Early Hartford, 1640-1815. Included are three guided walking tours (May 18, July 13, August 3, 2019) and a lecture (September 12, 2019), exhibit (September 1 – October 31, 2019) and workshop (October 5, 2019).


From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford County, CT, 1940-2019


  • Organization Name:
    Hartford Public Library

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,759.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    How did African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and West Indians make Hartford their home between 1940 and 2019? Funding will be used for a traveling exhibition, oral histories, and a panel discussion with housing advocates to integrate the narratives of migration and settlement to explore the relationship between poverty, systemic racism, and housing. Housing became a theater in the struggle for civil and human rights for groups that are now the majority of Hartford’s population. The exhibit runs October 2019 to January 2020. The panel discussion is October 22, 2019.


Emancipation and Freedom : The Urban Setting


  • Organization Name:
    Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,399.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    “Emancipation and Freedom” is a developmental summer camp program aimed to invigorate and educate youth about their lineage and the use of traditional artistic methods as a means of emancipation. Youth will learn about various Caribbean Islands and their perceptions of freedom as compared to liberation of people of color in the United States. Funding will allow attendees to participate in a 4-week program (July to August 2019), panel discussion (August 5, 2019) and final presentations to showcase their knowledge of each construct learned.


Twain’s Legacy in Today’s Public Sphere: A UConn Mark Twain House & Museum Panel Discussion Series


  • Organization Name:
    The Mark Twain House & Museum

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,950.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The project will encompass two public panel discussions that will use Mark Twain?s writings as prompts to examine pressing social and cultural questions of today. Each event will feature a panel composed of museum staff and four faculty members of the University of Connecticut?s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with the Dean of College serving as panel chair, and will include opportunities for audience participation.


Witness Stones: West Hartford


  • Organization Name:
    West Hartford Public Schools

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    This is a community-based project with a school component. In partnership with the Noah Webster House, eighth grade students work with our town historian and another consultant to conduct original research on the history of enslaved persons in the West Hartford community. The project culminates with the placement of “witness stones” to commemorate the individuals studied and their stories. This also involves a public ceremony, sharing the outcomes of student research.


Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series and Tour


  • Organization Name:
    Capital Community College Foundation

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,800.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series and Tour is a free program at Capital Community College. The spring 2019 series enables the Capital Community College Foundation to share the multifaceted rewards of place-based learning with residents of Greater Hartford, including greater awareness of the city’s rich heritage and culture and informed civic engagement. The series features one walking tour and four college-style lectures on the places, personalities and themes that have shaped Hartford.


Hartford ’67/Hartford ’19


  • Organization Name:
    Hartford Stage Company

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    In February 2019, Hartford Stage will present Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67. This compelling drama takes place during the Motor City’s violent 1967 uprising. Hartford also experienced racism-fueled unrest that year. We will draw connections between these events through an oral history project and lobby exhibit. Through a panel discussion, we will examine the effects of Hartford’s riots on civic life and explore current ways local activists are working to create meaningful change today.


5th Annual New London Juneteenth Celebration with The Slave Dwelling Project


  • Organization Name:
    Antiquarian & Landmarks Society Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,635.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The Hempsted Houses will host the Fifth Annual New London Juneteenth Festival with our partners, the New London NAACP and New London?s OIC (Opportunities and Industrialization Center) June 7 through June 9. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in America. This year Joseph McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project will be returning to hold community conversations and to spend the night in the Joshua Hempsted House with community members.


Cultural Heritage Archive Project


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Connecticut Historical Society receives support for phase I of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program Archival Project. The project will establish a professionally organized and catalogued archive of the folklife program, making the archive accessible to researchers as well as members of the communities whose stories and heritage are represented in the collection.


Navigating the News: Past & Present


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,859.27

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    CPAN requests funding for a special, two-hour, Conversation at Noon entitled: Navigating the News: Past & Present. Moderated by Diane Smith, the program will consist of three speakers–Dr. Barry O’Connell from Amherst College, Adam Chiara from University of Hartford, and Richard Hanley from Quinnipiac University– followed by a panel discussion. Participants will learn about the antecedents of “fake news” and discover how to balance their media “diet” in the modern age.


Alexander Hamilton and “Fake News”


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,150.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    A lecture to take place at CHS on December 10, 2018, given by Professor Robert W.T. Martin of Hamilton College. Dr. Martin, who has written extensively on the role of the press in the Early American Republic, will discuss the role of the free press in the young republic, how the founding generation grappled with the problem of ?fake news,? and what Americans in 2018 can learn from their experience. The talk will use Hamilton’s relationship with the press to shed light on the larger topic.


Connecticut History Day


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding supports the 2019 Connecticut History Day competition.


Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s


  • Organization Name:
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


QG-01618 Citizen Demos


  • Organization Name:
    Paul J. Aicher Foundation (dba Everyday Democracy)

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1800

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    A talk and group dialogue with renowned international humanities scholar, conflict mediator, and speaker Ashok Panikkar on the values and culture of Democracy in our modern-day context. Participants will engage in dialogue and deliberation to revisit the role of the “citizen” in a modern-day democracy centered around the role of humanities education in preserving open and free societies.


On Board the Onrust: Bringing Dutch History to the Hartford Riverfront


  • Organization Name:
    Riverfront Recapture

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2500

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    Riverfront Recapture will work with the Connecticut River Museum to bring the Onrust, a replica of a ship sailed up the Connecticut River by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block in 1614, to Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza from June 21 to June 24, 2018. The Onrust will serve as a dockside floating museum, and Riverfront Recapture will offer land-based activities and tours of the vessel while it is docked during the day and public cruises on the Connecticut River in the afternoon and evening.


Emancipation : From the Caribbean To the United States


  • Organization Name:
    Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4999

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    Emancipation” is a cultural exchange summer camp program aimed to invigorate and educate youth about their lineage and the use of traditional artistic methods as a means of emancipation. Youth will learn about various Caribbean islands and their perceptions of freedom, as compared to liberation of people of color in the United States. Attendees will participate in a four-week program, panel discussion and final presentation to showcase their knowledge of each construct learned. July 20, 2018 to August 20, 2018.


Launching the New Stowe Center Experience


  • Organization Name:
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $20000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    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.


The Constitution of 1818: Debate and Dissent in the Land of Steady Habits


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This three-part lecture series will explore the creation of the constitution of 1818 from different legal and historical perspectives. Speakers will discuss such topics as the transition from the 1662 Charter to the 1818 Constitution, the debates surrounding the Constitution of 1818 and their relevance to modern Connecticut politics, and the rise of religious toleration in the state.


Facing War: Connecticut in World War I


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    An exhibition about the experiences of Connecticut residents during World War I. Photographs and artifacts from the CHS collection help tell a story about how the Great War affected and changed people’s lives in the state. On view May 22, 2018 – December 8, 2018.


History of Mental Health Care in Connecticut


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $21225

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This exhibition will look at different methods of mental health diagnosis and treatment in Connecticut from the 1600s to the present day. It places the topic within the context of larger national trends to show how and why mental health care issues have been, and continue to be, at the center of political, economic, ethical, and social debates. CHS intends to show how this is not a linear story and will highlight the different methods of diagnosis and treatment that have been available at different points in time, against the backdrop of larger national trends and illustrated by smaller individual experiences.


Commemorating the Constitution of 1818


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2300

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    The Connecticut Public Affairs Network will conduct a six-part lecture series with Connecticut Explored on the Constitution of 1818 that provides contextual information, explores the document’s impact on religious freedom and voting rights, and fosters discussion on its lasting impact on citizens of today. The free noontime programs will be held at Connecticut’s Old State House (OSH) with themed tours of the OSH, the site of the constitutional convention and a building impacted by the Constitution.


Connecticut History Day


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Public Affairs Network

  • Organization City:
    Hartford

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    Connecticut Humanities’ support for Connecticut History Day helps nurture the next generation of young historians and introduces them to the resources of the state’s museums, libraries and historical societies. History Day is a national program designed to engage middle and high school students in historic research and presentation. Coordinated in our state by Connecticut’s Old State House, the academic competition encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews, and create final projects to present their work.


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