Organization City Middletown

COVID Relief: Middlesex County Historical Society


  • Organization Name:
    Middlesex County Historical Society

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • 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.


Common Ground 2019–The 11th Middletown International Film Festival


  • Organization Name:
    Russell Library Company

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will allow six international films to be hosted by partners: Russell Library, Wesleyan University, and Middlesex Community College. Each film will explore the theme of “Children and Families in a Troubled World”. Each film will be introduced and followed with a discussion by a facilitator, so viewers can benefit from one another’s shared insights and perspectives. Event will fun for six consecutive Tuesdays in October and November 2019.


Ann Petry and the James Family Letters


  • Organization Name:
    Community Foundation of Middlesex County

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $17,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The Community Foundation of Middlesex County will begin the second phase of planning for a 60-minute documentary about an African-American family in the late 19th and early 20th century that helped shape the life of a bestselling author and cultural icon. The project will answer the questions Ann Petry raised in her essay: ?How did my family survive in this all-white community? How did my parents transmit to their children a feeling of self-worth? And how did I manage to become a writer??


Celebrating Black History Month


  • Organization Name:
    Russell Library Company

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4112

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    A series of programs highlighting the rich history of African Americans including a musical performance by the Harlem Quartet, film showings and discussions for Whose Streets? and Veterans of Color, and a book discussion of American Street by Ibi Zoboi.


Common Ground 2018 — The 10th Middletown International Film Festival


  • Organization Name:
    Russell Library Company

  • Organization City:
    Middletown

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3725

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    Six international films will be hosted by three collaborating partners–Russell Library, Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College–with each film reinforcing the fact that, as people, we’re more alike than we’re different, despite any apparent variations in skin color, language, political affiliation or religious preference. An experienced, well-vetted facilitator will introduce each film and lead a discussion afterward, allowing viewers to benefit from one another’s shared insights (October 2nd – November 6th, 2018).


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