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COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center


  • Organization Name:
    Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • 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 – Mystic Museum of Art


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Museum of Art

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • 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 – Mystic Seaport Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $45,456.00

  • 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: Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • 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.


Arts on the Quad – Mystic Seaport Museum’s summer evening program series.


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,807.72

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will help underwrite the Mystic Seaport Museum’s 2019 Arts on the Quad Summer Evening Program Series. The four selected performances will support the content of four exhibits currently on display around the Gallery Quadrangle. All the programs in the 2019 series will feature humanities-based discussions or activities linking exhibit content with the performances.


“Exploring Women’s Suffrage: Connecticut Collections Alliance”


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Using the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) as the technology platform, funding enables this six-month pilot project to test a methodology for improved “tagging” of metadata, with the end goal of facilitating the discoverability of content and the interoperability of disparate databases, to meet contemporary end-user interests. Women’s suffrage was selected as the ideal trial subject, both because of ongoing centennial preparations and for the topic’s illustrative value, demonstrating how historically undermined subject areas like women’s history suffer from inadequate, inconsistent metadata and antiquated cataloging protocols that essentially suppressed women’s voices within the historical record. Building on a successful, 20-year collaboration of Connecticut-based organizations including Connecticut History Illustrated, Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) technology platform, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO), and Connecticut Humanities (CTH), this project will explore a methodology for identifying and correcting historical record keeping discrepancies, so that humanities content can be realized in its fullest expression. The metadata enhancement will take place from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.


QG-05918 “Arts on the Quad” – Mystic Seaport Museum’s Summer Evening Program Series


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4998

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This year, the four selected performances will support the content of the four exhibits currently on display around the Gallery Quadrangle. Each program in the 2018 series will feature humanities-based discussions linking exhibit content with the performances. July and August 2018.


I-00618 The Vinland Map Exhibition


  • Organization Name:
    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Mystic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $22955

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This exhibition places this controversial Vinland Map 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.


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