The Connecticut Literary Festival is a year-round organization that provides programming in three broad areas: an on-ground literary carnival, a literary anthology of Connecticut writers, and virtual Lit Talks. This year, the on-ground festival is slated for October 22-23, 2021, at Real Art Ways. In addition to providing a space for readers and writers across the state, The Connecticut Literary Festival provides a venue for the voices of the underrepresented, including Native American authors.
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.
The 2020 Festival is moving online with a series of Lit Talks, thought-provoking conversations on books, culture, and literary life featuring authors, educators, and arts advocates. These free virtual events for the Connecticut literary community and schools, particularly virtual high school classrooms, are live on September 10th, 24th; October 1st, 10th and 22nd; November 5th and 19th; and December 10th. They will be archived for future viewing.
Kara Walker: Harpers Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) at the New Britain Museum of American Art comprises iconic works by Walker that are based on, and presented in conjunction with, a selection of original Harper’s prints depicting scenes from the Civil War. Funding will support the NBMAA to offer programming for adult audiences to deepen the audiences understanding of the complex subject matter in February 3, 2020 and March 15, 2020. Exhibit is open January 24 – April 19, 2020.
Funding is for the New Britain Industrial Museums first traveling exhibit. “Interwoven: Labor, Innovation, and Consumerism in New Britain’s Textile Industry” focuses on the city’s robust textile industry and will be on view from November 2019 to May 2021 at various locations across the city. Community partners hosting the exhibit and show-related programs will engage already interested groups and reach other community members.
Funding is used to present a free, day-long celebration of the literary arts from the center of the state at Real Art Ways on October 5, 2019. Connecticut Literary Festival presents fun, smart, diverse, inclusive, and sometimes irreverent programming celebrating readers, writers, and the written word across four unique experiences: public readings; the Readers’ Marketplace; a performance space; and panel discussions featuring leading thinkers, writers, and educators. Website: https://connecticutliteraryfestival.org/
Funding supports the Connecticut League of History Organizations and their programs.
Connecticut Humanities’ work with the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) dates back many years and aligns with our goal of helping the state’s cultural institutions connect effectively with the communities they serve. CLHO is a membership organization that creates connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. We partner with CLHO to offer professional development programs like STEPS-CT as well as workshops for the staff, board members and volunteers of the state’s heritage organizations. We also work together developing educational materials to promote visitation to local heritage museums and sites. CLHO and Connecticut Humanities are strong advocacy partners and work together to promote the vital role the humanities and heritage fields play in our communities and schools.