Organization City Old Lyme

COVID Relief Fund for Museum Grant – Florence Griswold Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • 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: Florence Griswold Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • 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.


The Year of Alternative Voices


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $30,000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY20

  • Grant Summary:

    The Florence Griswold Museum (FGM) will present a full year of interdisciplinary, humanities-rich exhibitions and programming through “The Year of Alternative Voices.” Using a thematically-cohesive umbrella approach, FGM will present three exhibitions centered on their own collections – “Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum” (on view June 6-Sept. 20, 2020), as well as “Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection” and “The Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery” (on view concurrently Oct. 3, 2020-May 23, 2021).


Hauling & Harrowing: Edward Volkert and the Connecticut Farm, an Online Exhibition at www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    FGM seeks funding to create a humanities-rich online exhibition delving into the work of Lyme Art Colony painter, Edward Volkert, best-known for his early-20th century depictions of agrarian life in CT created at a time of great technological and societal change.


The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $30,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    The Florence Griswold Museum presents an exhibition of the work of emerging Connecticut artist, Jac Lahav. The Great Americans explores the ideas of who we consider ?great? and the cultural underpinnings of our perceptions (whether fact or fiction). Through his cheeky, psychologically complex treatment of iconic figures, Lahav explores the multifaceted nature of cultural identity, calling into question the very notion of ?greatness? among American historical figures and exploring the concept of fame itself (on view Feb. 9-May 12, 2019).


Teaching Poster for “SEE/change” Online Learning Exhibition for Educators and Students of Connecticut History


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3750

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    A humanities-rich teaching poster to equip and encourage educators of history and Social Studies to use the Florence Griswold Museum’s new history-based online learning exhibition, SEE/change, to lead engaging class discussions of state history. Featuring an iconic Connecticut scene by George Durrie (c. 1853), the poster has been designed to spark discussions on such topics as Connecticut’s historic architecture, agriculture, slavery, geology, clothing, food practices, class, and global events.


Art and the New England Farm


  • Organization Name:
    Florence Griswold Museum

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $25000

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    The Florence Griswold Museum’s new exhibition (on view May 11-September 16, 2018) looks at the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate, the Lyme region, and beyond to examine the complex history and character of New England’s farms. The project includes an exhibition and educational programs for adults and families to help visitors explore the exhibition themes from various angles, while also creating discussion of current social issues of the New England farm.


“A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation: Cities of Peace”


  • Organization Name:
    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

  • Organization City:
    Old Lyme

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3250

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    Exhibit of large works focused on ten global cities ravaged by war. This is a collaboration of city artists, archaeologists, poets, writers, historians, cultural leaders, preservationists, city officials and others drawing attention to strife in their city and resilience of citizens to celebrate the “soul” of their city. The project includes a panel discussion with renowned experts elucidating exhibit themes including the power of creativity, of art to preserve cultural heritage and support peace-building, and the triumph of hope over darkness.


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