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.
With this funding, the Mattatuck will respond to teacher needs caused by COVID-19 by creating virtual school tours for third, fourth, and fifth grade. Tours will reinforce the social studies curriculum and allow students to use objects and primary sources to learn about history.
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.
Waterbury: City of Transition (working title) takes the heart of Waterburys history and makes it relevant and personal for a local or out of town audience. This project will allow the history gallery to be more welcoming and engaging for all visitors, regardless of economic, social, or cultural background, and regardless of where they live. By fully embracing participatory culture and the active, social ways that people today engage with history, art, and ideas, the Museum has the potential to be a catalyst for social change. The exhibition will invite visitors to look at Waterbury’s history through a lens of transition to answer the question “Who am I now?” In this way, the exhibition will guide visitors through an experience where the Waterbury region serves as an example through which they can consider their personal history.
Renovations and construction are taking place throughout the Mattatuck Museum from May 2019 to June 2020. Funding will allow the Museum to take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate how the space can best serve audiences for the next 10-20 years and update portions of the history exhibition that have become outdated or fallen into disrepair.
The Mattatuck Museum is temporarily relocating its operations to Rose Hill, a Victorian house in downtown Waterbury that was home to three prominent Waterbury families. The Museum plans to develop a special exhibit to interpret the history of these families and how their legacy is relevant to Waterbury today. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will share the history of the building and its inhabitants through a community open house, lecture series, and other programs.
Waterbury Interactive is a multigenerational project that engages students from elementary school through high school, together with artists and older adults, all utilizing their own personal skill sets in writing, visual arts, oral histories, and performance arts to develop an interactive theatrical production. Each production focuses on neighborhoods in Waterbury and raises concerns of livability and sustainability while encouraging audience members to create thoughtful, informed solutions.
This multi-part project will welcome Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto to Waterbury. “FRÁGIL Maneje con Cuidado” is comprised of an art- and history-based exhibition and a series of educational programs. It explores the evacuee experience in Waterbury and presents that experience against the broader context of Puerto Rican life and culture before the disaster.
The Mattatuck Museum is in the beginning stages of reimagining and expanding their current building. In order to plan out these spaces in the most useful way, the Mattatuck wants to have reliable data to inform their decisions and guide their discussions moving forward and will conduct audience and market research in order to best achieve their goals for the next three years.
This inter-generational project within Waterbury engages participants of all ages through collection of oral histories and adapting them into public presentations by casts comprised of area youth. The performances take place across the city to highlight Waterbury’s varied communities, promote dialogue, and to further the development of the history of the people and cultures of the Greater Waterbury area.