To mark its 20th anniversary in 2022-2023, Connecticut Explored will present “20 for 20: A Critical Look at the Future of Connecticut History.” This year-long program of presentations on a variety of media and in-person events will engage new audiences in exploring new ways that we (inclusively defined) can—and must—tell the Connecticut story in order to advance a better informed and more empowered Connecticut community. This request is for a planning grant to support the planning process.
The University of Saint Joseph seeks a CTH grant to plan a fall 2023 exhibition at its Art Museum and accompanying programs at USJ and the CT Historical Society. The project will explore themes of colonialism and Puerto Rican resistance suggested by Miguel Luciano’s painting _Como se dice Boricua en Inglés_. A Project Team of scholars, artists, and educators will develop the exhibition checklist and script; public programs; teachers’ workshop; bilingual high school curriculum; and outreach plan.
Elizabeth Park Conservancy (The Conservancy) was awarded a Planning Grant by CT Humanities for items in the new Visitor Center: an historical brochure, content for an adult kiosk, and an introductory video. We have completed the first two items as well as the script for the introductory video. We request funding from CT Humanities to edit a 2013 CPTV video about Elizabeth Park to include our historical research and images as well as recent developments in Elizabeth Park’s ongoing history.
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.
CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. These grants were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).
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.
On Indigenous Peoples Day, October 14, 2019, this CTH funded program will be offered to the public to pay tribute to the people who first occupied the land in the Hartford area. Facilitated by members of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, attendees will be challenged to consider the dehumanizing nature of non-Native control of Native identity and the cultural impact of past indentured servitude on Native communities. Co-hosted by The Connecticut Human Rights Partnership and First Church, West Hartford.
Funding will allow Playhouse on Park, an award-winning professional theater founded in 2009, to hold talkbacks after all performances of its production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, June 26 to August 4, 2019. Featuring the cast and facilitated by community leaders with expertise in racial justice issues, the talkbacks will allow the audience to ask the cast questions about the powerful play they have just seen. The talkbacks will foster discussion of sensitive topics raised by the Scottsboro story and the play itself.
Funding supports Connecticut Explored Magazine and its content.
JHSGH is bringing the National Museum of American Jewish History’s traveling exhibit, “The Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews” to West Hartford (on view June to August 2018). The opening will include a presentation by Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, who worked closely with the movement’s founders, and two additional programs about former Russian immigrants and community leaders that assisted with the resettlement in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
In partnership with the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Connecticut Explored will produce a two-sided poster that reprints the complete text of the Constitution of 1818 and includes annotations written by members of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society. The posters will be distributed to Connecticut Explored readers inside the Fall 2018 issue and to high school civics teachers for display in their classrooms.
Connecticut Humanities is pleased to co-publish Connecticut Explored magazine. Established in 2002 as the Hog River Journal, the magazine is the only publication dedicated to exploring the state’s heritage through well-researched articles of broad public interest. Supporting the magazine is a natural fit for our work that focuses on exploring historical perspectives, and the publication helps promote the organizations that receive CTH grants. The partnership also facilitates broader distribution of Connecticut Explored content through the publication of selected articles on our ConnecticutHistory.org website.