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.