Organization City Willimantic

CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Windham Arts


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Arts

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $8,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Windham Area Arts Collaborative/ David Hayes Art Foundation


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Area Arts Collaborative/ David Hayes Art Foundation

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $9,400.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: STORYLINE


  • Organization Name:
    STORYLINE

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,100.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Windham Arts Organization/ Ashford Arts Council


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Arts Organization/ Ashford Arts Council

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $6,600.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Windham Regional Arts Council


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Regional Arts Council

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,500.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Willimantic Public Art


  • Organization Name:
    Willimantic Public Art

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $5,400.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant: Windham Textile & History Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $8,800.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.


Creating an Online Archive at the Mill Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $10,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    Prior to 2020, the Museum had begun a long-term project of digitizing its collection and making it available online, using volunteers. COVID, however, catalyzed the need for the transition, making it more. This grant will enable the Museum to hire a one-quarter time Collections Manager to oversee the project and train the volunteers.


Stepping into the Shade: Tobacco’s Connection to Civil Rights


  • Organization Name:
    Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $35,000.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    “Stepping into the Shade” (premiering Dec. 2023) will be a documentary series about the relationship between shade tobacco farming in CT and civil rights. Starting in the early 1900s the tobacco industry in CT brought in migrant labor from HBCU’s in the south and from the Caribbean. This influx of new workers diversified and changed the culture of CT, as well as influenced the civil rights movement, most famously as a result of the two summers Martin Luther King Jr. spent working CT tobacco.


Eastern Connecticut State University presents An Evening with Wally Lamb


  • Organization Name:
    Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    On Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, bestselling author and CT resident, Wally Lamb will speak about his life-long celebration of Connecticut through his writing, teaching, and living in his home state. In line with Eastern’s recent series of humanities-themed talks, performances, and common reads, Lamb will be asked to speak about the shared human experience and the transformative and healing power of writing. The talk is open to the public in person and virtually.


The Vietnam War-Lessons Learned


  • Organization Name:
    Eastern CT Veterans Community Center

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    The Eastern CT Veterans Community Center’s military museum is presenting an exhibition, video interviews & discussion on the Vietnam War, the role of women, blacks and Latinos, why they chose to serve, how their service affected their lives, what they did with those experiences, how their community accepted them on their return, what we learned, what their greater contribution to their communities have been since their return, & how they are affected by the current withdrawal from Afghan.


Increasing Accessibility in the Time of COVID


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,999.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    Windham Textile & History Museum is increasing public accessibility to its exhibits and collections by expanding the content available online, which is especially needed during this time of COVID. The Museum is creating and making accessible via several already existing portals approximately 500 illustrated archival catalog entries, four interpretive exhibit pages on its website, four short exhibit videos, and 40 exhibit captions.


Virtual Conversation with Vietnamese American Graphic Novelist Thi Bui


  • Organization Name:
    Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $4,700.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 3pm Bui will speak about her beautifully illustrated and emotional graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir. The novel documents her family?s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. Bui?s virtual keynote will highlight Eastern Connecticut State University’s NEA Big Read. Dr. Nunez, Eastern President will introduce this event. The presentation is virtual, open to the public, and will include a Q&A session, moderated by Dr. Chang, Assistant Professor of History and Asian and Asian American Studies, UConn.


CT Museums Kids Are Free: Windham Textile & History Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $3,130.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities is honored to have partnered with the CT Office of the Arts to administer the CT Museums – Kids Are Free Summer Grant program which then became Connecticut Summer at the Museum – Free Admission for Kids.

    The Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and CT Humanities, delivered these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARP ESSER (American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, 2021 Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)).

    CT Humanities awarded a total of $119,371.71 to 17 Connecticut organizations to help enable them to provide free admission to Connecticut children and one accompanying adult between July 1 and September 6, 2021.


CT Museums Kids Are Free: Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS


  • Organization Name:
    Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,112.50

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY22

  • Grant Summary:

    CT Humanities is honored to have partnered with the CT Office of the Arts to administer the CT Museums – Kids Are Free Summer Grant program which then became Connecticut Summer at the Museum – Free Admission for Kids.

    The Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and CT Humanities, delivered these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARP ESSER (American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, 2021 Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)).

    CT Humanities awarded a total of $119,371.71 to 17 Connecticut organizations to help enable them to provide free admission to Connecticut children and one accompanying adult between July 1 and September 6, 2021.


COVID Relief: Windham Textile & History Museum


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $2,500.00

  • 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.


Exhibits for Everyone: Creating Audio Exhibits for Non-Reading Visitors


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,950.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Funding will allow creation of ten three-minute “audio exhibits” within the Windham Textile and History Museum, in partnership with CRIS Radio’s CRISAccess Program. The audio exhibits will accompany the Museum’s traditional history exhibits already in place but will make those exhibits accessible to sight-impaired and other non-reading visitors, both on-site and on the museum’s website. The audio exhibits will be maintained by CRIS Access, be accessible via QR codes, and can be updated. They will be available November 1, 2019 and accompany permanent exhibits into the future.


Sidonia’s Thread: Crafting a Life from Holocaust to High Fashion.


  • Organization Name:
    Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc.

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1,750.00

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY19

  • Grant Summary:

    Creating an exhibit at the Windham Textile and History Museum of Sidonia Perlstein’s personal history and artistic work. Sidonia, a Holocaust survivor, came to Springfield, MA with no family except a baby daughter and evolved into a clothing designer and dressmaker. Up to 50 garments represent significant historical, cultural and artistic interest. The exhibit will be complemented by events that will be beneficial to local and student communities, promote interest in local history and arts.


Unraveled Threads: Deindustrialization, Postindustrialization, and the Transformation of Connecticut Textile Mill Towns: An Exhibit


  • Organization Name:
    Windham Textile & History Museum

  • Organization City:
    Willimantic

  • Amount Awarded:
    $1585

  • Fiscal Year:
    FY18

  • Grant Summary:

    This project explores the decline and fall of the Connecticut textile industry (deindustrialization, 1880-2000) and the subsequent transition to a postindustrial economy (postindustrialization) now underway in the state’s former textile mill towns. The exhibit includes permanent display boards and video, so that it can be recreated later in other venues to stimulate public discussion.


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