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Sen. Needleman celebrates CT Humanities’ awarding of grant funding to local cultural, humanities & arts organizations

Submitted by Joe O’Leary, Senate Democrats Press Representative.

(Jan. 10, 2022) — Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) celebrated the January 7 announcement that the Board of Directors of CT Humanities awarded significant grant funding valued at $772,000 to 24 local non-profit museums, cultural organizations, humanities organizations and arts organizations. The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants are part of $30 million in support allocated over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Lamont.

These grants are intended to assist organizations recovering from the pandemic and aiding them to grow their ability to serve their communities and the public. It is also aimed to connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content and improve information technology and digital infrastructure. Grant funding ranged from $5,000 to $500,000 and any organization offering cultural, humanities and arts-based projects and activities for the public were eligible.

“Every one of our communities benefits from these wonderful organizations, which focus on expanding access to education and great arts programs in our towns,” said Sen. Needleman. “I can’t wait to see what these organizations do next with this vital grant funding.”

The following organizations in Sen. Needleman’s district received grant funding:


Chester Historical Society – $6,600


Clinton Historical Society – $7,600
Kidz Konnection – $12,100

Deep River

Deep River Historical Society – $7,200

East Haddam

East Haddam Historical Society – $7,900
Goodspeed Musicals – $390,000
I-Park – $24,200
Shoreline Arts Alliance/Connecticut River Valley Symphonic Band – $5,100
Shoreline Arts Alliance/String of Pearls Big Band – $5,400

East Hampton

Chatham Historical Society – $5,500
Epoch Arts – $10,600


Cappella Cantorum – $7,100
Community Music School – $36,100
Connecticut River Museum – $50,700
Essex Historical Society – $10,800
Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife & Drum Corps – $5,300
The Arts Center at Killingworth – $11,400


Haddam Historical Society – $12,800

Old Saybrook

Essex Winter Series – $11,900
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – $114,500
Old Saybrook Historical Society – $10,900
Theatre Artists Workshop – $5,900


Portland Historical Society – $7,200


Westbrook Historical Society – $5,200

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