NEW BRITAIN - Grants have been awarded in support of programs and activities of four local arts organizations in New Britain and Farmington, according to state Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain.
The funding has been bestowed to the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra ($559), the New Britain Museum of American Art ($5,708), the New Britain Youth Theater ($500) and Farmington’s Hill-Stead Museum ($6,170).
The grants are made available through the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund at the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts. The CAEF was established to help stimulate and bring stability to the development of private sector funding for arts organizations. Organizations are eligible for grants if they have raised more than $15,000 in private donations for two consecutive fiscal years. This allows arts organizations to raise money by telling investors that their contributions will result in state grants.
“Our local arts organizations are vital to the health and growth of our communities. The arts contribute to quality of life, and attract visitors to our town who contribute to the local economy,” said Gerratana. “We established the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund to encourage stability and the continued operation of our most important arts organizations by encouraging private donors. I am glad to see that it has been successful and this money is making its way to our community.”
The grants are not generated from the state General Fund, but are the product of interest earned on a stand-alone investment fund managed by the state treasurer’s office, Gerratana said.