Art League of New Britain receives $20K grant

Published on Monday, 27 May 2019 19:55
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Art League of New Britain Inc., which will use the money for its building’s ongoing renovations.

In January, the Art League, located at 30 Cedar St., was going through the first phase of the construction project which includes renovation and expansion.

According to Paul Baylock, president of the Art League, the grant will be used specifically for work related to insulation, windows, lighting and addressing rotted wood.

“We need to ensure that the barn survives,” Baylock said.

Earlier this year the league also received $179,000 through a bequest by Anna L. Eckersley Johnson.

But the league has concerns as the project is expected to address structural repairs, stabilization and program enhancement.

“We still have a concern about putting up some thermal windows in order to bring our heating value,” Baylock said. “We are also concerned about the stables with insulating the floor which would really make a big cost saving.”

“This is a facility that you can’t shut the heat off when you leave because you have art work in here and you have to keep it maintained at least at a certain temperature in order to help preserve the art,” David Obedzinski, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, said on Thursday during the check presentation.

Baylock said that the Art League was also given a state grant to hire an architect to give them the opportunity to explore a frame work on how to spend their money.

“They came up with a $1.5 million plan which includes access to the second floor, two sets of stairs, another two bathrooms, security and renovating the stables.”

According to Obedzinski, this is the first time in over 20 years that the Art League received a community response grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

“As the president of the foundation, I am very pleased about not only the grant that we are able to make in this circumstance because we want to support arts and culture in the Greater New Britain area, but I’m also very pleased about the growing relationship that we have with the Art League and its leadership,” Obedzinski said. “They assisted us with creating a new art display at our office, so our third floor board room is now more and more used by community groups, committees and commissions.”

Plans for the Art League’s construction work started after torrential rain flooded the building last October.

For more information or to make donations, contact the league at, or 860-229-1484.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Monday, 27 May 2019 19:55. Updated: Monday, 27 May 2019 19:57.