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State Senator

Christine Cohen

Representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

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Sen. Cohen Welcomes State Aid for Two Dozen Regional Arts Groups

State Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) today welcomed state arts grants totaling about a quarter-million dollars for two dozen shoreline arts organizations to help them financially survive during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Cohen – who voted for the state aid to arts groups as part of the 2021-23 biennial state budget – said 23 arts groups in three shoreline towns will receive a total of $251,100 from CT Humanities through its CT Cultural Fund. The grants will assist organizations recovering from the pandemic and aid them in serving their communities.

"Thousands of people in shoreline towns enjoy these organizations year-round, but the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our arts, culture and tourism sector. I fought for relief and assistance for them, because like so many of our cherished businesses, they have been at financial risk. These funds will help to keep their doors open and allow the continuation of their wonderful services to the community," Sen. Cohen said.

The 23 local grants are part of 624 statewide grants to different non-profit museums and cultural, humanities, and arts organizations totaling $16 million, and they are part of the $30.7 million in grants allocated by the state legislature to CT Humanities over the next two years. Grants range from $5,000 to $500,000 to any organization offering cultural, humanities and arts-based projects and activities for the public.

Arts organization grants in Sen. Cohen's Senate district include:


  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven/Branford Messiah, $5,200
  • Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance, $6,100
  • Branford Historical Society, $6,200
  • Chestnut Hill Concerts, $8,700
  • Legacy Theatre, $20,500
  • Stony Creek Museum, $6,100


  • Guilford Art Center, $54,300
  • Guilford Keeping Society, $8,800
  • Guilford Performing Arts Festival Company, $7,400
  • Guilford Preservation Alliance, $7,100
  • Henry Whitfield State Museum, $5,000
  • Project: Music Heals Us, $16,200
  • Starship Dance Theater and Company, $5,800
  • The Dudley Foundation, $9,300
  • The Hyland House Museum, $6,600
  • Witness Stones Project, $7,800


  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven/Ubuntu Storytellers $8,100
  • Deacon John Grave Foundation, $6,800
  • FUSE Theatre of CT, $5,400
  • Madison Historical Society, $12,100
  • Madison Lyric Stage, $10,400
  • New Haven Chorale, $15,600
  • The Madison Arts Barn, $11,600