headshot of Senator Crisco (lo-res)

News From

State Senator

Joseph J. Crisco, Jr.

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore
& Federal Relations Liaison

Representing Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck & Woodbridge

Share |

Contact: Lawrence Cook

March 9, 2012

Crisco Applauds Funding for the Arts Awarded By Connecticut to Four In-District Groups

State Senator Joseph J. Crisco (D-Woodbridge) today reported individual state grants for four fine arts organizations in his district. Senator Crisco said nearly 100 comparable grants were awarded statewide through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

Senator Crisco said the grants were awarded to the following district groups:

  • Oil Drum Art in Beacon Falls
  • Dandelion Productions in Bethany
  • The Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden
  • Shakespeare Productions in Naugatuck

“It’s gratifying for me to see how these state grants were distributed to groups with worthy programs across the board that work in the visual arts, theatrical production, and other media,” Senator Crisco said. “I welcome these grants to area groups because the programming they provide and support helps the next generation of Connecticut artists and performers discover the value and reward of artistic expression.”

Senator Crisco said half the grants were awarded through the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund and the other half through the Arts Project Support program, both of which are administered by DECD’s Connecticut Office of the Arts and State Historic Preservation Office.

“One of Connecticut’s greatest assets has historically been the creativity of its residents and the respect and appreciation of its residents for the artistic ability of others,” Senator Crisco said. “It’s important to maintain the vibrant touchstones to that tradition so current generations will learn to appreciate the achievement, accomplishment, and excellence that abounds, sometimes just around the corner, with an idea that appreciation will be passed along to future generations.”

Senator Crisco, Senate chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, is also vice-chair of its Banks Committee and Commerce Committee, Ranking Member of the Internship Committee, and serves on the Legislative Management Committee as well.


Press Contacts

Press Aide

Lawrence Cook

Mailing Address

Legislative Office Building
Room 2800
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Home Page



Form to mail Senator Crisco

Follow Senator Crisco

RSS icon   Facebook   YouTube icon   flickr icon

Press Kit

Download Senator Crisco’s biography and publication-quality head shots.


Crisco.doc (MS Word format)

4"x5" Color head shot

Crisco-hi.jpg (JPG)
Crisco-low.jpg (JPG)