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Joan Hartley

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Representing Waterbury, Middlebury & Naugatuck

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Contact: Dan Doyle

March 14, 2012

Hartley Welcomes State Arts Grants Awarded to 6 Groups in Waterbury Area

State Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) today reported individual state grants for a half-dozen fine arts organizations in greater Waterbury. Statewide, nearly $2.5 million was made available through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

Senator Hartley said the Waterbury-area grants were awarded to:

  • Shakespeare Productions, Inc. in Naugatuck
  • The Mattatuck Historical Society in Waterbury
  • The Palace Theater Group, Inc. in Waterbury
  • The Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury
  • The Waterbury Region Arts and Culture Collaborative
  • The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

“As the cultural and economic hub of our region, greater Waterbury has long been known to draw people who seek the attractions and advantages of a larger city and these grants will help satisfy that demand,” Senator Hartley said. “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 perform classical music.”

Senator Hartley said all but one of the six grants were awarded through the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund, which is administered by DECD’s Connecticut Office of the Arts and State Historic Preservation Office.

“I firmly believe a robust arts community adds an important element to the overall quality of life in the Waterbury area and plays a vital role in a healthy local economy besides,” Senator Hartley added. “I expect these modest state grants for operating support will serve as seed money, attracting additional revenue over time from private sector sponsors and advertisers, and from patrons from throughout the region as well.”

Senator Hartley is the Senate chair of the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee, vice chair of its Insurance and Real Estate Committee, and serves on the Appropriations Committee, Legislative Management Committee, and Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee as well.


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