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March 9, 2012

Stillman Hails State Arts Grants Awarded to Groups in New London Area

State Senator Andrea L. Stillman (D-Waterford) today reported individual state grants for ten fine arts organizations in greater New London. The total value of the grants is $211,879, Senator Stillman said.

Statewide, nearly $2.5 million was made available this week through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Senator Stillman said the New London-area grants were awarded to:

  • CT Early Music Society in New London—$529
  • CT Storytelling Center in New London—$514
  • Eastern CT Symphony, Inc. in New London—$4,347
  • Garde Arts Center, Inc. in New London—$3,025
  • Hygienic Art, Inc. in New London—$128,737
  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London—$3,828
  • New London Landmarks—$100,000
  • On Stage/Connecticut College in New London—$9,856
  • The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme—$9,745
  • The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford—$51,298

“Southeastern Connecticut is already well known as a center for the fine arts, with internationally known schools and galleries sprinkled generously throughout the region,” Senator Stillman said. “These grants will be well received as a means by which the beauty created and the emotions stirred through art and music will be perpetuated, as will the widespread appreciation for that beauty.”

Senator Stillman said most of the ten grants were awarded through the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund. Three others were awarded through the Arts Project Support program, the Creative Placemaking Pilot Program, and City Canvases respectively; all four grant programs are administered by DECD’s Connecticut Office of the Arts and State Historic Preservation Office.

“Officials at DECD demonstrated their own creativity in their distribution of limited resources to such a broad spectrum of qualified applicants, and I want to commend that effort,” Senator Stillman added. “These small grants will make a significant impact in the quality of life in southeastern Connecticut and help stabilize our local economy besides.”


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