Herron Keyon Gaston

State Senator

Herron Keyon Gaston

Deputy Majority Leader

Empowering Communities, Driving Change

November 30, 2023

Senator Gaston Welcomes $43,526 to District Arts Organizations Through DECD Supporting Arts Grants
Today, State Senator Herron Keyon Gaston (D-Bridgeport) welcomed the announcement that local arts organizations in his district will receive $43,526 through the state Department of Economic & Community Development’s Office of the Arts as it releases its latest Supporting Arts grants. Of 232 grants awarded statewide, nine were in the 23rd Senate District.

“The arts are such an important aspect of life,” said Sen. Gaston. “Art allows individuals to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences in creative ways. I have the upmost gratitude toward the Department of Economic Community Development for their continued support with our local arts organizations that will help foster voices throughout our community.”

The Supporting Arts grant program provides general operating support to Connecticut arts organizations and municipal arts departments; organizations receiving funds can use them where they are most needed. The program utilizes state and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Organizations receiving funds include:


  • City Lights & Company: $5,345
  • Clementina Arts Foundation Inc.: $3,206
  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre Company of Bridgeport: $2,586
  • Greater Bridgeport Symphony Society: $6,274
  • Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.: $4,518
  • Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Inc.: $5,558
  • Metro Art Studios Inc.: $5,923
  • Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County: $4,690
  • WPKN, Inc.: $5,426