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Art Makes Cents: 2012 Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Awards

Yesterday, Cathy joined Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra at the Isham-Terry House, a historic property on the edge of Hartford’s North End, to announce the recipients of the 2012 Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, a grant initiative funded by the City of Hartford and managed by the Arts Council.

Let’s back up a bit. First, about the Jobs Grant Program: each year since 2009, the city has invested money from its budget to fund arts and heritage programming and projects that generate or retain jobs, support local business and drive economic activity. Hartford’s Jobs Grant Program has received national recognition as a leading model for using the arts to stimulate the local economy. Funded programs must fall in one of three categories: facility improvements, youth employment and new or expanded programs.

This year’s recipients represent a wide array of different projects from all across the city. Connecticut Landmarks, a historical preservation organization, received funding to renovate the Isham-Terry House, a historic home that’s been left derelict for years. With Jobs Grant money, they hope to restore and re-open the house in the summer and, eventually, hire part-time interpreters and tour guides, welcoming thousands of new visitors from around New England.

Cathy, the mayor and Sheryl Hack, Executive Director of Connecticut Landmarks, took a tour of the house-in-progress. The heat hasn’t been installed yet so it was a bit chilly inside—a good 15 to 20 degrees cooler than the unseasonably warm 58 degrees outside—and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the house itself is in remarkably good condition. With a new paint job and soon-to-be-cleaned carpets, the house is already starting to look brand-new—even though it’s almost 160 years old.

Thanks to Connecticut Landmarks for hosting the announcement event and for giving us a special behind-the-scenes tour of the home. For more information about the event, read the news release and see the list of 2012 recipients. Especially exciting are the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s CityMusic program, HartBeat Ensemble’s Art in the Park event and Real ArtWay’s new “Art & Science” exhibit.

Want even more coverage? Read Frank Rizzo’s Hartford Courant articles on the media event and the grant awards.

All photos by Roger Castonguay of The Defining Photo.

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