If you follow us on Facebook, you may have heard the exciting news that our friends and grantees Bated Breath Theatre Company are taking their performance of Beneath the Gavel Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters in New York City in March 2017. Beneath the Gavel began as an adaptation of an art auction, teaming up with the New Britain Museum of American Art to transport audiences into the “white hot” core of the art market. Described as “electrifying” and “immersive,” Beneath the Gavel premiered in March 2016 to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. Last year, Bated Breath earned the Award of Merit by the Connecticut League of History Organizations for their production of Freedom: In 3 Acts. Read More
As a recipient of our Arts + Wellness grant program, The Veterans Art Foundation (VAF) is committed to providing arts therapy to veterans and their families to promote healing, self-expression, and assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life. In this post, volunteers of VAF share their experience on the first of several mask-making workshops for veterans. The next workshop is Saturday, June 4th from 9:30am – 3pm at the Art Connection Studio. Read More
Every month the Arts Council spotlights a grantee to showcase the amazing impact your United Arts Campaign contributions have on the community and beyond. This month’s spotlight is on the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Read our previous grantee spotlights.
Queen Ann Nzinga Center aims to foster children’s development by providing them with opportunities to connect within a community of peers and mentors, discover and hone their individual talents, and achieve success in a collaborative environment that celebrates diversity. They are a non-profit organization located in New Britain, Connecticut named after a prominent 15th century African queen known for her sharp wit and intelligence. The center focuses on youth programming, an annual series of concerts and events and a professional music group. Read More
Every month the Arts Council spotlights a grantee to showcase the amazing impact your United Arts Campaign contributions have on the community and beyond. This month’s spotlight is on Bated Breath Theatre Company. Read our previous grantee spotlights.
Have you ever visited a museum and wished the artwork would come to life in a full-fledged performance? You’re in luck! Bated Breath Theatre Company, a Hartford-based theatre group (and our grantee!) partners with area museums to create visceral performances based on exhibitions. Many of these performances take place in museum galleries, reimagining museum space as a theatre stage, and breaking down barriers between the audience and paintings on the walls. It’s an intriguing concept and one that I hope will become more popular. Read More
Funded by the City of Hartford and managed by the Arts Council since 2009, The Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants supports arts and heritage programming and projects that generate or retain jobs, support local business and drive economic activity. Since its inception the Jobs Grant program has retained more than 30 jobs, expanded more than 45, created over 650 (FT, PT and Temp), added over 170 youth employment positions and resulted in more than 5.5 million in visitor audience spending. In 2011 it became a national model for using the arts to impact the local economy, winning the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.
“Live together, die alone.” Although a bit hyperbolic, this phrase from the hit television show Lost more popularly, though more roughly reiterates another common saying that has emerged from the arts and cultural community throughout Greater Hartford—“We’re all in this together.” Now more than ever, our local organizations are working with one another to ensure that our culture—one of the region’s most important and valuable assets—sticks around for generations to come. That’s why I’m very excited that our latest round of Hartford Events Grants includes unique collaborations that provide truly dynamic, multidisciplinary projects for the public to experience multiple forms of art at one event.
Over the last two years I’ve been analyzing the Arts Council’s overall investment strategy and considering ways our organization can provide the most meaningful support to cultural organizations in the Capitol region while also fostering growth of new organizations. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ research shows that the types of financial support that are most associated with long-term nonprofit success are:
- General Operating Support
- Multiyear Support
- Capacity-Building Support
While the Arts Council has been offering General Operating Support grants since its inception in 1971, there are a number of organizations that don’t meet the program’s eligibility requirements and deserve meaningful support to increase their operational effectiveness.