Morris Hails Grants For Arts In Norwalk

July 18, 2016

Rep. Bruce Morris joined Rep. Chris Perone, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Sen. Carlo Leone to announce that the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts has awarded grants to nine arts and culture organizations in Norwalk and Darien.

“The arts and arts education play a critical role in the success of communities, and Norwalk will benefit from this funding,” Rep. Bruce Morris said. “The impact of these grants will be felt in some way by everyone in town, and I thank all those who made this funding possible.”

The grant programs for which funds were awarded include: Public Art Community Project Grants (which provide funding up to $20,000 for public art projects); Arts & Community Impact Project Grants (which provide funding up to $20,000 for projects that connect the intrinsic value of the arts to identifiable community needs, interests or opportunities); and Supporting Arts in Place Grants (which provide general operating support to eligible arts organizations and municipal art departments).

“I welcome the awarding of these grants for various local organizations that will surely help with the important role they play in motivating our community,” Rep. Chris Perone said. “It is encouraging to see this kind of support for these vital programs that are so meaningful for many of our residents.”

“Norwalk’s and Darien’s vibrant, diverse and growing arts community shines as a beacon for what makes Connecticut a great place to live and raise a family,” said Sen. Duff. “These grants will support artists and the community organizations that make Connecticut a special place.”

 “The Darien Arts Council does incredible work in town from dance to music to theatre,” said Sen. Leone. “This funding will help them to continue promoting art throughout our community.”

“Music Theatre of Connecticut is enormously grateful for this support from the State of Connecticut. We are particularly excited about the programming these dollars support—our expanding partnership with the Norwalk Housing Authority which offers acting and musical theatre training and show opportunities to students from NHA facilities. It is truly life-changing for many of these students and certainly one of the most rewarding programs we have ever done. The arts are such a vital part to any community and, for these students, provide skills for life. We are truly fortunate to have a representative like Senator Duff who is such a champion of the arts in our community,” said Kevin Connors, Executive Artistic Director at Music Theatre of Connecticut.

“The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is delighted to once again work in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to offer the Regional Initiative Grant Program in our area. These grants, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, will be awarded to projects that support the creative process or enhance the creative experience, foster collaboration, or find new ways to apply the arts within the community,” said Angela Whitford, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Whitford added that the deadline to apply for grants through CCFC is July 29, 2016.

“We are grateful for the continued investment of the state DECD in our creative economy in Norwalk,” said Jackie Lightfield, Chief Problem Solver at Norwalk 2.0. “This support enables Norwalk 2.0 and all the grant recipients to deliver innovative programs, exhibits and art installations providing local artists with job opportunities.”