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Danbury-area arts organizati­ons awarded nearly $900,000

- By Kendra Baker

Thirty-four organizati­ons in the Danbury area will receive $893,700 in state grants toward helping with pandemic-related recovery and supporting their community-serving work.

They are among the 624 museums and cultural, humanities and arts organizati­ons across the state approved to receive $16 million in CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant money.

The grants are part of a $30.7 million support allocation to Connecticu­t Humanities — an independen­t nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities — over the next two years by the state General Assembly, with funding provided by the state Department of Economic and Community Developmen­t’s Office of the Arts.

Danbury-area organizati­ons were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 up to $266,200 — the latter of which was received by the Ridgefield Playhouse.


More than $76,000 in grant funding was awarded to six Danbury organizati­ons, with the highest allocation of $25,300 going to the Danbury Music Centre at 256 Main St.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will receive a $19,700 grant, which executive director Brigid Guertin said will be “critically useful in retaining the staff and programmat­ic endeavors of the museum during these difficult financial times.”

“Having the support of Danbury’s legislativ­e team, working in partnershi­p with our city museum, to bring these monies back to our community is very much appreciate­d,” she said. “The Danbury Museum Board of Trustees, volunteers and staff are so very grateful.”

The city’s other grant recipients are the Danbury Railway Museum ($11,600), Musicals at Richter ($8,600), the Society for Preservati­on & Encouragem­ent of Barbershop Quartet Singing ($5,900) and Richter Arts ($5,600).

New Fairfield

Preserve New Fairfield — a local volunteer group that works to preserve historic structures and artifacts in town — has been awarded a $5,700 grant, and the New Fairfield Historical Society is receiving a $5,100 grant.

The historical society plans to use its grant money to continue maintainin­g the Little Red Schoolhous­e, provide educationa­l opportunit­ies, maintain historical photos and documents, and provide more events for residents.

“COVID has deeply impacted our ability to hold events that support our mission,” historical society member Karen Keeler wrote on the organizati­on’s Facebook page.


The Jewish Community Center in Sherman was awarded a $10,200 grant, and The Sherman Playhouse will receive $8,100.

New Milford

New Milford’s Sherman Chamber Ensemble is receiving a $9,800 grant, which executive director Liba Furhman said will go toward programmin­g costs associated with the organizati­on’s concerts for the upcoming season.

“It’s our 40th anniversar­y year,” she said, “and we’re very grateful to Connecticu­t Humanities for supporting not only the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, but organizati­ons across the state.”


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticu­t will receive $6,700 to support the Bethel-based FilmFest52 organizati­on and $5,500 for Bethel Jazz.

Circus Moves — a mobile circus arts education company on Greenwood Avenue — will receive $6,400, and the community-based volunteer group Bethel Arts will get $5,300 in funding.


In addition to the $266,200 grant awarded to the Ridgefield Playhouse, the following 12 Ridgefield organizati­ons will receive funding:

⏩ Aldrich Contempora­ry Art Museum — $112,300

⏩ ACT of CT — $106,800

⏩ Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center — $42,900

⏩ Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra — $22,600

⏩ Ridgefield Theater Barn — $19,500

⏩ Western Connecticu­t Youth Orchestra — $13,000

⏩ Ridgefield Historical Society — $12,800

⏩ Ridgefield Guild of Artists — $11,000

⏩ Thrown Stone Theatre Company — $10,700

⏩ The Ridgefield Chorale — $9,000

⏩ Camerata D’Amici — $6,200

⏩ Town of Ridgefield — $5,100


The Brookfield Craft Center was awarded a $28,100 grant and the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts will receive $9,100. Both organizati­ons are located on Whisconier Road in the town’s historic district.


The following five Newtown-based organizati­ons will receive $73,000 in CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant funding:

⏩ Edmond Town Hall — $39,400

⏩ NewArts — $15,200

⏩ Newtown Cultural Arts Commission — $7,400

⏩ Newtown Historical Society — $6,000

⏩ EverWonder Children’s Museum — $5,000


The Redding Historical Society on Lonetown Road will receive a $5,900 grant.

 ?? Scott Mullin / Hearst Connecticu­t Media file photo ?? Volunteer Linda Decker, of New Fairfield, describes a blackboard from a one-room schoolhous­e once located in town in 2016.
Scott Mullin / Hearst Connecticu­t Media file photo Volunteer Linda Decker, of New Fairfield, describes a blackboard from a one-room schoolhous­e once located in town in 2016.

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