Hartford Events Grant 2019 Awards

The Greater Hartford Arts Council is proud to award funding to 14 Greater Hartford organizations through the spring Hartford Events Grant program, which is made possible by support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Recognizing the value that the arts bring communities, this program funds events that honor culture and traditions, build community, energize neighborhoods and support local businesses.

“We have seen the impact arts and cultural events have on communities time and time again,” said Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council. “Beyond entertaining and educating, the events that will receive this funding help spark conversations, bring people together and ultimately, help strengthen our community.”

A panel of community volunteers evaluated proposals based on the artistic focus of the event as well as its alignment with the Arts Council’s community impact goals. Three of the 14 grantees and their projects are listed below.

HartBeat Ensemble
Pegao – April 11-24, 2019
Award: $5,000
HartBeat Ensemble will present an original bilingual performance of Pegao, a story of a 70s-era Puerto Rican family struggling with identity, mainland loyalty and female sterilization. The performance will be held at the Carriage House Theater.

Hartbeat Ensemble’s “Gross Domestic Product”

Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO)
Hartt Connections – April 4, 2019
Award: $4,000
HICO will perform a concert of works by faculty and alumni at The Hartt’s Millard Auditorium on April 4, 2019. This concert is, in part, a celebration of the life and music of the late Hartt composition professor David Macbride.

Out Film CT
32nd Connecticut LGBT Film Festival – May 31 – June 8, 2019
Award: $5,000
The 32nd annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival brings together the LGBTQ community, their allies and independent film lovers from around New England to Hartford to view up to 60 LGBTQ features, documentaries, and short films.

Hartford Events Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. To learn more about the Arts Council’s Hartford Events Grant program and see a full list of recipients, please visit

– Dan Deutsch, Marketing & Communications Manager

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