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The Arts are Back in Business!

In August 2021, we launched the Back in Business Grant Program, made possible by support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Back in Business grants support the safe reopening of the arts sector for arts organization employees, artists, and the public. Funding was able to be used on expenses related to reopening organizations, increasing audience capacity to pre-pandemic levels, and for individual artists to restart art workshops and other artistic engagements with the public. This included personal protective equipment, safety supplies, staff training, and building upgrades that are directly related to safely reopening.

We are proud to work with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, building upon a recent partnership with the City of Hartford where we distributed over $50,000 worth of PPE to organizations in October 2020 and May 2021 to help them reopen and safely engage audiences. For the Back in Business grants, the most common expenses that were requested by grantees included:

  • PPE
  • Tents to move events outside
  • Stage modifications
  • Air purifiers and filters
  • Sanitizing stations
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Adjustments to air filtration to meet Actors Equity union requirements
  • Touchless soap and paper towel dispensers

We are excited to announce the artists and organizations who received this round of funding:

Anne.Gogh                                         ActUp Theater
Jasmine Jones                                   Artists Collective
Katherine Kennedy                         Ballet Hartford
Soyeon Kim                                       CT Virtuosi Orchestra
Sandro Ladu                                     HartBeat Ensemble
Sarada Nori                                       Farmington Valley Chorale
Lindsey Sniffen                                Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
David Waterman                             Layavinyasa
                                                               Newington Children’s Theater
                                                               Playhouse on Park
                                                               TheaterWorks

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