About Arts + Wellness Grants
- Four $2,500 grants will be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations within the Arts Council’s service area annually.
- Applications must adhere to current guidelines. Download and review current guidelines before submitting an application.
- Once submitted, applications undergo a rigorous panel review process. Panel recommendations are sent to the Arts Council’s Board of Directors for final approval.
- The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists (e.g.: art therapists, music therapists, drama therapists, etc.) and/or an arts organization is essential.
The Arts & Wellness Grant program is made possible through the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, with major support provided by UnitedHealthCare.
Guidelines & Forms
Making a difference at Charter Oak Cultural Center"This class [Shared Ability Dance] focused on using structured and unstructured movement to enhance students’ quality of life, as well as to provide students with less or severely limited mobility the opportunity to move in ways they do not regularly get to move. Students with disabilities enjoyed in a new way the simple movements that are part of everyday living." - Charter Oak Cultural Center
Making a difference at Hartford Artisans Weaving Center"Social isolation and loneliness are common issues for physically disabled persons and seniors. The Weaving Center's artisan program provides people with consistent opportunities to learn in a group, socialize over lunch, and work through creative and personal challenges in a supportive community. In addition to the social benefit of the close-knit community, artisans express how working through a creative challenge and physically creating a brand new textile boosts their sense of personal accomplishment." - Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Making a difference at Nourish My Soul"Thank you to @letsgoarts for supporting our Jr. Chef Boot Camp to allow children of the military have a week of culinary arts, and resilience training while forming close knit community of support." - Nourish My Soul
Making a difference at EasterSeals"Thanks to a 2017 Arts + Wellness Grant, EasterSeals Camp Hemlocks’ was able to start an Arts Enrichment program, which included both dance and movement classes, as well as a visual arts programs. One of the most moving moments from the program was in the zentangle class, where participants were drawing designs in a circular pattern with beams of light radiating outward. One of the participants, Maureen, is blind and had an aide draw for her. She told the aide what to do and what colors to use. Incredibly, Maureen’s piece was the most colorful and looked much like the iris of an eye." - EasterSeals Camp Hemlocks’