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Innovative Partnerships Rewarded By Brand New Program

(HARTFORD, CT) - The Commission on Culture and Tourism announced today $183,500 in grants to 101 arts, historic, tourism and film programs. The grants will support partnerships that successfully combine history, art, film and tourism activities to benefit Connecticut communities and encourage tourism. Over 300 partner organizations are working on these exciting projects.

Non-profit organizations, municipal commissions, for-profit tourism businesses and other entities are among the recipients throughout the state. They were selected based on creativity, project impact, and the quality of the proposed partnership. They include new partnerships and expanded programming designed to attract new audiences, visitors and participants.

"This is an exciting opportunity for local organizations to work collaboratively and creatively to preserve history, attract audiences, and foster tourism," said Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Commission on Culture and Tourism. "As the first major initiative of the new commission, we are proud to honor so many deserving and innovative partnerships."

Hundreds of museums, theaters, historical sites, cultural and heritage organizations, tourism districts, attractions and arts groups applied for the Culture and Tourism Partnership Grants of either $1,000 or $2,500. Activities must to take place between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

For example, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art was awarded a $2,500 grant for its partnership with the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center and the Bushnell Park Carousel to promote their shared summer theme on children. In Hamden, Young Audiences of Connecticut, Inc. received $2,500 for the design and pilot of "Amistad Through The Arts," a curriculum program to maximize learning and increase awareness of Amistad events. Meanwhile, the Guilford Handcraft Center will use $1,000 to create a map and guide to artists' studios and galleries in Branford, Guilford and Madison, while the Old Bethlehem Historical Society will use its $1,000 toward a "History Day" to highlight the society and Woodward House Fine Dining, Bethlehem's newest restaurant and tourist location. "This program encouraged groups across Connecticut to think beyond their discipline or traditional program area and to work together," Aniskovich said. "These kinds of projects will help us to build a community of common interest and shared resources."

The Partnership Awards announcement is part of a month of celebrations of culture and tourism. On June 15, the Governor's Arts Awards will be presented at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, produced in conjunction with the Greater New Haven Arts Council. On June 11, four historic state museums opened under the direction of the commission. And the 17th Annual Tourism Unity Dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Windsor on June 3 honored individuals who made significant contributions during the past year.

Created by the General Assembly in 2003, the Commission on Culture and Tourism is designed to identify, preserve, strengthen, and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism industries in order to enhance the quality of life for its citizens, create a destination for travelers, and contribute to the reputation and economic vitality of the state.

Click here to view a list of the Culture and Tourism Partnership Grant 2004 Winners.



Jennifer Aniskovich, 860-566-4770
Ann Harrison, MD&C, 203-624-4151


Treasure Hunt Through Time

  1. Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., is on the National Register of Historic Places and features a British cannonball embedded in the wall. After a visit, stroll Main Street for shopping, dining and a visit to The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
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