CULTURE AND TOURISM
PARTNERSHIP GRANTS ANNOUNCED AT STATEWIDE SUMMIT
Commission on Arts, Culture,
Tourism, History and Film Establishes Grant Program to Encourage Partnerships
Between Culture and Tourism - Governor, Legislators, More than 350 on Hand for
Innovative Partnerships Are Sought -
Application Deadline is May 12, 2004
(HARTFORD, CT) April 16, 2004 - A new grant
program designed to forge innovative partnerships among Connecticut's culture
and tourism groups was announced today as the Commission on Arts, Culture,
Tourism, History and Film (CCATCHF) unveiled its mission, goals and legislative
agenda for the first time at the "New Age - New Agency" summit.
"By establishing an innovative grant
program, this agency is recognizing the importance of Connecticut's cultural
assets and the need to connect with tourism efforts," said Jennifer
Aniskovich, Executive Director of CCATCHF. "The idea is to create
innovative, long-term partnerships that expand programs beyond their traditional
areas, or create new programs that foster collaboration."
News of the Culture and Tourism Partnership
Grants was announced during a day-long summit hosted by CCATCHF at the Learning
Corridor's Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts - a cultural venue successfully
constructed through innovative partnerships with local, city, state and
The event attracted more than 350 people who
work with museums, theaters, historical sites, cultural and heritage
organizations, tourism districts and attractions, arts groups, the media and the
Targeted for non-profit organizations, municipal
commissions, for-profit tourism businesses and other entities, the purpose of
the Culture and Tourism Partnership Grants is to encourage new partners, expand
the scope of current programming, jumpstart creative new programs, attract new
audiences, visitors and participants and generate fresh ideas, Aniskovich said.
By June 30 of this year, CCATCHF will award
grants of either $1,000 or $2,500 for activities that take place between July 1,
2004 and June 30, 2005. The grant awards do not need to be matched. Partnerships
among multiple groups are encouraged, with special consideration to applicants
who demonstrate a sustainable partnership beyond the activity they propose.
For example, a local cable access channel may
partner with a number of community institutions to produce a five-minute video
illustrating a town's museums, historic buildings, public art or heritage parks.
Or, a community theater in a historic building may produce a student showcase
and partner with local inns and restaurants to promote the event by giving a
discount on meals or overnight stays the night of the production.
To be eligible for consideration, grant
applications must be received (not postmarked) by 5 p.m. on May 12, 2004.
Grant applications and budget forms may be
downloaded from the Arts Division website at www.ctarts.org/CTPG.htm.
Questions about eligibility should be directed to Rhonda Olisky of CCATCHF at
860-566-4770, ext. 309.
In addition to announcing the grant partnership
program Friday, Aniskovich also unveiled CCATCHF's mission, goals and
legislative agenda. Speakers who also participated included Governor John G.
Rowland, Senator Kevin Sullivan, Senator Lou DeLuca, Chairman of CCATCHF Michael
Price, and Lou Hammond of Lou Hammond & Associates, the firm that currently
directs national public relations efforts for the Connecticut Tourism Division
of CCATCHF. Hammond's keynote topic was "Partners, Packaging and
An afternoon legislative panel discussion
followed the keynote address.
Created by the General Assembly in 2003, CCATCHF
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.
Contacts: Jennifer Aniskovich or Rhonda Olisky,
Kathleen Goffa, MD&C, 203-624-4151