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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 Announcement

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 educational leaders.

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 general public.

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 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 Personalities."

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, 860-566-4770
               Kathleen Goffa, MD&C, 203-624-4151


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