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CT Office of the Arts

VISION:  Inspire. Empower. Educate. Transform. The arts are a human right. The Connecticut Office of the Arts envisions a world where the arts, in all forms, are embedded in everyday life.

MISSION:  The Connecticut Office of the Arts animates a culture of creativity across Connecticut by supporting arts making and arts participation for all people.

In Connecticut, the state agency charged with fostering the health of the creative economy is the Office of the Arts, which is located in the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The Office of the Arts develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through our grant programs, the Office of the Arts invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members. Through our programs and services, the Office of the Arts connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state.

In addition, the Office of the Arts plays an ongoing convening role and provides an array of training and professional development opportunities. The Office of the Arts collects and disseminates state, regional, and national arts information resources via the communications, directories, publications, data-sharing, one-on-one consultations, and referrals.


The Office of the Arts partners with nine Regional Service Organizations that serve as local field offices to constituents and citizens. This statewide network of service agencies plays a key role that is mutually beneficial to the state’s citizens and creative economy, the regional arts and cultural infrastructure, and COA’s goals, programs, and services. These service organizations support Connecticut’s economy and provide arts and cultural leadership at a regional level.

The Regional Service Organizations:

  • Develop, convene, and sustain the arts industry and develop and sustain cross-sector relationships
  • Provide coordinated marketing, technical assistance, advocacy, and many other services and programs
  • Support specific COA programs and services

The following nine agencies provide services in their respective regions:

  • Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
  • Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
  • Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region
  • Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council
  • Shoreline Arts Alliance
  • Windham Arts
  • Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

See Regional Service Organizations link for contacts and municipalities served.

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Registered Partners are included in ONE primary category, listed alphabetically by Partner name. Artist and Creative Business categories also have ONE subcategory – if not specified, find the full list in the “all” listing for the category. Use tags, or search button to find details in the description or partner name.

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