The CT Office of the Arts announced the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition will serve as COA’s Designated Regional Service Organization for the following towns in Windham and Tolland Counties beginning this month while spearheading a regional arts and cultural assessment process.
Towns Served: Ashford | Brooklyn | Canterbury | Chaplin | Columbia | Coventry | Eastford | Hampton | Killingly | Mansfield | Plainfield | Pomfret | Putnam | Scotland | Stafford | Sterling | Thompson | Union | Willimantic | Willington | Windham | Woodstock
Over the next 12-18 months, as part of a strategic process, the Cultural Coalition will meet with artists, arts and cultural businesses, community organizations, municipal leaders and economic development agencies located in/or serving these towns. Monthly public roundtables will be hosted virtually to gather information, hear from constituents, and provide information to respond to the needs of Northeastern CT’s creative sector. The Cultural Coalition’s core programs and services will be available virtually and the Cultural Coalition will work closely with the Connecticut Office of the Arts throughout this process. To register and attend any of the monthly Northeastern Region Roundtables, click HERE.
Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museum for CT Office of the Arts, Department of Community and Economic Development, said, “We have watched the Cultural Coalition grow and strengthen under the careful planning and steadfast follow through of its staff and board, and have great faith in their leadership.”
Wendy Bury, Executive Director of the Cultural Coalition, said “We look forward to expanding our programs and services to the northeast region and working with the creative community to support their needs and goals. The arts and cultural sector has been hard hit by the pandemic, and we will be a resource and advocate during these trying times, for reopening and recovery.”
The Cultural Coalition is a free membership organization. A new Arts & Culture Contact Registration form has been created for Northeastern CT. To learn more about Cultural Coalition services and to register to receive communications, visit www.CultureSECT.org.
From sole proprietors, artists and historic site operators, to museums, galleries, cultural attractions and arts centers, the Coalition includes a diverse cross section of nonprofit and for-profit individuals, businesses, groups and organizations. The Cultural Coalition currently serves 500+ registered Partners and they have served as southeastern CT’s DRSO since 2014.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) partners with Designated Regional Service Organizations (DRSO) that serve as local field offices to constituents and citizens. This statewide network of service providers 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.