CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of Culture & Tourism
The Office of Culture & Tourism strives to develop and enhance opportunities for collaboration, coordination and growth in the arts, historic preservation and tourism. The OCT operates as a grant making agency for state and federal funds and serves to market and promote the state to in-state and out of state residents. The OCT devotes its resources to serving Connecticut’s cultural institutions and organization and individuals through funding, technical assistance, and promotion. The OCT works to enhance and preserve our historical and cultural resources and to strengthen our organizations and institutions to be economic contributors and to exist into the future.

DECD Office of the Arts
The Office of the Arts develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors.

CT Visual Artist Resource Guide
The Visual Artist Resource Guide includes a variety of opportunities and resources available to Connecticut artists. The Visual Artist Resource Guide was created for the Taking Care of Business – Career Strategies for Visual Artists workshop series and was prepared by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of resources.

CT Humanities
Connecticut Humanities creates opportunities to think, learn and understand more about ourselves, our communities and our state. We believe this work is essential to a democratic society, to the well-being of the people, and to the economic vitality of Connecticut.

Connecticut Trust
The Connecticut Trust’s mission is to preserve the character and ensure the vitality of Connecticut’s historically significant places. Through education, advocacy, collaboration and support, the Trust assists residents and community organizations throughout the state to preserve, protect, and revitalize Connecticut’s historically significant communities.

Connecticut’s Official Tourism Website (
The Office of Tourism works to make tourism a leading economic contributor and a source of pride for Connecticut. The office partners with the Connecticut business community and three tourism districts to position the state as a prime destination for leisure and business travelers and encourage strategic investment. The office offers a broad range of services, including marketing, research, hospitality services, direct sales and business marketing assistance. The Office of Tourism operates Connecticut’s four welcome centers and the State’s official tourism website.

CT Tourism Districts
Connecticut’s regional tourism districts are supported with an annual appropriation from the State of Connecticut. The districts and CCT meet monthly to coordinate marketing and branding efforts and work collaboratively on major cooperative projects identified annually. Each district offers a range of marketing, product development and industry assistance outreach programs. Each serves as the primary source for detailed information about their area and markets.

Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer)
The Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) is a public-private regional economic development agency serving the towns of New London County Connecticut. Our mission is to promote and preserve the region’s attractiveness, to encourage new businesses, and to assist and to nurture existing and expanding local enterprises.

Nonprofit Resource Center at The New London Library
The Public Library of New London, in partnership with the Foundation Center, offers a Non Profit Resource Center to the hundreds of non profits in the area. It offers access to information on 100,000 grantmakers and 2.3 million grants through the Foundation Center Online Databases; a variety of non profit literature including periodicals and books on topics ranging from non profit management, to marketing, to social media, to finances, to grant writing and fundraising; and monthly workshops and networking events designed to help non profits better fulfill their mission.

Peer Advisor Network (PAN)
PAN is a flexible, short-term consulting service available to non-profit arts, heritage, tourism and cultural organizations working directly in support of arts, heritage, humanities and film.  The program is also available to corresponding community cultural groups without a formal 501-C-3 designation.  PAN is supported by a network of specially trained advisors who are matched with specific client needs.  Consulting contracts are available for up to a two-day consultancy to help address numerous issues. Valuable peer support can provide that expert, outside perspective you need to help with planning, organizational issues, financial management, technology, programming, marketing, community engagement, evaluation and more.

More resources coming soon…


with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts