Grantees Announced! CultureSECT Economic Recovery Fund

The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the grant recipients of our
CultureSECT Economic Recovery Fund

BIPOC Artist & Small Business Relief – grants to bring resources to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists and BIPOC owned/led arts and cultural businesses that have been historically underfunded and impacted by COVID-19.

Erycka Ortiz, New London $500
Juanita Austin, New London $500
Kinde, New London $500
Main Avent Sports & Apparel, Norwich $500

Arts on Demand – grants providing funding for arts performances at venues to provide paid gigs (jobs) for musicians, artists and performers and entertainment for audiences and venues. As CT continues to reopen, ARTS ON DEMAND can help accelerate recovery for artists and arts organizations, downtowns, restaurants, and businesses.

Bill Dougal, Lebanon $300

Covid-19 Facilities Needs –grants providing funding for costs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus including facility improvements and equipment purchases or upgrades.

Dension Pequotsepos Nature Center, Stonington $1,000
New London Maritime Society, New London $1,000
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich $1,000
Submarine Force Library & Museum Association, Inc., Groton $1,000
Waterford Historical Society, Waterford $1,000

Virtual Arts & Culture Experience – grants provide funding to create, support and/or enhance virtual or digital arts experiences, including live, recorded, and online artistic projects, performances or programming which have been adapted to alternative methods of sharing in response to the ongoing health crisis.

Aly Maderson Quinlog, New London $1,000
Art Sweats Inc., dba David Dorfman Dance, New London $1,000
Artreach, Inc., Norwich $1,000
Cuatro Puntos, Norwich $1,000
Cultured AF, New London $1,000
Emma Palzere-Rae dba Be Well Productions, New London $1,000
James Merrill House / Stonington Village Improvement Association, Stonington $1,000
Joshua Brown, Groton $1,000
New London Music Festivals, Inc., New London $1,000
Norwich Historical Society, Norwich $1,000
Sarbani Hazra, Waterford $800
Stonington Historical Society, Stonington $1,000
La Grua Center, Stonington $1,000
The Telegraph, New London $1,000

The Cultural Coalition established an economic recovery fund at the Community Foundation of Eastern CT in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative supports the sustainability and recovery of arts & cultural institutions, including individual artists, and partners with the Community Foundation, a long-time trusted funder in our region. Through an open application process with review and recommendations made by a grant panel and decision-making by the Cultural Coalition, the economic recovery fund will support Southeastern CT’s arts & culture sector.

Generous support to the Fund has been provided by Chelsea Groton Bank, Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation, Community Foundation of Eastern CT, individual donors and Recovery Fund t-shirt buyers.

Grant Panelists

Diane Barcelo – Artist and New London Arts Council
June Holaday – Chelsea Groton Bank & Chelsea Groton Foundation
Juanita Austin – Cultured AF
Shiela Hayes – NACCP – Norwich Branch
Jennifer O’Brien – Community Foundation of Eastern CT


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