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Throughout the year, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council provides support to artists and arts organizations to help facilitate accessible and inclusive community programming.
This work would not be possible without the support of donors like you.
This fall, we are aiming to raise $15,000. Every little bit helps, and every dollar will help carry us with strength into the new year.Your support will help implement our strategic goals:- Advocating for Artists and the Creative Process- Building Knowledge and Networks- Preserving and Expanding Access to the Arts
Here is what donor support made possible in 2022:
- Granting funds from the National Endowment for the Arts: Securing $110,000 from the American Rescue Plan tohelp assist local artists and cultural organizations.
- Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Study: Research partnership with Americans for the Arts and the CT Office of the Arts.- Development of our new 5-year Strategic Plan- 5th Annual Make Music Day - June 21, 2022- 2nd Annual Litchfield Hills Creative Festival - August 21, 2022- Arts Night Out Networking Event in partnership with South Farms.- Community Partnerships - Including a mural with Prime Time House and Chair-ish the Arts with Friendly Hands Food Bank.- Advocacy for arts funding on the state & local level.- Resources, grants, & funding information for artists and organizations.- Printed monthly calendar and weekly email newsletter with events, opportunities, and workshops.
Throughout the year, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council provides support to artists and arts organizations and offers accessible and inclusive community arts programming for residents throughout the region.
In 2021, NWCT Arts
Advocated for the Arts
…worked for COVID recovery funding for the arts in northwest Connecticut and advocated at the regional Economic Development Summit for investment in arts infrastructure.
…assisted with the application for the Downtown Torrington Cultural District.
…received $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for regranting throughout our service region.
…offered grant information sessions and consultations with nonprofits and artists.
…offered Assets for Artists workshops for professional development in partnership with MassMoCA and built an online resource center for creative professionals on our website.
…placed work by local artists in the windows of empty storefronts through our Art in the Windows program.
…promoted artists through our online events calendar, monthly printed events calendar, social media postings, our local art directory, and feature blog articles.
Provided Community Programs
…participated in the CT Office of the Arts Bridge Builders Program to strengthen connections with local BIPOC communities.
…partnered with Discover Litchfield Hills to establish the region as an arts destination.
…facilitated the Torrington Civil Rights Mural and Juneteenth Mural Unveiling Ceremony in partnership with CT Murals and five other nonprofits.
…presented an Emerging Songwriter Scholarship to provide opportunities for exceptional young musicians.
…created a Technology Mentorship Program for older adults in partnership with the CT Office of the Arts.
…presented the Litchfield Hills Creative Awards to celebrate COVID Heroes.
Keep an eye out for these great 2022 NWCT Arts programs!
- Make Music Day is June 21, 2022. This will mark the fifth year of Make Music NWCT, our regional Make Music Day celebration, and the fortieth anniversary of the international Make Music Day festival.
- The popular Litchfield Hills Creative Festival will return for a second year to downtown Torrington on August 20, 2022, with vendors, live music, food, and more!
- NWCT Arts will be regranting $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts through our Creative Partnership Grants, aimed to support social service organizations who wish to work with local artists, and our Access Grants, which provide general operating support to arts organizations looking to increase the accessibility of their programming.
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