Westport Arts, Cultural Groups Share in State Pandemic-Relief Aid

Jan 13, 2022 | Arts, Community, Government | 0 comments

WESTPORT — Twelve local arts, cultural and community nonprofits will share in funding recently awarded by the CT Humanities board of directors.

The grants, according to an announcement by state Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, represent a share of $30 million allocated over the next two years by the General Assembly and Gov. Ned Lamont.

The money is intended to assist organizations recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as helping them expand programs in their communities, Haskell said in announcing the grants.

Federal assistance also sought

Some of the same Westport organizations are seeking aid to be allocated under the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The Representative Town Meeting soon will decide the fate of that $200,000 funding request from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee.

“Our local arts and educational organizations play vital roles in expanding the worlds and minds of so many,” Haskell said in the release about the state funding.

“I’m incredibly encouraged to see these important groups receive key funding that will ensure they continue benefiting our communities for years to come.”

Westport groups that received grants, with funding amounts, are:

  • Artists Collective of Westport, $5,600
  • Beechwood Arts & Innovation, $8,800
  • Earthplace, $168,700
  • Friends of Westport Public Art Collections, $5,900
  • Levitt Pavilion, $38,500
  • MoCA Westport, $65,600
  • Play With Your Food, $13,000
  • Remarkable Theater/Remarkable Drive-In, $12,500
  • Westport Community Theatre, $7,700
  • Westport Country Playhouse, $80,900
  • Westport Museum for History and Culture, $26,900
  • Westport School of Music, $21,800

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