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    (9/9/2009) The City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 recipients of the Mayor’s Community Arts Grant Program. The program awarded $25,000 to arts & cultural, grassroots and community organizations and an individual artist. The grant amounts ranged from $500-$1450.

    “We are proud to extend support to artists and performers throughout New Haven who play a significant role in the continuous cultural development of our city,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “It is a joy to witness the impact that grant recipients have had in New Haven’s neighborhoods. I look forward to the success of this year’s participating artists and call upon them to work with young people to increase interest in the arts and expand youth participation in the arts Citywide.”

    Of the twenty eight applicants, awards were made to 22 community organizations and one individual artist to present a variety of arts and culture related projects. Funded programs include: Saturday family arts workshops at Fair Haven Middle School; an exhibition about shelter and homelessness at Parachute Gallery; a folk festival and green expo; Wednesday event series featuring music, poetry and local businesses in Westville; family arts experiences at the Martinez School; a historical re-enactment and encampment at Fort Nathan Hale; a summer garden concert series; a vaudeville show; a play and workshop focusing on body image and self esteem for youth; a theatrical workshop at Church Street South; a series of short plays performed in alternative venues; musical training for youth at the Daniels and Mauro schools; a youth dance program; youth produced film screenings; and a sewing and quilting class for youth. A more detailed list is attached.

    “There continued to be a range of artistic and cultural resources within the City who are very much in need of support. The Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased it can continue to offer these grants which help to build interest in the arts while creating the next generation of arts patrons and attendees.” Barbara Lamb, Director of Cultural Affairs.

    The Mayor’s Community Arts Grants program purposely targets community and youth groups as well as individuals who are presenting, teaching or practicing artists working in the City of New Haven. Artists tend to not have non-profit status, a classification is normally required for funding from most granting organizations. Non-profit organizations are now ineligible to apply for this program.

    The program managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs, has supported over 158 organizations since its inception in 2000 and helped to fund a broad array of arts and cultural activities such as festivals, murals, performances, and apprenticeships in New Haven’s neighborhoods. Applications for the 2010-2011 grant cycle will be available in March 2010. For more information about the Program contact Kim Futrell at (203) 946-7172 or kfutrell@newhavenct.net.

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