CT Office of the Arts Awards COVID-19 Response Grants

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) distributed grants for two COVID-19 reponse programs Artists Respond and Artists Relief.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) received 258 submissions to the Artist Respond program and was able to award seventy-three (73) grants for a total budget of $88,000. They received a number of strong applications, however, the field’s response far exceeded available funding making the grant process highly competitive. The Respond program was supported with a combination from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and state COA funding. 

The following received Artist Respond Grants:

  • Kaitrin Acuna, Meriden
  • Faustin Adeniran, New Haven
  • Debra Aldo, Sterling
  • Laura Angiolillo, Glastonbury
  • Noah Baerman, Middletown
  • Cheryl Bartley, Winsted
  • Stephen Bisaccia, Derby
  • Kevin Bishop, Norwich
  • Christine Breslin, West Hartford
  • Darcy Bruce, Quaker Hill
  • Alicia Cobb, Bridgeport
  • Felicia Cooper, Stafford Springs
  • Theodore Coulombe, Sharon
  • Brandon Couloute, Bristol
  • Jeanne Criscola, North Haven
  • Marek Czarnecki, Meriden
  • Carol Dannhauser, Fairfield
  • Leslie Elias, West Cornwall
  • Melanie Faranello, West Hartford
  • Amy Forbes, Chester
  • Lindsey Fyfe, Hartford
  • Derek Graham, Orange
  • Ashley Hamel, New Haven
  • Lara Herscovitch, Durham
  • Karen Hogg, East Haven
  • Barbara Hopkins, Vernon
  • Susan Jackson, Redding
  • Leslie Johnson, Coventry
  • Hyun "Hannah" Jung, Warren
  • Sarah Kaufold, Mansfield Center
  • Shannon Kiley, New Haven
  • Heidi Kirchofer, Harwinton
  • Jeffrey Krieger, East Hartford
  • ShawnaLee Kwashnak, Middlebury
  • Nicki LaPorte, Bristol
  • Thomas Lee, Bloomfield
  • Martha Lewis, New Haven
  • Hunter Liguore, Bristol
  • Tondrea Mabins, Stratford
  • Iyaba Mandingo, Bridgeport
  • Nadia Martinez, Greenwich
  • Susan "Sooo-z" Mastropietro, Westport
  • Susan McCaslin, New Haven
  • Luciana Quagliato McClure, Hamden
  • Elizabeth McNally, New Britain
  • Kathrine McNickle, Groton
  • Joel Melendez, Harwinton
  • Dawn Metcalf, Suffield
  • Christine Mitchell, Goshen
  • Lara Morton, Madison
  • Frank Natter, Jr., Deep River
  • Jill Nichols, Shelton
  • Kathryn Nolan, Milford
  • Emma Palzere-Rae, Groton
  • Bill Pere, Mystic
  • Adelka Polak, Bethel
  • Weverson Ponte, Norwalk
  • Ben Quesnel, Stamfordl
  • Charlie Rich, New Haven
  • Valerie Rogotzke, New Haven
  • Daniel Salazar, Jr., Hartford
  • Vincent Scarano, New London
  • Harold Shapiro, Guilford
  • Nellie Shevelkina, New Haven
  • Mary Ruth Shields, Portland
  • Elizabeth Simmons, Hartford
  • Rene Soto, Norwalk
  • Rashmi Talpade, Wallingford
  • Jesse Terry, Pawcatuck
  • Marcella Trowbridge, Middletown
  • Laura Walls, Glastonbury
  • Debra Walsh, West Hartford
  • Yves Wilson, Bridgeport

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) received 461 submissions to the Artist Relief program and was able to award 140 grants for a total budget of $70,000. The awarded grants were determined through a random selection process. Recipients have been notified via email. The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) contributed $47,000 to Connecticut for direct relief support for artists. COA was able to allocate an additional $23,000 state dollars to further support Relief submission to expand support of Connecticut artists cross the state.


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