Representative Matt Lesser, who represents Middletown in State Legislature, announced last week that city artists and arts programs would receive $119,000 in state funding.
"Middletown has a vibrant arts community," Rep. Lesser said. "I am so pleased the state is investing in our thriving arts scene."
The state Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) awarded grants from its Connecticut Artist in Every Community program and Arts Leadership program funded by appropriations approved by the General Assembly and federal dollars received from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Community Investment Act.
The grants include:
- Greater Middletown Chorale: $60,000
- Wesleyan University/Center for the Arts: $25,000
- ARTFARM: $20,000
- Marc Pettersen, artist: $5,000
- Green Street Arts Center - Wesleyan University: $5,000
- School Readiness Council: $4,000
DECD's Connecticut Artist in Every Community and Arts Leadership programs issues grants to promote teaching and learning through high quality arts engagement and arts integration. The program provides opportunities for residents of all ages, in every community, to interact with practicing artists in ways that will advance Connecticut cities, towns and villages as meaningful communities in which to live, work, learn and play.