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2013 Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Recipients

Bated Breath Theatre Company
$11,790 for Interludes (Expanded Program)
In partnership with local cultural organizations, the Interludes program will feature original, short theatre pieces inspired by existing installations or programs. Previous Interludes include works based on exhibits at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways. Each performance will employ local actors and production staff in the production of these brief, theatrical pieces.

Boys & Girls Club of Hartford, Inc.
$16,295 for Installation of Sprung Dance Floor at the Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club (Facilities Improvement)
As part of the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford’s commitment to the development of Hartford youth, the Asylum Hill site will install a new dance floor to replace its current concrete flooring. The facilities dance space is frequently utilized by local dance groups and is the home of “Stretching for Life”, a dance-education program. Hartford contractors will be employed in the completion of this upgrade.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
$35,960 for the Improvement of Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Electrical System (Facilities Improvement)
Continuing its mission to preserve Connecticut’s oldest synagogue and encourage positive social change through the arts, Charter Oak Cultural Center will upgrade the electrical system of this historic landmark. These upgrades will ensure the comfort and safety of students, audience members, and other visitors. Hartford-based electricians, contractors, and suppliers will be engaged as part of this renovation.

Anne Cubberly
$23,575 for Night Fall 2013 (Expanded Program)
Lead artists Anne Cubberly, LB Muñoz, and Steve Mitchell will create a multi-media arts production featuring music, dance, theatre, spoken word, and puppetry in celebration of the City, the arts, and the natural environment. Moving this year to Pope Park, the project will employ local artists, performers, technical and production crews in the design and performance of the work.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy
$17,680 for the Expansion of Volunteer Programs (Expanded Program)
Elizabeth Park Conservancy will expand hours for gardeners, contracted workers, and Conservancy staff in an effort to increase volunteer opportunities for local community members and companies in the preservation of the country’s oldest public rose garden.

The Generous Ensemble
$37,015 for 19132013 (New Program)
19132013 combines the talents of young Hartford musicians and composers to celebrate the legacy of composer and Connecticut-native Charles Ives. This series of three concerts at local cultural organizations will employ Hartford musicians and highlight the revolutionary contributions of Connecticut musicians to the American Classical music landscape.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
$20,785 for Seizing Liberty: Stories of Emancipation (Expanded Program)
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with new public tours, educational programs, lectures and symposiums. These expanded public programs will use Stowe’s legacy to encourage civic engagement in tourists, students and community members. Increased programming will require increased staff hours and the engagement of Hartford vendors and service providers.

HartBeat Ensemble
$31,435 for Youth Play Institute (Youth Employment)
HartBeat Ensemble’s Youth Play Institute is a professional paid internship program focusing on acting, playwriting, theater design and stage management. Interns between the ages of 16-21 will use theatre arts to strengthen core competency and career skills. Youth Play Institute interns will be trained in a technique that mirror’s HartBeat’s own artistic and administrative structure.

Institute for Community Research
$39,925 for Mas Camp 2013: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community (Youth Employment)
Mas Camp will continue to employ Hartford-based youth, artists, and educators in the design and fabrication of West Indian Carnival costumes. Past participants have earned stipends while learning about the traditions, construction and public display of Carnival costumes. Youth participants will share their costumes with the Hartford community at local parades and performances.

Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc.
$23,590 for Bridging Boundaries (Expanded Program)
Judy Dworin Performance Project will continue to expand its programming for Bridging Boundaries, a multi-arts residency and outreach program for incarcerated women and their families. These expansions will include the hiring of new Hartford teaching artists leading afterschool programs for youth with incarcerated parents, expanded arts engagement training and new employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated women.

Old State House (Connecticut Public Affairs Network)
$19,350 for the Community Accessibility Project at Connecticut’s Old State House (Facilities Improvement)
Connecticut Public Affairs Network will improve the grounds and interior of Connecticut’s Old State House. Improvements include way finding signage, outdoor exhibits, art installations, and interior upgrades to enhance the visitor’s experience. Hartford-based artists, designers, and contractors will be enlisted in the implementation of these improvements.

Real Art Ways
$39,295 for Connecticut Arts & Heritage Mini-Golf (New Program)
Real Art Ways will employ local artists, fabricators, and youth to create a Connecticut-themed, playable mini-golf course in the heart of Hartford’s downtown. Each hole will be designed to highlight a relevant artistic, cultural, or historical theme related to the region and the state. An open call will invite local artists, designers, creative professionals, and residents to design a hole for the course.

Sea Tea Improv
$14,640 for Education at Sea Tea Improv Studios (Expanded Program)
With a new classroom space on downtown Hartford’s Pratt Street, Hartford’s improvisational theatre company will offer a full schedule of improv classes and workshops. Teaching artists and comics will be paid to instruct Hartford area residents, companies and professionals in the art of comedic improv. Students are encouraged to attend performances taking place at Hartford venues and to patronize downtown businesses.

TheaterWorks, Inc.
$39,925 for the Restoration of Restrooms and Asbestos Abatement at City Arts on Pearl (Facilities Improvement)
TheaterWorks owns and manages the historic property at 233 Peal Street in downtown Hartford. Known as City Arts on Pearl, this building combines public venues, private office space, and resources that support the activities of 12 non-profit arts organizations. In an effort to maintain this building and continue to improve the experiences of those who visit and work in the building, TheaterWorks will employ Hartford-based contractors to remove asbestos and expand the theater’s restrooms.