We received this note from the office of State Senator Gayle S. Slossberg:
HARTFORD, CT – Thanks to a helping hand from the State, the fine arts in Milford will continue to flourish. State Senator Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford) today welcomed news that the Milford Arts Council was one of more than 100 arts organizations across Connecticut awarded funding at the end of November through the State’s Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) Program.
“Congratulations to the Milford Arts Council on keeping the arts vital in our community,” said Sen. Slossberg. “The people of Milford are lucky to have such a fine array of artistic showcases available to them, and I’m so grateful for the Council’s work.”
“Since starting my position as Executive Director in March, we have been dealing with pretty steady water infiltration – but have managed the problem with no disruption to our services and programs,” said Paige Miglio, Executive Director of the Council. “We feel wonderful with the continued support from the State of Connecticut and are looking forward to our 2014 season including a new series of classes for students and adults now in the development stages.”
The ACP Program invests in Connecticut’s arts-based cultural activities and infrastructure to make Connecticut’s cities, towns, and villages meaningful communities in which to live. The grants are funded through the State’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Office of the Arts (COA).
November’s awards were made in two categories:
Grants awarded in the Arts Leadership category range from $1,500 -$25,000 for the planning and/or implementation of arts-based creative placemaking projects. This category requires partnerships, develops community engagement and positions the arts in a leadership role.
Grants awarded in the Supporting Arts in Place category are matching grants to eligible arts organizations and municipal arts offices to strengthen the state’s nonprofit arts industry. The Milford Arts Council was awarded a $2,693.23 grant in this category.
The Milford Arts Council provides a wide array of artistic opportunities that support and foster cultural growth for Milford and its surrounding communities. Founded in 1971, the Council is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of cultural activities and showcases including concerts, dramatic performances and gallery exhibits.
The Council’s two facilities, the Center for the Arts and the Walnut Beach Firehouse Gallery, both host numerous activities throughout the course of the year. The Center for the Arts suffered damage as a result of the severe storms that have hammered Milford in recent years. Mounting out-of-pocket expenses due to storm recovery have left the Council in need of additional resources. The State grant will help them cover their operating costs so they can continue to invest in the programming that has made them a leader in the community.