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Institute for American Indian Studies One of 50 Connecticut Museums to receive a CARES Act Grant from Connecticut Humanities and DECD

The year 2020 has been imposing on our families, our lives, our cultural institutions, and our shared humanity. This December, the Connecticut Humanities awarded the Institute for American Indian Studies located in Washington, Connecticut with a generous grant of $22,727.25 from the Covid Relief Fund for Connecticut Museums. “We are very proud to be among the 50 grant recipients,” said Christopher Combs, Executive Director of the Institute. “Our staff has spent countless hours creating exciting new ways to communicate, entertain, and educate. This greatly needed infusion of funding will help us achieve this continued cultural mission.”

This funding was provided to the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts through an allocation to the State of Connecticut from the CARES Act. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development used the Connecticut Humanities to award grants to museums. The Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

“This grant comes at a time that is more meaningful than ever. With these funds, we will continue to build new virtual educational programs for educators as well as for the enjoyment of the general public interested in Native American history, culture, and archeology. In addition, this funding will help us plan new programs, events, and activities at our museum and our grounds that tell the story of Native American people in Connecticut and beyond.” said Chris Combs, Executive Director of the Institute for American Indian Studies.

For additional information, please contact the Institute for American Indian Studies at 860-868-0518 or visit www.iais.org

About the Connecticut Humanities

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 About the Institute for American Indian Studies

Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT