Connecticut Humanities awards grants

Connecticut Humanities has announced that 11 state organizations have been awarded more than $130,000 in competitive grant money to support humanities-based programming. The money will help fund events ranging from a series of programs for the Fairfield Town Green's historic properties to an annual storytelling festival in New London.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center received two grants worth more than $25,000. The largest of the two ($20,950) is a planning grant which will support the "Fairfield Town Green Education Initiative." This an effort to create an exhibit and program plan for the Sun Tavern, Victorian Cottage and Victorian Barn which will build a vibrant arts, culture and humanities campus and significant tourism draw for Fairfield. The second grant ($4,999) will fund an art exhibit featuring "Fabulous Animals: The Illustrated World of Robert Lawson" beginning April 7. This will be the first exhibition of Lawson's work since the longtime Fairfield County resident's death in 1957.

The Milford Public Library will use a $3,444 grant to fund a series of presentations on three books linked by themes of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The series will kick off April 20 with a Skype session with Kathleen Krull, author of Wilma Unlimited, which tells the story of Wilma Rudolph. The series then turns its attention to the City of Milford during The Great Depression by focusing on The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. There will be lectures on May 1 and May 9, and a showcase of music from the era on May 25. On May 23, presenters from the Institute for American Indian Studies will discuss Jim Thorpe, Original All-American by Joseph Bruchac by giving an overview of Thorpe's tribe and how it relates to local Milford tribes.  

The Connecticut Storytelling Center has received a $4,999 grant to support the 35thAnnual Connecticut Storytelling Festival and Conference which takes place April 29-31 at Connecticut College in New London. The 2016 Conference focuses on making history come alive through the art of storytelling. Professional storytellers will be on hand to entertain and educate, providing opportunities throughout the weekend for conference attendees to be coached on storytelling techniques.

Other grant recipients include the Avon Free Public Library, Connecticut Historical Society, Paul J. Aicher Foundation, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford Chorale, Madison Historical Society, Young Men's Institute Library and Yale Repertory Theatre. For additional details about this round of Connecticut Humanitiesgrant funding, please visit