Milford Arts Council gets $60,000 state grant

State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) hailed the announcement by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) that it will provide $1,990,386 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations that sponsor cultural and historic sites in the state, including one for the Milford Arts Council (MAC), which will receive a $60,000 state grant.

Through the Good to Great Program, administered by DECD’s offices of Arts and Historic Preservation, grants are being awarded to eligible organizations that promote science, art, culture or the history of Connecticut.

Staneski said, “I want to thank the state DECD for this grant for the Milford Arts Council. The MAC does so much for the Milford community, especially on the cultural and educational front.”

Ferraro said, “State investment in our arts is imperative. The Milford Arts Council supports students through mini-grants, a yearly scholarship through the Chamber of Commerce and mentorship to further artistic exposure, experience and education.”

The Milford Arts Council (MAC) Center for the Arts is a restored civil war era building and is on the National Historic Register. Every year the MAC presents community theatre, live music concerts with international, regional and local talent, exhibitions, classes, workshops, films and lectures.

Good to Great was created in 2014 to fund improvements that will significantly enhance cultural and historic sites and the way people enjoy them. Specifically, the program will target smaller and mid-sized cultural organizations that have received limited state funding in the past.

Funding, which ranges from $50,000 to $125,000 grants, can be used for a variety of activities including construction, exhibit designing and installation, planning and marketing. This pilot program has a 25% cash match requirement, state officials said.

Paige Miglio, MAC executive director, said there will be $15,000 in matching funds from the business/community sector. The money will fund improvements to the center and provide signage for the building and the community with way-finding kiosks.