This is a printer-friendly version of an article from

Article Published January 12, 2022

Sen. Cohen Welcomes Over $250K in State Aid for Branford, Guilford, Madison Arts Groups

By Press Release, CT General Assembly

Jan. 12, 2022: State Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) today welcomed state arts grants totaling about a quarter-million dollars for two dozen shoreline arts organizations to help them financially survive during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Cohen – who voted for the state aid to arts groups as part of the 2021-23 biennial state budget – said 23 arts groups in three shoreline towns will receive a total of $251,100 from CT Humanities through its CT Cultural Fund. The grants will assist organizations recovering from the pandemic and aid them in serving their communities.

"Thousands of people in shoreline towns enjoy these organizations year-round, but the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our arts, culture and tourism sector. I fought for relief and assistance for them, because like so many of our cherished businesses, they have been at financial risk. These funds will help to keep their doors open and allow the continuation of their wonderful services to the community," Sen. Cohen said.

The 23 local grants are part of 624 statewide grants to different non-profit museums and cultural, humanities, and arts organizations totaling $16 million, and they are part of the $30.7 million in grants allocated by the state legislature to CT Humanities over the next two years. Grants range from $5,000 to $500,000 to any organization offering cultural, humanities and arts-based projects and activities for the public.

Arts organization grants in Sen. Cohen's Senate district include:


Arts Council of Greater New Haven/Branford Messiah, $5,200
Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance, $6,100
Branford Historical Society, $6,200
Chestnut Hill Concerts, $8,700
Legacy Theatre, $20,500
Stony Creek Museum, $6,100


Guilford Art Center, $54,300
Guilford Keeping Society, $8,800
Guilford Performing Arts Festival Company, $7,400
Guilford Preservation Alliance, $7,100
Henry Whitfield State Museum, $5,000
Project: Music Heals Us, $16,200
Starship Dance Theater and Company, $5,800
The Dudley Foundation, $9,300
The Hyland House Museum, $6,600
Witness Stones Project, $7,800


Arts Council of Greater New Haven/Ubuntu Storytellers $8,100
Deacon John Grave Foundation, $6,800
FUSE Theatre of CT, $5,400
Madison Historical Society, $12,100
Madison Lyric Stage, $10,400
New Haven Chorale, $15,600
The Madison Arts Barn, $11,600