Friday, March 16, 2012

COA "New Directions Forum" Follow-up Sessions

Arts Division

Recently the CT Office of the Arts made presentations in regions across Connecticut to announce its new approach to grant making. In the future, high impact Creative Placemaking projects will receive priority funding through a new grant process. These grants will encourage the development of projects that stimulate partnerships between the arts and culture sectors and other public and private community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of Connecticut’s urban centers, towns, and villages.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts invites you to engage in a strategic conversation aimed at shaping the Creative Placemaking grant guidelines.  The follow-up sessions are working sessions that will consist of guided discussions seeking input on the following:
  • What guiding parameters should be in place so that projects are most likely to expand the market for art while enhancing the communities around arts venues?
  • Who may apply for a Creative Placemaking grant?
  • What funded expenses will be allowable/ineligible?
  • What will be the matching funds requirement?
  • Should the grant awards be made annually or on a multi-year basis?
  • How will the results, such as market development and community impact, be measured?
  • What other considerations should be made?
Throughout March, follow-up sessions are being offered across the state by COA staff in partnership with the regional arts agencies, and in collaboration with hosting venues.  You are encouraged to participate in your region, however if this does not work with your schedule, feel free to participate in any region that is convenient. for available sites, I will be attending at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury on Mar 21 at 9 am.

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