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News : Arts Mar 24, 2014 - 7:27:39 AM


Stamford legislators hail local arts grants

By Connecticut House Democrats





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Stamford’s state legislative delegation announced that a combined $16,137 in state funding from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund was awarded to seven Stamford art programs.

“Stamford has long been a vibrant arts community,” said Rep. Dan Fox. “I am pleased the state is investing in our thriving arts scene. I thank Governor Malloy for his continued commitment to Stamford.”

“I applaud this funding from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund for Stamford's arts programs,” Rep. Gerald Fox III (D-Stamford) said. “This represents an investment that both enriches our lives and helps to ensure that our arts institutions will continue to serve our citizens.”

The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund was established by the State of Connecticut to stimulate the development of private sector funding and help maintain arts institutions. Grant awards are calculated based on a formula that rewards those organizations reporting a substantial increase in the amount of private sector contributions received during the prior year.

The grants include:
· The Ballet School of Stamford $1,553.00
· Connecticut Ballet, Inc. $1,864.00
· Curtain Call $933.00
· Pro Arte Chamber Singers of CT, Inc. $262.00
· Stamford Center for the Arts $4,299.00
· Stamford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) $5,626.00
· Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic $1,600.00

“Arts are a major part of Stamford’s culture, and I am glad to see so many of our local institutions receiving state funding,” said Rep. Pat Miller (D-Stamford). “I would like to thank the Governor and the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund for recognizing the artistic excellence we continue to have in Stamford.”

“The legislative delegation representing Stamford worked hard to secure this funding and I am very pleased that we were able to get the job done. Stamford’s arts programs simply could not exist without strong support, and these grants show how much we value their contribution,” said Rep. William Tong (D-Stamford, Darien).

“Having a vibrant arts community not only increases our quality of life, it also spurs our economy and helps to create thriving centers of commerce,” said Governor Malloy. “I’m proud that we could make investments in these different groups, so that they can continue to do the good and important work of enriching our communities.”




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