NORWALK, CT - On Saturday, Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) along with Representative Chris Perone and Representative Bruce Morris announced a $50,000 grant awarded by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) to Norwalk 2.0 for a $50,000 Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) ~ Arts Leadership grant.
"I want to thank DECD and the Connecticut Office of the Arts for awarding this grant to Norwalk 2.0. Norwalk 2.0 has consistently demonstrated an ability to engage our community and bring people downtown. Arts is an economic driver. The state in partnership with community organizations, like Norwalk 2.0, are proving that over and over again," said Senator Bob Duff.
“We are grateful for the support that the DECD Office of the Arts has given us over the years, and with this new grant we continue our work to revitalize our downtown through the arts. As an economic driver, this investment will help us build a community arts center that will support arts events, exhibits and performances throughout Norwalk,” said Jackie Lightfield of Norwalk 2.0
"Norwalk 2.0 is fast becoming one of the art pillars of Norwalk. They are working hard to show off Norwalk's arts and cultural areas and bring new venues to life," said Representative Chris Perone.
"This will be a real shot in the arm for the City of Norwalk and Norwalk 2.0. I'm proud the state, through our budget appropriations, helps to fund these grants and the difference they will make in our state, said Representative Bruce Morris.
The ACP ~ Arts Leadership program awards 1-year grants ranging from $1,500 to $50,000 for the planning and/or implementation of arts-based creative placemaking projects. This category requires partnerships, develops community engagement and positions the arts in a leadership role. This program is funded by the state appropriation to DECD/COA, and funds received by DECD/COA from the National Endowment for the Arts. The total amount of grants was $967,466