The application for the Connecticut Arts Endowment is now available.

To be eligible to receive Endowment funds, an applicant must be:

  • A Connecticut arts organization;
  • With a primary LEGAL purpose, as stated in its Certificate/Articles of Incorporation (or other legal documents), to create, perform, present or promote visual, performing or literary arts;
  • Have received a minimum of $15,000 in private contributions for each of its two (2) most recently completed fiscal years (as verified on IRS tax forms);
  • Be incorporated in Connecticut as a not-for-profit for at least two (2) years prior to application date.

Organizations may use funds for general operating support, capital projects, programming or to build their own endowment.

Application deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

About the Endowment:

The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund was established to stimulate the development of private sector funding and help stabilize arts institutions. The Fund is managed by the Office of the State Treasurer and the program is administered by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Interest earned on the Fund’s principal is distributed annually to Connecticut non-profit arts organizations which have received a minimum of $15,000 in contributions in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources. 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. Applicants do not specify a grant request amount.




We are so happy to welcome Jane Schneider to the Office of the Arts! Jane will serve as Administrative Assistant to Kristina Newman-Scott, and she joins our team after serving in the communication office at the Dept. of Economic and Community Development, where she conducted research and assisted the Director of Communications. Jane is a crafter who enjoys sewing and creating Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. When asked what is her favorite type of music, she cheerfully answers, “I love all types of music!”

Please join us in welcoming Jane to the Office of the Arts!

Jane can be reached at 860-500-2393 or via email at

Leigh Johnson will now be working with Deputy Commissioner Bart Kollen. We thank Leigh for her many years of service in the Office of the Arts! We will miss her and her “get up and go” attitude!


On September 28, Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed the budget that had been passed by the House and Senate on September 10. Following his veto, the Governor along with Republican and Democrat leaders of the General Assembly continue to meet to negotiate a state budget for fiscal years 2018 – 2019.

No final decisions regarding our FY2018 grants can be made until the CT Office of the Arts receives a confirmed allocation in the state budget. The following grant programs remain on hold: Supporting Arts in Place, Arts Projects, Regional Initiative, Arts Learning and Artist Fellowship.

2017 Professional Development Institute

Arts in Education Manager, Bonnie Koba serves on the 6-member national leadership team convened through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. The team is charged with designing and conducting a 3-day professional development conference for arts education directors from state arts agencies and state education agencies. The purpose of this year’s session was to maximize impact in arts education at the state, regional and national levels by examining how data-driven decisions can close equity gaps in arts education. Connecticut was specifically featured in two sessions 1) exploration of COA’s READI initiative and 2) Bonnie designed and led participants through an equity workshop.

Photo: Members of the National Arts Education Leadership Team meet Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin at the 2017 Professional Development Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

L-R: Susan Oetgen, NASAA; Josy Miller, CA; Jennifer Allen-Barron, OK; Casey Polczynski, VA; Governor Mary Fallin, OK; Bonnie Koba, CT; Nancy Daugherty, NEA; Chiquita Mullins Lee, OH


Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP) is working with the

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) on an exciting new public art

opportunity. With this Request for Qualifications, WWP is launching an invited design competition to bring forward the best ideas for an energy generating public artwork.

WWP has recently remediated a prominent site in the heart of Willimantic, Connecticut and prepared it for development. Soon it will be home to a new whitewater watersport park with public amenities that WWP envisions will be powered with on-site renewable energy. WWP is looking for a team who can merge the on-site renewable energy infrastructure with the landscape, the

architecture, and with other environmental sustainability measures.

This Request for Qualifications is open to any team with one

current resident of the State of Connecticut, and is targeted at

creative individuals or practices working in the fields of art, design,

landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, renewable

energy, or related fields.



Recognizing the need to provide hands-on, practical work experience not typically available to students and emerging professionals in the traditional academic setting, the Connecticut Office of the Arts has established an unpaid internship program. This program may be used by qualified students to obtain academic credit from their institution, but is also open to professional-track applicants not currently enrolled in an academic institution. Connecticut Office of the Arts interns also get the opportunity to complete an Arts Workforce Entry internship project that can also be used as a capstone or research project to help fulfill the academic requirement at your school or university and/or is great to have in your professional portfolio!

Connecticut Office of the Arts is currently seeking to fill the two following internship positions:


Responsibilities : Research, organization, planning, data collection, various aspects of grant making, field development (building connections between and among schools and arts/cultural organizations), and many more exciting projects!

Requirements: Must demonstrate an interest in the field of arts in education and/or arts administration.


Responsibilities: Updates to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, news and announcements, perform research to find articles, stories, resources and other relevant content, develop relevant content (video, photos, etc.), organize COA’s YouTube Channel, and help to increase social media interaction, presence and followers.

Requirements: Must demonstrate an interest in the field of arts and/or communications.

For more information about internship opportunities, please contact Adriane Jefferson.


The Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of Branding is seeking a graphic design intern. The intern will support the state’s branding and marketing efforts by performing a full range of tasks in the design and preparation of hard-copy and electronic print formats for use on websites and printed materials. Primary areas of focus include the Office of Tourism and the Office of Business Development.

Responsibilities: Use various media, designs and prepares illustrations, typography, graphs, charts, maps, cartoons and layouts for websites, reports, publications and booklets; designs, lays out, letters and prepares art work on charts and diagrams for website, publications and exhibitions; creates designs for covers; confers with supervisors as to media and method of design for various projects; designs, prepares and illustrates exhibit and display material for department usage and public displays; edits digital video and images; creates on-line fillable form; and resizing of images.

Requirements: Knowledge of graphic materials; knowledge of and ability to utilize computer software including publishing and graphic design software; some knowledge of most effective methods of graphic demonstration of materials; experience with html publishing, interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills. Photography a plus.

To Apply: Email letter of interest and relevant experience to Ellen Woolf, Assistant Brand Director at: Include recent samples, links to, or description of graphic design work, current email address and telephone number.


by Janet Reynolds of The Tank Magazine


Connecticut is home to many talented authors and the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards showcase a select group of these authors and the literature they produced in 2016. Celebrate with the finalists and winners and hear from Keynote Speaker Beatriz Williams at the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards Ceremony!

Keynote speaker

New York Times best-selling author and Connecticut resident Beatriz Williams will deliver the keynote address at the book awards. Ms. Williams lives with her husband and children in Connecticut and is the author of the Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, and Overseas.


$30 per person September 23rd – October 19th

Ticketing will close at 12pm on October 19th



When: October 22, 2017

Awards Ceremony: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 1:30 p.m.)

Reception and book signings with Beatriz Williams and Connecticut Book Award finalists and winners: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT


Connecticut Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Library of Congress and a core program of Connecticut Humanities.


The Connecticut Office of the Arts has moved to 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford. Our email addresses have remained the same. Our new telephone numbers are below:

Kristina Newman-Scott


Tamara Dimitri


Adriane Jefferson


Bonnie Koba


Rhonda F. Olisky


Lourdes “Lu” Rivera


Jane Schneider


Mailing Address:

Department of Economic & Community Development

Office of the Arts

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5

Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1843