Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra a $24,500 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG).
The past 20 months have provided challenges as well as opportunities. Funding from this grant will support programs to include live full-orchestra performances and small ensemble programs to engage individuals both inside the Concert Hall and in our surrounding community.
“Our focus during the Coronavirus pandemic is to keep our musicians, audience and staff safe while also exploring ways to create and share live music” says Sandra Miklave, Executive Director. “Our musicians are gig workers and we have created opportunities for them to be employed through these and other grant funds that continue to support the organization while we create a safe performance environment, maintain social distancing and adhere to capacity limitations.”
The Norwalk Symphony was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.
This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.