Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is proud to be one of 21 arts and culture organizations in Ridgefield that received funds from the town’s federal COVID-19 relief. The funding, part of a local disbursement of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies, recognizes the importance of the museum’s role as a trusted history resource, community gathering space, and economic driver.
In April, when the town approved apportioning these funds, First Selectman Rudy Marconi emphasized the significant contributions of arts and culture organizations, describing the sector as a “main pillar of economic and community development in Ridgefield.” The Ridgefield Arts Council and Economic Community Development Commission, in a letter to the town, underscored this contribution, sharing that, in 2019, the 21 designated recipients collectively brought in $37 million to Ridgefield through direct and indirect spending.
“We are so appreciative to the town for allocating a portion of its ARPA funding to KTM&HC,” said Executive Director Hildegard Grob. “And a special thanks to the Ridgefield Arts Council, whose advocacy for local arts and culture organizations helped drive home the incredible positive impact our sector has for the town and its residents.”
The approximately $18,000 award will support KTM&HC’s Equitable Access Initiative, which ensures all children have access to our high-quality history education by underwriting school program and transportation fees for students from under-resourced districts.
Learn more about KTM&HC and how our work positively impacts our community at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/events.