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HARTFORD ARTS & HERITAGE JOBS GRANTS

Putting the arts to work

Funded by the City of Hartford and managed by the Arts Council, the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant program supports cultural programming that generates local business, creates and preserves job opportunities and impacts tourism—using arts and heritage projects as the engine to drive economic activity in the capital city.

Producing plays, concerts, exhibits and festivals requires purchasing goods and services, from hardware supplies to printing, dry cleaning and even insurance. Jobs grants recognize the ripple effect created by arts organizations that buy from local businesses, employ local residents and draw audiences from across the region to spend money at Hartford resturants, hotels and parking lots. This grant program has become a national model for using the arts to impact the local economy, winning a prestigious Audrey Nelson Community Development Acheivement Award in 2011.

Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants are awarded in two phases:

 

PHASE 1 - GHAC

Grants to Organizations

Grants are awarded to projects falling under one of the following three cateorgies:

  • New or Expanded Works
  • Facilities Improvements
  • Youth Employment Projects

PHASE 2 – City Of Hartford, MECA

Grants to Artists & Micro-Enterprise Businesses

Grants are funded by federal Community Development Block Grants and are awarded to:

  • Hartford-based artists
  • Hartford-based microenterprise businesses (with five or fewer employees)
  • City of Hartford, MECA

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Phase 1: Jose Feliciano, Grants Administrator at 860-525-8629 ext. 245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phase 2: Andres Chaparro, Principle Administrative Analyst at 860-757-4895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

About Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grants:

These Jobs Grants have a tremendous track record of success, exhibiting a return of 3-4 times more than the City of Hartford's initial investment. Since 2010:

  • The City of Hartford has invested $1.9 million in arts, heritage and cultural programming
  • Jobs Grants have retained or expanded 76 jobs, created 537 new opportunities and employed more than 130 local youth
  • Funded events and projects have attracted over 200,000 attendees who generated more than $7.8 million in audience spending within the city
  • Events have generated more than $175,000 in local tax revenue and almost $750,000 in state tax revenue
  • For every dollar invested by the city, $3.40 have returned in audience spending

DEADLINES & TIMELINE

  • Late applications are not accepted.
  • Early submissions are encouraged.

 

PHASE 1 Please visit: https://letsgoarts.org/HartfordArtsJobs

Intent to Apply due September 18, 2014

Applications due October 16, 2014

Award notification in January 2015

 

PHASE 2 Please visit: http://www.hartford.gov/meca/awards?limitstart=0

Information regarding Phase 2 of this grant program will be released in March 2015

Outside The Box Artist

Outside The Box: Artist Take on City Utility Boxes

 OutsideTheBoxArtistJeanneManzelli 

 “My intent is to create something that is well made, interesting and aesthetic.  Something familiar but altered in some way.”  The Crayon Box is bright, colorful and vibrant as individual crayons, but even more so as a group,… an urban metaphor I suppose.” 

Jeanne Manzelli

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistAlbertoColonJr.

  Alberto Colon Jr.

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistBalamSoto

 “When the QR Code is scanned with a mobile device it will lead them to a website showing a random artistic, digital rendering of the box.  I incorporate technology & art in my work.” 

Balam Soto

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistDyshannAnderson

 “Johnny Schoolboy Taylor, pitched his way into baseball legend as a Hartford, Connecticut Bulkeley High School phenom & all-star pitcher in the Negro, Mexican, & Cuban Leagues.   This Utility Box I hope will uncover Hartford History in professional sports and its hero “Schoolboy”. 

Dyshann Anderson

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistKatherineOwens

 “My intent is to express my love for nature, while inspiring the public to think about the environment.  The images of insects filled with clockwork gears; re-imagining of the natural world as clockwork creations.  I am interested in the human kind influences nature, habitats, and species.” 

 Katherine Owens

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistJillFriedman

 “I want my art to appeal to all generations and socio-economic groups.  I see many more similarities, than differences in people and I hope my art reflects those similarities and celebrates the differences. 

Jill Friedman

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistTyroneZeroSnakeMotley

 “As a animator/artist best known as “ZeroSnake” I am active in both the traditional and digital world. 

 Tyrone “ZeroSnake” Motley

 

  OutsideTheBoxArtistAlanDooleyoJackson

 Dooley-O is widely recognized in DJ circles as the first in Hip-Hop to sample 70’s band Skull Snap and producer of who discovered the break.  As well as a graffiti writer, Dooley-O continues to create and develop his street art for the public to see.

 Alan “Dooley-O” Jackson

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistClaireCronkhite

 “I am a self-taught artist.  I mix themes and symbols from traditional folklore with the heavily stylized caricatures of modern graffiti.”

Claire Cronkhite

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistFiyaBomb

 “I was recently responsible for sponsoring HOPE 4 AUTISM a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with autism face their challenges.  The Abstract Autism Puzzle art piece  is dedicated to all the autistic children of Connecticut.”

Olivia FiyaBomb Nguyen

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistChristinaBlakemore

 “Inspired by nature, my artwork is illustrations combined with graphic design of botanical specimens.  I hope this project brings nature into the urban environment.” 

Christina Blakemore

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistNatachaPoggio

“The dandelion is one of nature’s best designed plants, it overcomes adverse conditions, with its seeds traveling for miles & adapting to most regions of the world.  The single drifting seed embodies the idea that every seed makes its own unique journey and relies on the will of nature to determine where it will land and grow.”

 Natacha Poggio

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistJoeSam

 “Virtually all third world cultures use certain rare and valued materials to make paper, clothing, and decorations.  What I tried to do is capture the spirit of tribal art with its beautiful and stunning appeal through color.”

 Joe Sam

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistVickturOrteez

 “Using a Heart instead of the word HART is my way to symbolize that Hartford is alive.  Like a beating heart of a human.  Our Capital is the heart of Connecticut with art, culture, & history.”

Vicktur Orteez

 

 OutsideTheBoxArtistPatrickConnolly

 “Through my work I attempt to magnify the vibrancy, color, and mood, of subjects from all forms and context.  This work of art I hope evokes the natural elements with earthy greens, vibrant blues, and bright crisp reds.”

Patrick Connolly

 

OutsideTheBoxArtistChristianAyala

 “Random ideer”

Christian Ayala

Winners of the Outside The Box Program

The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events, & Cultural Affairs Office (MECA) and Livable Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI) Divisions congratulate the following artist that have been selected to participate in the OUTSIDE THE BOX PROGRAM.  The artist will be painting City of Hartford utility boxes with original artwork selected by a jury on August 9th & 10th, 2014. 

Click here to view OUTSIDE THE BOX Program Winners in PDF format

Artist Name Location of Box Box Size Dimensions
Jeanne Manzelli Franklin Ave./Chester St. Small (side) 15"w x 32"l    (side) 20"w x 32”l (top) 20.25"w x 16.5"l
Alberto Colon Franklin Ave./Elliot St. Small (side) 15"w x 32"l    (side) 20"w x 32”l (top) 20.25"w x 16.5"l
Balam Soto Franklin Ave./Plymouth St. Small (side) 15"w x 32"l    (side) 20"w x 32”l (top) 20.25"w x 16.5"l
Dyshann Anderson Franklin Ave./ Benton St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Catherine Owens Franklin Ave./Brown St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Jill Friedman Franklin Ave./ Barker St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Tyrone Motley Franklin Ave./Preston St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Dooleyo Jackson Franklin Ave./South St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Claire Cronkhite Franklin Ave./Shultas St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Christina Blakemore Franklin Ave./Adelaide St. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Olivia Nguyen Franklin Ave./Maple Ave. Medium (side) 24"w x 51.5"l    (side) 23"w x 51.5”l (top) 24"w x 23"l
Natacha Poggio Franklin Ave./South St. Large (side) 27.5"w x 54"l    (side) 38"w x 54”l (top) 27"w x 38"l
Joe Sam Franklin Ave./Brown St. Large (side) 27.5"w x 54"l    (side) 38"w x 54”l (top) 27"w x 38"l
Victor Ortiz Franklin Ave./Bodwell St. Large (side) 27.5"w x 54"l    (side) 38"w x 54”l (top) 27"w x 38"l
Patrick Connolly Franklin Ave./Hanmer St. Large (side) 27.5"w x 54"l    (side) 38"w x 54”l (top) 27"w x 38"l
Christian Ayala Franklin Ave./Cromwell Large (side) 27.5"w x 54"l    (side) 38"w x 54”l (top) 27"w x 38"l

 

MECA Community Arts Grant 2014 - 2015

MECA Community Arts Grant 2014 – 2015 (application & guidelines)

Business Development Grant for Artists & The Creative Industry

The City of Hartford is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 – 2015 Business Development Grant for Artists & The Creative Industry. This grant is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and created to support Hartford based individual artists and microenterprise businesses in the creative economy to increase their income and capacity to produce new work.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Joshua Westbrook, (The Brother Crisp)

Marissa Blaszko (Kaleidoscope)

Maria Lino (The Latino Way Media)

Roger Castonguay (Photography)

Balam Soto (New Media Artist)

Adam Lenz (Composer)

Sean Taylor (Visual Jedi, LLC)

Lee Mixashawn Rozie (Musician)

Michael Anderson (Musician)

Keith Bolling Jr. (Designer)

Andy Hart (Photographer)

David J. Carrier (Santa Connection)

David Borawski (Artist)

Kyle Grimm (Composer)

Colby A. Russo (Designer)

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