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We are very proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Business Development Grant for Artists & The Creative Industry...


2015 Recipients:  Business Development Grant for Artists & The Creative Industry 

Applicant Name

Business Name

Wylie Karl-Cannon


Hong Hong

Hong Hong Studio

Joshua Westbrook

Brothers Crisp.

Katrina Orsini

Hartford Fashion Week

Tyrone Motley


Quenton Narcisse

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Andrea Cortez

Tainted, Inc.

Dina Coviello

Venom Vintage

Paulette Clark

PClark Productions

Dyshann Anderson


Stacy Lawes

Lawes International Group

Joshua Jenkins

De Muerte



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:



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



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


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


PHASE 1 Please visit:

Intent to Apply due September 18, 2014

Applications due October 16, 2014

Award notification in January 2015


PHASE 2 Please visit:

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

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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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