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Thousands of Dollars Awarded Locally in Support of Arts and Culture
Posted on September 21st, 2015

Region-wide – Shoreline Arts Alliance is pleased to announce that $31,000 has been awarded to 8 REGI Grantee recipients throughout its 24 town region which include Shoreline towns from East Haven to East Lyme and all of Middlesex County, CT. The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), developed the Regional Initiative Grant program (REGI) in partnership with its nine Designated Regional Service Organizations. These regional partners make up an effective statewide service network of which Shoreline Arts Alliance is a member. The pilot REGI grant program was designed for grant seekers interested in the creation of small cultural projects that expand equitable access to the creative process and/or creative experiences, especially projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within its community.
Eric Dillner, CEO/Executive Director of Shoreline Arts Alliance says, “SAA is so grateful to our panel of judges who spent many hours reading and deliberating over the submitted grants. The panel was made up of a team with broad skill sets and varied backgrounds. Projects reviewed for grant awards were innovative, fresh and covered a broad range of artistic offerings. These projects will impact not only the local community but will encourage a wide spread audience base from the state and beyond.”
The FY2016 REGI grant awardees in our region include: Peter Adrian Albano (Middletown), Branford Garden Club-Branford Artist Collective (Branford), Debbie Hesse (Branford), Greater Middletown Concert Association, Inc. (Middletown), Chad Hardin (Guilford), Macdonough Elementary School (Middletown), Starship Dance Theater (Guilford), and Two Left Feet Blues Festival, Inc. (Old Lyme).
Stated Kristina Newman-Scott, the Connecticut Office of the Art’s Director of Culture, “It’s essential that we work with our outstanding regional partners to experiment with and learn new ways to more equitably deliver funding throughout the many municipalities and myriad villages that frame our
state’s landscape. While these REGI projects represent a relatively small investment, drawn from a combination of our state funds and National Endowment for the Arts federal grant, they can have a very positive impact on the state’s wealth of small, grass roots cultural organizations and impressive artists and creative workers. We think these neighborhood projects will add immensely to the rich, cultural life of our communities.”
The Connecticut Office of the Arts develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the Office of the Arts invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations, encourages the public’s participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members, and connects people to the arts to build vital communities across the state. Please visit for more information.
Shoreline Arts Alliance is the Connecticut State Office of The Arts Designated Regional Cultural Service Organization for Shoreline towns from East Haven to East Lyme and all of Middlesex County, CT. Shoreline Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the arts, history, culture and tourism throughout its 24-town region and beyond. Please visit for more information or call 203-453-3890.

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