Grants Awarded 2018-04-06T12:08:47+00:00

Arts and Culture

Serving students at Children’s Community School, this program unites students of diverse backgrounds with professional artists, and combines art, nature, writing, and science studies using experiential learning.
To bring together all 600+ students at Rotella Inter-district Magnet School in Waterbury, and with the support of professional teaching artists, create their own large-scale mural honoring family and community members whom the students admire for their work because of accomplishments, work ethic and impact on others.
To support the Arts and Culture Collaborative in serving the Greater Waterbury arts community.
To support the Mattatuck’s $10 million capital campaign.  Their plan addresses needs of the Museum and its constituents, including: expanded, above-grade educational studio space for children and adults; increased exhibition space for the Mattatuck’s permanent collection; a larger elevator to move artwork and visitors safely and more efficiently; a more welcoming exterior; enhanced wayfinding within the Museum and completely accessible public spaces; and a stable financial legacy.
To provide free fine art learning opportunities for pre-school administrators, teachers, students and families at the museum. Mini-Masters aims to bring arts education into classrooms by providing teachers and aides with resources and methodology to organize arts activities.
To support weekly art classes at Independence Center in Waterbury, based upon the principle that people diagnosed with mental health conditions need a positive, trusted environment to become engaged.  Their goal is to support artists on their path, deepen relationships with community partners to have a broader impact with the public, and invest in storytelling efforts for new opportunities.
To support the launch of the new Five Senses Festival, which will run in Washington from July-August 2018.  It will offer interactive arts programs and performances that inspire creativity, personal expression, and community bonds. The Foundation’s grant will also support immersive programs, including weekly family workshops, interactive Umbrella Projects, and family performances.
To continue support a collaborative, innovative, multi-year arts program where young people develop interactive performances on the history of Waterbury neighborhoods. Once the plays are created, the young people perform them in neighborhood parks or centralized locations for their families and neighbors.  This year’s program will expand to include a Naugatuck component.
A music education program for underserved students and their families, Bravo! uses music as a tool for personal development, community engagement, and social change.  This grant will help to sustain the work of Bravo! through an intensive summer program at Children’s Community School in Waterbury.
To engage an estimated 250+ community volunteers of all ages in creating mosaic murals along the YMCA’s facade facing the newly-restored downtown Waterbury Green. Working with Connecticut artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter (who created Waterbury’s “Cool Waters” mosaic), these murals will create an immersive visual arts experience for a large and diverse population.

Grassroots Leaders

To support twice-weekly workshops for girls experiencing unstable housing at the Salvation Army shelter in Waterbury, in order to teach techniques and share resources to reduce risks associated with lack of stable housing.
To support a six-week series of art classes to homeschooled students in Waterbury and nearby towns, in two parts: Part one focuses on introducing young children to different black or brown artists each week. Part two, for students ages 14 and older, provides instruction in woodworking and artisanal wood carving and sustainable practices.

Older Adults

To support instructor and staff costs for a yearlong project of writing and art classes leading to a publication of participants’ works. Monthly open studio sessions offer opportunities for collaboration and peer feedback.
To support offerings for older people that include healthy living classes, computer training and mini-bus day trips.
To support nutrition education, meal planning and healthy cooking classes for older adults at Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors) and housing sites and in surrounding towns. Brass City Harvest also endeavors to implement dietary behavior changes through a peer-led challenge.
To support staff time for weekly social gatherings and to fund food and supplies for monthly luncheons with educational programs. Staff and volunteers monitor the well-being of participants and follow up to address needs.
For the purchase of seeds, plants and gardening materials so that more of the senior center members can plant and harvest their own food in the community garden. Plantings will focus on food “of Hispanic taste” enjoyed by the members. All senior center members can share in the harvest and the cooking classes.
To pilot an intergenerational program with older adults and at-risk youth in order to build mutually rewarding relationships and offer purposeful community engagement for older adults. Funds primarily will support training and ongoing meetings with a clinician in order to enhance understanding and communication.
To support a portion of the coordinator’s salary and uncovered costs for chore workers who help older people age in their own homes (up to three hours per week of assistance is provided).
To provide 14 weeks of stretching and muscle strengthening classes which will also include tasting/recipes for health drinks.
To support staff and program costs of providing two Matter of Balance series to Naugatuck and Beacon Falls residents. Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program shown to reduce fear of falling and enhance fall prevention behaviors.
To support instructor costs for a wide variety of fitness programs for older adults offered at the Y and offsite. Offerings include Enhance Fitness and Livestrong which are specifically evidence-based. A combination of funding sources has made this programming available to all interested members of the community who are 60+.
To cover service and material costs of chores for older adults who are unable to afford the full cost. Volunteers are used when possible to control costs and add a social component to the program. The chores and fix-it projects help people remain in their homes.
To offer nine monthly inspirational presentations from older adults who are pursuing new, enriching interests in the second half of their lives. The Palace is hoping to serve as a community gathering place beyond its traditional productions and these programs will initially target a relatively small audience to encourage interaction.
For part-time staff and supplies to create a network of organizations serving seniors in Southbury. The project goal is to build a unified group that will discuss issues, share ideas and develop a framework for collaboration. The Jewish Federation is helping to spearhead the effort.
To fund rentals and supplies for an intergenerational family weekend and two older adult hikes and picnics. Interest in engaging older adults in active outdoor programming was determined through surveys, community discussions and a successful pilot in August 2017.
For three 12-week art classes (two clay sculpture and one watercolor painting) for older adults. Skilled volunteers will be recruited to assist teachers in order to enlarge class sizes. VCA will partner with New Milford Senior Center for promotion, demos and art exhibits. This is the first Pathways grant to Village Center for the Arts.
To cover publicity, materials and food for a Town Conversation on Aging to update priorities and action steps. Woodbury’s first Town Conversation (May 2013) led to enhanced transportation, a service guide, a housing study and increased intergenerational opportunities. Woodbury is the first town to hold its second Town Conversation on Aging.