Waterbury Delegation Supports the Arts

March 17, 2014

Hartford, CT – State Representatives Selim Noujaim (R- Waterbury) and Tony D’Amelio (R-Waterbury) along with Senator Joe Markley (R-Waterbury) are happy to announce several worthy arts establishments in and around Waterbury will be receiving state grants from The State Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)/CT Office of the Arts (COA).

The awarded grants from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund and the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship grant program will be going to the following groups:

Mattatuck Museum
The CT Arts Endowment Fund

Palace Theater Group Inc.
CT Arts Endowment Fund

Seven Angels Theatre
CT Arts Endowment Fund

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
CT Arts Endowment Fund

The grant programs from which funds were awarded include:

  • Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund – was established by the State of Connecticut to stimulate the development of private sector funding and help stabilize arts institutions.
  • Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship – annually recognizes one exceptionally accomplished Connecticut arts administrator

“I’m always happy when the arts are supported, especially in Waterbury, and these grants will go a long way toward keeping culture active and alive in our city,” Rep. D’Amelio said. “Supporting arts organizations also brings more people from the suburbs into Waterbury and that is a great benefit to local restaurants and businesses.”

“Art and culture are extremely important for the people of our city and regardless of the amounts we are pleased to be the recipient of these grants,” Rep. Noujaim said. “Hopefully, these funds will continue to expand and increase in the future.”

“The arts are the heart and soul of our community. Anytime we can support their long term sustainability we should. Waterbury has a rich history and I’m happy the state sees value in that,” said Sen. Markley.