Fairfield Delegation Applauds State Funding to Enhance Cultural & Historic Site in Fairfield

October 1, 2015
Michael Jehle, Fairfield Museum; State Rep. Laura Devlin; Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for DECD, Senator Tony Hwang; Mark Barnhart, Fairfield Economic Development; Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Michael Jehle, Fairfield Museum; State Rep. Laura Devlin; Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for DECD, Senator Tony Hwang; Mark Barnhart, Fairfield Economic Development; Rep. Brenda Kupchick

FAIRFIELD- State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) and state Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) hailed the announcement by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) that it will provide $1,990,386 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations that sponsor cultural and historic sites in the state, including one for the Fairfield Museum, which will receive a $125,000 state grant.

Through the Good to Great Program, administered by DECD’s Offices of Arts and Historic Preservation, grants are being awarded to eligible organizations that promote science, art, culture, or the history of Connecticut.

Kupchick said, “I want to thank the state DECD for this important grant for the Fairfield Museum. The preservation of our most historic state sites is essential so future generations may learn about Fairfield’s past.”

“The Fairfield Museum connects people with the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities,” Hwang added. “That connection has the power to inspire people of all ages. We are all so appreciative of this competitive state grant. These funds will help our region’s story to be told and appreciated.”

Devlin said, “The educational and cultural value the Fairfield Museum provides a powerful platform for examining the rich history of our wonderful town.”

The Fairfield Museum provides a wide array of exhibits and educational programs that teach regional history, celebrate a shared heritage, and prepare students and adults to be more active participants in their community.

Good to Great was created in 2014 to fund improvements that will significantly enhance cultural and historic sites and the way people enjoy them. Specifically, the program will target smaller and mid-sized cultural organizations that have received limited state funding in the past.

Funding, which ranges from $50,000 to $125,000 grants, can be used for a variety of activities including construction, exhibit designing and installation, planning and marketing. This pilot program has a 25% cash match requirement