Connecticut Humanities intends on awarding at least 11 quick grants throughout 2017.
The Connecticut Humanities Quick Grants are made possible through the generosity of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Recent grants included:
- “Moments in Avon’s History” – Avon Historical Society, Inc (Avon, CT)
- Constructing exhibits that tell Avon’s story displaying them where Avon’s residents can see and interactive with them. The exhibits will be in the form of a set of retractable, portable banners, each telling a different aspect of Avon’s history through words and images. By cycling the banners through town, over time Avon’s residents and visitors will be introduced to the many aspects of the history of the town and region. Themes included: Agriculture – Avon’s roots as a farming community; Religion – Avon’s earliest churches; Culture – Avon’s libraries which date from 1791; Foundations – Avon’s political establishment; and more!
- “Sisu and Creativity: Finnish Cultural Heritage in Connecticut” – Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford, CT)
- An exhibit of Finnish history in Connecticut – their agricultural cooperatives, the built environment including farms, barns, and community halls; the saunas constructed by every family as a social gathering place; and artistic and musical traditions still practiced throughout the community – using art works, images and documents from the Finnish American Heritage Society of Canterbury archives, one of the largest Finnish collections in the country.
- “Hartford & Manchester Connecticut History Day Contest and Public Presentations” – Connecticut Public Affairs Network (Hartford, CT)
- Approximately 500 CT History Day students in grades 6-12 will be presenting their findings from months of historical research on a variety of humanities topics to hundreds of audience members at two public contests.
- “Foundations of Change: Program with Professor Manisha Sinha, author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT)
- Professor Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut, will lead a conversation on her book The Slave Cause: A History of Abolition, describing how abolition redefined American democracy and human rights across the globe.
- Learn more about other recent grant awards here.