Access to the Arts for All Abilities
New Funding Opportunity!

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to making services and programs open and accessible to all persons, with and without disabilities, and to all individuals regardless of language.

We are excited to launch the ARTE-accesible (pronounced Ar Teh Ock Seh See Bleh) grant program to support proposals that enhance program offerings and provide greater participation in and understanding of the arts by people of all abilities.

Eligible Applicants:
  • Connecticut Arts Organizations
  • Connecticut Municipal Art Departments

Applicants may request $500 - $3,000 to support:

  • Program and service offerings to improve the experience for audience of all abilities, such as language translations, safe space, screen reader capability, mobility services, etc.
  • Staff training and internal resource support to carry out accessible programs and services, such as emergency preparedness planning to evacuate individuals with disabilities and customer service training.
  • Support career development of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability.
Guidelines: PDF

Application Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018

Grant Notification: Mid-February 2019

Funding Period: March 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019
We are proud to announce that Make Music Day will return to Connecticut on June 27, 2019, and the planning is starting now!

If you are interested in administering a Make Music Day program in your area, please register now to join our informational meeting to be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1 pm at the Connecticut Office of the Arts' offices at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford. Only people who complete the survey below will be put on the attendees list.
Make Music Day made its Connecticut debut on June 21, 2018 with an incredible 528 free musical performances at 224 locations across the state, from Long Island Sound to the hills in the North. Twelve (12) regional partners, brought together by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, coordinated the music-filled, open-to-all, state-wide event! Watch the video !
Looking for Presenters!
Do you have a creative economy project/initiative that leverages local creativity and cross-sector partnerships to address social, economic, and cultural issues in communities? If so, consider being a presenter at the 2019 Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)!

The New England Foundation for the Arts is currently seeking submissions for presenters for their Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) to be held June 6 & 7, 2019 in Montpelier, Vermont.

Past presentations have included: pop-up creative businesses, cultural plans, cultural districts, cultural policy and zoning, downtown events, impact research, space development, and workforce development.

Click here for more information.

Email questions to

Submit your initiative for consideration today!

The submission deadline is December 20, 2018. Individuals selected to present will be notified in early February 2019.

Note: The Connecticut Office of the Arts may offer financial assistance to Connecticut-based individuals selected to present.
READI Now: A Talk Series for Young Creative Professionals
R .E.A.D.I. Now is a series of intimate Masterclass videos by young creative professionals in Connecticut who are making an impact and blazing a trail for their generation and future generations.

´╗┐The first series of R.E.A.D.I. Now videos will premiere on November 30, 2018 and will feature Kolton Harris , Creative Director of the Writers Block Ink; Brea Simone , The Connector of Dots and event planner; Anthony Valentine , Creator and Editor of Kulture Magazine; Meghan McGee , Office of the Arts' intern; and Marisol Credle , Talk show producer and host.

Check out the R.E.A.D.I. Now promo video !
CT Office of the Arts in Baltimore!
COA's Tamara Dimitri, Adriane Jefferson and Bonnie Koba attended the NASAA Assembly 2018 that took place November 1-3 in Baltimore, Maryland. The NASAA Assembly is a conference tailored to the needs of state arts funders and cultural advocates.

Tamara attended sessions on
folk and traditional arts and accessibility. Adriane attended sessions on community development, equity in grant making, and engaging millennials, while Bonnie's focus was on arts in education.

Although arts program associate, Rhonda Olisky wasn't in Baltimore, she will be attending the Americans for the Arts' National Arts Marketing Project conference in Seattle, WA from November 9 - November 12.