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 April 2022 Board Meeting with Grant Recipients

April 22, 2022

International Association of New Haven Awards $68,700 for Local Programs!

Leaders of six local non-profit groups met with International Association members recently to celebrate $68,700 in grant awards for refugee and immigrant education, global geography, and international arts and music.  Whether it is helping young students from Afghanistan become literate in English or bringing art, music and dance from other cultures into classrooms, IANH highlights internationalism in New Haven.  Each non-profit group received up to $20,000 in support.

“We are proud that our organization, founded over seventy years ago, can support programs that build respect and understanding among people in the community,” said Jane Baljevic, the International Association Grants chairperson. “We felt inspired by the contributions these groups are making.”

Arts for Learning Connecticut:  The teaching artist group, Arts For Learning Connecticut, will bring workshops and performances to Roberto Clemente School to help 475 bilingual K-8 students develop HOT (Higher Order Thinking) skills through music, dance, poetry, puppet theater, and design.

Eli Whitney Museum:  In a collaboration with Eli Whitney Museum, 6th grade students from King Robinson Inter-District Magnet School will create a large, wooden wall map to supplement their curriculum unit on “Movement and Migration: How Things Spread.”

IRIS:  The Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services – currently working to resettle 200 newly-arrived Afghan refugee families -- will upgrade their website to provide interactive, centralized information and resources to benefit refugees and immigrants throughout Connecticut.

Music Haven:  A specially commissioned work by Puerto Rican composer Luis Prado will provide a “Journey Through Music” for Music Haven students.  By incorporating a composition with different levels of music for different levels of players, this series will allow young string musicians to perform folk melodies from around the world alongside professionals.

New Haven Reads:  A new Saturday morning tutoring program will bring 30 recent refugee and immigrant students from Barnard and Fair Haven Schools to the New Haven Reads center to strengthen literacy skills, using special ESL phonics software.  This project will expand the existing New Haven Reads 1:1 tutoring program, which already helps more than 280 New Haven K-8 students improve reading skills with after-school and online lessons.

Shubert Theatre:  The National Dance Theater of Jamaica, coming to the Shubert in 2023, will give two performances for school groups through their Education and Community Outreach program which reaches over 5000 students in the area every year.

March 19, 2021

International Association of New Haven Awards $72,000 to Five Local Multicultural Organizations

March 19, 2021

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many New Haven non-profit groups, but in March, the International Association of New Haven (IANH) awarded $72,000 in grants to help five local organizations fund projects that will continue to serve their diverse communities in 2021.  

Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc (LEAP) was awarded a grant of $17,000 to expand Spanish and ELL -- English Language Learner -- materials for students and counselors in their summer program and on their website.  They also plan to add after-school language and cultural enrichment classes when New Haven Public Schools resume full-time.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) was awarded a grant of $10,000 to support performances and community conversations that will showcase works by composers of color.  NHSO has created this musical project to encourage dialog and understanding about race relations in America.

Read To Grow, which provides picture books to new babies and mothers, was awarded a grant of $10,000 to fund the translation of childhood literacy materials for immigrant parents. The materials will be developed in Arabic, Farsi, French, Pashto, and Swahili.  In addition, they will use the IANH grant to purchase bilingual children's books to distribute to families in New Haven.

Sanctuary Kitchen, a community-based culinary program led by refugee and immigrant chefs, was awarded a grant of $20,000 to develop curriculum modules for Culinary Training, English language classes and Public Speaking.  To help recover from their catering loss during the pandemic, Sanctuary Kitchen will also use the grant to update their marketing and online sales platform.

Yale-China was awarded a grant of $14,700 to create a toolkit of art projects for classroom teachers based on untold stories of Asians and Asian-Americans in New Haven.  The project will encourage partnerships between artists -- who have been struggling during the pandemic -- teachers, and groups in the community.  The goal of the Asian stories and art projects in the toolkit will be to stimulate critical thinking, empathy, and imagination. 

To be eligible for International Association grants and sponsorships, community non-profits can check the website at ianewhaven.org.  Groups must be registered 501(c)3 organizations whose programs advance international, intercultural and global understanding.  Grants can be awarded for up to two years in succession.    

Past IANH grant winners have included Immigrant and Refugee Services (IRIS), Music Haven, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven Children’s Museum, Long Wharf Theater and The Institute Library.

July 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2020:

Arte. Inc. received $5,000 to support its Saturday Academy for youth ages 7-17. The students will be involved in diverse activities - arts, traditions, and cultures - to build cultural understanding, awareness, and acceptance. 

Artspace received $15,000 to support 10 artists with international roots to devise works for the 24th annual City-Wide Open Studios visual art festival. 

City Seed received $20,000 to support Sanctuary kitchen as it creates training modules for refugee and immigrant chef apprentices in areas including food safety, menu development, and public speaking skills. 

Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc. (LEAP) received $12,000 to create an after school learning unit on global cultures with a culminating festival open to the public. 

New Haven Land Trust received $15,000 to expand program offerings that engage international communities in New Haven's gardens and to promote intercultural awareness and exchange. 

 

Programming 2020

May 1, 2017

Grant recipients 2019

We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2019: 

The Creative Arts Workshop will invite immigrant artists, both local and from around the nation, to submit works in painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and other media for a Fall 2019 exhibition to be accompanied by workshops, cooking demonstrations, roundtable talks, and other events open to the public.  The goal of the project is to provide an opportunity for the artists and the public to explore issues of place, cultural identity, and dislocation. 

For Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) the grant will help to develop and expand its Public Education about Refugees (PEAR) program.  Under this program, Refugee Ambassadors and immigrants will be trained to tell their stories in a public forum.  They will then speak in schools, colleges, libraries, churches and other settings to help increase understanding of issues related to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers and foster appreciation of the richness of the cultures these individuals bring to the United States.

The grant will enable Long Wharf Theatre to continue and expand its Newcomer Play Project.  This project provides training and a public platform for recent immigrants and refugees to use speech and drama to convey their personal experiences in their countries of origin and in their new homes in this country. The project will culminate in performances at the Long Wharf Theatre on a weekend in June of 2020 which will be open to the public. 

For the Institute Library the grant will help support an exhibition titled “Melted Pots and Cooked Books.”  An open call will invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to submit favorite cookbooks, recipes, artworks, and utensils that engage with this theme.  In addition to the exhibition, the project will include recipe readings, story sharing events, and cooking and tasting workshops, as well as the compilation of a cookbook at the end of the project.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will use the grant to present a free concert on the New Haven Green, as part of the Festival of Arts and Ideas.  The concert will feature the 3-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre and New Haven’s own  St. Luke’s String Band.  The concert will also introduce the orchestra’s new Music Director, Maestro Alasdair Neale.

 

Lunar New Year 2019

NHSO June 2019

 

August 13, 2015

In the New Haven Register:

$60K in grants awarded to immigrant and refugee programming

 

 Published 3:32 pm EDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018

 

For Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) the grant will help to develop and expand its Public Education about Refugees (PEAR) program.  Under this program, Refugee Ambassadors and immigrants will be trained to tell their stories in a public forum.  They will then speak in schools, colleges, libraries, churches and other settings to help increase understanding of issues related to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers and foster appreciation of the richness of the cultures these individuals bring to the United States.

The grant will enable Long Wharf Theatre to continue and expand its Newcomer Play Project.  This project provides training and a public platform for recent immigrants and refugees to use speech and drama to convey their personal experiences in their countries of origin and in their new homes in this country. The project will culminate in performances at the Long Wharf Theatre on a weekend in June of 2020 which will be open to the public. 

For the Institute Library the grant will help support an exhibition titled “Melted Pots and Cooked Books.”  An open call will invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to submit favorite cookbooks, recipes, artworks, and utensils that engage with this theme.  In addition to the exhibition, the project will include recipe readings, story sharing events, and cooking and tasting workshops, as well as the compilation of a cookbook at the end of the project.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will use the grant to present a free concert on the New Haven Green, as part of the Festival of Arts and Ideas.  The concert will feature the 3-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre and New Haven's own St. Luke's String Band.  The concert will also introduce the orchestra's new Music Director, Maestro Alasdair Neale. 

 

 Award Recipients for 2017: 

     Music Haven received a grant of $20,000 to expand their program of providing young people in New Haven with tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities.  This particular project will bring violin lessons and instruments to refugee children and their families alongside other Music Haven families.  Gatherings for concerts will provide opportunities for cross-cultural community building through music. 

      A grant of $20,000 was awarded to CitySeed to support refugees and immigrants in income-generating culinary pursuits that celebrate and share their food heritage, traditions and stories with the New Haven community.  The project will include suppers at CitySeed open to the public and a CitySeed Farmer’s Market Incubator, where participants can develop products to be sold in the community.

       The Connecticut Players Foundation (Long Wharf Theatre) received a grant of $20,000 for a Newcomer Play Project.  The project will provide immigrants and refugees with a chance to attend the theatre’s six productions as well as pre- and post-show workshops with a teaching artist.  At the end of the season, participants’ narratives about the plays and their own experiences will be woven into a text, culminating in a public performance of their writings at Long Wharf.

       Two organizations were given smaller grants to support their work:  Elm City Internationals uses soccer to engage young immigrants and refugees in academics and to prepare them for success in college.  The grant will help the students share their stories with the Greater New Haven Community.

 

       The New Haven Land Trust supports fifty diverse community gardens.  The grant will help as they develop cross-cultural programs and conduct outreach to the community at large.

 

Award Recipients for 2016:

Collective Consciousness Theatre was awarded $20,000 to support an original theatre production "Stories of a New America."  The play will include real stories of refugee families from Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, The Congo and other countries of conflict around the world.  The play and an interactive workshop will tour schools and communities across Connecticut to educate people about immigration and refugee resettlement. 

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas was awarded $20,000 to research and develop the first comprehensive “International Daily Music Listening Program” and to pilot the program in two K-6 New Haven public schools in May of 2017.  The Festival creation will have an international focus and will reflect New Haven's diverse community and our global society.   The long-range goal is to create a three-year program that would explore various countries and artists, be aligned with Connecticut’s arts curriculum and standards, and provide a valuable resource to our schools. 

IRIS (Integrated and Refugee and Immigrant Services) was awarded $20,000 to continue and enhance its PEAR (Public Education about Refugees) program.  Through PEAR, IRIS has been able to involve refugees in presentations and discussions in schools throughout greater New Haven.  This grant will allow IRIS to increase the number of refugee speakers and to expand and formalize programs for high school and university audiences.  PEAR's goal is to increase students' understanding of what refugees face as they flee persecution, linger in refugee camps, and resettle in the US. 

Award Recipients for 2015: 

The Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven was awarded a $20,000 grant to continue their educational field trip series for young children from under-resourced neighborhoods. Their Houses and Homes Around the World program will include a multicultural children's book, a journey in pictures to the homes of children around the world, and a hands-on activity building a house from another land.

A grant of $20,000 was awarded to P.L.A.C.E., Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration, Inc. in Hamden. P.L.A.C.E. will use their mobile art and film studio to develop and implement a film-making program that promotes young people's exploration and deeper understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in their community. The program will be piloted at the International Academy at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

We are pleased to present a video co-production between P.L.A.C.E. Children's Museum in Hamden, the International Academy at Wilbur Cross high school, and IRIS, funded with grant money from the IANH.

Please click here to view REFUGEE.

Three agencies in West Haven - the Public Libary, the Community House, and the Child Development Center - will share a grant of $20,000 and will work together to establish a partnership to foster community awareness of the needs of immigrant children and families and to assist the families to acclimate in the community.  The West Haven Public Libary will host an international film festival and purchase adult and childre's books in many languages.  The West Haven Community House will focus on the cuisine,the clothing, and the music and dance that are amont the traditions of the various groups in their expanding community.  And the West Haven Child Development Center will bring groups in the community together for a large event involving flying individually decorated carousel horse kites. 

IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven) will continue using funds from the $20,000 grant they received in 2014 to further implement their Public Education About Refugees (PEAR) project. To date, they invited refugee speakers to address mainly fourth grade students, in addition to some middle, high school and university students. IRIS’ goal is to create a high school curriculum for education about refugees in co-operation with high school partners for the 2015-16 school year.” 

 

 

 

 

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