The International Association of New Haven is pleased to announce the recipients of $60,000 in grant money for 2016. These organizations were selected after a careful review of invitation-only applications.
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.