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.