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.
Grant 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.
Three agencies in West Haven - the Public Library, 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 Library will host an international film festival and purchase adult and children's books in many languages. The West Haven Community House will focus on the cuisine, the clothing, and the music and dance that are among 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 carousal 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.”