Arts Center & Spectrum Awarded Supporting Arts Grant

Contacts:
Barbara Nair, Executive Director
Arts Center Killingworth/Spectrum Art Gallery and Store
Phone: 860.767.0742
Email: events@artscenterkillingworth.org

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery Receives
CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities

Centerbrook, CT (February 1, 2022) — Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit
affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded the Arts Center
Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery and Store an $11,400 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support
Grant (CTCFOSG).

The Arts Center and Spectrum Gallery will employ the grant money in a variety of ways with a
keen focus on the growth and development of new and innovative programming. Investment
in the latest and most efficient technologies are also crucial, with new technology platforms
including video conferencing, social media, and other forms of outreach between the
organization and the communities they serve.

“We are truly thankful for this generous gift,” noted Barbara Nair, Executive Director of the
organizations. “With Covid-19 and the subsequent Delta and Omicron variants, traffic into the
Gallery and attendance for classes and workshops has been severely impacted. Less traffic
means less revenue to develop and offer programs. But with this generous grant, we’ll be able
to increase our programming and implement the best technologies to provide new and relevant
art experiences – both in-person and online!”

The Arts Center and Spectrum Art Gallery was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was
awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of
$30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the
next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The
CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow
their ability to serve their community and the public.
This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut
State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts
(COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.


About Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery and Store
Arts Center Killingworth, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 2004 offers art classes, workshops,
and camps for children, teens, and adults. Volunteer opportunities are provided for those
wishing to be more involved in the arts and their communities, while teens can obtain
community service hours. The Arts Center also presents two annual outdoor festivals: Summer
Arts Festival on the Essex Connecticut Town Green in June; and Autumn Arts Festival on the
Madison Connecticut Town Green in October. Named “Best Gallery on the Connecticut
Shoreline” for several years running, Spectrum Gallery and Store in Centerbrook opened in 2014
and presents six annual gallery exhibits, showcasing representational and abstract painting,
mixed media, sculpture and photography, and many fine artisanal crafts by artists from
throughout Connecticut, the Tri-state Area, and New England. For more information visit
spectrumartgallery.org. Follow on social media at facebook.com/spectrumartgallery,
instagram.com/spectrumartgallery, and twitter.com/spectrum_ct

About Connecticut Humanities
CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the
Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and
collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported
by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources.
Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

About Connecticut Office of the Arts
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of
Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community
Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment
for the Arts.