The Connecticut Commission on the Arts is the state agency responsible for developing and strengthening cultural resources, and increasing public participation in and support for the arts. Funded by the Connecticut Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Commission strategically invests in a growing non-profit arts sector that has an annual economic impact exceeding $1.5 billion.
The Commission sustains Connecticut's vibrant non-profit arts industry in many ways. Competitive matching grants enable cultural organizations, schools and communities to present outstanding artistic programming, conduct outreach efforts to reach new audiences, improve community life through the arts, and foster education through the arts.
Fellowships to working artists support the career development of some of Connecticut's finest creators, while special initiatives offer professional training to arts managers, artists and educators. The Commission also administers one of the most active public art programs in the country.
The beneficiaries of the Commission's work include a very broad cross-section of residents - students, "at-risk" youth, elders, people with disabilities, and individuals in every city and town across the state.
The CT Commission on the Arts (CCA) is dedicated to making the arts accessible to all Connecticut residents and visitors. People with disabilities have the right to access CCA programs, and all projects and events receiving financial support from the Arts Commission should be accessible for everyone.
CCA complies with local, state and federal laws and regulations concerning civil and human rights. Commission programs, grants and employment practices are free of discrimination based on race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability or age. The Commission encourages full accessibility in facility architecture, organizational employment practices and programming.
Organizations or individuals that receive federal funding from CCA are required to provide accessible programs and services in accordance with the nondiscriminatory requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).