Represents An Additional $100,000 Investment To Stimulate Job Creation
(May 23, 2012) --- Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Cathy Malloy, Chief Executive Officer for the Greater Hartford Arts Council, today announced that 14 Hartford-based artists and small businesses will receive more than $100,000 from the City of Hartford through a program designed to build creative economy jobs. These "Business Development Grants for Artists and the Creative Industry" are funded by federal Community Development Block Grant dollars. These awards represent Phase 2 of the Hartford Arts and Heritage Jobs Grant program, a job-creation and economic stimulus initiative funded by the City of Hartford and administered by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Earlier this year, Phase 1 awarded more than $370,000 to support projects that create new job opportunities, attract audiences to Hartford and increase spending in local businesses.
"This effort will continue the momentum generated from previous grants. In the last three years the City has invested over $2.5 million in Hartford-based artists, small businesses and arts and heritage organizations. As we saw previously, these investments are clearly paying major dividends, creating and retaining hundreds employment opportunities and generating increased local spending," said Mayor Pedro Segarra.
The grants will build upon the Capital City's renowned arts reputation by providing investment resources to Hartford-based artists to retain and create jobs and stimulate the City's overall economy. Americans for the Art's Arts & Economic Prosperity study documents that the arts industry in Greater Hartford supports 7,000 jobs, generates $175 million in household income to local residents, and delivers more than $20 million in local and state government revenue.
"The Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant program is a wonderful partnership between the arts community and City of Hartford municipal leadership," said Cathy Malloy. "The results we've seen prove the undeniable impact of the arts on the local economy."
Grants awarded range up to $10,000 and may be used for business-related operational costs and equipment purchases. These grants are targeted to members of the "creative economy," that is, individuals and businesses who create, promote or distribute the arts. The goal of this grant program is to see Hartford-based artists expand their capacity to produce new work, improve marketing strategies, and increase earned revenue. Under the direction of David Panagore, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford, an independent 6-member grant review panel evaluated each application on its potential to have a meaningful economic impact for the applicant, a sound management plan, artistic merit and quality of request.
The grants awarded to nonprofit organizations earlier in the year in Phase 1 ranged from $7,300 to $30,500, and funded new arts-based projects, youth-employment programs and facilities improvements.
Since 2009, the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant program has become a nationally recognized model for using the arts to stimulate the local economy and create short- and long-term job opportunities. In 2011 the Jobs Grant program received an Audrey Nelson Award from the National Community Development Association.
A complete list of recipients can be found at http://grants.hartford.gov/WebFiles/HartfordArts.aspx and www.LetsGoArts.org/HartfordArtsJobs.