CCT: Connecticut Office of the Arts

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Inspire. Empower. Educate. Transform. The arts are a human right. The Connecticut Office of the Arts envisions a world where the arts, in all forms, are embedded in everyday life.

MISSION:  The Connecticut Office of the Arts animates a culture of creativity across Connecticut by supporting arts making and arts participation for all people.

In Connecticut, the state agency charged with fostering the health of the creative economy is the Office of the Arts (COA), which is located in the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The Office of the Arts develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through our grant programs, the Office of the Arts invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the publicís participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members. Through our programs and services, the Office of the Arts connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state.

In addition, the Office of the Arts plays an ongoing convening role and provides an array of training and professional development opportunities. The Office of the Arts collects and disseminates state, regional, and national arts information resources via the communications, directories, publications, data-sharing, one-on-one consultations,and referrals. Check out this short video about the Connecticut Office of the Arts!

Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter for opportunites, resources and news.  Or visit our Facebook page and be sure to check out our Facebook focusing on Public Art

Be sure to visit the News and Announcements section (bottom of the Offices of Culture and Tourism home page) for program updates, upcoming deadlines, opportunities, etc.

For Artists

& Artist Registry info

COA Strategic Plan

Arts Day 2018

Arts Learning

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Credit & Publicity Kit and Logos:

Connecticut Office of the Arts Publicity Kit: PDF
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The Office of the Arts partners with other agencies and organizations at state and local levels to advance its programming and services. Through associations with the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Americans for the Arts, the Office of the Arts maintains regional and national networks to provide additional services and information to Connecticutís arts community and the general public.

The Office of the Arts is dedicated to making the arts accessible to all Connecticut residents and visitors. Organizations or individuals that receive federal funding from the Office of the Arts 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).

The Office of the Arts is funded by the State of Connecticut and the
National Endowment for the Arts and receives support from other public and private sources.

Investment / Returns COA Programs


Arts in Education

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Connecticut Artists Collection

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Connecticut Culture Gallery at Bradley International Airport

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Public Art

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