Cultural Grants Webinar Presented by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes’ Office

Cultural Grants webinar (recording to be released when approved)
The following is a Post-webinar letter from Jennine Lupo | District Director | Congresswoman Jahana Hayes CT05

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

October 12, 2020

Thank you to the nearly 200 attendees that joined our office on September 29th for our Cultural Grants Webinar. We hope that the event was informative as you and your organization plan for your upcoming funding cycles. 

Approximately 40% of the attendees indicated that they were part of the 5th Congressional District.

For those of you in other districts, I wanted to provide contact information for our colleagues in other federal offices around the state. 

  • Rep. John Larson’s Office (CT01) 860-278-8888
  • Rep. Joe Courtney’s Office (CT02) 860-886-0139 Norwich or 860-741-6011 Enfield 
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s Office (CT03) 203-562-3718
  • Rep. Jim Himes’ Office (CT04) 203-333-6600 Bridgeport or 203-353-9400 Stamford
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal 860-258-6940
  • Senator Chris Murphy 860-549-8463

If you are unsure of your district, click the button below and enter your address.  


Our panelists were kind enough to share their presentations which I am attaching here for your reference.

Dan Sack from National Endowment for the Humanities 
NEH Presentation
(202) 606-8459

John Mathua from National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Presentation
(202) 682-5661

Scott Wand from CT Humanities 
<see website>
[email protected]

Bonnie Koba from CT Office of the Arts
[email protected]
(860) 500-2379 

Congresswoman Hayes will continue to fight for adequate funding for the arts and humanities at the federal level especially during these times in which COVID19 has caused so much disruption and uncertainty. If our office can provide support for your federal grants application package, please reach out to me with details about your project. 


Jennine Lupo | District Director
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes CT05

108 Bank Street, 2nd Floor
Waterbury, CT 06702
860-224-8412 | [email protected]

Artists Sunday

artists sunday
Artists Sunday
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Let’s Help Individual Artists Thrive!
Skip Black Friday. Shop Artists Sunday!
Artists Sunday is an arts-focused shopping day the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, the largest shopping weekend of the year! The goal is simple: to help artists sell more of their work during the fall holiday season and to help shoppers find unique, personal and hand-made gifts for their loved ones!
Planted squarely in the midst of the largest holiday shopping weekend of the year, Artists Sunday aims to make the Sunday after Thanksgiving the arts’ most profitable day annually, boosting sales for creators of art, crafts and handmade items while encouraging consumers to purchase art as holiday gifts.
Artists Sunday encompasses a full spectrum of the arts from painting, sculpture, and photography to clothing, jewelry, pottery, and a range of handcrafted items that can be both practical and beautiful. Artists Sunday is also free for artists creating experiential works of art (think dance, music and theater) Types of Artists? View a non-exhaustive list.


An Accordion, What Is That? A Primer For Children

An Accordion, What is That?The Connecticut Accordion Association and the American Accordionists’ Association are proud to present a children’s’ book all about the accordion!

“An Accordion, What Is That?” is a book about the accordion geared towards preschoolers and children up to second grade. It is the result of a collaborative effort by elementary school teacher Karen Uribe and illustrated by Joan Grauman. The You Tube version is a visual presentation of the book that is narrated, along with superb accordion accompaniment, by accordionist Mary Tokarski. Mary and Joan are members of the Connecticut Accordion Association. Curious young minds can listen to the accordion and learn about it through the eyes of some very special characters. The You Tube version of “An Accordion, What Is That?” can be accessed online here.


There’s nothing like holding a book in your hands and reading it to a curious young mind. For this purpose, the hard copy of this book can be purchased!!! A CD comes with the hard copy, allowing a child to listen to the presentation as s/he reads the book.

You can purchase a hard copy of “An Accordion, What Is That?” by contacting Mary Tokarski directly at 203-691-5362 or by email at
[email protected]

Help save the ARTS!


Please help support the ACC as we
promote, connect, collaborate and advocate for the arts!

Cancellations and Postponements of ACC Member Events


Given the current situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related regulations and recommendations from government and health officials, a number of our Arts & Culture Collaborative members are postponing or canceling events in the interest of community safety and health.  You will find a list below in alphabetical order of organization/venue. On behalf of our members, thank you for your understanding and patience! Stay healthy.

For more information from the State of Connecticut, please visit

Here are some steps you can take (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) if you are going to be out in public. 

Following (click “Read more . . .”) are the updates we know so far. Your best bet before attending any of the events in our ACC event guide or listed in our online calendar is to contact the venue/organization directly by calling them or visiting their website or Facebook page to see if there are any updates.