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Norwalk 2.0 Receives $50,000 Grant For Arts Leadership Project

The fence-art banners at City Hall, Mill Hill, Freese Park and the Norwalk Library are a project from Norwalk 2.0.
The fence-art banners at City Hall, Mill Hill, Freese Park and the Norwalk Library are a project from Norwalk 2.0. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. - The advocacy group Norwalk 2.0 has been awarded a $50,000 Arts Catalyze Placemaking ~ Arts Leadership grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

“We are grateful for the support that the DECD Office of the Arts has given us over the years, and with this new grant we continue our work to revitalize our downtown through the arts," said Jackie Lightfield of Norwalk 2.0. "As an economic driver, this investment will help us build a community arts center that will support arts events, exhibits and performances throughout Norwalk."

Norwalk 2.0 looks to build a thriving city by

  • Providing education and insights into building and supporting the new creative economy workforce
  • Organizing events and activities that enable and encourage networking and the sharing of ideas and resources
  • Supporting and promoting organizations and initiatives to encourage a sense of community in the greater Norwalk region.

"Norwalk 2.0 has consistently demonstrated an ability to engage our community and bring people downtown. Arts is an economic driver. The state in partnership with community organizations, like Norwalk 2.0, are proving that over and over again," said state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk/Darien).

"Norwalk 2.0 is fast becoming one of the art pillars of Norwalk. They are working hard to show off Norwalk's arts and cultural areas and bring new venues to life," said state Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk).

"This will be a real shot in the arm for the City of Norwalk and Norwalk 2.0. I'm proud the state, through our budget appropriations, helps to fund these grants and the difference they will make in our state, said state Rep. Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk).

The ACP ~ Arts Leadership program awards one-year grants ranging from $1,500 to $50,000 for the planning and/or implementation of arts-based creative placemaking projects. It requires partnerships, develops community engagement and positions the arts in a leadership role. A total of $967,466 was awarded across the state.

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