Connecticut Arts, Culture and Tourism Funding Roadmap

Leading the way to meaningful, reliable, and equitable state funding


In December 2021, the Legislature’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus called together representatives of the arts, culture, and tourism communities for a forum to learn about their needs and priorities. Participants expressed universal concern over the lack of funding, inequities in the way funds were distributed, and uneven support from year to year. You can read the forum’s summary report here.

The forum sparked a conversation between Connecticut Arts Alliance, Connecticut Humanities, and Connecticut Tourism Coalition on how they could work together to address the funding issues raised in the convening. The outcome is the Connecticut Arts, Culture and Tourism Funding Roadmap project. The roadmap will suggest a funding level that adequately supports these important contributors to our state’s economy, our communities and our quality of life while offering ways to distribute funding that are more equitable and reliable. 

We’ll use the roadmap during the 2023 legislative session to help legislators understand the problems with the way the state funds arts, culture, and tourism now, and to offer ideas on what a more impactful funding strategy could look like. 

Our ultimate goal for the roadmap project is better funding for arts, culture and tourism in our state!

The Arts, Culture and Tourism Funding Roadmap project is a partnership of Connecticut Arts Alliance, Connecticut Humanities, and Connecticut Tourism Coalition in collaboration with regional and statewide arts, culture, and tourism organizations.

Meet the roadmap’s steering committee!

Frank Burns, Connecticut Tourism Coalition

Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Joe Grabarz, Gallo and Robinson

Kevin Graff, Graff Public Solutions

Jeff Hamilton, Mohegan Sun

Adriane Jefferson, New Haven Office of Arts and Culture

Jason Mancini, Connecticut Humanities

Ricky Mestre, Artist

Frank Mitchell, Historian

John-Michael Parker, Connecticut State Representative (H101)

Elizabeth Shapiro, Connecticut Office of the Arts

Heather Somers, Connecticut State Senator (S18)

Noelle Stevenson, Connecticut Office of Tourism

Brett Thompson, Connecticut Arts Alliance



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