The fourth round of Shuttered Venue Operator Grants were announced this week. Among the latest notable local arts institutions to receive government funds include The Mark Twain House & Museum, Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, the Garde Arts Center in New London and Mystic Aquarium.
The grants, part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act passed in March, are meant to reflect losses that theaters, clubs, production companies and arts promoters lost due to the COVID crisis. Applicants can seek an amount equal to 45% of their revenue for the calendar year 2019.
Catherine Marx, director of the Connecticut District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, which administers the grants, says that $90 milllion has been distributed now to 122 Connecticut arts businesses.
Nearly all major arts institutions in the state appear to have received funds by now, but more are yet to be announced. The application process is still open, and funds are still available. Nationally, requests total $11.9 billion and $6.8 billion has been distributed so far.
The latest Shuttered Venue Operator Grant recipients, listed by the amount of money received, are:
Bow Tie Cinemas, based in Ridgefield, which has 15 locations in six states, including six in Connecticut: $10 million
Mystic Aquarium (Sea Research Foundation, Inc.): $6,084,253
Ridgefield Playhouse: $2,791,761
Garde Arts Center in New London: $836,080
The Warner Theater (Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts) in Torrington: $775,413
Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford: $539,129
Stamford Symphony Orchestra: $538,953
The Prospector Theater cinema (Prospects, Opportunity and Enrichment, Inc.) in Ridgefield: $443,022
Platinum Entertainment Group in Cheshire: $393,386
The Sharon Playhouse (Tri-State Center for the Arts): $361,519
Madison Art Cinemas: $276,298
Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield: $249,232
Mystic Ballet in Stonington: $217,450
Playhouse on Park (Playhouse Theatre Group) in West Hartford: $189,209
Connecticut Falun Dafa Association in Guilford: $155,545
Center Stage Theatre in Shelton: $150,200
Music Without Borders in Stamford: $142,269
The State House club in New Haven: $116,233
The Palace Theater in Stafford Springs: $32,873
Pantochino Productions in West Haven: $31,200
Kidsplay Children’s Museum in Torrington: $20,759
Emerson Theater Collaborative in Mystic: $10,453
New London Maritime Society: $7,139
Artist Magnet at Heritage Village in Southbury: $1,808
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