We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.


The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) serves as the state’s official folk and traditional arts initiative.  CCHAP encourages and promotes traditional artists and their communities through an active process of documentation, technical assistance, and public presentation to bring their work and the history of their communities to new audiences. The fieldwork-based program is unique in Connecticut, employing original research in partnership with artists and communities to strengthen community-based resources. CCHAP documents tradition bearers across the state whose work would otherwise remain unknown or under-represented, collecting this material into a valuable archive of Connecticut traditions that is open to researchers and the public by appointment at the Connecticut Historical Society.


CCHAP began in 1991, when the Institute for Community Research (ICR) established the state folk arts program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. After being supported by ICR for 24 years, CCHAP moved to the Connecticut Historical Society in 2015.  Funding partners have included National Foundation for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Connecticut Humanities, the City of Hartford, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Community Folklife Program, the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Knox Foundation, the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, and several other foundations and donors.


For additional information or questions, contact CCHAP Director Kate Schramm at kate_schramm@chs.org.