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Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz

03/03/2022

Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Enfield Elected Officials Announce Grant-in-Aid for Opera House Players, Inc.

(ENFIELD, CT) – Today, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Enfield elected officials announced a $1.5 million grant-in-aid to the Opera House Players, Inc. in Enfield for renovations to 100 High Street building. The building will be converted into a performing arts facility.

A total of 624 statewide grants worth $16 million have been allocated to Connecticut non-profit museums and cultural, humanities and arts organizations. The distribution is part of $30.7 million in grants allocated by state legislature and approved by Governor Ned Lamont to Connecticut Humanities over the next two years.

“Governor Lamont and I know the incredible amount of good these organizations and groups do for our Connecticut communities,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. “Arts and culture have the power to unify people, while providing jobs for thousands in our state. As this sector of our economy continues to recover from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we support these organizations and facilitate creativity and innovation in our state.”

"I'm pleased to be able to allocate this bond funding to help grow the arts in our great state," said Governor Ned Lamont. "This investment will be an incredible contribution to the Enfield community, and I look forward to visiting soon."

Grants range from $5,000 to $500,000 to any organization offering cultural, humanities and arts-based projects and activities for the public.

“Thank you to the Governor for supporting this funding, and to our state legislators who worked hard to secure it,” said Enfield Mayor Bob Cressotti. “Everyone is talking about how Enfield is moving forward. Well, Enfield is here now. This is going to be the backdrop of the revitalization of Thompsonville. Cultural arts and performing arts create a path to bring people into the community and promote economic development, and we cannot wait to see the shows here.”

“I want to thank Governor Lamont and the legislature for supporting our Enfield community,” said State Representative Tom Arnone. “I have many, many great experiences right here in this building after growing up down the street. This is really the heart of Thompsonville, right here. It’s important we preserve this area and make it better with the extraordinary arts and culture in this area. I am proud to just be a small part of it.”

“It’s been an ongoing process, but all the pieces are coming together for Thompsonville,” said State Senator John Kissel. “I am just happy to be supportive and I’m lucky to have my State Representative, Tom Arnone, in the Capitol. He does a great job for our state. Congratulations to Opera House Players, Inc.”

Connecticut’s arts and culture sector represents five percent of the state’s economy, generating $9 billion annually and supporting 57,000 jobs. The sector is integral to the tourism industry, with 69 percent of visitors coming to Connecticut for arts and cultural offerings.

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Contact: Chelsea Neelon

Chelsea.Neelon@ct.gov

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Chelsea Neelon

Director of Communications

Office of Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz

210 Capitol Avenue, Room 304 | Hartford, CT 06106

Chelsea.neelon@ct.gov

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