Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) announced 33 non-profit art organizations located in Connecticut’s 4th District received the Connecticut CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant. The Connecticut Office of Arts awarded $350,000 in grants statewide.  


“Congratulations to the 33 arts organizations on their CARES Act grants,” said Congressman Himes. “These grants will be used to preserve jobs and maintain Southwest Connecticut’s vibrant creative sector. The presence of artists and entrepreneurs in our communities boosts our economy by attracting tourism and encouraging economic investment. It is vital that we continue cultivating and encouraging art in Connecticut and across the nation.” 


The CARES Act grant recipients in Connecticut District 4 include: 

Camerata d'Amici, Ridgefield 

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk 

Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony, Greenwich 

City Lights & Company, Bridgeport 

Connecticut Ballet, Stamford 

Connecticut Ballet School (aka Connecticut Dance School), Fairfield 

Connecticut Chamber Choir, Trumbull 

Creative Connections, Norwalk 

Crystal Theatre, Norwalk 

Fairfield County Chorale, Westport 

Fairfield County Symphony Society, Fairfield 

Greater Bridgeport Symphony (aka Fairfield County Symphony Society), Bridgeport 

IMTEMPO, Stamford 

JIB Productions (aka Play With Your Food), Westport 

Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Fairfield 

Music on the Hill, Wilton 

New Canaan Society for the Arts (aka Carriage Barn Arts Center), New Canaan 

Norwalk 2.0, Norwalk 

Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (aka NICE), Norwalk 

Norwalk Symphony Society, Norwalk 


Ridgefield Chorale (The), Ridgefield 

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield 

Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts (aka Ridgefield Theater Barn), Ridgefield 

Stamford Art Association, Stamford 

Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Stamford 

Ted Thomas Dance Foundation (aka Thomas/Ortiz Dance), Norwalk 

Thrown Stone Theatre Company, Ridgefield 

Treetops Chamber Music Society, Stamford 

Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shelton 

Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Ridgefield 

Westport Community Theatre, Westport 

Wilton Singers, Wilton 


Congressman Himes co-sponsored and voted for the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This wide-ranging economic rescue package provided rapid and meaningful relief for individuals and businesses through a series of programs, including the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant. Through this program, the Connecticut Office of Arts distributed $350,000 to 122 non-profit arts organizations statewide. These one-time grants ranged from $1,500 to $3,000 per organization and were randomly selected with attention to geographic distribution. Click here to learn more. 


If you have questions or comments, please contact Patrick Malone at or (202)225-5541.