grants scholarships

The 2018 Newtown Arts Commission Scholarship Application is here!

The deadline is March 23, 2018

Please read the guidelines carefully for full eligibility specifics. Good luck!

Click on the guideline below to download the full application.

Here are some of the recipients of our past grants and scholarships

stray cats$900 grant for an Arts Organization centered in Newtown Arts Organization presented to Stray Kats Thearter Company led by Kate Katcher : Founded in 2010, Stray Kats Theater Company was the only professional acting group in Newtown.  After a hiatus, the troop is back with “site specific theater” teaming up with Third Eye Productions to present “Doubt,” a Tony and Pulitzer award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley.

virginia zimmerman$900 grant for individual artist presented to Virginian Zimmerman: An art teacher in Fairfield, CT, Virginia is an experienced printmaker.  With her grant she will be creating a new series of printmaking  that will combine collage and landscape in a new way.

max galassi$500 grant for individual artist presented to Max Galassi: An accomplished filmmaker while still in high school, Max plans to create short films that he can submit to film festivals to “involve members and locations in the Newtown community as in my past films.”

kai hedin

$1000 scholarship presented to Kai Hedin: Kai is an accomplished violinist. He performed with the Greater Bridgeport’s Principal Youth Orchestra and volunteered with the Newtown High School Elementary Music Mentoring Association (HEMMA) teaching violin.  He was a member of the pit orchestra, sang with the XY Chromosomes a cappella group, and played with Chamber Music Central and the Western Regional Orchestra. Kai also founded a quartet with other advanced music students that performed at community events. The sharing of his talent and love of music with the community exemplifies the spirit that the Newtown Cultural Commission hopes to foster and is what has earned Kai this award. He will be majoring in music education at Ithaca College.

daniel

$1000 scholarship presented to Daniel Spillane: An accomplished bass violinist, Daniel played in the Newtown High School Symphony Orchestra, The Wind Ensemble, the Gold Jazz Band and the Winter Percussion. He was a member of the “Outstanding Student Orchestra” for Sweeney Todd, participated in numerous Jazz Band competitions and invented two devices that helped the Marching Band Program. Dan organized the first St. Rose of Lima Student Orchestra and performed at the Christmas mass. The sharing of his talents and love of music with the community exemplifies the spirit that the Newtown Cultural Commission hopes to foster and is what has earned Dan this award. He will be majoring in mechanical engineering and music at Penn State University.[/fusion_text]