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Racial Healing and Creative Equity Grants


Over a Million Dollars Awarded

23 Individual Creatives

7 Non Profit Organisations 

30 Projects

The Arts Council teamed up with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for a new project-based grant opportunity that launched in 2021. The goal for the initial year was to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with cultural experiences that center racial justice, collective healing, and youth development. A Community Advisory Team helped support every step of this process, including the grantmaking decisions.

In 2021 the Advisory Team chose to support seventeen local artists and art projects including a Black film festival, neighborhood jazz workshops, youth podcasting and a platform for local hip-hop artists are receiving funding awards from a new pilot grant program aimed at promoting community healing and racial justice.


New Haven Cultural Fund



27 Projects Supported



A partnership between the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and the Arts Council of GNHV with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. This fund supported community-based arts and cultural initiatives within the City of New Haven through September 2022. 


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Luis Luna- Movement Building Radio

Luis Luna, one of the co-producers on "Abolition Transmission," speaking at a recent launch event for the show at Possible Futures bookspace. Lucy Gellman Photos.

Read more about the event here.

Movement Building Radio shares the voices of community members involved in grassroots struggles. Mass incarceration and deportation has had a huge impact in our communities and the voices of those who are directly affected are silenced or ignored. This project aims to highlight these inequities and bring power back to our community members who are impacted by these systems.

Luis’s project Movement Building Radio was supported by the REACH with a grant of $22,500 in 2022.



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Everyone Deserves to Come Home to Flowers, a mural by artist Kwadwo Adae that now adorns the Hillside Family Shelter at the corner of Sylvan Avenue + Stevens Street.

Made possible with a REACH grant of $22,000

Lucy Gellman Photos. 

Read more about it here


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Black Haven

Black Haven Founder and Creative Director 

Salwa Abdussabur. Lucy Gellman Photo.


Black Haven is a collective of creatives and admins who activate art justice through movement building events, initiatives and programming. We aim to be a creative playground for culture creators to be uplifted in their visions where they are provided partnerships and resource equity. Goal was to organize the second Black Haven Film Festival in September 2021 with the goal of sustaining as an ongoing annual event. 

Read about Black Haven Film Festival here

Black Haven was supported by the REACH with a grant of $44,000 in 2021.



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Kulturally LIT is an organization created to enhance awareness of the significance of the Arts of the African Diaspora on societal culture. Their goal is to produce Kultural experiences that support and develop opportunities for access to cultural empowerment for Artists of the African Diaspora.

Read more about LIT Fest here

Check out images from LIT Fest 2022 here

KulturallyLIT/ Elm City LITFest was supported by a REACH grant of $42,000 in 2022.

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Amplify the Arts Festival 
Applicant/Artist: Karimah Mickens
Two-day Hamden festival with schedule of performances + artists booths showcasing local artists.

Black Haven
Applicant: Black Haven
Organize the second Black Haven Film Festival in September 2021 with goal of sustaining as an ongoing annual event.

Camp Folklorico
Applicant: Junta for Progressive Action
A free, culturally explorative dance class hosted by Junta for Progressive Action

Global Youth Media Initiative
Applicant: Global Youth Media Initiative
Music and news broadcasting training, mentorship and technical instruction for High school students and young adults.

Little Free "Hope & Healing" Lending Libraries
Applicant: Lauren Anderson
Three new free lending libraries in public spaces across the City of New Haven stocked with BIPOC authors. Sites will host a series of readings, activities and book clubs.

New Haven Pride Center 
Applicant: New Haven Pride Center
Expanded racial justice and advocacy programming.

Orchid Blossom Mural Women's Shelter
Applicant: Kwadwo Adae
A three-story mural of lavender orchid blossoms on the side of the Hillside Family Shelter. Children in the community will be engaged to work collaboratively to paint the bottom.

Playmaking New Haven
Applicant: Emalie Mayo
Playmaking workshops, performance opportunities and mentorship for young artists.


Bars On I-95
Applicant/Artist: Bars on I-95
A platform to introduce local artists to the Hip Hop Industry and help local artists showcase their talent plus grow and maintain their fan base.

Black Obsidian Men's Group
Applicant: Eric Rey
Retreat series for folks who identify as men and as Black.

The Community Connection Project
Applicant: The Perfect Blend
A weekly series of Saturday workshops festival focusing on the history of jazz and a holiday lights contest engaging the youth of Newhallville to decorate the neighborhood with festive decor.

3 Little Kids (3LK)
Applicant: Ice the Beef
Professional filmmakers will mentor youth actors in the production of a film.

New Haven Chinatown
Applicant: Yale-China Association
Regular arts & cultural programming for Chinese families and the production of a mural.

One Village Healing
Applicant: One Village Healing
Wellness and resilience for BIPOC residents in the region.

Places to Go
Applicant: Jisu Sheen
A QPOC artist collective creating an open-source, an alternative interactive web platform working with art and mental health. Providing a platform for youth to express their own ideas about mental health and create building blocks for further iterations of Places to Go

Pod in New Haven
Applicant: #ThaTeam Podcast
New Haven high school students will receive training and guidance on the art of podcasting with the goal of hosting bi-weekly podcasts.

Ubuntu Storytellers
Applicant: Denise Page
Support and pay story artists who identify as black or brown to tell their personal narrative stories for the storytelling concerts.


Full list of New Haven Cultural Fund Recipients

Artist showcase (For A Reason Showcase)

Tymik Gallishaw


Book Reading of Morgan Boy: Memoir of South Central

Noah Humphrey


Creative Hearts Inc year one celebration

Emmanuel Sorrells


Crown Me

Renee Griffin


En Defensa de la Vida, Mujeres que Luchan

Vanesa Suarez


Fair Haven Mural

Eliezer Cruz, Chatham Square Neighborhood Association


Festival de la Resistencia

 Camila Güiza-Chavez


Food Business Accelerator: Showcase and Seed Funding

Collab & City Seed


Grab The Mic New Haven

 #ThaTeam Podcast, Aaron Rogers, Ronald Bidon, Renee Griffin


Las Velas and Guelagetza

Sarahi Zacatelco


Life ode to the Arts

 Thabisa Rich


LIT KWANZAA Celebration

Ife Michelle Gardin, Elm City Lit Fest


MEND: A Wellness Festival

Ashley LaRue


Pitch My Song

Marisol Credle


Points of Intersection

Ming Thompson, Atelier Cho Thompson


Push To Start Skate Program

Steve Roberts, Push To Start


Shake 'N' Vibrate DJ Vinyl Series

Brendan Toller


Summer Free Salsa Nights/Classes

Elizabeth Donius, Westville Village Renaissance Alliance


Sunshine & Rain Experience

Lauren Pittman



Aaron Jafferis


The Art Connect

Anthony Bagley, A Kidd from New Haven


The Art of Play with SC Murray

Shamica Murray


The Music Note Kids Club

Yancey Horton


The Westville Community Children’s Fall Festival

Barbara Alexander, Arts in CT


Tuesday Night Vibes

Shalise McClure


Unstoppable Community

Anna Ramirez


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