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Falls Village Equity PROJECT

Falls Village Equity Project

The Falls Village Equity Project is an open group of Falls Village residents whose mission is to build community in Falls Village.

We are committed to promoting equity — where all residents’ voices and experiences are valued — regardless of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or differing abilities.

The Falls Village Equity Project is an initiative of the Falls Village Community Development Corporation and fulfills a SustainableCT certification requirement.

What We Do

Just formed in 2021, our group intends to organize community projects and gatherings, including  interactive art installments, movie nights, educational talks, and equity workshops to advance a culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and reflect the core value of the town's Statement of Values.

If you would like to receive notices about our activities, join our group of organizers, or share your ideas for activities, we’d love to hear from you. Please email: fvequitygroup@gmail.com

Call for Teaching Artists to Apply for Cross-walk Art Project 2021-22

The Falls Village Equity Project is seeking a teaching artist skilled in visual arts to develop and run a series of creative expression workshops exploring issues of identity, equality, and inclusion in the Spring of 2022. This program will culminate in the design and execution of a unique Rainbow Crosswalk, involving the community, to coincide with the June celebration of Pride Month and the Juneteenth national holiday.

A grant is available through Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development/Office of the Arts (DECD/COA) for funding art projects addressing social issues including equity and racial justice, community development, and empowerment of LGBTQ communities.  Grants are in the amount of $1000, $2500, and $5000.  The selected candidate for the project will be aided by the Falls Village Equity Project in writing the grant for successful application (deadline December 1, 2021) and assisting the artist in the required post-project reporting to DECD/COA for the grant.  If awarded the grant, thes elected artist will be paid by DECD/COA to carry out the project as proposed, to include artists fee and project expenses (including materials/supplies).

Grant details can be found at the following web address:

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Arts-and-Culture/Funding_Opportunities/Artists-Respond

Candidates should submit a proposal describing

o  focus and approach to workshops,

o  plan/outline to involve community members, and

o  implementation of crosswalk art with the community;

·        project budget; and

·        artists/teaching resume

by OCTOBER 15, 2021 to FVEquityGroup@gmail.com

The ideal candidate should have experience in teaching in the arts for a broad range of ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and be able to ensure a welcoming, safe, environment in which to educate and explore personal identity through creative expression.  Candidate must be a resident of Connecticut. 

The Grant Time Line:

·        The CT DECD grant application window is open through December 1, 2021.  

·        Grant awards will be announced in mid-February 2022 for projects taking place between March and August 2022.  

For this project:

·        Candidate proposals due to Falls Village Equity Project – October 15, 2021

·        FV Equity Project selects final candidate by October 20, 2021

·        Candidate and Falls Village Equity Project develop and submit grant by December 1, 2021

If awarded:

·        Workshops would be scheduled monthly in March, April, and May 2022.

·        The community-involved creation of the crosswalk, under the guidance of the Teaching Artist, would occur in June 2022.

Note: If Teaching Artist is not awarded a grant from DECD/COA, Falls Village Equity Project will attempt to obtain funding from other sources, and if successful, will go forward with the project.

Who We Are

We welcome additional Falls Village citizens to our group who share our values of promoting equity in our town. As of September 2021, our group includes Calpurnia Carter, Maria Grusauskas, Felicia Jones, Julia Olff, Carol Taylor and Amy Wynn. You are welcome to email us at FVEquityGroup@gmail.com