SE CT Cultural Coalition
The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition is a new, independent nonprofit organization that serves as a Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO) and works with the CT Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts. Its mission is to foster region-wide economic growth in New London County by optimizing existing and new cultural/heritage activities, ensuring that these assets are central to regional revitalization.
As the voice of the cultural/heritage sector and the liaison between it and other leadership entities invested in regional revitalization—municipal, community, business, education, tribal, military, and tourism sectors—the independent nonprofit coalition will provide services to connect, strengthen and advocate for the creative community. Supporting the belief that culture is a catalyst for place making, the coalition seeks to play an innovative role in fostering partnerships among cultural sector assets and other regional initiatives that attract and retain businesses, residents and visitors.
Reflecting the connection between strong regional economies and a strong cultural sector, the state is organized into nine regional organizations that provide leadership to advance the creative economy statewide. The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the newest of the nine, received funding from the Office of the Arts when it was recognized as a DRSO by the Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition was created in 2013 to represent, connect and advocate for the New London and Norwich region’s cultural and creative sectors. A group of about 40 business, arts, tourism, government and education leaders in the New London area spent 2012 working with a nationally known consultant to conduct a cultural assessment that identified the region’s assets and needs. The surveys and interviews that were conducted as part of this process determined there was a need for the new organization and helped set its goals. The coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization in formation, headquartered in New London and governed by a board of directors comprising cultural, community and business leadership.