Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition
November 3, 2014
For Immediate Release
Wendy Bury, Executive Director

Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

Cultural Coalition Receives R.S. Gernon Trust Grant Award 

New London, CT- November 3, 2014 - The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce a grant award from the R.S. Gernon Trust to support the Norwich Arts Events Committee.

The Coalition's Executive Director Wendy Bury says, "The efforts of the Norwich Arts Events Committee to coordinate and streamline marketing efforts are a great model of collaboration in our region." The committee is led by Mayor Deberey Hinchey and includes representatives from arts, cultural, and heritage organizations, Norwich Community Development Corporation and the Coalition. Bury adds, "These funds will enable the committee to expand and enhance their efforts to promote Norwich's rich arts, cultural and heritage offerings." 


The Coalition's goals are to: Connect arts, heritage, cultural, business and community activities to build on respective strengths and create successful partnerships; Collaborate with arts, heritage, cultural, business and community activities to encourage and facilitate innovative solutions and opportunities; and Communicate with patrons, organizers, residents and tourists to promote opportunities and convey the sector's impact.  


The R.S. Gernon Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee- as well as individual donors - provide much needed financial support to nonprofit organizations. The 

R. S. Gernon Trust was established in 1975 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Gernon Trust specifically serves the people of Norwich, Connecticut.


The establishment of the SE CT Cultural Coalition was made possible by support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.




The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition contributes to the cultural identity, economy
and quality of life of Southeastern Connecticut by advocating for and supporting arts, heritage,
cultural and business activities and organizations.


With support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts

with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts