New Britain Museum of American Art awarded over $170K to help recover from lost revenue from pandemic

Published on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 13:36
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art has been awarded $170,800 from CT Humanities.

The museum was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that received this award. A total of $16 million was given CT Cultural Fund support.

“This unprecedented funding will be truly impactful as we are working to retain pre-pandemic revenue,” said Dona Cassella, interim director and chair of the Board of Trustees.

The museum said it has some areas of its revenue that have been stable or thrived, like individual support, foundation support and an endowment portfolio. Earned income in the areas of admission, program fees, museum store and café revenue, fundraising event income, and facility rentals have been drastically below pre-pandemic levels.

“The NBMAA continues to serve as a place of respite for so many who rely on the museum for safe, stimulating experiences during the lingering pandemic,” Cassella said. “We are truly grateful for the support of CT Humanities and Connecticut Office of the Arts.”

The CT Cultural Fund provides organizations financial support as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public. Unrestricted operating support available through this program will allow the NBMAA to retain a balanced budget through replacing some lost revenue, investing in increased marketing to work toward self-sufficiency in those revenue areas, and offering the flexibility to adapt through uncertain times.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is located at 56 Lexington Street.

Ciara Hooks can be reached at or 860-893-4592

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 13:36. Updated: Tuesday, 4 January 2022 13:39.