The Connecticut Humanities Council, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded the festival a $4,999 grant. The funding will be used to support humanities programming in the 2021 festival, including after-show talkbacks led by our performers, humanities-focused workshops for students and the public, and community dialogue about issues raised by the performers’ works. This year’s festival will be centered on six world premieres in dance, music, drama and spoken word,  informed by history and some of the pressing issues in American society over the past year: social isolation, race and gender equality, tolerance of others, love as a uniting force and the dissolution of great empires. CT Humanities has been a strong festival supporter, having awarded us $4,999 in 2019.