CHEFA Supports Green Street Arts Center

From left, Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships, and Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, accept a $75,000 check from David Wasch, government programs manager for the Connecticut Health and Education Facility Authority. Connecticut Senator Paul Doyle is pictured at right. (Photo by Bill Tyner '13)

Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center received a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) on March 1. The grant will support Green Street’s After School Program in 2012.

CHEFA’s mission is to enhance the welfare and prosperity and improve the health and living conditions of the citizens of the State of Connecticut by providing access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to institutions of higher education, healthcare institutions, childcare providers and nonprofit organizations.

The grant was also featured in the March 1 Hartford Courant.

Rob Rosenthal,  the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the grant will help Wesleyan continue to be involved in the growth of Middletown’s North End. More than 60 children living in this section of Middletown are enrolled in the After School Program, where they participate in arts, music, dancing and sound recording classes.

Wesleyan students also volunteer as tutors at Green Street.

“Part of the change of the downtown area is the North End,” Rosenthal says in the article. “This program brings together the community and our students.”