The Palace Theatre Receives Grant to Diversify Audience Programming, Outreach, Arts Education

The Palace Theatre in Stamford announced it has received a $5,000 grant from Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant will support The Palace’s efforts to add greater diversity to its audience programming, outreach initiatives and arts education offerings.

“The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grant is crucial as we grow our programming to incorporate more inclusive entertainment and arts education classes that reflect our community,” said Michael Moran, President & CEO of The Palace.

“These funds will also support our efforts to work toward greater diversity among staff and board members, promote our organization with cultural alliance associations, and advertise our availability to more renters. We are fully committed to developing further as an institution that embraces cultural diversity,” he added.

Located in the heart of Downtown Stamford, The Palace Theatre is the longest-running arts presenter in the history of greater Fairfield County. A nonprofit performing arts organization, the 1,630-seat historic venue has been a beacon for the best in music, comedy, dance and theatre since the curtain rose in 1927.

The Palace is one of more than 600 organizations in Connecticut to be awarded CT Cultural Fund support from CT Humanities, which totals $16 million. The grants are part of $30.7 million allocated to arts, humanities and cultural nonprofits through CT Humanities over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The grants will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant was administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford. Tel (203) 325-4466 or by visiting

The 1,630-seat Palace Theatre is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theatre and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community.

CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.