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Lymes Creative Arts Summer 2024 

Lyme Creative Arts Call for Proposals graphicCreative Art Instructors Encouraged to Apply for Summer Teen Program

The application window is now open for instructors wishing to lead summer arts programming for Lyme and Old Lyme teens this summer. Lymes Creative Arts is offering mini-grants of up to $1000 plus materials to instructors providing hands-on arts opportunities.

A collaboration of the Lymes Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), and the Sustainable Committees of the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, “Lymes Creative Arts” is now in its fourth year of providing arts programming to teens as a way to enrich their lives and find fulfillment in artistic expression. The program began in the summer of 2020 when the Lyme-Old Lyme School System and other organizations including LYSB were concerned about the isolation and stress teens were facing during the pandemic.

Lymes Creative Arts was created “by students for students” and offers affordable and accessible creative arts programming for middle school and high school residents of the two towns. The initiative is designed to reduce barriers to participation such as access to program options, time availability, and financial hardship.

Proposals for arts programming can include areas such as hands-on visual arts, craft-making, literary arts, and performing arts. Applicants do not need to be professional instructors, but must demonstrate the ability to lead arts instruction for teens, and pass a background check.

Applications are due February 16. Artist Instructors will be notified mid-March and will be provided a letter of agreement. Programming must occur between June 20 and August 20, 2024. Grant instructions and an application are posted at

Sustainable CTOverview

On February 5, 2018, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen authorized the Office of the First Selectman to serve as the contact person for the Sustainable CT Municipal Certification and established an advisory Sustainability Team. The Sustainable Old Lyme Team meets as needed and reports annually to the Board of Selectmen on the progress of their activities toward Sustainable CT certification, with reports and presentations made publicly available.

To read the resolution and learn more about the Sustainable CT project, please visit the links.