The Bitsie Clark Fund for Artists

About Us

Greater New Haven has long boasted an abundance of gifted artists, but too few of them have received the financial support to help them soar. The Bitsie Clark Fund for Artists (The Bitsie Fund) seeks to change this. The Bitsie Fund will nourish Greater New Haven’s rich arts community by inspiring and supporting innovative partnerships between artists (or other individuals exploring the arts) and non-profit organizations. Together they will realize a creative idea, support a community project, or enhance artistic and/or professional goals in meaningful ways.


Bitsie, who stands four foot eleven, has been described as seeming to be six foot six. Others simply say she is larger than life. What is clear to all who know her is Bitsie Clark is a powerhouse. What is also clear is that Bitsie has been a giant in this region, especially during her two decades as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. She was central to the launch of the Audubon Arts District and helped established the arts as a driving economic force in Greater New Haven.

Many of Bitsie’s most meaningful actions at the Arts Council, however, stemmed from her everyday interactions with the constant stream of people who sought her advice. As she nurtured individual artists and gave counsel to non-profit organizations, she often inspired them to forge creative partnerships. The Bitsie Fund will look to do the same.

The Bitsie Fund was established by five women mentored by Bitsie who proudly identify themselves as the Bitsie Chicks. They are working in collaboration with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which will manage the Fund. The Bitsie Fund is being supported by contributions from individuals who have worked with Bitsie in building our dynamic cultural community, who benefited from those efforts, or simply appreciate how she has helped give vibrant life to our region.

Please consider contributing. Thank you!

The Fund’s First Award in 2018

The Bitsie Chicks will present their first award at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s Arts Awards luncheon, Friday, December 7.

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