Nominate a Game Changer: Deadline Dec 7, 2021


20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History

Call for Nominations: Game Changers

Deadline: December 7, 2021


Do you know a person or project who is innovating the way Connecticut history is researched, documented, interpreted, and/or shared? Nominate that person or project for recognition as a CT Explored Game Changer

CT Explored is soliciting nominations from the public for its 20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History initiative, which will mark CT Explored’s 20th anniversary. 20 for 20 will explore the question “What is the future of Connecticut history?” by highlighting 20 Game Changers: people and projects making a significant impact on and demonstrating innovative approaches to documenting, interpreting, and disseminating Connecticut history today. CT Explored will present the work of these Game Changers via various platforms—including stories in CT Explored magazine, public programs, Grating the Nutmeg podcasts, and more—from fall 2022 through summer 2023.

A jury of innovative leaders in the Connecticut history field will select 20 people/projects to highlight during CT Explored’s 20th anniversary year. Game Changers will be announced to the public in spring 2022. 


Game Changers can be people or projects and must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The person/project has fundamentally changed the way Connecticut history is interpreted, disseminated, or documented.
  • The person/project has made Connecticut stories more accessible and inclusive.
  • The person/project has generated public dialogue/engagement with Connecticut history.
  • The person/project has used innovative ways of reaching new audiences, including but not limited to digitization and technology.
  • The person/project has contributed to equity, freedom, and social justice.

Eligible nominees can be, but are not limited to: educators, students, authors, artists, public historians, scholars, public servants/elected officials, cultural organizations (museums, performing arts, etc.), higher education institutions, K-12 schools, libraries, non-profit/community-based organizations, media/publications, and others! Self-nominations are accepted. 

CT Explored especially encourages nominations from/for young people and members of historically underrepresented groups.


Submit Game Changer nominations via Google Form by December 7, 2021. 


Please nominate only one person/project per form, but submit as many as you want!

For more information or questions, contact Katie Burton at or Elizabeth Normen at  

CTExplored received a planning grant from CTHumanities to support the planning process. Thank you CTH!


Founded in 2002, Connecticut Explored publishes a quarterly magazine about Connecticut history, a biweekly podcast produced in collaboration with the state historian called Grating the Nutmeg, a robust website with education materials for all ages, and multiple education publications, including African American Connecticut Explored; Where I Live: Connecticut for grades 3 & 4; and Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut for grades 5 – 8.

CT Explored partners with Connecticut’s premier history, arts, and education organizations to bring audiences relevant and engaging online and print resources about Connecticut history. Through compelling stories and intriguing images, CT Explored explores the state’s cultural heritage with the aim of revealing connections between our past, present, and future.

To learn more about Connecticut Explored—including our magazine, podcast, and education resources for all ages—visit our websites at,, and; and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CTExplored.



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