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onnecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) has been committed to strengthening civic engagement in the Constitution State by providing comprehensive and unbiased educational programming and outreach on state government, civics and citizenship since the organization’s founding in 1997.

In 1999, CPAN launched the Connecticut Network (CT-N) for the Connecticut General Assembly, a 24-hour media service providing C-SPAN-style gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government and public policy on both television and internet platforms. In the intervening years, CT-N has expanded the scope of its programming, adding coverage of electoral politics, Capitol News Briefings and Capitol Report – a 30 to 60 minute week-in-review program – to its three-branches coverage of stage government proceedings.

CPAN’s management of the Connecticut Network has earned CT-N numerous awards over the past decade, including Sunshine Award from the National Society of Professional Journalists and the Open Government Award from the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. Once only available part-time in certain areas of Connecticut, the network now reaches more than 1.1 million households 24 hours a day on expanded basic cable and AT&T U-Verse. CT-N.com, the network’s online portal, now serves more than a terabyte of video content every month.

In 2008, the organization expanded its project management to include educational and community programming at Connecticut’s Old State House. Over the past three years CPAN has begun to re-imagine the visitor experience at the Old State House around a broad, new vision:

  It is the mission of Connecticut’s Old State House to reawaken civic engagement and awareness through authentic, educational and inspiring visitor experiences; to serve as a classroom – for the physical and virtual worlds – to teach citizenship not just from the standpoint of the past but for today as well; and to be a laboratory where people of all ages can interact and discover that their voices matter, and that words, ideas, persuasion and debate really can change minds – and quite possibly, the world. 

Through the continuing realization of this vision, the Old State House has resumed is former role as focal point or “hub,” not just for government and civics but for cultural heritage tourism and education in the state. By forging strategic collaborations with other institutions as diverse as the Connecticut State Supreme Court Historical Society and the National Theatre of the Deaf, and as geographically far-flung as the Noah Webster House, Cedar Hill Cemetery and the P.T. Barnum Museum, Connecticut’s Old State House has pursued a key strategic objective of making intellectual and promotional connections between itself, the City of Hartford and the rest of Connecticut.

While both CT-N and the Old State House can stand alone as successful entities, CPAN also continually develops crossover projects that leverage the synergies that come from pairing a museum and a television network with shared visions.
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