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ARTISTS NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
July 31, 2015
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 300 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
CONTENTS
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OUR NEWS
❖ Common Ground Update
❖ Welcome New Artist Member Chitra Ramcharandas.


YOUR NEWS
❖ Member Round-Up: Trace Burroughs, Lu Buckner, Joy Bush, Cortney Davis, Scott Glaser, Scott Kuykendall, Duvian Montoya, Mary Newcomb, Rick Shaefer, and Karen Vogel

OTHER NEWS
❖ Arts Education Gets a Boost in the Senate
#ArtistHotline Launched July 15 on Twitter - Sign in for Next One August 19


CALLS FOR ENTRIES
❖ Faber Birren National Color Award Show: Deadline Extended - July 25
❖ Stamford Art Association, Art at the Ferguson: Anything Goes - July 24

❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Artists in Paradise - July 31
❖ Art Science Collaborations: Biodiversity/Extinction Show - August 23

ARTISTS SPACES
❖ Cooperative Design Space Available: Black Rock/Bridgeport West End
❖ Submit Your Space Rental or Needs to FCBuzz Classifieds


OPPORTUNITIES
❖ Regional Initiative Arts Grants - July 23
❖ Yaddo Residencies for Writers, Visual, Media and Performing Artists - Aug. 1
New Millennium Writings Awards - July 31
Poets & Writers: Writing Contests, Grants and Awards


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
❖ How to Avoid Scam Artists When Selling Your Work 
Poets & Writers Guide to Publicity and Promotion


JOBS
❖ The Klein: Operations Manager
❖ Arts for Learning Connecticut: Corporate and Events Associate

❖ Bruce Museum: Manager of Youth and Family
❖ Westport Library: Research Wizard


CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
COMMON GROUND REPORT

At the third in our continuing series of Common Ground Meetings, we heard three collaborative project proposals. Stephanie Campbell director of the Kennedy Center's MDAC spoke about their Earth Day Celebration proposal, working with the Bijou Theatre, featuring an exhibition, a sculpture contest, and a walk from MDAC to the Bijou wrapping the “Ribbon of Intention” around the community. Molly Lyons, of The Mighty Quinn Foundation, spoke about the Stratford Stories project collecting memories of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, the White House, and the town of Stratford, through conversations, workshops and storytelling events, working with the Stratford Historical Society and Chris Arnott. Then Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine presented their project of creating an interactive video around their photographs of Bridgeport's Poli’s Palace & Majestic theatres together with artifacts, historical photographs and the memories they have collected from people about the theatres. The presentations led quickly into a discussion about capturing and communicating Bridgeport history, of engaging younger people, of how to connect the hubs of artistic activity across the city, and about a proposal to create an arts corridor along Connecticut Avenue - from the Stratford border to the East End. The next meeting will be held in Stamford, Sept. 23. If you missed previous meetings and are interested in finding out more, contact David Green.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER:
CHITRA RAMCHARANDAS

Chitra Ramcharandas is a Greenwich-based abstract expressionist, who also enjoys working in other media. Growing up in India, she remembers the severe culture shock of moving to New York in 1972, but also how she quickly stabilized by exploring New York’s museums and discovering the art she had only known previously through photographs. As a painter, her early influences included the figurative work of Modigliani and later, the abstract expressionism of Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, and DeKooning. In New York, Chitra took classes at the New School and Parsons, before moving to Rochester, where she took classes at the University and taught children’s workshops as a faculty member of The Memorial Art Gallery. Chitra had her first exhibit at Manhattanville College, then, after she and her husband moved to Greenwich, she showed at The Waveny Center, New Canaan, the Artwell Gallery, Torrington, The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, The Brick Gallery in Essex, and The Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich. Chitra has a Master’s in Humanities from Manhattanville College, a teaching certificate from California State, Dominguez Hills, and a certification in Art Education (K-12) from New York’s Empire State College. When not painting, or looking at art, she has been teaching elementary school for over 25 years and continues to tutor students. She currently teaches art as a volunteer at Laurel House in Stamford. In her spare time, Chitra designs and makes jewelry, using classic and traditional designs from her native India. Chitra is a member (and former board member) of The Greenwich Art Society, The Art Society of Old Greenwich , and The National League of American Pen Women.
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YOUR NEWS                             
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS NEWS
Three Cultural Alliance members are participating in Loft Artists Association members' August show, Peak SeasonLU BUCKNER, ELLEN GORDON and JULIE TEHRANI. According to exhibition chair, Lu Buckner, Peak Season has inspired the participating members to exhibit "their best work, their favorite piece, or something new and interesting to share with the public." The show promises, she said, "to be an exciting potpourri of styles in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry, collage, mixed media, print making, and more." Opening, tonight, Friday July 31, 5-8pm. 
TRACE BURROUGHS (FCBuzz) has several pieces (including Splendiferous, at right) in a show, at a beautiful property for sale in Westport on 268 Hillspoint Road, facing the Long Island Sound. The show is curated by Kathy Ross, with Miggs Burroughs, and four other artists. Viewing and party will take place on August 6, 5-8pm (parking at the beach if you have a sticker). Sponsored by Realtor, Judy Michaelis. Trace also has work in Ridgefield's Art Walk (from August 17).
JOY BUSH (FCBuzz) is included in Central Booking's summer show GOING BIG (21 Ludlow Street, NYC), curated by artists Suzan Shutan and Susan Carr. It runs from July 30 through August 27. Joy's piece is from the series Caravaggio's Toys, works of which were seen in the Solos 2015 show at Westport Art Center. Joy is also one of 4 photographers in Reading the Library, at The Institute Library in New Haven, (847 Chapel Street) through the end of October. 
CORTNEY DAVIS (FCBuzz) is giving a "meet the author" talk about her latest book, When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images, at the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury, CT on August 9 at 3 p.m. Her book recounts how a routine surgery turned into a 26-day nightmare in which the experienced caregiver became the patient, learning some transforming lessons in pain, fear, loneliness, abandonment, and dependency, and understanding anew the fragility of health and life, the necessity of family support, and, ultimately, the importance of gratitude. The talk will include a conversation about the intersection of illness and creativity.
SCOTT GLASER  (FCBuzz) has just heard that he's received another commission for a mural with the China Merchants Bank in New York. The 48'x84" mural will be hung in the reception area of a new space on the 23rd floor of the Bank's offices at 535 Madison Avenue. This mural, like the last, will also feature sunflowers: a symbol of good fortune in China.
Scott is also looking forward to his solo show opening January 23 at the Pound Ridge Library. Check in later for details.

AMY KAPLAN (FCBuzz) was accepted on to the Ridgefield Art Walk (August 17-September 11). She will be showing six florals, watercolors, acrylics and oils in The CandleLight Shoppe, Ridgefield Center, including xyz (detail at right). Amy is also preparing her first solo show, at the Upstairs Gallery at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20. Summer Brights/Winter Whites will be a collection of images from the Connecticut coastline, from bright summer days to moody winter skies. 
NANCY MOORE (FCBuzz) Nancy Moore has work in several exhibitions. 1. She has five works up at Westport's Blue Lemon Restaurant in a traveling group show organized by Beechwood Arts, entitled Resilience, featuring artists whose work has been shaped by a life-altering event. 2. She has two triptychs (3 woodcuts and 3 knitted "blanket statements") up at the Samesex show at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, up until August 14. 3. From August 22nd through October 11, her Blanket Statement III (image at right) will be exhibited in On the Fringe: Explorations in Fiber, at Fairfield Public Library's Kershner Gallery. The opening is September 12th, from 4:30 to 6:30.
AMY OESTREICHER (FCBuzz) has been successfully publishing her writing recently, most notably a wonderful piece, "My Messy, Beautiful Detour," part of a series in The Huffington Post: Moments Not Milestones series, Beyond Perfect: How letting go of perfection has made a difference in your life. See also Amy's essay for Sharp Heels on how to balance work, life and creativity: Tips on Everything from Treating Yourself to Treating Others Well – and Why Networking is so ImportantAmy is also selling work at Fairfield's Hazel Daze Boutique.
OTHER NEWS                             
NEW CT POET LAUREATE VOWS TO BRING POETRY INTO THE MAINSTREAM

The recently announced new poet laureate of Connecticut Rennie McQuilkin intends to integrate poetry into mainstream culture in a variety of ways. In Tuesday's Hartford Courant, Julia Werth reported her interview with the poet, who is also poet laureate of his own town, Simsbury. His life mission, of being an advocate of poetry in everyday life, started while he was teaching creative writing classes in the 1960s at Phillips Academy: "Ever since I have wanted to make people realize that poetry isn't esoteric, hateful or scary. It's beautiful and enjoyable." After moving to Farmington, CT, McQuilkin credits The Hill-Stead Museum for furthering his passion.
"In 1991 the Hill-Stead Museum contacted me and asked if I thought it was a good place for poetry," McQuilkin said. "They were wrong, it was a perfect place." McQuilkin helped found the popular Sunken Garden Poetry Festival — an annual summer series of evening outdoor readings at Hill-Stead — and became its full-time director for 10 years before moving on to start his own publishing company. "The goal of the festival is to bring poets to be heard," McQuilkin said. "Connecticut has become a hotbed of poetry and a big part of that is probably Hill-Stead." In her piece, Julia Werth notes that, although the country, most states, and several major cities have poet laureate positions, Connecticut is one of the few places where more and more towns, hospitals and retirement communities are beginning to have their own poet laureates:  Glastonbury and South Windsor both recently added the position. In his five-year term (through July 2020), McQuilkin plans to advocate for even more towns to adopt the post. He also wants to promote the use of local-access TV stations for poetry readings - as poet laureate of Simsbury, McQuilkin began a series that now has 35 installments that can be streamed worldwide. He also hopes to help a coalition of local poets who are working to convince libraries to increase their poetry collections.
HOW ARTISTS SURVIVE
NPR INTERVIEW SERIES

#ArtistHotline - a A wonderful series of 5-minute NPR stories from 2009 came my way (by way of a note from Mark Hannon on Twitter). They detail the way some artists are making a go of it, despite all the difficulties of surviving as an artist in today's culture. You can see the whole series here, or listen to the individual programs as detailed below:
1. Artists Make Money By Forgoing Traditional Galleries (July 3, 2009)
It isn't easy to make money as an artist, but three crafty New Yorkers are managing to sell their work — and make a living — outside the traditional gallery system.
2. For Poets, A Labor Of Love (Not Money) (July 7, 2009)
We know there is almost no money to be made in poetry. Some poets work as teachers, others in the corporate world. Even a Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. poet laureate needs a day job.
3. For Playwright, TV Gigs Make Theater Possible (July 14, 2009)
Theater isn't particularly lucrative: acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck is just one of many dramatists who pay the bills by writing for television.
4. A Flutist Makes Ends Meet With Music (July 21, 2009)
Only a handful of classical musician graduates get full-time salaried work with a major orchestra. Yet flutist Tod Brody has managed to pay the bills with his music.
5. The Posies: How Do Bands Make Money Now? (July 29, 2009)
The Posies stormed commercial radio with their power pop 20 years ago, but it's been a while since their songs hit the charts, yet the band still makes money from music.
6. For Authors, Ghostwriting Offers Solvency, Stability (August 4, 2009)
Ghostwriters face a trade-off: stable writing work in exchange for credit on the cover and book royalties.
7. For California Dancemaker, It's All Step By Step (August 18, 2009)
Oakland-based choreographer Randee Paufve manages to keep a small dance troupe going, by teaching dance, writing grants and chasing donors. Soon, her formula will be changing — in a big way.
8. Life On The Fringes: It's Not Easy Being Scene (August 12, 2009)
Neda Ulaby looks at a hardy, scrappy breed of survivors: performers who make a career out of careering across the country from one Fringe festival to another.
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
CARRIAGE BARN ARTS CENTER 
MEMBERS SHOW 
AUGUST 20

Now in its 38th year, the New Canaan Society for the Arts Members’ Show at The Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, celebrates the range of interests and talents of artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media in art. Current or new members may submit up to three works not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. One work, per member, will be chosen for exhibition and premiere at the Carriage Barn Arts Center for five weeks this fall. Membership ($50; $25 for students) is open to anyone with an interest in the artistic activities of the New Canaan Society for the Arts. The entry prospectus with specific information is available here. For further questions, please call the gallery at 203-972-1895. 
WESTPORT ARTS CENTER
FARMERS MARKET DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - AUGUST 15

The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers Market are sponsoring Young Shoots, a student digital photography competition for ages 8-18. The competition is designed to enable students to demonstrate their creativity and originality through the digital photography medium and
to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers Market. Students may submit up to 2 photographs, which must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, at 50 Imperial Ave in Westport. Winning photographs of the competition will be exhibited at Sugar & Olives restaurant, with an opening reception on September 15. Click here to download the brochure with complete application details.
NEST ARTS FACTORY
FIBER ART AT THE FACTORY
AUGUST 24

The NEST Arts Factory (1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport) September Open Studios event is fiber themed and to celebrate, we have a juried fiber exhibit in the NEST Gallery, called Fiber Art @ the Factory. Fiber artists of all types are encouraged to apply. All work made of fiber or with fiber techniques are eligible. There is no size requirement and installation pieces will be considered. Fiber Art @ the Factory is a juried all-fiber show, including both 2- and 3-dimensional works. The exhibition is open to all work made with fiber or fiber techniques. The juror for Fiber Art @ the Factory is the director of City Lights Gallery, Suzanne Kachmar. The opening reception is the same day as the Open Studios, Saturday, September 19. There will be a full-color printed catalog, which will be available for sale on the NEST website and in the NEST gift shop. For more details, the prospectus, and entry form, click here.
MARITIME GARAGE GALLERY
FLUX
SEPTEMBER 7

Norwalk's Maritime Garage Gallery, announces a Call for Entries for its next show, FLUX. The exhibition will focus on the theme of states of constant change: flow, melt, unrest, volatility. Flux is all around us in the form of science, medicine, physics, chemistry, and even emotionally. How does the artist represent flux, or how does flux represent them? Up to 5 pieces are allowed. Most mediums accepted with the exception of pedestal sculpture. Works less than 48" wide and less than 84" high, properly wired, ready to be hung. JPG entries for consideration uploaded at 300dpi. A non-refundable submission fee of $35 payable online via PayPal, Credit or Debit. Submission details here. Deadline: September 7.
RIDGEFIELD GUILD
ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
SEPTEMBER 12


Since 1974, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists has offered members and non-members alike the opportunity to have their artwork judged at the Guild by a highly qualified juror. This year the juror will be Lisa Messinger, an independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary art, who has extensive museum experience. She was on the curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for more than 25 years where she organized over 35 exhibitions, including “Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper,” (1993), “Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe” (2011-2012) and the New York venue of the “George Bellows” retrospective (2012-2013). A renowned expert on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, she has lectured and written widely on the painter’s work. In addition to her museum affiliation, she has recently joined the adjunct faculty of Johns Hopkins University’s Museum Studies graduate program. Now in its 38th year, the Annual Juried Show has become a September tradition for many, drawing artists from all over the Northeast. It provides a venue for both established and emerging artists and we invite all regional artists to participate. Receiving: Saturday, Sept. 12-13, 12-4pm; Sept. 14, 3-7pm. For full prospectus, click here.
CT HISTORIC GARDENS
POSTER CONTEST
JANUARY 22


Connecticut’s Historic Gardens group celebrates its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day every June and to celebrate has announced a Poster Contest. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the thirtheenth annual event in June 2016. The contest connects artists with the beauty of Connecticut’s historic homes and their gardens. Feel free to explore the gardens in this group for inspiration. Deadline for submissions for the 2016 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Artwork is January 22, 2016. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and will be announced on February 1, 2015. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs February 18-21, 2016. Stay tuned for further online application coming shortly. In the meantime consult the website or contact Lea Anne Moran at moranla@comcast.net.
ARTISTS SPACES                             
NEST ARTS FACTORY
STUDIOS FOR RENT

There are a few art studios for rent at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport. Sizes available from 100 square feet to 700 square feet, reasonable rents. Join a great community and watch your art thrive! Applications available for download here. Contact nestbpt@gmail.com or 203-690-1335.
ARTIST STUDIO
WEST REDDING

A space in artist Trace Burroughs' house in rural West Redding is available for an artist. Heated, 12x12 feet. Access to bathroom, kitchen, washer and dryer, private door to deck. Not for sleeping over. $400 a month. Those interested should email Trace at LMENSTUDIO@aol.com with contact information and what kind of art they do.
STUDIO SPACE
BRIDGEPORT/FAIRFIELD

Stunning cooperative design space available in the Black Rock/Bridgeport West End area available to limited number of qualified artists or designers. Cathedral ceiling, wood floor, stained glass, arched windows, kitchenette/dark room in historic restored Victorian. Significant off-street parking, surveillance security and 24 hr access to building provided. Approx. 1600 sq ft of open floor space. $400/user/mo; includes utilities. Contact Kim Stevens – 203-336-2444.
CARRIAGE HOUSE WITH STUDIO - WESTPORT

Beechwood Arts now has its Carriage House available: a sunny, open & airy 2000sf, 2BR, 1BA Carriage House with cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, four walls of windows & private backyard. The optional adjacent studio is a charming 1 BD, 1BA perfect for an artistic retreat. Go to the Beechwood Carriage House Facebook page for details or contact Cyd Hamer.
OPPORTUNITIES                             
PEN CENTER USA EMERGING VOICES FELLOWSHIPS
AUGUST 10

PEN Center USA awards Emerging Voices Fellowships of $1,000 each to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-month mentorship in Los Angeles with a professional writer, as well as free classes at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, public readings, and other programming. Housing is not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold a graduate writing degree are eligible. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, a federal tax return summary, and at least two letters of recommendation with a $10 entry fee by August 10. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Participants need not be published, but the fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing. Deadline for applications: August 10, 2015. The Emerging Voices Fellowship runs from January to July. Download application here.


BUSH CREEK RESIDENCIES
SEPTEMBER 1
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming, is a non-profit organization offering time and space for artistic exploration to visual artists, writers, musicians and composers from all backgrounds, level of expertise, media and genres. Two- and four-week residency sessions are offered per year depending on availability and applicant’s ranking in jury process. Up to eight residents at one time immerse themselves in uninterrupted work time to polish existing projects, explore new endeavors and further develop their craft. A jury of professionals from the arts and humanities rank residents based on submitted work samples in a competitive selection process for our artist residency programs. During their time, residents will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service, bagged lunches are delivered to the common area, and dinner is shared family style each night.
Residents are responsible for all necessary supplies for their work and transportation costs. More information here. Full application guidelines here. Apply here. Deadline: September 1, 2015.
TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE
DOCUMENTARY FUND
AUGUST 3

Through its Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute provides grants and guidance to exceptional  filmmakers with character-driven nonfiction works-in-progress that sit outside the social issue landscape. By supporting work that engages in unexplored perspectives, the fund aims to help take audiences into someone else's environment and spotlight the journey of the individual.
Grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 will be awarded in 2015. All submissions must be feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least sixty-seven minutes and should creatively document one or more unique characters. Submissions can be in the advanced stages of development, production, or post-production but must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly, or have been distributed in theaters or online prior to October 2015. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight character, unique access, and storytelling ability. The program is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Student films and documentary short films are not eligible. Visit the TFI website for complete program guidelines and submission requirements.
LOFT ARTISTS
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPS

Stamford's Loft Artists Association (LAA) is accepting applications for new Associate Members. Established in 1978 as a volunteer tenant art association, and incorporated as a non-profit in 1986, the LAA has grown into one of the area’s premier visual arts organizations for Studio and Associate members. LAA's mission is to provide artists with a supportive environment, exhibition and networking opportunities, and to reach out to the community at large through education and artistic expression. Associate Membership (i.e. membership without a studio) applications are accepted via juried selection. Applicant must submit a completed form, along with a current resume and four jpeg images and a $25 application fee. Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis. Finalists will be asked to bring up to three pieces of their work to the LAA for final jurying. Details of this process will be provided after jpg review. For a full list of benefits and the application form, click here. Complete the form and mail with resume, four jpegs and a $25 fee.
RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             
VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
LEGAL AID FOR ARTISTS


Ever get into some legal bind and wonder where you might get some expert advice? Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) was set up in 1969 with that scenario in mind. VLA is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artists and arts organizations. It provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. VLA does what it can to ensure that artists and their organizations understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their work. It offers legal counseling, educational programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. While once there was a VLA-CT, VLA-NY now services CT and NJ artists and organizations. Over 11,000 artists used VLA legal services last year. Among many others, services include: the Art Law Line, where artists can speak to VLA about their legal issues and schedule an in-house consultation with a staff attorney. After that initial consultation, artists are checked to determine whether they qualify for further services under VLA's income guidelines. Once approved, artists may then be placed with a volunteer attorney - usually within 6 to 12 weeks. Staff attorneys meet with every applicant eligible for in-house or pro bono referral services, except where there are case conflicts. Typically, they offer four consultations each business day. If you have an issue that you need legal assistance with, call The Art Law Line, 212.319.2787 x1 and complete an Intake Form. Also consult the very useful list of FAQs.

WEBINAR: HOW TO USE CREATIVEGROUND AS A PERFORMING ARTIST
AUGUST 11

CreativeGround helps performing artists of all disciplines promote their work and services to a broad audience, including arts organizations, educators, and presenters and to find potential collaborators such as other artists, community organizations, and creative businesses like recording studios, management agencies, and consultants. NEFA now has a series of short, free webinars to assist us all to use CreativeGround more effectively. Coming up: August 11, 1pm-1:45 pm: How to Use CreativeGround as a Performing Artist
Here you will learn how to:
- Create or update a visually appealing profile complete with images, and videos
- Describe your professional activities and services and who you’ve worked with in the past
- If a touring artist, become NEST eligible and be found by presenters applying for NEFA’s NEST grant program
- Use the Search and Explore functions to find presenters or other artists for collaborations
For more information about CreativeGround, visit www.creativeground.org.
JOBS                             
ALDRICH MUSEUM
SENIOR PRESS OFFICER

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is seeking a dynamic communications professional to join its External Affairs team. The Senior Press Officer is responsible for providing the vision and strategic framework for institutional communications to print, online and other media outlets. Working closely with the Executive Director; External Affairs Director; and Marketing & Partnerships, the Senior Press Officer leads media relations, social media, and advertising efforts for the Museum. The Senior Press Officer actively contributes to the development and implementation of creative outreach strategies to support visibility building and constituency engagement efforts. The Senior Press Officer is responsible for elevating the museum’s profile and building and enhancing institutional visibility for the Museum across all platforms. The position stewards an active roster of media and other contacts to ensure broad dissemination and placement of Museum news and messaging, and is also responsible for identifying and maintaining key media and advertising partnerships, as well as key tourism partnerships.
LYMAN ALLYN MUSEUM
AMERICAN ART CURATOR

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum seeks an experienced American Art Curator for a full-time, twelve-month special project position beginning September 16, 2015. Reporting to the Museum Director, this senior staff member will play a pivotal role in the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the permanent exhibition of American Art in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. in American Art, although a M.A. in American Art may be sufficient. Experience in developing engaging exhibitions within an art museum is highly desired. The successful applicant will be an energetic and creative self-starter who enjoys working both independently and collaboratively. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter and resume with references to: Search Committee, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320. Applications may also be filed via email to search@lymanallyn.org. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. More...


BRUCE MUSEUM
MANAGER OF YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

The Bruce Museum seeks a Manager of Youth and Family programs, primarily responsible for the overall development and operation of the museum’s youth and family programs. The position requires a high level of interaction with the public, both youth and adult audiences, volunteer docents, Museum members and visitors, other museum volunteers and staff. As the Manager of Youth and Family Programs, this position plans, implements, coordinates, and staffs and evaluates all youth and family programming including Toddler Tours, Family Days, camps, and school vacation workshops. This encompasses the development of and the ability to teach all collection and exhibition-based programs as well as the training of docents and staff to present the programs. As a manager, this position is responsible for the development, coordination, and monitoring of all budgets associated with youth and family programs. This position requires a high degree of independent and unassisted mobility in the handling of collection objects and in the being able to use the Museum vehicles and visit facilities unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged. A high degree of independent decision-making and authority for such decisions is required. More...
WESTPORT LIBRARY
RESEARCH WIZARD

The Westport Library seeks a Research Wizard to join a team that is transforming the Library to meet the evolving needs of our community. If you are a visionary who values responsive, personal service, and views the Library as the platform for community innovation and learning, we would love to hear from you. The selected candidate will play an important role in helping make the Library a stimulating place for people of all ages to engage, connect and utilize all the best resources. He/she will be a wizard at teaching patrons and staff how to use technology from e-readers to on-line databases. This is the ideal position for an engaging professional who understands patrons' needs and enjoys connecting them with the right solutions and who is a sleuth at heart. The successful candidate will enjoy working side by side with people in the community to showcase the best assets of each library patron. The selected candidate will be excited to develop and learn in a fast-paced changing environment; will have a degree from an accredited university (MLS preferred); progressive experience in a library or similar knowledge-based environment and advanced computer skills. A willingness to help and work in any area of the library; outstanding interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communication and research skills are required. Application details here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Teaching Artists
Bruce Museum: Manager of Youth and Family Programs
Bruce Museum: Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellowship
Judy Dworin Performance Project: Director of Community Engagement
The Klein: 
Manager of Operations/Production Manager
Wesleyan University: Assistant Technical Director, Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University: Associate Director of Programs, Center for the Arts
Westport Arts Center: Education Fellow
Westport Library: Research Wizard
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CALENDAR                             
JULY
July 31: Deadline for New Millennium Writers Awards
July 31: Deadline for applying for FCCF's Arts Program Manager Position
July 31: Deadline for registering for Paradise Art Show with Coastal Arts Guild.

AUGUST
August c1: Application Deadline: Artists Resource Trust Mid-Career Visual Artists Grants
August c1: Application Deadline for Yaddo Residencies (writers, visual, media and performing artists)
August 
c1: Application Deadline: Grammy Foundation Preservation Research grants
August 10: Cultural Alliance Radio Interview Show on WPKN-FM 89.5, noon.
August 15: Extended Deadline for Young Shoots Photo Contest, Westport Arts Center
August 19: #ArtistHotline Professional Development Day on Twitter (sign up). 
August 20: Submission Deadline for Carriage Barn Arts Center Annual Members' Show
August 23: Biodiversity/Extinction Show at NY Hall of Science Submission Deadline

SEPTEMBER
Sept. c1: MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film Fund Submission Deadline
Sept. c4: Materials Hard and Soft, Denton TX: Application Deadline


OCTOBER
Oct. c1: Clay Art Center (Port Chester): TriState of Mind Submission Deadline
Oct. 15: Buzzfeed Emerging Writer Fellowship Application Deadline
Oct. 16: Young Arts Foundation Application Deadline
Oct. 18: 2015 Future of Music Summit Musicians Fellowships Application Deadline
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