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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
November 13, 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 320 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ Common Ground 5: The SoNo Collection - Nov. 17
❖ Welcome New Members: Racey Gilbert, DJ Speedstorm, Elizabeth Howard and Vonne Whittleton

❖ Member Round-Up: 12 members in Bridgeport Art Trail; 6 members accepted into Westport Art Center's Dreamscapes; other news from Miggs Burroughs, Ann Chernow & Nomi Silverman, Joseph Dermody, Katherine Evans, Cleo Sonneborn and Malu Tan, Elizabeth Howard, Shgoleh Janati, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Jay Misencik, Amy Oestreicher, and Vonne Whittleton.

❖ Save the Date: Connecticut Arts Day - March 2, 2016
❖ Education Reform Bill: Sign the Petition
❖ NEA Task Force Webinar: Music Therapy and the Cancer Experience
❖ STEAM Schools Win $10,000 Grants
❖ Copyright: What DMCA Exemptions Mean for Artists

❖ Yale University Press: Yale Series of Younger Poets - Nov. 15
❖ Greenwich International Film Festival: Call for Films: - Dec. 1
❖ Nat. Assoc. of Women Artists: The Creative Muse - Dec. 15
❖ Big, Red & Shiny: Call for Submission: On Teaching Art
❖ Stamford Art Association Art at the Ferguson: Illusion of Light - Dec. 20
❖ Maple & Main, Chester: Juried Show - Jan. 11

❖ Vermont Studio Center: Staff-Artist Program
❖ Puffin Foundation: Music, Photography, Theatre Grants - Dec. 6 

❖ Westport Library: Writers Improv Workshop Series
❖ Creative Capital Webinars: Real Life Budgeting; Artists Raising Kids.

❖ Connecticut Ballet: Marketing Manager
❖ Prosek Partners: Graphic Designer

❖ Norwalk Youth Symphony: Arts Management Intern
❖ Greenwich International Film Festival: Marketing, Design and Programming Interns

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
The nextt in our series of COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meetings will be held Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30pm in the offices of The SoNo Collection, 119 Washington Street, Norwalk. The program will include a presentation by the developers of the new Mall seeking feedback on their plans for public art spaces in the new development, and a presentation by Sara Sessions about a proposed Community Supported Arts program for Fairfield County - also looking for feedback. Seating is limited: RSVP ONLY. RSVP HERE.

Jazz-Apero is a concert format conceived by American drummer Racey Gilbert during his time playing in the jazz scene of Provence, France where he produced popular concerts featuring great jazz and good local wines. Now back in the States and based in Westport, CT, Jazz-Apero offers American audiences the same cultivated experience French jazz fans grew to love. Still on drums, Racey leads outstanding assemblage of international musicians from a round the globe. In additional to choice selection of inimitable bebop tunes, Jazz-Apero also invites showgoers to enjoy 2 glasses of carefully selected wine with each ticket. The concept began gaining traction in Connecticut over the summer and will keep the momentum Friday, November 13th with a show at the Westport Inn’s Bistro B. Prior to Jazz-Apero, Racey cut his teeth playing alongside memorable jazz musicians such as Mal Waldron, Gil Evans, Howard Johnson, Jeremy Steig, Herb Bushler, Eddie Gomez and Coleridge Perkins. His collaborative efforts over the years include producing and playing with the jazz sextet Eastern Standard Time in Baltimore and DC, Latimer St. Jazz in and around Philadelphia and now brings the Jazz-Apero concert and wine concept to Connecticut. See Jazz-Apero's websiteFacebook page and Twitter feed.

DJ SpeedStorm (aka Micky Morris) is a DJ who was professionally trained at DubSpot in New York City, the world’s premiere DJ school. From an early age, SpeedStorm showed an interest in electronic music beginning in the early 90’s when EDM was still far from mainstream in the US. Specializing in NuDisco, House, DeepHouse, Trance, and PsyTrance he produces and mixes the monthly CruzeZone and SpeedZone Podcasts that are distributed through iTunes, Soundcloud, and other media outlets - each with its specific music focus. He will be playing this Saturday, November 14th at the ever-popular La Zingara in Bethel at 9PM. The venue offers a unique space for the event on the second floor in the enclosed all glass Terrace optimal for excellent sound and will be their first live music event. With an excellent local following, SpeedStorm is always open to new venues and events. Check out his Twitter feed, his Mixcloud page, his SoundCloud page  on Twitter for the latest information, events, and mixes. 

Elizabeth Howard is a 
poet and writer living in Stratford. An Iowa native, Elizabeth studied journalism at Iowa State University, where she was the managing editor of the award-winning publication, The Iowa State Daily.  Elizabeth wrote poetry since she was able to write. She received her master's in rhetoric at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied poetry under the acclaimed poet Michelle Boisseau. In Kansas City, she wrote features for The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Business Journal, among others. She has subsequently been published in Boston Review, Boston Literary Magazine, American Craft, and Bentlily. She has had a series published called “In the Details,” and contributed to a Google group on the international writing community: Writing Our Way HomeShe lived and worked in London for three years, serving pints at the Warrington Hotel and writing. It was there she started writing about American identity in her blog Letters from London, and Elsewhere. In 2007, she and her husband moved to Connecticut and she refined the journal, creating Letters from a Small State: "on culture, angst and love." She continues to blog there regularly. She is also the person behind Demand Poetry: poetry on demand, or, as she puts it: "Life is Short. Demand Poetry."  Demand Poetry is custom poetry created one-on-one on a typewriter - her Olivetti Lettera - as a way to help people “write” their own love poems (see Members' News below, for an upcoming appearance). Elizabeth is a member of the American Society of Poets, the Connecticut Poetry Society and a board member of the Coastal Arts Guild of CT. She lives in Stratford, but always calls Kansas City, London, and Iowa home. See Elizabeth Howard's website, her blog, Twitter feed and Instagram page

Vonne Whittleton is a Westport-based mixed-media artist working with organic materials, typically on a large scale - using acrylic paint mixed with volcanic material. Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, she was deeply influenced by its three great museums: Louis Kahn’s Kimball Art Museum, Philip Johnson’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum - perhaps most by the works of Jackson Pollack and Morris Louis that she saw at The Modern. As an adult, she worked with The Modern’s director, Marla Price, on several projects for the Dallas Women’s Caucus for Art. Encouraged by her high school art teacher to continue to paint and study, she traveled to California in her late teens where she met Shirlee Frank, who gave her a signed print that formed the beginning of Vonne’s art collection. Vonne currently works with a mixture of paint and volcanic material - pouring the mixture onto the canvas then scraping the paint to create a textural background that is a signature to most of her work on canvas. Her most recent pieces incorporate glass and metal objects found at a nearby beach at a site, she says, is like an archeological dig into our recent past - with metal objects, factory glass, old headlights, irons and pottery shards. She finds inspiration in these objects as well as from the world of nature and other organic materials. Currently working on the sea glass series, Vonne has recently been inspired by crystal formations, which will probably be incorporated into her next series. Vonne is a member of the Westport Arts Center, Westport Artists' Collective and of Beechwood Arts, where she has shown and performed. This year, Vonne won the Best Mixed Media Award at the Pequot Library Art Show. See Vonne’s website here.
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YOUR NEWS                             
Cultural Alliance artist members appearing during the Bridgeport Art Trail this weekend include: at the American Fabrics Arts Building: ALICIA COBB; at the Bridgeport Innovation CenterELIZABETH HOWARD, MICHAEL JOHNSTON, JAY MISENCIK; at The NEST: PATRICE BARRETT, CARLOS DAVILA, JANE DAVILA, BARBARA DIEROLF, SUSAN TAYLOR MURRAY, and RICK SHAEFER; at Read's: SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO. See BAT Guide for details
Congratulations to ROSE-MARIE FOX, JANA IREIJO, RICK SHAEFER, DUVIAN MONTOYA, DIANE POLLACK ,  and TONY VELEZ for being accepted into the WESTPORT ARTS CENTER's DREAMSCAPES exhibit, which will be opening next week Friday, November 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Guggenheim Museum curator, Alexandra Munroe, curator of the show, commented that the theme "inspired hundreds of artists to respond with works ranging from pure abstract to landscape paintings, and from surrealist assemblages of dream-like imagery to realist renderings of contemporary dysfunction." Duvian Montoya's Created Pages at right.
Congratulations to MIGGS BURROUGHS for winning Best in Category: Photography (and tying for Second Best in Show) in the Viewers' Choice awards for his lenticular image Fire House (at right) in the Pequot Library's 18th Annual Art Show. The double image shows the transformation of the Fairfield Hook and Ladder Company to the Firehouse Deli on Reef Road, Fairfield. All winners will be included in a 2016 exhibition.
The portfolio Cross Currents, including work by ANN CHERNOW, James Reed and NOMI SILVERMAN with the portfolio created by Connecticut artist Tom Berntsen, has been accepted into The Gabor Peterdi international Print Collection at Silvermine Center for the Arts in New Canaan, and the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Allen Library, the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Image at right: James Reed, Crow #129 (woodcut, 15 x 11").
JOSEPH DERMODY, painter and violist, is playing with his chamber group, 'Scape Trio  this weekend and next. This Saturday,  November 14, they will be playing at 3pm at Concordia College's OSilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY, and on Sunday,  November 22, at 2pm, they will performing at the CARRIAGE BARN ARTS CENTER, as part of the Carriage Barn's For The Birds exhibit. Concert, with Molly Davey, soprano, includes Schubert, Die Vogel (The Birds), An Die Nachtigall; Humperdinck, "Wo Bin Ich, Wach Ich" from Hansel and Gretel; Sondheim, "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," from Sweeney Todd, Richard Strauss, "Deandl is Harb auk mi;" Reger, Trio; and Mozart, Divertimento.
KATHERINE EVANS, CLEO SONNEBORN and MALU TAN are three of the 8 artists who form THE ART STUDIO, a collaborative work space in Westport. This Friday, November 13, they are holding their Annual OPEN STUDIO, from noon through 7pm. "Meet the artists, sip some bubbly and discover then gift of art" at 170 Post Road West in Westport - across from King’s Highway Elementary School... in the same shopping complex as Peachwave and above Green Moon.
Our newest member, ELIZABETH HOWARD will present her Demand Poetry Project at the Bridgeport Innovation Center, Building #1, on the Bridgeport Art Trail on Saturday, Nov. 14, 12 pm to 7 pm, and Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 pm to 6 pm. Elizabeth will write poems for the public based on their own ideas, memories, dreams, wishes, or ideas, on the spot and on an actual classic Olivetti typewriter - the same kind that filmmaker Martin Scorcese used to type some of his most famous screenplays. What will you ask her to create for you? 
SHOLEH JANATI will exhibit more than thirty paintings in Breaking Boundaries at the Gallery at Lillian August, 32 Knight Street, Norwalk, November 19th – January 16th. This exhibition will kick-off with an Artist Talk with Sholeh Janati on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 am. Sholeh will also be painting live at the Project Return fundraiser at the Lillian August Design Center on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The artist will complete a painting from her “Goldfish” series, which will be raffled off to benefit the charity.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO has two pieces at READ's ARTSPACE, in its Artists Choose Artists exhibit, opening Thurs. Nov. 12, 6pm-10pm for the Bridgeport Art Trail:  Illuminator and Trouser Snakes en Treble  (detail at right) - both abstract expressionist interpretations of fabric strokes of tubes atop a spontaneous underpainting. Downstairs at Read's, Sooo-z is showing Huetation and Impudent Flumpet in the small works show. Sooo-z is speaking Tues. Nov. 17, 7:15pm at Fairfield's Roger Ludlowe Middle School, Room 292, as the featured artist for The Fairfield County Arts Association
As part of his ongoing project documenting historic Bridgeport, JAY MISENCIK and his partner Geralene Valentine have produced a slide show of the photographs of Edward Brinsko. On Sunday Nov. 15, 2:30-5pm at The Klein, Mike Daly, Editorial Page Editor of the CT Post will moderate an audience discussion of Ed Brinsko’s photos. While working at the Post Publishing Co. for 43 years, Brinsko photographed many historic places and celebrities who visited Bridgeport  – Jane Fonda, JFK, Malcom X, and many more.
AMY OESTREICHER will be offering a Show Me Your Heart mixed media workshop in Stratford Library December 12th. She is still touring college campuses with her Gutless but Grateful workshop and has started a Love My Detour movement that she invites artists and writers to contribute to. At Mind Over Model ("We’re not here to tell you what a model should be; we’re interested in the individual, growing with and supporting them along the way") Amy was happy to write for the community about "Learning to love yourself when everything changes."
Congratulations to VONNE WHITTLETON for winning Best in Category: Mixed Media in the Viewers' Choice awards for her mixed-media work Shipwrecked (at right) in the Pequot Library's 18th Annual Art Show. Shipwrecked (10" widest width) is made from crushed and fused glass 7-Up bottles that had washed ashore at a nearby beach, with barnacles attached. Cleaned, with a gloss acrylic paint applied, and then wrapped in copper wire, Shipwrecked, in Vonne's words was a "diamond in the rough" and is now a one-of-a-kind treasure!
Check for listings of all events by our members!
OTHER NEWS                             
The Connecticut Office of the Arts, in partnership with the Connecticut Arts Alliance and the state's 9 regional service organizations, are planning to bring back CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY at the Capitol on March 2nd, 2016. The last time this event took place was in 2002! Anyone interested in our Arts and Cultural Sector are invited to attend Arts Day to celebrate and underscore the importance of investing in Connecticut’s Arts and Cultural landscape to our legislators. Please assist the Office of the Arts to plan the event by completing a quick survey here.  See you at the 2016 Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol!

Americans for the Arts reminds us that this month, Congress is heading into final negotiations over the Education Reform Bill and that we all need to help make sure Congress knows the importance of retaining arts education provisions and ensuring that all students have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Americans for the Arts has put out a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the bill. By Sunday, November 15th, please join 15,000 arts advocates and sign the petition. Encourage 5 of your friends and colleagues to do the same. In the next few weeks, a select congressional conference committee is working to reconcile the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) into a final piece of legislation that President Obama will sign. If successful, it will be the first time in 14 years that federal K-12 education policy has advanced.  Sign the petition here.  More....

Sixth-century philosopher Boethius observed that that there was a "musica humana," a music that runs through the flesh. Now researchers are using this wisdom to test how music can help patients facing cancer. The NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development recently brought together Pandora's Chief Musicologist Nolan Gasser, Dr. Andi Farber, American Music Therapy Association, Dr. Debra Burns, Chair of the Music and Arts Technology, Indiana-Purdue University (IUPUI) and Dr. Sherri Robb, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, IUPUI, to share the latest innovations in healthcare using music and music therapy. You can see the webinar here.  Also, see the Susan G. Komen Organization's webpage on Music Therapy and Breast Cancer here. See also the American Music Therapy Association's statement on Music Therapy and Medicine that opens with Oliver Sacks' declaration “I certainly think that every institution should have its music therapy and its music therapists.”

The Ovation Foundation, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus, last week recognized eight schools, recipients of the innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards. These awards acknowledged public K-12 model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum. See names of the schools here. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), co-Chairs of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, as well as Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts, and Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) attended the presentation. 
The program was created to raise awareness of the value of integrating the arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricula and to highlight existing K-12 public schools across the country that have developed successful, measurable and replicable STEAM programs, which could serve as national models. The innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards Program represents the first funding program of its kind for STEAM education. The May 2011 PCAH report: Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, was key in the adoption of STEAM, representing an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the eld that have emerged over the past decade. This report not only recognized the arts as essential to education, it served to legitimize the arts as a necessary part of every student’s education: “Cutting-edge studies in neuroscience have been further developing our understanding of how arts strategies support crucial brain development in learning.”


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law in 1998 as an attempt to update copyright law in accordance with the changing technology of the times. Part of the law, Section 1201, makes it illegal to break digital locks placed on copyrighted material - whether the intended use is legal or not. It’s the act of breaking the lock itself which is illegal. Courtney Duffy recently wrote in the Fractured Atlas blog about the current triennial review that invites organizations to petition for exemptions to this law for those who are prevented by it from making legal uses of copyrighted works. This time around, groups filed for 1201 exemptions on issues ranging from medical devices and tractor parts to cell phone unlocking and DVD ripping. Courtney Duffy, in her blog posts focuses on two issues that have particular relevance to the arts community: 3D printing and documentary filmmaking. Exemption petitions were submitted on behalf of these two issues by Fractured Atlas member Kartemquin Films. In her current post, Courtney interviews Gordon Quinn, artistic director of Kartemquin, who petitioned for an exemption to allow filmmakers to use materials on Blu-Ray under fair use, when producing their work for theatrical or broadcast distribution. Says Quinn, who won an exemption this around, "When we argued for Blu-Ray three years ago, we didn’t get the exemption. This time we clarified some language here and there, but the biggest difference was we included Blu-Ray again and won. I had just finished my film A Good Man about Bill T. Jones, who talks about white bodies looking at black bodies and you can see the muscles rippling under his skin. You need that quality to see all the detail that was in that original image to be able to critique it properly. For certain documentaries, the highest possible fair use is critical." More...
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Yale University Press is accepting entries for its Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. The oldest annual literary award in the United States, the award is given annually for a poetry collection by an early career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry and who resides in the United States. T
he winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the series’ current judge, critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, to be published by Yale University Press in the Yale Series of Younger PoetsThere is an application fee of $25.00. Submissions must be original, book-length poetry manuscripts written in the English language. Translations are not accepted. Poets may submit only one manuscript per year. Manuscripts submitted in previous years may be resubmitted. The manuscript must be a minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 64 numbered pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start on a new page. Complete instructions here.


The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrates the visual arts with a world-class film festival in June. Founded to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. Set in Greenwich, the Festival connects prospective financiers, distributors, journalists and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry. The Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2016 festival on Film Freeway and Withoutabox. The mission of the Festival is to provide filmmakers with an effective platform to showcase their work with the goals of finding financing, distribution and promotional opportunities. "Don’t get lost in the shuffle of bigger festivals. Your film has a better chance of being selected in our competition. Let GIFF give your film the attention it deserves, while providing you with invaluable networking opportunities with financiers, distributors, media and more." Categories and cash prizesNarrative Feature: $10,000; Narrative Short: $2,500; Documentary Feature: $10,000; Documentary Short: $2,500;
Best Social Impact Film: $10,000. Submission Deadlines: Early Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015; Regular Deadline: Jan. 1, 2016; Late Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016; Extended Late Deadline: Feb. 28, 2016. Submit and learn more here. Download flyer here.

The National Association of Women Artists, announces a call to all women artists to submit art work for The Creative Muse, a juried exhibit to be held March 12 through May 8, 2016, at The Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory (25 West 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015). The organizers remind us that a Muse is "a woman or force that is the source of inspiration for a creative artist - there are nine goddesses in Greek and Roman mythology. Three monetary awards will be given out at this exhibition: The Schweitzer Memorial Award (works on canvas, $150.00), Elsie G. Hammond Memorial Award (works on paper, $100.00) and the Alice Mae Hart Memorial Award (mixed media, $100.00). The entry fees are $35 ($40 for non-members) for 2 entries, with each additional
entry, up to a total of 5, of $10 each. Payment via
Full prospectus here. Deadline Dec. 15.

Big Red & Shiny is a web-­based monthly publication devoted to contemporary art writing in all its facets. Centered around the history, theory, and reception of contemporary art, it publishes texts and criticism on subjects ranging from architecture, performance, food & art, to augmented reality, the linguistic habits of art writers, and in depth examinations and interviews with artists, curators, and program directors. The Editors currently seek previously unpublished submissions from writers, academics, artists, historians, critics, and theoristscourse syllabi for an upcoming series focused on the practice of teaching art. “Syllabi” can include formats ranging from reading lists and narrative reflections to lesson plans and course descriptions. Potential topics can include: the pragmatics of being a practicing artist while teaching art; the pedagogical approaches needed for teaching time­based or new media work; teaching art in multiple institutional settings; the experience of being a teaching assistant. Big Red & Shiny seeks long form pieces, between 3,000 and 5,000 words, as well as shorter pieces and reading lists up to 2,000 words for this series. Commissioned writers will receive an honorarium and ongoing editorial support. Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Send submissions to the editor at: dolphinkrute@bigredandshiny.comMore...

The Stamford Art Association invites all artists to the next exhibition at the Ferguson Library, downtown branch, at the corner of Broad and Bedford Streets, Stamford. The gallery is located in the auditorium on the third floor of the library. This show is open to all SAA members and non-members and is a juried show. All two dimensional media are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded. The theme of the show is Illusion of Light. The opening reception will be Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ferguson Gallery. If you are interested in being considered for the show, please submit up to 3 jpeg digital images no later than Sunday, Dec. 20 to: Work must be framed under Plexiglas and wired for hanging, not larger than 48” x 60” framed. The receiving date for the show is Thursday, January 21, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Receiving is on the third floor of the Ferguson Library. There will be a $35.00 fee, cash or check made out to SAA, (no credit cards) per artist that will be collected at receiving. Further information will be supplied with acceptance notification. All artwork must be for sale. A commission of 25% on work sold will support SAA. See full prospectus here.

Maple and Main Gallery of Art in Chester, CT seeks artists working in a variety of media for its first annual juried show. The gallery is housed in an iconic, historic building downtown and is in its sixth year of business showing the work of Connecticut artists. The show will be hung in the entire lower level of the gallery and will be on view from January 28 through March 13, 2016. Maple and Main will promote the show online and in print media. The show will be featured on our website and Facebook page and with signage. There will be an opening reception with live music, wine tasting, wine, food and chocolates. The winner of the first place award will be able to have a show in the well appointed Stone Gallery during April 2016. It can be a solo show or you can choose to share the gallery with fellow artists. Maple and Main will provide staff and publicity. Juror: Robert Norieka. Submission fee: $15 first piece; $10 additional; limit 3. Online submission deadline: January 11; in-person receiving dates: January 24 & 25. See prospectus here.

The Vermont Studio Center's Staff-Artist Program presents emerging artists and writers with a unique opportunity to live and work at VSC for one year, engaging fully with the resident community and Visiting Artists and Writers in order to gain professional expertise, build creative community, and emerge with a strong direction in their artistic careers. In exchange for a one-year commitment of 29 hours of work per week in the office, studios, kitchen, or grounds, VSC staff-artists receive room, board, studio space, full access to the VSC community, and a stipend of $200 per week. Each staff-artist completes their year with a solo exhibition or public reading. All staff-artists must have an existing creative practice, an understanding of and desire to support VSC's mission, a valid driver's license, and be US citizens age 21+. Because it is important for our staff-artists to understand the VSC community, alumni are preferred for these positions. Current staff-artist openings:
Communications Assistant (Position start date: January 2016)
Development Assistant (Position start date: January 2016)
Visual Arts Coordinator (Position start date: January 2016)
To apply, please visit

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin Foundation Grant applications are now being accepted for up to $2,500 in grant moneys for artists in the fields of music, photography, and theater. To receive an application packet, send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) before December 6th, 2015 to: Puffin Foundation Ltd., Application Request, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111. The Foundation continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500. Completed applications due December 30.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

The Westport Library, is offering a series of weekly interactive workshops for those who have always wanted to write, but are not sure how to start. There are a few tickets left for the three remaining workshops for the next three Saturdays, from 2:30-4 pm in the Library’s Seminar Room. Kicking off November’s National Novel Writing Month, author Judith Marks-White will lead the classes, which continue every Saturday to December 5 (except November 28). Participants may take one class or all of the remaining three. Sessions are limited to 20 people, and there is a $5 fee per session. Register online for each of the classes. Marks-White has designed and taught creative writing programs and, as an adjunct Professor of English/Writing at Norwalk Community College, won the 2005 Teacher of the Year Award “for imparting wisdom with contagious enthusiasm.” She is the recipient of numerous writing awards including recognition for her weekly award-winning humor column in the Westport News. Her articles and feature stories appear in magazines, anthologies and newspapers throughout the country. Her debut novel Seducing Harry was followed by Bachelor Degree, which won an ELLE Magazine Reader’s Prize Book Award.

November 19, 7:00-8:30pm
Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet
This webinar is geared to artists working in all disciplines and covers all aspects of real life budgeting, including misconceptions about money, things you can do to improve your financial life this week, determining what your time really costs and creating a realistic budget for an artistic projec
t.  $25. Register here

November 30, 7:00-8:30pm
Artists Raising Kids, with Andrew Simonet
Artist-parents know the struggle for balance all too well. Based on a national survey and a series of in-depth interviews and workshops, this webinar looks at the challenges and rewards of parenting as artists and takes a realistic and positive look at the artist parent life. Open to artists with kids as well as those thinking about raising kids. $25. Register here.

Andrew Simonet was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Currently, Andrew is focused on writing and independent creative projects. He runs a professional development program for artists in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse, Tiger, and Nico Wolf.


Connecticut Ballet seeks a Marketing Manager in Hartford to implement communications and earned revenue initiatives for one of Connecticut's premier nonprofit arts organizations. This position collaborates as a member of the senior management team to develop short and long range plans to promote awareness and create demand for all Connecticut Ballet programs, ensure audience growth in revenue and number of patrons, and foster patron development. Job requirements: Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and a thorough knowledge of performing arts industry marketing and communications best practices. Excellent computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office Suite. Successful candidates will possess strong organizational and leadership skills combined with a track record that demonstrates success with increasing visibility in both direct mail, print and online campaigns. Position requires weekly travel to Hartford office. Option to work remotely for portion of 30 hours/week. Competitive salary. Connecticut Ballet does not discriminate against individuals or those seeking employment on account of their race, color, religious creed, age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sex, physical disability or sexual orientation. To apply, please send resume and cover letter in MS Word or PDF format to:, Attn: Brett Raphael, CEO.

Prosek Partners, one of the top marketing communications and public relations companies in the U.S., is seeking a talented, versatile and motivated full-time graphic designer to join its growing creative services team in Fairfield, Connecticut. The position will be primarily responsible for quality control of client-facing presentation materials as well as the creation of visual assets. Will also assist in the layout of design and marketing collateral, web-based user interfaces (UI), and a variety of other projects collaborating with team members throughout our three offices in New York, Fairfield and London. Ideal candidates should have a bachelor's degree in design or related field and 2-4 years of professional design-related experience. The candidate should demonstrate strong visual, written and oral communication skills. Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office is a must, with bonus points going to those who can function across Windows and OS X. 
The ideal candidate will be: proficient in Adobe CS/CC including, but not limited to, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; well versed in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word in both Mac and PC work environments; cognizant of typography and color applications; aware of current web (3.0) design standards and trends; familiar with best practices and trends for web design, including HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Wordpress. Full details and application procedure here.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony (NYS), is the premier youth orchestra in the region, with six performing ensembles comprised of 250 talented young musicians from 30 surrounding towns. NYS seeks an intern with arts administration skills to apply those skills to running a youth orchestra – from administration to larger strategic projects. As an intern you will work directly with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the artistic staff. Learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with other professionals in the non-profit and classical music field. Responsibilities would include:
1. Develop and implement social media strategy to increase NYS’ exposure on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; maintain program in conjunction with NYS staff.
2. Work with the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board to expand the scholarship program and grant application process.
3. Assist the 60th-anniversary steering committee in planning and executing the Alumni Concert; assist in developing and expanding the alumni database to enable long-term communication, connection and support from alumni.
4. Work with the Chair of Development on implementation of annual fundraising campaign.
5. Assist the Executive Director and Tech team in identifying a cloud based data management system and the conversion to the new system.
6. Perform additional organizational management and support tasks as needed.
The position begins immediately and ends mid-May, and will be approximately 10 hours/week including a few week-ends. Other positions including longer-term opportunities are available. Stipend based upon experience. Click here for more details. To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to Sara Watkins at

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit organization that celebrates the art of film in Greenwich, with a world-class Festival in June and supporting events throughout the year.
1. GIFF is seeking a Marketing Intern (unpaid) to work up to 10 hours a week beginning in January 2016 with a flexible end date of May or June 2016, depending on the intern’s availability. The Marketing Intern will assist with our media efforts, and be an integral part of our team. The qualified candidate should be a dedicated, hard working individual who want to work in a fast-paced environment. Good communication and writing skills are a must, as well as multitasking and the ability to work independently. See details of position here.
2. GIFF seeks a Graphic Design Intern (unpaid) to work up to 10 hours a week beginning in January 2016 with a flexible end date of May or June 2016. The number of hours will increase during the Festival weekend. The Graphic Design Intern is responsible for assisting the Graphic Designer with a range of print and web projects, such as print ads, lobby displays, collateral material, and web graphics. Qualified candidates will possess strong graphic design skills, be detail-oriented, self-motivated and have the ability to organize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment. See details here.
3. GIFF also seeks a Programming Intern (unpaid) to work up to 10 hours a week beginning in January 2016 with a flexible end date of May or June 2016. Intern applicants should be dedicated, hard working individuals who want to work in a fast-paced environment. Good communication and writing skills are a must, as well as multitasking and the ability to work independently. See details here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Teaching Artists
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Manager of Academic Programs
Bruce Museum: Museum Educator
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival: Executive Director 
New Haven Symphony: Box Office Manager
Neighborhood Music School Audubon Arts Summer Theatre: Program Director
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Arts Center: Education Assistant
Yale University Press: Publishing Assistant (Art Books)
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Nov. 15: SoNo Holiday Bazaar: Payment Deadline to secure space
Nov. 15: Women's Studio Workshop, Artists Book Residency, Application Deadline
Nov. 15: Yale Series of Younger Poets Award Submission Deadline
Nov. 16: Approaching Galleries Webinar Series: Pace & Timing
Nov. 17: Foothills Art Center, CO, The Engaged Object, Submission Deadline
Nov. 17: Common Ground 5: GGP Offices, 119 Washington St, Norwalk
Nov. 20: A Blade of Grass Fellowships for Engaged Art Deadline
Nov. 22: Hudson Valley Art Association: 18th National Juried Show, Deadline
Nov. 23: Approaching Galleries Webinar Series: Maintaining the Relationship

Dec. c1: Mattatuck Museum: Mixmaster Submission Deadline
Dec. c1: Sámi Center for Contemporary Art (Norway) Residency Application Deadline
Dec. c1: The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Writers Fellowships Deadline
Dec. c1: Greenwich International Film Festival: Film Submission Early Deadline
Dec. c6: Puffin Foundation: Small Artists Grants: Deadline for Requesting Application
Dec. 15: TransCultural International Conference, Boston: Early Bird Registration
Dec. 15: Banana Factory, Bethlehem: The Creative Muse Submission Deadline
Dec. 20: Stamford Art Association: Illusion of Light Submission Deadline
Dec. 30: Puffin Foundation: Small Artists Grants: Submission Deadline

Jan. 11: Maple & Main Gallery, Chester, CT: First Juried 
Show Submission Deadline

Feb. c1: The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Visual Artists Fellowships Deadline
Feb. 28: Terra Vivente Art Studio (Italy): Residency Application Deadline
Feb. 29: SIPMA Contemporary (NJ): I Eat Therefore I AmSubmission Deadline

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