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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
August 14, 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
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❖ Common Ground: Next Meeting - July 28
❖ Welcome New Members:  Bridgeport Public Library and Wall Street Theatre.

❖ Member Round-Up: Barnum Museum, Bridgeport Public Library, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Danbury Music Centre, Greenwich Historical Society, Maritime Aquarium, New Canaan Society for the Arts, Norwalk Preservation Trust, and Shakespeare on the Sound

❖ National Arts in Education Week Sept. 13-19: Save the Date, Celebrate & Advocate 
❖ New Connecticut Poet Laureate: Rennie McQuilkin
❖ New NEA Study on the Arts and the Disabled: A Matter of Choice? 
❖ American Giving Is Highest in 60 Years: Giving USA 2015 Report

❖ NEH Announces Dialogues on the Experiences of War Grants - Sept. 15
❖ NEH Bridging Cultures Grant Program - August 24

❖ John Haydon's Top Five Tips on Facebook Marketing
❖ Museum Computer Network Conference, Minneapolis, Nov. 4-7
(Early Bird Rates End July 31)

❖ Westport Arts Center: Education Fellow
❖ Arts Council of Greater New Haven: Advertising and Event Coordinator

❖ Bruce Museum: Manager of Youth and Family Programs
❖ Arts for Learning Connecticut: Corporate and Events Associate
❖ Real Art Ways: Communications Manager
❖ Westport Library: Research Wizard

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Our Director of Marketing, Jennifer Bangser, interviewed Kristina Newman-Scott, the new Director of Culture at the CT Office of the Arts, on our monthly Spotlight on Arts & Culture program on WPKN, 89.5 FM, August 10. The subject was the challenges and promises facing the state as it tries to strengthen arts & culture in our state. 
Listen to the archive of the show here:
At the third in our continuing series of Common Ground Meetings, July 28, 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.
YOUR NEWS                             
Two of our members, THE BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY (BPL) and THE KLEIN, (Bridgeport’s 1,450-seat performing arts center), have announced a joint initiative to encourage their patrons to use more books, CDs, DVDs and online resources to learn about the performers and themes of the Klein's special events. LEARN MORE ABOUT IT! will start Sept. 25 with Tango Lovers, (see right), winner of the 2015 Latin ACE Award. The BPL will announce the availability of key books and other Tango-related materials at the Library. Said John D. Soltis, BPL's Black Rock Branch Manager, “This collaboration is a win-win for two of Bridgeport’s premier institutions and most importantly for our respective patrons. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with our friends at the Klein.”
HEATHER GAUDIO FINE ART is moving this September from its position on 21 South Avenue New Canaan to 66 Elm Street, long occupied by Sallea Antiques. “We’re incredibly excited,” owner Heather Gaudio told “I think it’s an amazing space.” The NewCanaanite added that "The longtime Sallea space offers Gaudio more operational space (for example, packaging), and more storage, including for wine to be used at a grand opening party that likely will come in October." 
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY has four new Board of Trustee officers: Frank Martire, chair; Linda McMahon, vice chair; Gary Levin, secretary; and Dan McCarthy, treasurer (clockwise from top left, at right). Martire, with an SHU B.Ec., joined the board in 2005 and is executive chairman of the Board of FIS. A part-time New Canaan resident, he holds an MBA from the University of New Haven. McMahon is co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. Serving on several nonprofit boards, she is a principal of the Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation. Levin earned his SHU bachelor’s in 1978 and joined the SHU Board of Trustees in 2013, currently serving as chairman and CEO of Levin Financial Group. McCarthy has been a member of the board since 2013. In April 2015, he became president and CEO of Frontier Communications, where he has worked since 1990. He sits on the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board. 
Norwalk's WALL STREET THEATER, which first opened its doors in 1915, and is now undergoing renovation to become “the first next-generation theater in Connecticut, igniting seamless storytelling across multiple media channels” is celebrating its centenary with a street festival Sun Sept 27, featuring P.J. Pacifico, Caravan of Thieves, Jen Durkin & The Business, as well as cinema, digital productions, an art space, and a community arena in which to play. Tours of the theater will be given and staff and advisors will be on hand to discuss  the multi-media performance space, scheduled to open in Spring 2016.
WPKN 89.5FM celebrates its 50th year of broadcasting from the University of Bridgeport’s Student Center. An independent station, WPKN has always been friendly to the arts and countercultural voices. It first went on the air in 1963 as a 100-watt station, upgraded to 700 watts and then in the 1970s to 10,000 watts - one of the more powerful stations in the region. WPKN’s studio looks much the same as it did in 1965 when it opened at UB’s John Cox Student Center: “If someone wanting to make a movie of a counterculture radio station in the 1960s, this would make the perfect set,” said station manager Steve di Costanzo. “Even the crowd in their 20s and 30s are crazy about this place, because they missed the whole turntable era, and there’s a resurgence of interest in something that just seems more authentic,” di Costanzo said. “It’s great to see how interested are in this place. They don‘t make stations like this anymore.” CT Post story
OTHER NEWS                             

With more than 550 members, The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is a large and effective body for representing all nonprofits statewide. While the arts and culture sector is one of the smaller sectors, it is one where CTNonprofits see the greatest opportunity for growth. Julia Wilcox, Senior Public Policy Specialist at CTNonprofits, has been an effective liaison between our sector and others in the state and she is now spearheading a movement to help build the sector. On July 22, Julia met with Kristina Newman-Scott, new Director of Culture for the state, and her staff, to discuss ways that CT Nonprofits and the Office of the Arts might collaborate. A key element in the discussion was the budget process - especially related to designated line items for arts and culture organizations. Newman-Scott expressed interest in partnering with CT Nonprofits to strengthen the sector. On a parallel track, Wilcox is interested in creating a Culture Caucus to counter chronic underfunding and ongoing rescissions along the lines of the extremely successful Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Caucus - the first such legislative body in the US, and the largest caucus in state history, that won substantial gains for its constituency in the budget wars. One of the key stimuli for Wilcox is the 2012 report from the National Governors Association: New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Designwhich in its executive summary states that arts, culture, and design can assist states with economic growth as they can: 1. Provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster;
2. Help mature industries become more competitive;
3. Provide the critical ingredients for innovative places;
4. Catalyze community revitalization; and
5. Deliver a better-prepared workforce.

Americans for the Arts, and The Cultural Data Project (CDP), the national resource for in-depth data about nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations, are collaborating on the fifth national economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. CDP will provide the organizational data collection platform for the study, bringing together the two cultural data and research organizations to capture and communicate the economic value of the nonprofit arts and cultural industry. Produced every five years, Arts & Economic Prosperity® is the most comprehensive study to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. It quantifies the vital role of arts and cultural activity in strengthening local communities and the national economy, and provides specific and reliable data on the industry’s impact on jobs and government revenue. The most recent study, published in 2012 and based on fiscal year 2010 data, demonstrated that spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generated $135 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.1 million jobs and generating $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenue.  More


Nearly 28 million U.S. adults have some type of disability related to hearing, sight, cognition, walking, and other activities of daily living. A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Disabled Americans offers the first nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities. The report gleans its findings from the National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), the NEA’s long-running survey on Americans’ arts engagement habits. From 2012, the Survey gathered information on disabilities among the non-institutionalized, working age civilian population. The research combines data on adults with any reported disability, who comprised 12% of the U.S. population in 2012. Less likely than adults in general to have attended a live performing arts event or to have visited an art museum or gallery in the past 12 months, disabled adults were equally likely as all adults to have attended a visual arts, music, dance, or theater event if it occurred in a place of worship, and also equally likely to create visual art, pottery or ceramics, write, or enjoy art via electronic media, and in at least one category of art-making—the fiber arts—they were even more likely than adults in general to have participated. More...

The latest data about charitable giving in the United States is now available in the Giving USA 2015 report. Americans donated an estimated $358.38 Billion in 2014, the highest total in 60 years. With the exception of International Affairs, giving in 2014 rose across all sectors, with Arts, Culture, and the Humanities seeing the highest percentage growth. Corporate giving also grew by 13.7 percent in 2014. Download the survey highlights for free (after opening an account). Rising 9.2 percent in 2014, estimated giving to arts, culture, and humanities saw the highest increase in giving among all subsectorsThe single largest contributor to the increase in total charitable giving in 2014 was an increase of $13.88 billion in giving by individuals58 percent of the total change between 2013 and 2014. Arts, culture and the humanities, with the largest increase of any sector, received 5% of total donations (religious organizations received 32%).

The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program.
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Through the program, subject to the availability of funding, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: In this category, projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
2) Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. To register, and for complete program guidelines, visit the OUR TOWN website


Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to expose K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school grounds. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2015. Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for field trips taking place between February and December 2015. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students. Applications are accepted from August 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015. Click here for complete program guidelines and access to the application form.

The following free webinars was gathered together by the Wild Apricot blog. Click on the title to find out more and to register.

1. Job Search Strategies for Fundraising ProfessionalsThurs. Aug. 20, 1-2pm
Tools to successfully secure a fundraising position, including: an overview of how employers find applicants for fundraising positions; key insight into what employers are looking for in their fundraising candidates; tips and strategies to prepare you for a successful fundraising job search.

2. Social Media and Volunteer EngagementThurs. Aug. 20, 2-3pm
Using social media to promote volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers. This webinar offers an introduction to including social media in volunteer recruitment and retention plans and the social media tools available to help promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

3. How to Create Visual Content for Your NGOTues. Aug. 25, 1-2:30pm
How NGOs can tap into the power of visual content on a minimal budget. Topics include: how to create visually compelling images for social media; the importance of creating infographics; using Instagram to create video content; low-cost photo and video editing tools; and launching fundraising campaigns in visual format.

4. Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal SuccessWed. Aug. 26, 1-2pm
Takeaways will include: the 5 pieces of information you absolutely need when planning a funding proposal; how to use those plans to shape a full proposal template; and how you can prepare your proposal to make grant reporting a snap

5. Change Your Data StoryWed. Aug. 26, 1-2pm
Learn the power of unlocking data by creating a visual display/dashboard; understand the common mistakes nonprofits make when designing graphs & dashboards; identify four nonprofit dashboard categories to use to engage others; and create a mini-action plan with your own next steps for creating visual displays or dashboards.

On the heels of new proposed legislation that would change the definition of “exempt” employees and independent contractors, the ProBono Partnership is offering a webinar to explain the implication of the new laws. What's in a Name? Exempt/Non-Exempt and Employee/Independent Contractor Classification will be held online on Thursday, September 10, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at a cost of $20. “Are the people who work for your nonprofit properly classified? Are you calling someone an independent contractor who should actually be classified as an employee? And even if you have classified someone as an employee, are they properly classified as exempt or nonexempt? Nonprofits that incorrectly classify its workers are at financial risk and proposed changes to the Department of Labor rules further highlight the importance of these classifications. Topics include: Who is and who is not an independent contractor? What employers need to do to establish a legitimate independent contractor relationship . The criteria for properly classifying an employee as exempt or nonexempt. What to do if an employee is incorrectly classified." Click here to register.

Come to the Wilton Library Tuesday September 22, 8:30-10:30am for the Second Annual Fairfield County Nonprofit Resource Fair. Network with your nonprofit peers and discover valuable, powerful and affordable resources that might help answer your questions and solve your problems, including how to develop your staff, strengthen your board, recruit new board members, address legal issues, find volunteers, and more. The event is open to Executive Directors or Senior Management staff (one person per organization). The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will be participating - so stop by to learn about our resources - and say hello! Room size is limited, so register now. Click here for all the details and to register - $10.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence joins with the CT Association of Nonprofits to offer the first Fairfield County Advocacy Day, at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway, Thursday October 8th 8:00 am–12:30 pm ($55, includes breakfast with Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff). Skill-Building breakout sessions will be led by Jeff Shaw of CT Nonprofits (Civics 101), Maurice Segall of Pro Bono Partnership (Lobbying and Political Campaign Activities for Nonprofits), and a TBA (Deconstructing the CT State Budget). These will be followed by a panel, moderated by Juanita James, sharing advocacy success stories, that will include Diane Sierpina, Tow Foundation; Nate Snow, Teach For America CT; Lucas Codognolla, CT Students for a Dream; Don Strait, CT Fund for the Environment; and Abby Anderson, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance. The morning will close with a session, Crafting Conversations, which will help participants develop priorities and topics to explore with local legislators at the upcoming Nonprofit Legislative Forum Series, to be held for Greater Norwalk, (Dec. 3); Greater Stamford (Jan. 5); and Greater Bridgeport (Jan. 7). Register for Advocacy Day here.

The Bruce Museum seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications,
to develop and implement a strategic and dynamic marketing plan for all exhibitions, programs and events geared to diverse audiences; provide strong leadership to convey the Museum’s identity and mission to its constituency and general public with a focus on growing audiences. Write, design and place media content, fostering existing media relationships. With colleagues: oversee social media campaigns, enforce style guide, create membership marketing plan, and create A/V exhibition/program projects. Be the public face of the Museum. Preferred candidate has proven marketing/communications abilities in a museum or cultural non-profit; experience crafting communications programs to create or further enhance awareness, connectivity and giving – including promotional materials; experience developing broad-based marketing efforts directed at the general public conveying institutional change and future direction including powerful, compelling collateral materials to expand awareness of an institution’s value to the community; has developed broad-based public awareness campaigns creating a climate conducive to growing visitation, membership, and giving at all levels; and prior experience developing marketing strategy and implementing the plan for a possible future campaign. More...

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. Send cover letter and resume to:, and note “Senior Press Officer” in the subject line. Calls will not be accepted. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. More...

The Westport Arts Center (WAC) seeks a proven fundraiser to join our team as Development Director. As a leader in arts experiences in Fairfield County, WAC is looking for an individual to lead our development efforts who understands our community and our constituents. The candidate should be an expert communicator with a capacity to create interest and articulate our mission with passion and drive. Candidate must be able to demonstrate management of a fundraising pipeline with resulting gifts. Key areas of responsibility fall under the categories of: Management of the Development Function; Database Management; Programming and Event Fundraising; Grant Management and Administration. Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree; five years experience in a fundraising position and ability to demonstrate results; proven leadership and success in managing campaigns, donor cultivation, membership development, grant writing, and organizational coordination; knowledge of laws related to donations, financial planning, and IRS regulations; strong commitment to fundraising ethics; familiarity with database management tools; superb communication skills, both written and oral; exceptional organizational skills; interest in the arts and the impact within a community. For full details and application procedure, click here.

Shakesperience was founded in 1996 by Emily Mattina and Jeffrey Lapham, with a mission to educate and inspire students, families, and theater professionals through the arts. The non-profit organization is headquartered on Bank Street in the heart of downtown Waterbury. The company now seeks an enthusiastic and energetic person to assist in managing the acting company and direct operations for theatre and education programs, with a particular emphasis on marketing to schools. Full-time, salaried. EOE. Positive attitude, collaborative approach, self-motivation, valid driver's license and exceptional administrative, communication and organizational skills mandatory. Some combination of experience with youth, and/or Shakespeare encouraged.
Interested parties should email or call contact 203-754-2531. Shakesperience Productions, Inc.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Development Officer
Bruce Museum: Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellowship
Discovery Museum: Finance Manager
New Britain Museum of American Art: Copywriter
Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Director of Development
Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Director of Marketing
Westport Library, Research Wizard

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Aug. 24: NEH Bridging Cultures Deadline

Sept. c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $1500)
Sept. 13-19: National Arts in Education Week: Celebrate & Advocate
Sept. 15: NEH Application Deadline for Dialogues on The Experience of War Grant Program
Sept. 30: Application deadline for Target Field Trip Grants

Oct. c1: Letter of Inquiry Deadline for Grammy Preservation or Research Grants
Oct. c9: Craft Research Fund
Oct. 15: Shubert Foundation Grant Deadline for Dance, Arts-Related & Education Support
Oct. 30: Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program Application Deadline

Nov. 4-7: Museum Computer Network Conference (Minneapolis)
Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Grant Deadline for Theatre Operating Support
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