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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
July 24, 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
The next meeting for artists, creative businesses and cultural nonprofits interested in working together on a range of cross-sector collaborative projects will be held at The Discovery Museum, July 28 at 6:30pm. This is the third follow-up meeting to the very successful CreativeGround/ Common Ground conference held at The Bijou Theatre April 30. Please RSVP so we have a sense of the numbers attending. If you missed either of the previous meetings and are interested in finding out more, contact David Green.

Executive Director: Bob Kennedy
Norwalk's Wall Street Theatre (WST), is a national historic landmark that is now a non-profit organization with the goal of providing diverse programming and promoting arts education to the greater Norwalk community. Its mission is: "to offer a variety of high-quality professional music, comedic and stage performances; provide educational opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in the performing arts; contribute to the economic viability of downtown Norwalk, as a cultural asset; enhance the historic preservation of Norwalk; uphold the standards of its audiences; and maintain fiscally sound management." Described as "The first next-generation venue in Connecticut to provide arts enthusiasts with a true transmedia experience, igniting seamless storytelling across multiple media channels," the Wall Street Theatre will offer live shows, interactive entertainment, cinema, digital productions, an art exhibition space, and a community arena. The theater is expected to open its doors in the spring of 2016. Website Facebook
Bridgeport Public Library (BPL) provides multiple opportunities for residents to learn, enjoy and achieve, in the firm belief that libraries change people’s lives and are cornerstones of democracy. To accomplish this mission, the BPL offers free and open access to a relevant collection, staff knowledge, and modern facilities. Serving a city of 140,000 residents where more than 60 languages are spoken, the BPL has 5 libraries across one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S. Its superb Bridgeport History Center, and its Genealogy Department, attracts visitors from all over the world. Cultural programs for all ages, focusing on art, literature, and music, are continually offered at all branch locations. Exhibits featuring local artists are always on display in the galleries and display areas. Libraries include Burroughs-Saden Main Library, and the Black Rock,  North and Old Mill Green Branch Libraries. Three new branches are being added, including the reclaimed Newfield Branch under development (see below). Board President Jim O'Donnell recently commented that "the libraries in Bridgeport serve as that trusted, ‘Third Place’, away from home and work, where we can gather with free and open access to information, resources and services to explore ideas and interests and engage in a vibrant civic life."
YOUR NEWS                             
The devastated BARNUM MUSEUM is on the road to recovery but still needs major capital support. With a new mission statement ("To inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment") and continuing resolve, it has just released an exciting fundraising video, sharing its concept plan for a truly 21st-Century museum. The NEW Barnum Museum features Kathy Maher, Bob Rogers (Disney Imagineer, President of BRC Imagination Arts, and Creative Director of The Barnum Museum), Matthew Solari (Conceptual Designer, BRC), Mayor Bill Finch, Elinor Biggs (a Barnum descendant), and Walter Woodward (CT State Historian).
The BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY is reclaiming the historic former Newfield Library Building (755 Central Avenue), leased in 1991 to a community center when the City’s financial difficulties prevented capital repairs and maintenance. The community center ceased operations and the Library, as part of its Library Master Plan has, with renewed funding, acquired and will expand the building, “with its iconic fireplaces, high vaulted 18’ ceiling and tall windows, to recreate the historic Newfield Library, with a new state-of-the-art structure on adjacent property to provide space for the collection, computer tech center, innovation resources and meeting space for the East End community." More...
As part of Norwalk's CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING's preparation for its 20th Anniversary Exhibition (September 12 to December 13, 2015) it is creating a montage video, showcasing the people and events that have been part of the past 20 years. So far, CCP has received many great images. However, it is still looking for older, pre-digital era images that could be scanned and shared. You can email your images, at highest resolution, to
In the hometown of Charles Ives, DANBURY MUSIC CENTRE is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with the launch of the new Danbury Chamber Music Intensive (CMI) Artist Concert Series. The Series features world-renowned percussionist Simon Boyar, “rockstar” violinist Charles Yang, and the Artists-in-Residence of the CMI in concerts that feature unique genre-crossing, the classic favorites, and the music of living American composers in celebration of Charles Ives’s legacy.
The GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY is celebrating the town’s 375th anniversary with a unique exhibition: Greenwich Voices, which has been designed as an audio time capsule of life in Greenwich in 2015. Over the course of four months, curators Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden gathered the voices of residents who discussed what the town represents to them and what it’s like to live here. The myriad anonymous voices capture a rich portrait of the community that is unexpected, personal and resonates with larger social issues. Through August 30. More...
The MARITIME AQUARIUM was just awarded a much-coveted TRIP ADVISOR Travelers’ Choice Award for 2015, the service's highest accolade, placing the Aquarium in the top 1% of Trip Advisor properties nationwide, based on travelers' reviews. Separately, Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium was ranked No. 20 on Trip Advisor’s list of Top 25 aquariums in the U.S. Getting close to the seals and other marine animals is one reason guests voted The Maritime Aquarium high!
The Board of the NEW CANAAN SOCIETY FOR THE ARTS has announced the new full-time Executive Director of the CARRIAGE BARN ARTS CENTER: Valerie Garlick. An artist herself, Valerie was most recently visual arts manager and curator at Real Art Ways and a curator for Vector Productions in New York. She has a Masters in Art History and an MFA, both from UConn. Valerie reports that the Barn has a new roof and has been re-painted and fully repaired, ready for its Members Show, opening the season September 19.
The NORWALK PRESERVATION TRUST is preparing for its fifth annual Living History Tour, Sun. Oct. 4, which will feature properties and districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, spanning Norwalk's development from an 18th-century farming community, through post-Civil War opulence, early 19th-century industrial prosperity, to expansion and forward-thinking community organization after 1945. Stops at designated sites will feature costumed re-enactors. Narrated by an architectural historian, this tour promises to shed light on Norwalk's history "hidden in plain sight."
SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND is bidding farewell to Steven Yuhasz, its executive director for the past four seasons, and welcoming Claire Shannon Kelly as its new Artistic Director. Claire has been director of education and artistic associate at the theater and directed its two previous productions, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in 2014 and "As You Like It" in 2013. Claire lives in New Canaan and has worked at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, New York's Roundabout Theater and others. Read more...
OTHER NEWS                             

National Arts in Education Week is a celebration of the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education. Designated by Congress in 2010, this week is designed to bring attention of the cause to elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. HOST OR ATTEND A CELEBRATION
Local celebrations are the best way to bring attention to the cause. Share your celebration on Americans for the Arts’ ArtsMeet National Event Calendar. Place the logo on event posters, websites, etc.
ADVOCATE TO DECISION MAKERS: Tell stories, cite facts, and get your local decision makers on board. AftA's Arts Education Navigator e-books are one source for advocacy tips and tools. Customize AftA's templates for your school board, city council, etc., to declare their support. BRING ATTENTION TO THE CAUSE: During #ArtsEdWeek, follow @Americans4Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and upload your favorite arts education moments.

The CT Office of the Arts has announced Rennie McQuilkin of Simsbury as the new Connecticut Poet LaureateAs the state poet, McQuilkin’s role is to advocate for poetry and promote appreciation and participation in poetry and the other literary arts among Connecticut’s residents and visitors. The honorary position was established in 1985, and each poet serves a five-year term. McQuilkin took over July 1 for outgoing poet laureate Dick Allen, (2010-2015). Participating in poetry readings and workshops in Connecticut and beyond, McQuilkin has had a distinguished literary career with several published poetry collectionsHe has been awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Connecticut Center for the Book, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and several fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. McQuilkin plans to support the Coalition of Local Poets Laureate (see article) in its efforts to encourage more towns and cities throughout the state to establish poet laureate positions and support the work of local poets. 

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 Humanities (NEH) recently announced a new grant program to bring a humanities perspective and context to the experience of war through the use of humanities texts and community discussions to expand and deepen the understanding of military service. Dialogues on the Experience of War will award grants to organizations of up to $100,000 to support the recruitment and training of discussion leaders and the convening of at least two discussion programs. Discussion groups can take place on college and university campuses, in veterans’ centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues. Discussion groups can be made up exclusively of military veterans and can also include men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public. Discussion groups will use humanities sources from history, philosophy, literature, visual arts, and film, as well as testimonials of those who have served. The discussion groups will cover, for example, questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism as well as records of day-to-day experiences on the ground. The Dialogues on the Experience of War grant program continues NEH’s commitment to veterans and the humanities under its Standing Together initiative, which emphasizes the innovative ways in which the humanities can foster engagement with military veterans and their communities. Application guidelines and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are available at Application Deadline: September 15.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for a program that aims to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges. Through the Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program, grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to projects that enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, and/or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future. Projects must draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures, engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts, involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise, improve the quality of humanities course offerings at a community college or community college system, and create opportunities to disseminate their results. Any U.S. nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status is eligible to apply, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. Read more here. A video recording of a webinar about this program is available here: Application Guidelines are here. Deadline: August 24.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

John Haydon, author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies, reveals his Best 5 Tips on Facebook Marketing for the Wild Apricot blog. Follow the links for Haydon's full blog posts.

1. Know the Most Useful Facebook Insights Reports and How to Use Them. Three reports to analyze regularly:
Page Posts Ranked By Engagement - The Posts ReportPositive and Negative Changes in Engagement Over 30 Days - The Reach Report; Target Facebook Ads to People Already Engaged with Your Content - People Engaged Report

2. Facebook’s New Newsfeed Prioritizes Posts From People, Over Posts from Pages. What has Facebook changed and how will it impact you?
1. Filling quiet news feeds with more content -Facebook is “relaxing” the rule to not distribute multiple posts in a row from the same source.
2. Prioritizing important updates from close friends. Posts from friends you interact with most rank higher in your News Feed.

3. How To Make Your Nonprofit Facebook Video Go Viral
1. Understand your people - use Facebook Insights and Graphs to understand what does and does not work.
2. Create content that resonates - create/curate content that makes your people look awesome to their friends.

4. How to Spruce Up Your Facebook Page in Less Than 15 Minutes
- Promote your event on your cover image
Let people post updates on your page
Clean up your tabs
Add a call-to-action to your page
Pin your best post
Post links like a human, not a marketer. 
Post photos/videos like a human, not a marketer
Reply to comments like a human, not a marketer
Write Facebook posts (really, all your content) for mobile.

Founded in 1967, the M
useum Computer Network (MCN) has been serving the cultural heritage community for over 40 years. Its core purpose is to foster innovation and excellence by supporting professionals who are interested in transforming the way their cultural organizations reach, engage and educate their audiences using digital technologies. Explore what MCN has to offer at its 2015 conference this November in Minneapolis. The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums: Making Meaning with People, Collections, and Information will consider how the museum experience is expanded through the marrying of the physical and the digital, the back office and the visitor, the screen and the vitrine. How will we use embodied, digitally responsive, and inclusive methods and approaches to build 21st-century literacies with our audiences? The conference program is available here. Sample sessions: Storytelling in Video; Building Authentic Connections with Visitors Through Design Thinking; Create Your Own Audio Guide, Using Free and Open Platforms; Digital Asset Management Systems and Museums; Making Meaning With Online Connections: Top Ten Tips; Money, Money, Money: Turn Great Ideas into Funded Projects; and much more.  You can register here. The Early Bird Rates End July 31.

Westport Arts Center seeks an Education Fellow who reports to the Director of Education and works to develop curriculum for the Westport Arts Center’s Youth Education programs. The Education Fellow works with children aged 3 to 18 instructing them in different techniques and media. The ideal candidate for the position will have experience teaching children in a classroom setting, knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies and how to apply them to practical art classes, a creative approach to projects and a proven track record of developing and implementing curriculum. Responsibilities will mostly involve classroom teaching, but there are also special events, tours and small groups and some birthday party responsibilities. Hours: 25 hours per week, Monday – Friday and additional hours as needed including some evenings and weekends. Salary: Commensurate with Experience. 
Email a cover letter and resume to Director of Education, Lindsay Heffernan. More...
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, seeks an organized, personable individual for this flexible, part-time position of Advertising and Events Coordinator, whose responsibilities include: 
event coordination, ad sales for monthly publication, and administrative support. 1. Event coordination: assist with art exhibit receptions and fundraising events, coordinate meetings and special events including hande logistical detail with venues, caterers, and rentals companies; assist with event set up and management; recruit and coordinate volunteers. 2. Ad sales: maintain regular contact with current and prospective advertisers, using research and networking to identify prospects and make sales calls, execute contracts. 3. Administrative support: provid support for the board of directors including correspondence, meeting preparation and taking meeting notes. Non-profit experience is preferred, a passion for the arts and sales experience a plus. This position requires a flexible schedule with a minimum of 12 hours a week, up to 16 hours per week when events are scheduled; the ability and willingness to work evenings and some weekends is a requirement. Email resume and letter to
Deadline: July 30, 2015

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...

Arts for Learning Connecticut (AFL-CT) is a statewide non-profit arts in education organization that engages over 350,000 learners annually in creative arts learning programs in 86% of the cities and towns in Connecticut. AFL-CT programming impacts learners in schools, afterschool settings, libraries, community centers, housing authorities, pediatric hospitals and elder learning sites. Performances, workshops and residencies include the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, storytelling, literary arts and visual arts. AFL-CT seeks a Corporate and Events Associate who will be critical to the organization fulfilling its mission of engaging participants of all ages and abilities in learning creatively through the arts. The ideal candidate will have a desire to further develop their skills in nonprofit fundraising and event planning. Qualified candidates must possess solid writing, oral communication, and event planning, organizational skills and have experience using technology. More...
Real Art Ways (Hartford) seeks a full-time Communications Manager to work in areas related to the development and implementation of strategic communications across all RAW platforms. Interested candidates will have a background in Communications and an interest in the arts.
Responsibilities include: Develop and implement multi-faceted communications plans for films, gallery openings, 
special events, performances, and the organization at large; generate and implement new strategies for improving the quality and quantity of communications; manage website content creation + maintenance using WordPress and interpret information provided by Google Analytics and disseminate reports; create and manage social media content and advertising strategy within social media, interpreting analytics and disseminating reports; create and distribute weekly e-news using Constant Contact, interpret analytics and adjust publication strategy; establish and maintain relationships with key members of the media locally and nationally; Requirements include: High level of proficiency in: Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, and WordExperience preferred in Constant Contact and DropboxStrong oral and written communicationAbility to proofread and edit materials for online and print publication. Application details here.

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: Senior Development Officer
Bruce Museum: Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellowship
Discovery Museum: Finance Manager
Fairfield County's Community Foundation: Program Manager for the Arts
The Klein: Manager of Operations/Production Manager
New Britain Museum of American Art: Copywriter
Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Director of Development
Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Director of Marketing

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July 31: Deadline for Scholarship Application for National Arts Marketing Conference, July 31: Early Bird Deadline for Lowest Rates: Museum Computer Network Conference

Aug. c3: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $1500)
Aug. c3: CT Humanities Public Presentation Grants ($10,000 - $50,000)
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

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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