Subject: Organization Newsletter - April 1, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
April 1, 2016
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through 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  400 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Albert Einstein (attrib.)
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Congratulations to our ACE Award Winners!
❖ Members: Bring your Brochures to Two Block Parties 
❖ Next WPKN Radio Show: Westport Arts Collective - April 11
❖ Last Gallery Tour: browngrotta arts, Wilton - May 4
❖ WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: To Taste Life Twice  and Westport Astronomical Society

News from The Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, Danbury Music Centre, New Canaan Preservation Alliance, and Westport Arts Center. 

❖ NEA's 50th: Share Your Arts 
Story Online
❖ CT Poetry Out Loud Winner Prepares for Nationals 
❖ Creative Community Fellowships - April 24
❖ Humanities Collections & Reference Resources Grants
 - July 19

❖ Free Webinars on Growing Your Membership- April 4-8
❖ Article: Moving the Conversation on the Impact of the Arts

❖ Eugene O'Neill Thetare Center: Executive Director
❖ Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: Interim Associate Director

❖ Norwalk Internation Cultural Exchange Festival: Interns
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Facilities Manager

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Congratulations to our Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awardees: Artist: Westport Artists’ Collective Founders; Nonprofit: Curtain Call (Lou Ursone, Executive and Artistic Director); Corporate: Bank of America; Educator: The Bruce Museum (Deputy Director Susan Ball, Interim Director of Education); Citizen: Richard J. Wenning, Executive Director, Be Foundation. Read full announcement here. Buy seats/raffle tickets for May 19 Award Breakfast here.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is accepting our members' family/children arts & culture brochures (demonstrating the programming available locally) for two upcoming block parties: 1. Westport Country Playhouse Block Party April 9, 4-7pm; 2. Stepping Stones' Ultimate Block Party, May 5. Contact David to become a Cultural Alliance member; contact Jennifer for information on brochures.
Our next WPKN Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio show features the irrepressible founders of the Westport Artists' Collective - winners of the Artist ACE Award (see above): Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Helen Klisser During, Duvian Montoya, Jahmane West, and Tammy Winser. Listen to how they got started, what challenges they face and what's ahead. Monday April 11, noon-1pm.
Sign up for the 8th and last stop on our 2015-16 Progressive Gallery Tour, Wed. May 4, 6-8pm at browngrotta arts, known for their internationally famous once-a-year Art in the Barn shows in Wilton. Click here for details and to sign up. The tour brings members out to mix and mingle while exploring our different commercial galleries - from Greenwich to Bridgeport.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

A Creative Business Member
Founder: Drew Lamm

To Taste Life Twice Writing Workshops was founded by writer Drew Lamm for women, who, she says, "wish to find or reclaim their voice, find meaning in moments, or be a part of a quiet, supportive, refreshing community." She writes "The workshops aren't focused on publishing, but are for any woman who's willing to PLACE A PEN ON A PAGE. At Taste Life Twice we discover the essential nature of writing... EVEN IN THE SMALL MOMENTS and also for those who relish a good cup of tea. Everything is yes, possible, often surprising and there's no homework, ever."  Drew is the author of eight books and an educator who has taught at Columbia University's Teacher's College and Manhattanville College, as well as at many retreats and programs. Drew currently teaches by leading writing workshops out of her home, as well as speaking and leading workshops at various venues from Silver Hill Hospital and schools to art centers, historical societies, women's groups, businesses and libraries. See the Taste Life Twice Facebook page, a YouTube interview, and an interview with Drew on a British podcast.

President: Dan Wright

Founded in 1975, the Westport Astronomical Society (WAS) celebrates 41 years of bringing the wonders of the night sky to the thousands who have visited the Rolnick Observatory, named after Gerry Rolnick, one of the founders of WAS, and the person who ground the 12.5-inch mirror still in use today. WAS is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers. Its Observatory is free and open to the public every Wednesday night from 8-10 pm, if the skies are clear. The Dome Observatory houses a 12.5″ Newtonian telescope and the lawn regularly hosts the newly upgraded, huge 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public. WAS has free monthly meetings with experts at the top of their fields. We feature speakers from the Hayden Planetarium, The American Museum of Natural History, Yale, NYU, UConn, Columbia and educators from all over the globe who enrich our community with cutting edge discussions on cosmology, physics and astronomy. Additionally, there are additional special, private events scheduled throughout the year for our members and supporters. See the WAS website, Facebook page, Twitter feed.
YOUR NEWS                             
The BARNUM MUSEUM finally revealed the contents of a mysterious, red leather-covered box that had been in its collection for decades, unopened and unexamined. Last November it took a trip to Yale's Peabody Museum and before a crowd of 300 people it was opened by curators. The big reveal of the box’s contents is captured on a video now at the Barnum Museum website, a fast-paced, 7½-minute video: Secrets of the Samurai Box Revealed.
After 12 years, CITY LIGHTS has moved out of its 37 Markle Court space, and is temporarily situated a block away at 855 Main Street, Bridgeport, across from Richard Meier's landmark People's United Bank building. Suzanne Kachmar looks forward to a move to permanent space at 1103 Main St, where she plans to add some life (and lights) to the block between Fairfield Ave. and Elm Street. Celebrate City Lights' 12th Anniversary-Moving Fundraiser, Tues. April 19, 5:30-8pm.
DANBURY MUSIC CENTRE's director Mary Larew is expecting a baby in early April. Congratulations, Mary. During her maternity leave, her position will be taken by Barbara Adams Jaeger, Associate Director, who has worked at DMC for 15 years.  The Board has gone on record that it is totally confident of Barbara's  abilities, as she and Mary have worked together on every detail of every performance in recent years.
The NEW CANAAN PRESERVATION ALLIANCE is thrilled to welcome actor Christopher Lloyd as part of this weekend's celebrations launching WAVENY: New Canaan’s Treasure, written by Arianne Faber Kolb and illustrated by Nicole Johnson Murphy. Lloyd grew up in the house until his mother donated it to the town. He was also instrumental in its being added to the National Register of Historic Places. See New Canaanite story here. Click on image for larger view.
WESTPORT ARTS CENTER welcomes CATHY BROMBERG as its new Director of Development. She will be responsible for leading all development activities, including fundraising, event coordination and grant management. Cathy has served as the Director of Development for Stamford’s Palace Theater and forthe Norwalk Community College Foundation. Originally from Houston, Cathy holds a B.A. from Baylor and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
OTHER NEWS                             

As part of its 50th anniversary the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find and read the stories in text, audio, or video formats here. Click on any state or territory on the map to see a story from that location, or choose a state from the dropdown. You can also share your own story. You may notice CT only has three stories (while other states have dozens). Let's correct that. Remember a time in which an experience of the arts really made a change in your life? You can write it or record it then post it here. Click on the image below to hear Jane Chu explain the program.


Emily Saunders is Connecticut's 2016 Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champion and will represent the state at the National Finals, May 2-4 in Washington, D.C. Saunders outscored 14 other finalists during the POL State Finals competition in March. The Connecticut Office of the Arts stages the annual program in partnership with Connecticut Humanities. Saunders, a 17-year-old senior from RHAM High School (Regional Hebron, Andover, and Marlborough) in Tolland County, Central Connecticut, was one of 6,400 students statewide who participated in this year's  competition. Supported by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The 2016 POL program began with 6,400 participating students in 43 Connecticut schools with classroom workshops facilitated by visiting poet-teachers. The workshops prepared students for classroom and then school-wide poetry contests. The top performer from each school advanced to the regional competition.The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide state arts agencies with free, standards-based curriculum materials. These include an online poetry anthology containing more than 800 classic and contemporary poems, a teacher's guide, lesson plans, posters, and video and audio on the 
on the art of recitation. These resources are available at


National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for its 2016 Creative Community Fellowship program, which supports innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows gain the tools, skills, and networks to activate ideas that will transform their communities. In 2016, twenty-five fellows will enter the program with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem in their communities. The program brings entrepreneurs together for a week of learning and fostering connections. Each day, mentors, educators, and the NAS team lead workshops that help fellows think about how to move their projects forward. Participating entrepreneurs benefit from sharing ideas and experiences in a remote, retreat-like setting that encourages openness, collaboration, and connection. Following the networking week, fellows will have access to online tools, lessons, and discussion to help them further their projects. Fellows will come together six months later for a three-day feedback session, where they will have the opportunity to make their pitches to national funders who support creative placemaking initiatives.
Tuition, including room and board, will be completely underwritten for all fellows. Fellows are only responsible for their travel costs to in-person events. Applicants must be a cultural entrepreneur who is curious, open, and collaborative and dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods in his or her community. Apply here.

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) strengthen efforts to extend the life of collections materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Applicants may request support for implementing preservation measures, such as digitization; preserving and improving access to born-digital sources; rehousing; and conservation treatment for collections, leading to enhanced access. HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) Implementation; 2) Planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants - up to $40,000). Eligible collections materials include: books and manuscripts, photographs, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, digital objects, and AV collections. Match: Not required, but in most cases, grants in this program cover no more than 80% of project costs for Foundations projects, and no more than 50-67% of project costs for Implementation projects. Major studies of cultural heritage repositories have cited sound recordings and moving images as formats that are seriously endangered. This grant program encourages applications that address the need to preserve and access such sources. Applicants may request funds to assess or establish intellectual and physical control of such materials as well as to digitize them

Wild Apricot, the company that offers web-based "cloud" software for small associations and non-profits to help manage membership, website, events and other activities is organizing a free Membership Growth Online Summit, April 4-8. 3,000 people have already signed up and you don't have to be a Wild Apricot client to participate. The outline is as follows:
Mon. April 4: Attract and Retain New Members with a marketing Funnel
Tue. April 5: Increase Members with Facebook Ads; + How to be a GoogleAds SuperHero
Wed. April 6: Increase Membership with Social Media.
Thu. April 7: Turning Millennials into Members
Fri. April 8: From the Bottom Up: Building an Effective Membership Model.
By the end of the week, you are promised that you will have learned how to:
build an online marketing funnel to attract new members; hyper-target your organization’s core audience with Facebook & Google ads; engage a new generation of members (Gen X, Y, Z); and create a membership model that works. See information on presenters here
See full agenda and sign-up here.

In Unmasking the Hidden Attraction of the Arts (GIA Reader, Vol 27, No 1, Winter 2016), the NEA's Bill O’Brien, urges us to talk not about diminishing traditional audiences for traditional presentations of the arts - but to look at other non-traditional areas where the arts are making a big impact: especially in education, health, and the military. Have "business-as-usual" concerns "distracted us from noticing a groundswell of interest in the arts emanating out of new and unexpected places?" He cites Steven Tepper's narrative (at the 2014 GIA conference) of how the focus of nonprofit arts has shifted over the past fifty years- from a focus on “excellence,” to “access,” and now “impact.This, he says, is useful as we seek to measure the value of the arts as it engages with other sectors in confronting social issues. O'Brien cites a number of new national convenings, especially those focused on the social impact of a tighter integration of the arts, humanities and sciences. He is keen to see the impact of projects funded by the NEA's new Creativity Connects grant program, and concludes that given these new vectors, "we may learn how to form more proactive and compelling narratives about the role that the arts can play in larger society. "When we join forces with others to help solve issues of common concern, we resonate with more people on issues they care deeply about and create a new narrative around why everyone should be supportive of the arts. Support for the arts in these contexts can be seen as an investment, rather than a gift."

The Director of Development, part of the senior management team and reporting to the Executive Director, is responsible for the successful planning and execution of an annual & strategic development plan, ensuring optimal resources to serve the mission, programs, and operations of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Major tasks include the successful organization, tracking, and completion of the annual campaign and membership program, timely management of grant activities, and oversight of fundraising events, in conjunction with department staff. The Director of Development will be expected and required to attend all major O’Neill events, be a regular presence during our summer performances, and take a leadership role in identification and cultivation of donors.The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is dedicated to the development of new work and new artists for the theater, and creates and operates programs which advance and complement that goal, for the enrichment of theater artists, students, teachers and audiences, in the tradition of bold exploration embodied in the work of its namesake. Details of position here.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts
(CFA) supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater and art and art history, student groups and University departments, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middletown and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student and faculty works to internationally acclaimed ensembles. The CFA works to elevate the arts as a means of teaching, learning and knowing, and to integrate the arts into all aspects of campus, and directs the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, first US-based graduate program in performance curation. The Interim Associate Director for Programs works closely with and reports to the Interim Director of the Center for the Arts, overseeing event support for the CFA’s four member arts departments and planning and managing visiting artist engagements and residencies. Detailed job description and application procedure here.


The NICE Festival is looking for two interns to coordinate vendor activity for The NICE Festival event scheduled for July 9, 2016 at Oyster Shell Park, Norwalk. The role is a sales and operations position, requiring identifying and recruiting key world cuisine restaurants, arts and crafts stores and various business establishments to participate in the event. The role also will require operations of all aspects leading up to the event as well as the day of the event. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn, Event Planning, Sales, Promotion, Hospitality and Production. This position is ideal for students pursuing careers in event planning, marketing & advertising, entertainment production and promotion. Pays $10/hour; 10 hrs/week minimum. See NICE website for more on the Festival. Contact (203) 919-3000 


Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Facilities Manager (FM) to maintain all buildings owned by the Playhouse. Responsibilities include management of all building systems (HVAC, electric, mechanical, etc); scheduling building repairs; negotiating and managing all related service agreements; ordering and maintaining inventory of building supplies; scheduling landscaping services, cleaning services, waste disposal, and recycling; assisting with rental events; maintaining Playhouse vehicles; and more. For qualifications and application instructions click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Head of Communications
Arts Council of Greater New Haven: P/T Development Director.
Connecticut State Library: Traveling Archivists
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Fairfield Museum: Curator of Exhibitions
Greenwich International Film Festival; Festival ProducerMarketing; Graphic Design; and Programming Interns
Heartbeat Ensemble, Hartford: Managing Director
Ives Concert Park, Danbury: Bookkeeper
New Canaan Historical Society: P/T School Program Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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April c8: Early Bird Registration Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention, Boston
April 11: Spotlight on Arts & Culture: Westport Artists' Collective, WPKN, Noon
April 12: CT Office of Arts: Public Art Community Projects Final Deadline
April 14: NEA Challenge America $10,000 Grants Application Deadline
April 14: Sacred Heart University: FCCF Workshop on Public Presentations, 9:30am
April 19: CT Office of Arts: Arts & Community Impact Final Deadline
April 19: CT Office of Arts: Arts Learning Project Final Deadline
April 24: National Arts Strategies: Creative Community Fellowships Deadline
April 27: Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism, Hartford

May c2: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
May c2: CT Humanities Capacity, Planning, and Implementation Grant Deadlines
May c4: NEH Humanities Access Grants Deadline
May c4: Progressive Gallery Tour: browngrotta arts, Wilton, 6:30pm
May c5: Ultimate Block Party, Mathews Park, Norwalk
May 19: Cultural Alliance ACE Awards BreakfastShore & Country Club, Norwalk, 7:30am
May 28: National Storytelling Network Brimstone Awards Deadline

June c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
June c3: Advance Registration Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention, Boston
June 15: NEH: Chronicling America Contest Deadline

July c1: Museum Assessment Program Application Deadline
July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Deadline (for events post-Sept. 1)
July 29: CT Office of Arts: Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline

Sept. c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Deadline (for events post-Dec. 1)
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