Subject: Organization Newsletter - Feb. 19, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
February 19, 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 more than 350 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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Gallery Visit: Nylen Gallery, Westport - Feb. 19
❖ RSVP Common Ground at Grace Farms - Feb. 23
❖ CT Grants Info Session: Stepping Stones - Feb. 29
❖ Sign up for our Bus to Arts Day - March 2
❖ Preservation Network Meeting - March 7
❖ Welcome New Members: The Fez and Handwright Gallery & Framing

❖ News from Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and Jim Royle Drum Studio, KEYS, Rowayton Arts Center, Shakespeare on the Sound, the Sorelle Gallery, and Weir Farm. 

❖ Preservation Alert: Save White Barn Theatre
❖ World War I Collections Survey

❖ Jim Henson Foundation: Puppet Theatre Grants - March 14
❖ Amphion Foundation: Music Performance Grants - April 1

❖ Grantmakers in the Arts Webinar: Every Student Succeeds Act -  Feb. 23
Creativity and Renegade Programming

❖ HartBeat Ensemble: Managing Director
❖ Connecticut Landmarks: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

❖ Pequot Library: Manager of Technical Services
❖ Hudson River Museum: Assistant Director - Advancement

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available (scroll down)

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
RSVP now for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour, Fri. Feb. 19 at the WENDY NYLEN GALLERY AT PICTURE THIS in Westport. Our tour will coincide with the opening of a show of watercolors by Olga Klymyk. Sign up; enjoy the party - and bring your business card!
Artist or staff at cultural nonprofit or creative business? Join us for our popular, monthly COMMON GROUND Meet-Up to discuss, test and give feedback on collaborative, creative project ideas. All welcome! This month at Grace Farms, New Canaan, share ideas about the Rebirth Arts Festival, test a debut One-Stroke Calligraphy workshop and give feedback to Amy Oestreicher's Detour-ist Workshop. Read more.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has organized a Grants Information Session for the CT Office of the Arts on Mon. Feb. 29, 2-4pm at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. Norwalk. RSVP required to attend. We thank Stepping Stones for generously hosting this event. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Did you sign up to attend CT Arts Day at the State Capitol Weds. March 2? If so (and seats are selling fast) consider joining us on a bus (no driving or parking hassles and a good opportunity to chat with your colleagues). If too few for a bus we'll organize a car pool. If you are interested click here to send a message. 
The Fairfield County Preservation Network hosts a meeting, in partnership with the Norwalk Arts Commission, Monday March 7 at Norwalk City Hall with Mary Dunne and Jenny Scofield (State Historic Preservation Office) clarifying the alphabet soup of terms and organizations for preservationists. Click here for information and to RSVP.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

A Creative Business Member
Owners: Fez Entertainment Group, LLC

The Fez is a popular Moroccan-inspired downtown-Stamford restaurant, eclectic wine bar, and live music locale where "the flavors of the spice route meet the sound of music that spans many genres." The Fez first made its mark on the local dining scene in 2010. It’s "Spice Route" cuisine appeals to those looking for a unique dining experience joined to an exceptional live music program. In 2015, The Fez underwent renovations  – "making The Fez a whole lot Fezzier." As CTBites puts it, the Fez is where "New York chic meets laid back cool." Chef Shelby (above), with his Indian background, wound up being the perfect match for the restaurant. Under new management, headed up by Fred and Nancy Laist, a number of new and exciting programs are being introduced. With musical talents from around the globe on a nightly basis, The Fez has partnered with the Stamford Art Association, and local artists, to offer exhibition space for area artists and a new Artist in Residence program, through which it supports musicians and visual artists. Singer, songwriter, photographer, and Cultural Alliance member, Kathy Muir is The Fez's first Artist in Residence with an exhibition of her photographs, Places in our Minds, "presenting thought-provoking perceptions of everyday images." See The Fez's website; its Facebook page, its Yelp reviews, CTBites review and a recent review in the Hartford Courant.

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Betsy Jesup

Handwright Gallery & Framing, at 93 Main Street, New Canaan, is a full-service picture framing and art gallery that caters to small town and big city clients alike. After working in the framing industry for over 35 years, New Canaan native Betsy Jesup opened Handwright Gallery in 1998. Handwright has earned a solid reputation as one of the leading galleries in Fairfield County and Betsy is routinely sought after for her creative design skills and extensive knowledge of custom framing. A Certified Picture Framer (CFP), Betsy has designed and framed some amazing pieces of art - from Elvis’s guitar to a three-foot-high peacock feather Mardi Gras mask, as well as paintings by John Singer Sargent and Raphael Peale, and original silkscreens by Andy Warhol. The gallery displays distinctive period frames from Louis XIII to American Impressionist styles and it constantly updates its inventory of some 3,000 moldings. Handwright offers an expansive collection of original fine art paintings, pastels and sculpture from emerging and award winning regional, national and international artists, as well as hand-colored prints, including a unique selection of 18th- and 19th-century botanicals. See artists represented here. Betsy is also a professional installation expert with over 35 years of experience handling and installing all types of art in any environment. In addition, Handwright works with interior designers, paper and painting conservators and assists Weir Farm with its collection of American Impressionist works. See Handwright Gallery's website here.
YOUR NEWS                             
GREATER BRIDGEPORT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS (GBYO) and the JIM ROYLE DRUM STUDIO will celebrate a collaborative commission and performance at GBYO's Winter Concert Sun. Feb. 28. Renowned composer Gary Gibson was commissioned by GBYO and Jim Royle to write Beyond the Bridge, an orchestral suite programmed around the history of the steel pan, from its roots in African drumming, through the changes made during social unrest in Trinidad, to the instrument of today. Photo at right courtesy Seth Block Photography. More...
Congratulations to KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc) for its $10,000 grant from Near & Far Aid to fund its Bridgeport music programs. KEYS provides free one-on-one and group music lessons for children in 18 Bridgeport schools. KEYS also runs a program at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport where more than 80 students participate each Saturday in one-on-one lessons, KEYS Orchestra, and KEYS Concert Band. Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization, dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County.
One of the brightest ideas we've seen to inspire supporters to give to them for GIVING DAY coming up March 10 is this from ROWAYTON ARTS CENTERRAC's bright idea is to illuminate its gallery with state-of-the-art light fixtures and eco-friendly bulbs that would enable it to take advantage of cost savings offered by Eversource. All donations will be dedicated to buying light fixtures to help cut down the utility bills!
Many changes are afoot at SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND  (SOS). Artistic Director Claire Kelly is directing Hamlet, with 21-year-old Columbia sophomore Joey Santia in the title role, setting the production in the early 1950s. SOS introduces Hints on Hamlet, a free 7pm wine-and-cheese at the Rowayton Community Center, the 2nd Monday of every month, offering insights on the production (registration suggested). Five new members have joined the board - and the theater has moved its offices back to the Rowayton Library. More...
The SORELLE GALLERY has an app! Designed to aid in placing any of the works found in Sorelle's inventory in the best spot on a wall of your home or office, the app enables you to take a photograph and then see which works sit best in any particular position. See the app on the iTunes Store here.
WEIR FARM superintendent Linda Cook has received the Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship from the National Park Service. Cook was recognized for her leadership in restoring the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio at the park, the home of Impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. For nearly a decade, she spearheaded the project that opened fully restored and historically furnished and to much acclaim in May 2014. Congratulations, Linda! More...
OTHER NEWS                             

The Lucille Lortel and Waldo Mayo White Barn Foundation has put out a call to raise $2 million to save The White Barn Theatre and fifteen acres of open space, "that once served artists who sought nature's creative inspiration." Located on the Westport/Norwalk border, the White Barn is the site of a 50-year theatrical legacy that fostered many great talents, including Marilyn Monroe, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey. In 1947, the daring and visionary producer, later dubbed "The Queen of Off-Broadway," Lucille Lortel, turned an old 1850’s barn into a contemporary, experimental theater for up-and-coming actors, directors, and playwrights. She made it a fostering ground for the great talents that would then go on to extraordinary Broadway and international successes. Lortel produced more than 400 productions at the White Barn. The most pressing task is to raise an initial $2 million towards the purchase of the property before the scheduled demolition of the White Barn Theatre on March 22nd 2016. $5.2 million dollars will purchase the 15-acre estate including the original 1930’s White Barn Theatre and the 1940’s 5 bedroom house that Miss Lortel once lived in with her husband, Lou Schweitzer, a notable philanthropist and major contributor to our judicial system. $2 million dollars will purchase an option agreement to buy the property from the developer over a 3-4 year period allowing due time to raise the additional 3.2 million dollars. $500,000 will renovate the barn and re-install the historic museum. Spread the word: point prospective donors to the online donation page here.  New York Times story here.

The Connecticut World War One Centennial Committee (CTWWICC) is collecting data to inform the planning of a new exhibit at the Museum of Connecticut History that explores Connecticut's critical role in WWI, both at home and abroad. The exhibit (to open in Fall, 2017) will combine a major exhibition at the museum, with satellite exhibits that will travel (upon request, and at the nominal fee) to museums, historical societies, libraries, historic sites, etc. throughout the state. In order to build the foundation and initial interpretation of Connecticut's WWI story the committee seeks to identify collections and resources in museum and libraries throughout Connecticut. The committee has assembled a brief survey that outlines an organization’s WWI era holdings. (This includes items that reflect the period from 1914 to the 1920s, when many towns were erecting WWI monuments.) The committee asks respondents to think broadly about the time period and their institutional collections as they may relate to individuals and to activities on the home front (bandage making, parades, events to raise money for the war effort, Victory gardens, new businesses, etc.) as well as the battlefront. Every organization that completes the survey will receive a special invitation to the exhibit opening in Hartford for its volunteers and staff, and priority reservations for the traveling exhibit (if desired). This is a short survey! We encourage every CT organization who thinks they may have something from the time period to take the survey, even if you are not sure what is in your collection. No details are requested, but the CTWWICC needs input from as broad a group as possible. Please complete the survey by March 1. To take the survey, click here.  Photograph, Yankee Division Boys Coming Home. Courtesy of the Connecticut State Library. Visit

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater. Production grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in 2017. Workshop Grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop grants and Production grants can be combined over a two-year period for the greatest benefit to the piece. However, a Production grant does not need to be proceeded by a Workshop grant, and a Workshop grant in no way ensures a future Production grant. Family Grants of $4,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 14, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 12, 2016See program guidelines and application instructions.


The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987, by Elliott and Helen Carter, to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating or special project support. Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit performing ensemble, presenter, and/or music service organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music and demonstrated level of excellence. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years. Apply here by April 1.

Grantmakers in the Arts is organizing a Web Conference on Tuesday, February 23, at 2:00pm, on: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What It Means for Arts Education in Your State and Local Community. ESSA, the new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, became law just before the first of the year. The new law included several important arts education provisions which will systemically embed the arts into K-12 public education. This web conference will provide an overview of these authorities, how the US Department of Education will begin to implement them, and how state and local arts organizations can maximize the impact of the new provisions.  Presenters are: Alex Nock, Executive Vice President, Penn Hill Group, who served as the Democratic deputy staff director for the US House Committee on Education and Labor and who has led numerous reauthorizations while working on Capitol Hill; and Kara Marchione, Vice President, Penn Hill Group, who has been a senior education policy adviser for the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where she worked on K-12 education policy, STEM education, digital learning, adult education, child nutrition, programs serving older Americans, libraries, literacy, and national service.  See information on presenters here. Register here. GIA web conferences are open to all. The fee for nonmembers is $35.


As part of the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society (UMS) is exploring the connections between renegade artists (who ”push the boundaries of artistic practice, and make game-changing impacts on their contemporaries") and renegade audiences: “What interests these audience members? How can we meaningfully connect to our community around this concept?” This led to exploring parallels between arts renegades and those in the entrepreneurial tech communities around Ann Arbor around the concept of creativity. In a National Arts Marketing Project blog, they report on how working with the tech community made them think more creatively about their own work. Early conclusions:
- Creativity arises when we continuously transfer knowledge across the team. 
- Structure work to avoid “pillars of knowledge.” 
- Creativity in projects: You don’t know where you’re going, but you’re definitely going there.
- Creativity in management: How do we motivate people to actualize their potential?
- Creativity with respect to performances: “Renegade” is the event, not the artist.

Now the team is thinking hard about: What can we learn about creativity and performance from these alternate contexts for creativity? Check in for further reports.

HartBeat Ensemble seeks a Managing Director as part of its reorganization plan. Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects the community beyond traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender. The Managing Director of HartBeat Ensemble promotes the organization’s mission and core values. Equally important to this role is fostering an environment that values, supports, and builds upon the experience and expertise of HBE’s staff and ensemble members. The Managing Director must be: a passionate advocate for the arts, social justice, and diversity & inclusion; an effective external leader capable of supporting the Artistic Director’s goal of increasing public awareness of HBE’s role in the community; and able to navigate successfully between and among the various constituencies – staff, ensemble members, actors, board, funders, the arts community, individual donors and the community. Direct responsibilities include: financial management; achieving fundraising goals; human resources management; board development and advancement; and organizational scheduling and operations. Supervisory responsibilities include: development and fundraising; marketing; production and technical management; contract management; bookkeeping; and rentals, ‘front of house’ and facility management. Full requirements and application procedure available here.

Connecticut Landmarks – Connecticut’s largest statewide heritage organization – seeks an Assistant to the Executive Director, assuming a majority of administrative duties. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for management of all administrative details,supports day-to-day central office operations, providing technical assistance to office and site staff, calendar management regarding meetings and appointments, all communications, handling all calls, messages, requests, scheduling and coordination of conference calls, manage heavy board communications, all meetings, especially meeting notification, maintaining meeting schedules; prepare and distribute meeting materials, arrange all facets of meeting regarding attendance, locale, food, set-up, technology readiness, record and prepare minutes for Board and Executive Committee, maintain Board Policy Manual, assist with recruitment visits and meetings, recruitment hand-out folders. For qualifications and application instructions,

Pequot Library seeks a Librarian to serve as Manager of Technical Services. The Librarian will plan, organize, and supervise Technical Services, including cataloging, classification, and maintenance of the entire collection. In addition, the Librarian will provide library services with an emphasis on teen programming for and with young adults and those who work with young adults. Responsibilities will break down between technical services (50%), General Library Services (35%) and Teen Librarian (15%). Qualifications include: a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, with experience in Technical Services; two or more years of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory or administrative experience preferred; experience in working for and with young adults (ages 12 to 18); experience with computer applications and programs for library services; and be able to lift a maximum of 40 lbs. at times as required by job. Salary Range: $40,000-$55,000. For detailed job description, click here. Please submit cover letter and resume to Heather-Marie Montilla, Executive Director at


The largest museum in Westchester County, The Hudson River Museum was founded in 1919 as a museum of Art, History and Science with a focus on addressing a diverse local community. The museum seeks an Assistant Director - Advancement. Working with the Director and the Board Development Committee, the successful candidate will assist with and oversee with all aspects of development. The ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years' experience in development at a museum or cultural organization with a focus on the arts; a track-record of proven fundraising, particularly at the individual level; experience working with boards, and outstanding communications, organizational and interpersonal skills. BA required. Salary dependent on experience. Excellent benefits and work environment. For complete job description, click here. Please send resume with detailed cover letter and contact information for at least three references to Geri Thomas, President, Thomas & Associates, Inc.,
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer;
 Manager, Academic Programs
Arts Council of Greater New Haven: P/T Development Director.
Brookfield Craft Center: Individual Giving Manager
Connecticut State Library: Traveling Archivists
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival; Marketing; Graphic Design; and Programming Interns
New Canaan Historical Society: P/T School Program Director
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Real Art Ways: Communications Specialist
Shakespeare on the Sound: 2016 Apprentice Company.
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Box Office Supervisor and Database Administrator
Yale School of Music: Design Manager
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Feb. 23: Common Ground 8: Grace Farms, New Canaan, 6:30pm RSVP
Feb. 24: Free Workshop on Outcomes Management, Housatonic CC. Register
Feb. 24: Scholarship Application Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention
Feb. 29: CT Grants Info Session: Stepping Stones Museum, 2pm Sign Up

March c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
March c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Application Deadline
March c2: Connecticut Arts Day: REGISTER HERE
March c2: ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund Deadline
March c3: NEA: Creativity Connects Grants Deadline
March c6: John Cotton Dana Awards for Public Relations Extended Deadline
March c7: Preservation Alphabet Soup: A Guide, Norwalk City Hall, 7pm (Reception, 6pm)
March 7-8: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC - Sign Up Now.
March 14: Jim Henson Foundation: Puppet Theatre Application Deadline
March 15: Intent to Apply Deadline for CT Office of the Arts Grants
March 23: Connecticut Heritage Rally Day, State Capitol

April c1: Bridgeport Prospers Youth Summit, Volunteers Needed
April c1: Amphion Foundation: Music Performance Grants
April c8: Early Bird Registration Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention, Boston
April 14: NEA Challenge America $10,000 Grants Application 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 19: Cultural Alliance Arts & Culture Empowerment Awards Breakfast, Shore & Country Club, Norwalk, 7:30am

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

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