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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
February 5, 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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❖ Next Spotlight Radio Show (Cusano, Frantz & McQuilkin) - WPKN Feb. 8
❖ Nomination Deadline for our ACE Awards - Feb. 8
Sign Up for Next Stop on our Gallery Tour: Nylen Gallery, Westport - Feb. 19
❖ Welcome New Members: The Art Spot, Brookfield Historical Society, and Connecticut Playmakers

❖ News from Bruce Museum, Darien Arts Center, Housatonic Museum of Art, The INTAKE Organization, and Westport Country Playhouse. 

❖ REGISTER NOW for Connecticut Arts Day - March 2
Malloy's New Budget Overhaul: End of Line Items?
❖ NEA Report: Creativity and Aging
❖ CT Trust alert on Community Investment Act (CIA)

❖ CT Office of Arts Releases FY17 Grant Information: Intent Deadline - March 15
❖ American Libraries: John Cotton Dana Awards for PR - March 6

Free Workshop on Strategies for Successful Outcomes Measurement - Feb. 24
❖ Center for Nonprofit Excellence: Spring Workshop Schedule
❖ Early Bird Registration for Americans for the Arts Convention, Boston -  April 8
IRRIGATE: Toolkit for Mobilizing Artists to Solve Community Challenges

❖ Fairfield Museum: P/T Curator of Exhibitions
❖ Darien Arts Center: P/T Administrator

❖ Arts Council of New Haven: P/T Development Director
❖ Yale University: Digital media Production - Critic

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available (scroll down)

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
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To prepare for Connecticut Arts Day (see article below), Jennifer Bangser's next Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio show on WPKN will focus on celebrating the arts in CT. Jennifer will speak with: John Cusano, (CT Office of the Arts); Chris Frantz (Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads), and Connecticut's Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin. Monday Feb. 8 on 89.5 FM, or online, noon.
Nominations are open through Mon. Feb. 8 for the new Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The awards will be presented at a breakfast May 19, 2016, and will celebrate individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made significant contributions to the community through arts and culture, or who have enriched the arts and culture sector through volunteerism or patronage. You can nominate individuals for an Artist or Citizen Award, a business for the Corporate Award; an individual, nonprofit, or creative business for the Educator Award, and an arts and cultural organization or leader for the Nonprofit Award. Nominate here
RSVP now for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour, Fri. Feb. 19 at the PICTURE THIS/WENDY NYLEN GALLERY in Westport. Our tour will coincide with the opening of a show of watercolors by Olga Klymyk. Designed to encourage members to mix and mingle while seeing the wide range of commercial galleries that are members of the Cultural Alliance, the tour has progressed from Greenwich through Stamford, New Canaan, Norwalk and Southport - month-by-month towards Bridgeport. Enjoy the party - and bring your business card. 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

A Creative Business Member
Owners: Bruce and Joanne Hunter

The Art Spot is a Danbury-based innovative art studio for the study of fine arts. Founded and run by artists Joanne and Bruce Hunter, The Art Spot offers "a supportive, creative, non-threatening atmosphere for the exploration of the fine arts by both children and adults." Born in New York, Bruce Hunter grew up in France where he discovered a love of art and architectural art. Returning to New York, he received a BFA from Pratt Institute, going on to work at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill as an architectural model-maker and craftsman in miniatures. Joanne Hunter, a Connecticut native, met Bruce at Pratt Institute. Trained as a designer, she freelances in textile, interior and fashion design as well as graphics. She is also an award-winning fine artist exhibiting pastels and watercolors. Together, Joanne and Bruce have created many unique public art pieces, including Cool Waters, a 900-square-foot mosaic mural in Waterbury, the result of a collaboration of over 1,400 children and adult volunteers from the community. Joanne and Bruce create collaborative or commissioned mosaic art for libraries, hospitals, schools, corporate environments, hotels, and more. Recently, they have collaborated with the Stratford Academy on a public art project, commemorating the 27-year-old first-grade teacher, Victoria Soto, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for which the Academy won a Regional Initiative Grant from the CT Office of the Arts, administered by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. See The Art Spot's website; Facebook page and Twitter feed.

A Preservation Member
President: Bob Brown

The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1968 with the mission of preserving the history of Brookfield and to organize the artifacts and documents representing the history and heritage of the town so that they might be available for educational purposes to all. The Town Hall (above) was completed in 1876 and has served as a center for civic affairs and as the site for the Joyce Memorial Library. It was refurbished and officially dedicated and opened on July 4, 1976 as a highlight of the Nation's Bicentennial celebration. The Brookfield Historical Society uses it as a center for the preservation of our historical past. The museum includes an historical garden, designed in 1976 by Rudy Favretti, a noted writer, designer and restorer of 18th-century gardens, including Winterthur, Strawberry Bank and Monticello. The Brookfield Museum, and its historical garden, is located at the junction of routes 25 and 133. The Museum is open every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and always by appointment. See the Brookfield Museum and Historical Society's website and Facebook page.

Artistic Director Michele Grace. 
Musical director Chris Coogan.

Connecticut Playmakers is a non-profit community theater organization dedicated to providing artistic opportunities for local performers. Entering its 69th season, Connecticut Playmakers brings the “Best of Broadway” to the greater Greenwich and southwest Connecticut communities. Through more than 225 productions; from venerable classics: Oklahoma, Brigadoon and Guys & Dolls; to contemporary favorites: Sweeney Todd, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar; to well-known plays: Deathtrap and Mousetrap, the organization has always strived to produce a well-rounded array of theatrical offerings each season. See Connecticut Playmakers' website and Facebook page.

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YOUR NEWS                             
Two volunteers at the BRUCE MUSEUM recently were awarded the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award. Trinity College student Cameron Driscoll and Greenwich High School junior Leah Common received Gold awards for their 2015 service to the Museum's Seaside Center program at the Museum’s volunteer awards lunch, where the efforts of the Museum’s more than 350 volunteers were recognized. Volunteer of the Year Award went to Nicole Reynolds and Aundrea Amine, for promoting the Museum. More...
The DARIEN ARTS CENTER has announced new Kids’ Theatre offerings and a new Kids’ Theatre Director: Heather Kahlert. Heather is a trained actor, director and puppeteer who has worked in theatre in New York City and Fairfield County for almost 30 years. She has served as a producer, artistic director, performer, stage manager, costumer and props maker, as well as a teacher during her professional career. Welcome, Heather! Read more...
Congratulations to HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART for its award of $55,000 from the Werth Family Foundation for its conservation program, support for a Museum Curator/ Collections Manager, and, with matching funds from Fairfield County's Community Foundation, continuation of its successful peer docent program. In its 15th year, the program introduces students to art, architecture and art history, teaches them to look critically at art and develops the visual and analytical skills necessary in all areas of study.
Congratulations to INTAKE for being one of the eleven recipients of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Organization Grant. INTAKE's award of $5,000 is to support its Native Instrument Academy, an intensive after-school music program for Latino youth that fosters engagement with music and culture through bilingual instruction on native South American instruments like the charango, and western classical instruments like the violin and viola. More...
WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE has launched a New Works Initiative to workshop new plays and musicals with playwrights and other artists. The Playhouse’s New Works Circle has made possible the development of two new works at the Playhouse in February: Out of the Mouths of Babes by Israel Horovitz, in partnership with New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Rivals, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by Peter Weiner, based on Sheridan's 1775 play
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OTHER NEWS                             

The Connecticut Office of the Arts has announced registration is now open for CT Arts Day. The first 200 registrants can buy a box lunch and can attend the panel sessions. All registrants hear morning welcome and afternoon keynote addresses and can network. Held Wed. March 2, in the State Capitol, policy makers, arts, cultural, and creative industry organizations and individuals will confer, improve their advocacy skills, and outline plans to move the arts in CT "from nice to necessary." Program and RSVP here. Speakers include artist innovator and social entrepreneur Theo Edmonds, co-founder of Ideas X-Lab, Connecticut artist Titus Kaphar, and Jay Dick, from Americans for the Arts. Let’s move the arts from nice to necessary!

The CT Trust for Historic Preservation is alerting all members and friends to the budget situation regarding the crucial Community Investment Act (CIA)
preservation’s key funding source in the State. As the CT Trust puts it: "Targeted for a complete sweep of funds in 2015, legislative leadership restored 50% of the Community Preservation Act’s funding for open space, agricultural land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation programs and funding. Yet the loss of 50% of funding has significantly impacted state activity: we are preserving fewer buildings, less farmland and open space, and falling short meeting Connecticut’s affordable housing needs. It’s the wrong time to strip down our state’s investment in these areas." Watch for announcements about Connecticut Heritage Rally Day, scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, for a briefing on the economic impact of state funding for history, humanities and preservation, with legislative visits to follow. For the latest information on Heritage Rally Day:

The Summit on Creativity and Aging reports on the May 2015 meeting of more than 70 experts brought together by the NEA and NCCA before the July 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The report explores three topics relevant to healthy aging: health and wellness and the arts, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design. Among the report’s recommendations:
• Work to eliminate ageism across all federal policies in the arts, healthcare, education, and community design. 
• Fund interdisciplinary research and collaborations to expand the evidence.
• Develop private sector incentives to encourage the creation of high-quality programs and services in the arts and design to meet growing demand from people living longer, healthier lives in communities of their choice.

• Foster collaborative public-private leadership among arts, aging, health, and community service organizationsA Feb. 3 webinar on the report's recommendations and NEA resources on arts and aging will be archived in the webinar section at

In announcing his mid-term budget this week, cutting $569.5 million off the already enacted FY17 budget, Gov. Malloy outlined new changes in how agencies manage their budgets. Principally he wants to move from individual line items to a single block grant for agencies to determine how to spend. Within the agency controlling the arts, the Dept. of Economic and Community Development, line items for Arts, Tourism and Community Grants, would be consolidated and cut by 25%. Overall, proposed new cuts to DECD amount to $4.7 million. Read more here. For more on proposals affecting DECD, read pages 7-8 of the same document.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts has announced four state-wide funding opportunities with a Letter of Intent deadline of March 15. The grants are as follows: 

• FY2017 Arts & Community Impact Project GrantsNew or adapted arts-based projects that create meaningful relationships with non-arts stakeholders and connect intrinsic values of the arts to identifiable community need. $5-10,000; $10-20,000.

• FY2017 Arts Learning Project GrantsArts in education-based projects that engage partners to advance teaching and learning in the arts, through quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences in a community setting. $5-20,000.

• FY2017 Public Art Community Project GrantsProvides funding for community based public art projects. $5,000-$20,000

• FY2017 Supporting Arts in Place (operating support) - Predominantly unrestricted operating support determined via funding calculations primarily generated from organizational data.

Click on titles above for further information on each grant line. Click here for Grants-At-a-Glance one-sheet explanation and comparison of all grants. For all four grant types, an Intent to Submit must be filed by March 15, using COA’s on-line e-granting portal accessible here. Applicants must create an account, or sign in. Stay tuned for an information session to be organized locally by the Cultural Alliance.

The Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award, honoring outstanding library public relations initiatives from all sizes and types of libraries, including rebranding efforts, awareness campaigns, and community partnerships. Libraries should submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage, and other results received, as well as evaluation of the results demonstrating the scope and effectiveness of the campaign. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year. Entries may be submitted by any library, library friends group, consulting agency, or service provider, excluding libraries represented by prize committee members. See the John Cotton Dana Award website for winning entries from previous years, as well as complete program guidelines and submission instructions. Register and apply here.

At this free workshop, Managing for Results: Strategies for Successful Outcomes Measurement at Housatonic Community College, Wed. Feb. 24, 9:30am-12pm, you can learn how outcomes measurement can focus your organization on what is important about your work and the difference it makes. Through hands-on exercises, participants will begin to develop an outcomes tracking plan that is both meaningful and manageable and discover the steps needed to achieve excellence in managing for results. This workshop will be most helpful to executive directors and program managers. The presenter is Laurel Molloy, Founder and Chief Consultant, Innovations Quantified. The workshop is produced and made possible by: Citi Community Development, CT Association of Nonprofits, and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. The workshop will take place at HCC's Beacon Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport. Register here.


The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) has opened registration for a series of spring workshops. Follow the links below for all the details and to register.

March 16: Leader, Mentor, Coach: Supervisory Skills
Learn how to motivate staff and improve performance. 9am-3pm. $65

April 14: A Guide to Delivering Professional Presentations
Learn how to be confident and prepared in delivering any type of presentation. 9:30am-12:30pm. $25.

May 12: Effective Project Management
Got projects? Make them go more smoothly by boosting your project management skills! 9:30am-12:30pm. $25. 

May 24: Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising
A full-day workshop focused on best practices in board governance and fundraising.
ystery out of financial terms, nonprofit budgets and financial statements. 9:30am-3pm. $75.
JUNE 17-19

Registration is now open for the Americans for the Arts 2016 Annual Convention. This June 17–19, more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders, government officials, artists, and students will gather in Boston to exchange ideas and engage in passionate dialogue about art and culture in America. "As our country experiences great changes, join us to reflect on the past and explore how the arts transform America's communities to make them healthier and more vibrant and equitable for the future." Scholarships are available (20 for main conference; 20 various pre-conference; 5 Practicing Artists Scholarships). Deadline for all scholarship applications: Feb. 24. Register here. Early Bird Deadline: April 8; Advance Registration: June 3; Regular Registration: June 3-19. 

Irrigate is a book and toolkit, funded by ArtPlace and distributed by HUD, that sprang from the 2011 artist-driven Irrigate project in response to the disruptive construction of a light rail transit line in the Twin Cities. Irrigate engaged the arts to offset the negative impacts of construction by activating artists as community leaders and developing partnerships with local business owners, who saw greater visibility and engagement with the community as a result of the project. As disruption is ubiquitous in nearly every community, this toolkit has broad applicability. Irrigate should not necessarily be replicated, but it can inspire those seeking to create their own innovative solutions to community challenges. View or download for free here (and email Carl Swanson at to let him know). Contact Jun-Li at with questions.
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The Fairfield Museum and Historical Society seeks a part-time Curator of Exhibitions, responsible for the strategic direction, research, planning and installation of the Fairfield Museum's exhibitions with the goal of increasing the museum's community visibility and engagement. Schedule: 25 hrs/wk, flexible scheduling. Position responsibilities include: Develop, implement and manage in collaboration with other museum staff a regular schedule of exhibitions. Design and install changing exhibitions and direct contract staff in exhibit design and fabrication for occasional larger exhibits. Oversee the advance scheduling, planning and design of museum exhibitions
Conduct research and prepare content with museum staff and/or outside curators
Supervise designers and exhibition fabricators; administer contracts, schedules and budgets Work with the Museum's education staff to develop effective exhibit-related programming. For complete description click here. Please submit cover letter and resume by February 15, to

The Darien Arts Center (DAC) is currently seeking a friendly, articulate, self-motivated individual for a part-time (30 hours/week) Database and Fundraising Administrative position. The DAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the arts to all ages, offering classes, exhibits, and performances in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Candidate must present strong interpersonal and organizational skills and have 2-3 years office experience. Confidence with computer applications is a must. Job requires management of in-house database and excellent writing skills, all with attention to detail. This position will work directly with our professional staff and DAC volunteers. A bachelor’s degree is desirable. If you are an enthusiastic team player with an interest in fundraising and educational development, please email your resume and cover letter to:
Amy Allen, Executive Director, Darien Arts Center,
Application Deadline February 15, 2016. Rate of pay based on experience. Vacation and holiday pay included.

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven seeks a part-time Development Director. The Development Director works with the Executive Director and the organization's Board of Directors to develop and execute strategies to meet the organization's fundraising goals. Responsibilities include: assisting with grant and proposal writing; soliciting sponsors for fundraising events; managing the annual appeal; assisting with fundraising events; and working with the Board Development Committee to build relationships with donors. The successful candidate must have at least three years of non-profit development experience. Requirements include: excellent communication ability; strong interpersonal skills; a professional demeanor; ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; and a collaborative spirit. A passion for the arts is a plus. Send cover letter and resume to:

The Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University invites applicants for a faculty position that will provide pedagogical leadership in interdisciplinary and transmedia digital production. A practicing artist with a passion for collaboration and the ability to provide formal and informal instruction to a wide range of students, with skill-sets ranging from novice to advanced. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in an arts discipline; a deep knowledge base in digital media production; an exhibition record and/or production credits demonstrating an active professional practice; a desire to work closely with others in the interest of facilitating their artistic goals while maximizing opportunities to impart knowledge; and demonstrated success in fostering strong professional interpersonal relationships. She or he will also possess clear and demonstrable knowledge of digital media production equipment (computer graphics, video and audio capture equipment, lighting technologies, wide-format printing, scanning and imaging tools) and the skills and ability to support digital media software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya and Mudbox. High level support knowledge of Macintosh computing platforms is required.Review of materials will begin on February 15 and continue until the position is filled. Read more. Apply here
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Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer;
 Manager, Academic Programs
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.
Sharon Historical Society: Part-Time Curator of Collections
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. c8: Cultural Alliance Radio Show: (Cusano, Frantz, McQuilkin), WPKN, Noon
Feb. c8: Nominations Deadline for Cultural Alliance ACE Awards
Feb. c9: CLHO, Collections Colleague Circle MeetingDanbury Railway Museum
Feb. 10: ProBono Webinar, Fundraising Legally in 21st Century. $20.
Feb. 15: CT State Library: Traveling Archivist - Application Deadline
Feb. 19: Progressive Gallery Tour Next Stop: Nylen Gallery, Westport - RSVP
Feb. 24: Free Workshop on Outcomes Management, Housatonic CC. Register
Feb. 24: Scholarship Application Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention

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 7-8: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC - Sign Up Now.
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 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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