Subject: Organization Newsletter - March 18, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
March 18, 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 360 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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Call for Kids Events Brochures for The Ultimate Block Party - May 5
❖ Buy Your Copy of Preservation Alphabet Soup 
❖ Common Ground @ Grace Farms - March 22
❖ WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Rose-Scott Long, Preservationist

News from The Art Spot, Fairfield Museum, New Canaan Preservation Alliance, Norwalk Symphony, and Ridgefield Playhouse. 

❖ Nominations for CT Tourism Award Due March 31
❖ Hartford Rally for Humanities & Heritage - March 23
❖ Infographic: 10 Reasons to Support the Arts
❖ Infographic: CT Humanities & Heritage 
❖ NEFA: NEST Touring Grants - July 1
❖ CT Regional Initiative Grants
 - July 29

❖ FCCF+Sacred Heart University Workshop: Giving Public Presentations - April 14
❖ Grantmakers in the Arts: Articles to read

❖ Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
❖ Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Head of Communications

❖ Ives Concert Park: Bookkeeper
❖ NEFA: RFP for Creative Economy Employment Study - March 31

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
The Ultimate Block Party comes to Stepping Stones and Mathews Park, May 5, highlighting the importance of meaningful play-based experiences in a child’s learning journey. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will have space for our members' family/children arts & culture brochures to demonstrate the programming available in our community. Contact David to become a Cultural Alliance member; contact Jennifer for further information.
Our Fairfield County Preservation Network is selling the 8-page booklet prepared for our successful meeting with Mary Dunne and Jenny Scofield from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). This Guide to Preservation Alphabet Soup is available for $4.99 (p+h included).  Click here to order.
All cultural nonprofit and creative business members are strongly encouraged to join us for our popular, monthly COMMON GROUND Meet-Up to discuss, test and give feedback on collaborative, creative project ideas. 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.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

Founder: Jeanine Jackson

The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the classic art of portraiture through specialized arts education. CSOPA was founded by Cultural Alliance artist member Jeanine Jackson in 2002. Jeanine was subsequently named Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America in 2004. The mission of the CSOPA is to expand public appreciation of the fine art of portraiture and to improve the skills of approximately 100 artist members. Frequent Meet 'n Critiques address concerns particular to portraitists in the Connecticut area. The Society welcomes new members- from students to professional artists -and provides “camaraderie, education and craft.”  Exhibition opportunities, demonstrations and workshops by renowned master portrait artists are offered throughout the year. See a directory of members here, for those seeking to commission a portrait. See CSOPA's website and Facebook page.

An Individual Preservationist Member

Rose-Scott Long is the former President of Cultural Alliance member, The New Canaan Preservation Allianceformed in 2007, in response to rising concerns over the rapid disappearance of New Canaan's historic built and natural environments. Rose is architectural preservation consultant, currently serving as a Project Architect with the Preservation Group of Architectural Preservation Studio, a women-owned design professional-service corporation founded by a collaboration of architects, preservationists, and material conservators. Rose has been working with members of this firm since 1985, and is expert at performing archival research and documenting historic structures. Her work has included development of HABS/HAER reports, Historic Structures Reports as well as state and national nominations for historic structures listings. She also develops construction documents for exterior and interior restoration of historic interiors.
YOUR NEWS                             
THE ART SPOT's Bruce and Joanne Hunter with Senator Blumenthal last Saturday during the community building of a 60-foot long tile-mosaic mural, designed by the Hunters for the new Victoria Soto School, built by Stratford Academy to honor Stratford native Victoria Soto killed in the Newtown shooting. Stratford Academy and The Art Spot received a 2016 CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grant, administered by the Cultural Alliance. See Stratford Star story
The FAIRFIELD MUSEUM received an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations for its 2014 Pequot War exhibition. It was cited for “creating an exhibition that significantly enhanced and furthered the understanding of Connecticut history for the 375th anniversary of the founding of the town. The committee was impressed with the broad collaboration and quality of the exhibition, and the strong effort that was made to increase awareness of the Pequot War and its role in the founding of Fairfield.”
The NEW CANAAN PRESERVATION ALLIANCE is publishing Waveny: New Canaan’s Treasure, written by Arianne Faber Kolb and illustrated by Nicole Johnson Murphy. The illustrated book explores the rich history of Waveny before it became the town's popular recreational park. It transports the reader back in time to the golden era of American industrialists and their grand country estates. See details of Book Launch and Celebration here on April 3.
NORWALK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA welcomes Vanessa Smith Morest, Dean at Norwalk Community College, to its Board. Other Board Members new to the Norwalk Symphony this season include: Rita Startup, former Assistant Dean of Development at the New York University School of Dentistry; Schuyler Winter of Van Rensselaer Management LLC; Richard Beyman, and Peter W. Floury CPA (Treasurer).
RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE welcomes Suzanne Mitchell as its new Director of Marketing. Suzanne, director of Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, brings more than two decades of television and feature film experience to this position - from directing documentary films, to producing network news, to supervising HBO docudramas and OPRAH specials. Suzanne has won two Emmys, two Gracie Awards, an Omni Intermedia Award, and a Cine Golden Eagle. Welcome to the community, Suzanne.
OTHER NEWS                             

In preparation for the 2016 Governors Conference on Tourism, April 27, at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, the Office of Tourism is eager to get your nominations in for its Tourism Awards. Awards come in several flavors: Tourism Leader of the Year (a leader of any travel-related CT-based organization who has made  the organization and state a more attractive place to visit, and has inspired others); Tourism Rising Star (an employee, in the industry for five years or less, who has already taken significant steps to make the organization and state a more attractive place to visit); Tourism Legacy Award (a veteran with 25+ years of distinguished service to the tourism industry, who serves as a motivational leader); Tourism Partners of the Year Award (two or more collaborating organizationssuccessfully promoting Connecticut with innovative ways to accentuate each other’s strengths); and Tourism Volunteer of the Year (an individual or group exemplifying the positive impact volunteers can have on the success of Connecticut’s travel and tourism initiatives). Nominate here!

The #CTPlacesMatter Coalition, which includes Connecticut Humanities, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Connecticut Library Association is organizing a Rally for Humanities, Heritage, Preservation and Library funding in Connecticut, on Weds. March 23. Register Here, and there will be enough copies of materials and refreshments, and you will be updated with key information as the 2016 state budget deliberations move forward.
The Agenda:
• 12:30 p.m. Arrive, gather in Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 2D
• 1:00 p.m. Briefing by #CTPlacesMatter Partners and Advocates, LOB Room 2D
• 1:45 p.m. Meetings with state lawmakers
• 3:00 p.m. Rally and Artifacts Display, State Capitol, Hall of Flags (1st floor)
• 4:30 p.m. Artifacts display concludes.
Visit for the latest updates on the March 23 rally and how you can continue to help advocate for Humanities, Heritage, Preservation, and Library Funding. The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Click for parking information.
ARTS & HUMANITIES INFOGRAPHICS                             
Two wonderful infographics surfaced this week. One is a graphic version of Randy Cohen's annually updated 10 Reasons to Support the Arts. The 2016 list can be downloaded as a handy one-sheet handout here. Download the 2015 poster below by clicking on the image.
The other is a compiled infographic of the results of a study by veteran Connecticut economist Don Klepver-Smith, commissioned by the #CTPlacesMatter Coalition, of the specific economic impact of the state’s cultural institutions (exclusive of the arts.) See commentary on the study here.

NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. A presenter may apply for an artist within their state if several conditions apply. CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists (NEST artists) who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding. To find NEST-eligible artists: select Advanced Search and then "Profile is..." "New England States Touring (NEST) grant eligible artist," along with any other search criteria that you need, such as state or discipline. NEST grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Grants are available in amounts of up to 50% of the artists' fees, and typically range from $400 to $4,000. Requests below $400 will not be accepted. Artists’ fees may include costs for creation of new work, travel, and per diem. Deadlines: June 1, for projects beginning on or after September 1; September 1, for projects beginning on or after December 1, Details here.  Register and apply here.

The Regional Initiative grant program (REGI) awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 (dependent on state and federal annual appropriations). The REGI program is a good fit for applicants primarily interested in small projects that support access to the creative process and/or creative experience, especially those projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within your community. Projects can take many varied forms: engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, bring neighbors together, etc. Eligible applicants include: artists; arts organizations with 501(c)(3) status with annual operating income under $300,000; arts programs of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization; municipal arts departments; pre-K through 12 schools; and Parent Teacher organizations (PTOs). These REGI grants are administered by the state's Designated Regional Service Organizations, of which the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is the applicable one for this region. See guidelines here. Applicants may apply to only one grant program offered by the Office of the Arts. However, those applicants that fail to win an award in another category may apply for a REGI grant, after they receive notification at the end of June.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation (FCCF) together with Sacred Heart University (SHU) present a 3-hour workshop: A Guide to Giving Public Presentations. Get comfortable making presentations and learn to communicate effectively. The workshop will help you gain confidence in delivering any type of presentation. The workshop will cover: The do’s and don’ts of presentations; How to use research and analysis to strengthen presentations; Effective body language, style and voice; and the mechanics of a good presentation. The presenter, Sean Heffron is the Director of the Student Experience for the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University. He has presented at multiple conferences and workshops as a keynote speaker. Thur. April 14, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm $25. Details here. Register here.

Below is a partial Contents List with links to articles in the recently released Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (Winter 2016). 

The Fairfield County Chorale is looking for an Executive Director with the following qualifications. An individual having manageable access to the FCC office in Fairfield and Norwalk City Hall and other area facilities sufficient to fulfill all required responsibilities in a timely manner. Preferably someone who is familiar with and knowledgeable about the detailed functioning of a large chorale or other similar musical organization, or who has experience in managerial support of a large or mid-sized not-for-profit organization. In order to perform the duties of the position effectively both during business hours and non-business hours, a person who does not also have a full time job. Someone who is a critical thinker and problem solver, has excellent organizational, collaborative and communication skills, is business-oriented and can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and dynamics. Detailed description here. Contact Rick Davis, President, Board of Directors at the FCC office, 61 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Or leave an email message at

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum seeks a dynamic communications professional to join its External Affairs team as Head of Communications. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering the work of pioneering artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Head of Communications is responsible for providing the vision and strategic framework for all external messaging in print and online, through social media and other outlets. Working closely with the Executive Director and the Museum’s senior staff, the Head of Communications creates written content that effectively conveys information about the institution’s history, legacy, mission, exhibitions, programs, and its place in the field of contemporary art. The Head of Communications is responsible for elevating the Museum’s profile and building and enhancing institutional visibility across all platforms, actively contributing to the development and implementation of outreach strategies to build constituency engagement and support fundraising goals. Detailed job description available here. Please send a cover letter and resume here. Calls will not be accepted. 

Ives Concert Park is a prestigious, world-class performing arts center, with a majestic outdoor amphitheater situated on 40 wooded acres, with a pond, breathtaking gardens and public hiking trails, on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The Ives seeks a part--time, skilled Bookkeeper/Office Coordinator to organize office operations and bookkeeping procedures for this fast-paced nonprofit entertainment destination to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. This person must be exceedingly well organized, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting a dedicated board of directors, executive staff and volunteer corps, and serving the community. For full details, click here.


The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) seeks research proposals for the third installment of the Creative Economy Employment Report of the New England creative sector to be published on NEFA’s website in spring 2017. For the research consultant or team, this research project includes: 1) an employment analysis of the creative sector of each New England state, 2) mapping of employment clusters by locality where possible, 3) an update to the NEFA research definition of federally categorized creative industries and occupations, 4) a New England-wide artist survey, 5) and convenings of arts researchers, New England state arts agency directors, and creative economy leaders to gather input on all of the above. NEFA research manager, Dee Schneidman, will manage the project, and additionally coordinate work with regional stakeholders and other consultants to make associated updates to CreativeGround, New England’s online creative economy database; and to design, publish, and promote the employment study and artist survey. For full RFP, click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Arts Council of Greater New Haven: P/T Development Director.
Connecticut State Library: Traveling Archivists
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Fairfield Museum: Curator of Exhibitions
Greenwich International Film Festival; Festival ProducerMarketing; Graphic Design; and Programming Interns
Heartbeat Ensemble, Hartford: Managing Director
Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum: Manager, Museum Services
New Canaan Historical Society: P/T School Program Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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March 22: Common Ground at Grace Farms, 6:30pm. RSVP
March 23: Connecticut Heritage Rally Day, State Capitol
March 31: Deadline for Tourism Award Nominations
March 31: RFP Deadline for NEFA Creative Economy Report

April c1: Bridgeport Prospers Youth Summit, Call for 17-25-year-olds
April c1: Amphion Foundation: Music Performance Grants
April c8: Early Bird Registration Deadline for Americans for the Arts Convention, Boston
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 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 c5: Ultimate Block Party, Mathews Park, Norwalk
May 19: Cultural Alliance Arts & Culture Empowerment Awards Breakfast, Shore & 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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