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ORGANIZATIONS' NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
APRIL 14, 2017
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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
OUR NEWS
PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: browngrotta - APRIL 26
Come join us for the 7th stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour 2016-17. Help celebrate browngrotta arts' 30th anniversary with Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta during their once-a-year, 10-days-only, Art in the Barn exhibition, Still Crazy After All These Years at their barn/home in Wilton. Eighty-two artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America and the UK will participate, and they have provided extraordinary work, including wall works, art textiles and indoor and outdoor sculptures to honor this milestone.  Find out more and register here.
CULTIVATING COLLECTORS  PANEL 2 - APRIL 27
Tickets are again going fast - so sign up now for the second Cultivating Collectors panel discussion The Landscape of Collecting to be held Thurs. April 27, 6pm at Silvermine Arts Center. This second discussion will focus on how collectors are best educated and how best to focus them on our own community in Fairfield County. Speakers include Evan Beard (U.S. Trust), Marty Baron (collector), Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint), Robin Jaffe Frank (writer, curator) Terri Smith (Franklin Street Works), and Dmitri Wright, painter. Register here.
DAVID DUNLOP SPECIAL CAFC EVENT - APRIL 29
Sign up for a special lecture by master painter David Dunlop, teacher, lecturer, writer and artist on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop and other DVDs about painting. David is giving his lecture: The Science of Expression; Art and Design as a special CAFC event at the Westport Arts Center, Sat. April 29, 2:30-4pm. We hope you will come, learn from David, and support the Cultural Alliance! Just $20 ($25 non-members). Find out more and sign up here.
SAVE THE DATE: ACE AWARDS - JUNE 7
The Cultural Alliance's second Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast will be held at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk on Weds. June 7. Special Guest Speaker will be Broadway star Kelli O'Hara. Master of Ceremonies will again be James Naughton. Platinum sponsors: Cohen & Wolf; Hobbs, Inc., Shipman & Goodwin, and United Capital. Awards will be made in Corporate, Artist, Nonprofit, Educator & Citizen categories. Winners announced and tickets next week.
60 spaces and counting - add yours to the list. Current spaces include:
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield
Artist Studio, Redding
Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Captain's Cove, Bridgeport
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Fairfield Museum
Ferguson Library, Stamford
Greenwich Art Society
Music Theatre of Connecticut
The NEST: Music Studio
Pequot Library
Ridgefield Playhouse
Stratford Library
Spinnaker Real Estate: 1103 
   Main St, Bridgeport
Stamford Center for the Arts 
   - The Palace Theatre
The Klein Auditorium
The Westport Woman's Club
- and 42 others! See them!
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CONNECTICUT AIR & SPACE CENTER

President: Eugene Madara

The Connecticut Air & Space Center (CASC) was founded by late State Senator George “Doc” Gunther in 1998 after the closing of the Stratford Army Engine Plant, where during WWII more than 7,000 Sikorsky Memorial FG1-D Corsairs ("the plane that won the war in the Pacific") rolled off the production line. Situated across Main Street from the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport, CASC occupies buildings 6 and 53 at the former Engine Plant complex and is dedicated to honoring the pioneers of early aviation, restoring and preserving examples of the aircraft they flew, and educating current and future generations about Connecticut’s unique aviation heritage. With displays and archives relating to the history of the Engine Plant, the Center relies on skilled volunteers in the restoration of key aircraft. With 14 aircraft on display (and 8 engines that were built at the plant) volunteers are actively restoring a Corsair and the Sikorsky S60 “Flying Crane” among others. A major project is the restoration of the Curtiss Hangar at Sikorsky Airport. Wrapped with glass, a virtual "Cathedral of Aviation," it was one of two hangars built in 1928 for Glenn Curtiss’ Flying School (opened to compete with the Wright Flying School), but was severely damaged by the New England Hurricane of 1938. An important part of Connecticut’s aviation history, it was visited by aviation pioneers Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and Igor Sikorsky. Restored, the Hangar would be part of the Museum, displaying the Sikorsky Memorial Corsair, the Whitehead #21 Flyer, and other artifacts. See CT Post story, website and Facebook.
PEACE ARTS REVOLUTION

Founder and Director: Rebecca Doyon

PeaceArts Revolution is a concept and movement with the purpose of engaging people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religions and abilities in artistic collaboration to foster mutual understanding, eliminate perceived barriers, celebrate our unique perspectives, and to provide audiences with tangible examples of what peace looks like, sounds like, and moves like in every-day life. PeaceArtists seek out or create opportunities for others to engage in cooperative artistic activities with individuals or groups of individuals from different religions, races, abilities or backgrounds. PeaceArt projects occur every day, and the Rebecca hopes the hashtag #PeaceArtsRevolution can help connect greater audiences with these messages of peace and hope. PeaceArts Revolution encourages us all to share our stories of creation and connection and to listen to and share other people’s art and stories.. See and register for PeaceArt Revolution's gallery opening and performances at 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport, on June 1, 2017. Learn more and connect to the PeaceArts Revolution by visiting the website, Facebook and MeetUp pages and Twitter feed.

SPINNAKER REAL ESTATE PARTNERS

Founder, Chairman and CEO: Clayton H. Fowler
President: Kim Morque

Spinnaker Real Estate Partners is a second generation real estate company engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership, and management of commercial and residential properties with its corporate office located in Fairfield County. Beginning in the 1950’s in Stamford, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has completed more than $1.5 billion of acquisition, development and redevelopment projects. Focusing on urban redevelopment over the last 20 years, the firm has acquired, developed and redeveloped in excess of 3.5 Million square feet of commercial space and thousands of multi-family units nationwide. The company is well-regarded in the industry for its commitment to the communities it operates in, its high design standards and the ability to execute complex and difficult mixed use projects. It is known for its culture of collaboration and its ability to forge private/public partnerships with state and local government, community stakeholders and not for profit organizations to produce projects of lasting value. Spinnaker was a key sponsor of the Cultural Alliance’s Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy conference. Spinnaker also just received a 2017 Connecticut Preservation Award of Merit from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation for its historic renovation of the Harral, Security and Wheeler Buildings at 115 Main Street, Bridgeport: "These three historic commercial buildings have been converted to residential and retail use, in the process expanding the boundary of revitalization efforts in downtown Bridgeport." See the Spinnaker Real Estate Partners Website
 See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
YOUR NEWS
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
Bridgeport's BARNUM MUSEUM is holding a Community Listening Session April 24 for community members to join in the process of creating a Barnum Museum for the future. The Museum has worked tirelessly to save and restore Bridgeport's historic landmark, conserving its art and artifacts. Barnum ED Kathleen Maher says: "Museums are places of community engagement, intellectual exchange, a reflection of 'who we were,' and a celebration of 'who we are today.' This Listening Session welcomes thoughts, ideas, and dreams for a new Museum that will best serve the needs of all Bridgeport citizens."  More...
THE BROOKFIELD CRAFT CENTER continues its 65th year celebrations with a community open house May 20 featuring blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, and woodturning workshops run by its faculty artists. A ribbon cutting will rededicate the newly expanded Good Forge, funded by a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, which will allow for larger class sizes and new programs including sword making and metal sculpture. An exhibition of metal works by local artisans and an artists reception at 5pm will round out visitors' discovery of what goes on in these restored and renovated historic buildings by the Still River.
THE BRUCE MUSEUM proudly announces that Kathleen Holko was named the 2017 Outstanding Museum Educator at the Connecticut Art Education Association’s Outstanding Art Educators Awards Dinner on April 2, 2017. As Manager of School & Tour Services, Kathleen works on a team responsible for the education of some 27,000 children and adults who visit the Bruce Museum each year. In addition to teaching, she trains the corps of nearly 40 volunteer docents, who assist in providing programs that complement Museum exhibitions. More...
The Fairfield University Art Museum is pleased to announce receipt of a three-year challenge grant from an anonymous foundation to support a new, full-time Curator of Education. The museum is now actively raising funds to meet the challenge and hopes have the position filled by September 1, and to embark on an exciting new chapter.
Not only was Stamford's FERGUSON LIBRARY honored    
with a CT Trust Connecticut Preservation Merit Award (see last issue) but its President Alice Knapp has just received the Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA)’s Liberty Bell Award for "outstanding community service by a layperson and the promotion of civic responsibility and good government." The award will be presented at the FCBA’s annual Law Day lunch on May 2. Alice, Ferguson president since late 2014, said "The library offers access to opportunity and enrichment for the entire community, and we take seriously our role as a gathering place where people from all points of view can come together to discuss important and difficult topics of the day." More...
NORWALK INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE (NICE), in preparing for its 2nd Annual NICE Festival (in Norwalk’s Oyster Shell Park, July 8) is planning an international launch party - Destination India, an evening celebrating Indian Culture at Norwalk's Fodor Farm (328 Flax Hill Road, Norwalk) on June 15. Bhangra dance, Sikh martial arts (Gatka) demonstrations, Indian cooking demonstrations and tastings, henna art and more. Proceeds from the $35 ticket sales will support the NICE summer festival, planned for July 8th.
PEQUOT LIBRARY is saddened to announce their beloved Children's Librarian Susan Ei, passed away on March 30. She was 64. Known as "Miss Susan" to thousands of children and families, Ms. Ei joined Pequot Library in March 2003 and was promoted to full-time Children’s Librarian in 2005. Ms. Ei loved education and learning and held a master's degree in Linguistics and a bachelor of arts with distinction in Art History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She had a special talent to inspire children to want to explore the natural world around them through engaging programs about science experiments and even workshops about bee-keeping. Most of all she ignited a passion for reading in children of all ages with interactive Summer Reading programs and personalized book recommendations. More
Inspired by author-artist Joe Fig's work on the spaces where artists make their work, and fascinated by fielding the continual stream of questions about what it's like to work as an artist in a studio – "Do you have a dedicated space or work at the kitchen table? How are you inspired? Do you work at your craft like any other job?" – the RIDGEFIELD GUILD OF ARTISTS decided to organize an OPEN STUDIO DAY for people to see for themselves and ask questions directly of the artists. $25 on Sat. April 22 gets patrons a champagne brunch and access to seven artists' studios - and some answers to all those questions.
After waiting for 20 years and a 5-year renovation project, the 100 year-old Wall Street Theater at 71 Wall Street has officially opened its doors and will be holding its grand opening celebration May 15th with 8 – a Night with Broadway’s Best.  Broadway stars include Betty Buckley, Mandy Gonzalez, Siobhan Dillon, Nathaniel Stampley, Sharon Catherine Brown, Telly Leung and Lillias White. OperaMetro recently gave the Theatre a glowing review. Although the renovation is mostly complete, WST still seeks local businesses to partner with and there are many various sponsorship opportunities!
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OTHER NEWS                  
Louise Slaughter (D-NY) cochair of the Congressional Arts Caucus
MOVE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR NEA

One hundred and fifty members of Congress, including eleven Republicans, have signed a letter asking the Trump administration to increase the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, according to an April 7 New York Times report. The president proposed eliminating the NEA and NEH along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Library and Museum Services in his 2018 federal budget proposal, which was released in March. Rather than demand that Trump rethink his decision to defund the federal agencies, representatives are calling for an additional $7 million for the NEA, which would make next year’s budget roughly $155 million. Among the signatories are Representative Ken Calvert, a Republican from California and the House subcommittee chairman who is charged with allocating funds to the cultural endowments, and Representative Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, who also sits on the subcommittee. "I’m proud to have more Republicans join us in this effort than we’ve ever had in recent years," Representative Louise Slaughter, a Democrat from New York and cochair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, said in a statement. "This is a signal loud and clear to the White House that Republicans and Democrats agree these budget cuts would be penny-wise and pound-foolish."
CONNECTICUT ART TRAIL REINVIGORATED

The Connecticut Art Trail, a collaboration of world-class museums and historic sites across the state, welcomes three new and returning members in 2017: Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. The Art Trail is also pleased to announce, coming next month, the new CT Art Passport. The collaboration between the 18 CT Art Trail member institutions makes it possible for CT residents and visitors alike to visit all member museums within one year with a $25 Art Passport. The Art Passport is an enhanced version of the previous Art Pass, which will offer pass-holders additional benefits, discounts, free gifts, and a valuable cultural experience suitable for all generations. The Passport has a $90+ value, and is available to buy at any member museum and online here starting May 1, 2017. The Fairfield County members of the CT Art Trail are: the Bruce Museum, the Greenwich Historical Society/ Bush-Holley Historic Site, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Fairfield University Art Museum, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and the Weir Farm National Historic Site.
HUMANITIES NOTES                             
HELEN HIGGINS NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF CT HUMANITIES
Helen Higgins has been named Interim Executive Director for Connecticut Humanities, after the resignation of Doug Fisher. Ms. Higgins has many years of close contact with Connecticut Humanities, including having been chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Application Review Committee. In 2015 she retired after 18 years as executive director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
#CTPLACES ADVOCACY DAY VIDEO
Watch this lively 2-minute video report on the March 29 #CT Places Advocacy Day when a coalition of libraries, museums, historical societies, and humanities organizations came to the State Capitol in Hartford to highlight the significant positive impact they have in Connecticut.
CT BOOK AWARDS ARE BACK: APRIL 21 
The Connecticut Center for the Book (CCB) at Connecticut Humanities has reinstated the Connecticut Book Awards to recognize and honor those authors and illustrators who have created the best books in or about our state. The Connecticut Center for the Book promotes the written and spoken word throughout the state. It is Connecticut’s affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Submissions of books published in 2016 by CT authors or set in CT, in four categories, must be postmarked by 5p.m. on April 21. Details here.
LEGACY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Humanities is supporting a six-month exploration of the legacy of race and ethnicity in our state. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a variety of programs will take place in West Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and Groton. In Stamford the Ferguson Library will present Dialogue to Change, a process that will turn community discussion into action. The process will focus on the impact of racism in public education. An introductory session for the public will be held on Monday, May 8, at 3pm at the Library with special programs, training and workshops over the summer.
FUNDING                             
PROJECT PITCH! CONTEST
LAUNCHES IMPACT VINE CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM 
APRIL 25

The Impact Vine is a new crowdfunding platform just for Fairfield County nonprofits to use to raise funding for projects. 100% of donations go to your project when your project is funded. Impact Vine was developed by the Community Fund of Darien, with support from 16 Founding Funders, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Lone Pine Capital and others. To celebrate its launch this month, The Impact Vine is holding an online shark tank-type competition called ProjectPitch! Here's your chance to fund a special project while marketing on a creative and engaging platform, and attracting potential new donors. Plus, your project may win a grant prize. Lower Fairfield County nonprofits are invited to submit a short application to The Impact Vine. Details here. Just make sure you include your Organization Name, URL, EIN/Tax ID# and Contact Name. Your project description should include:  a catchy, descriptive title; your project’s super-creative, crowdfunding idea (100 words or less), including idea for (and ability to create) a :15 or :30 video or animation; a brief marketing plan (bullet-pointed and 100 words or less). Responses are due before 5pm Tuesday, April 25. Winners will be announced Tuesday, May 9. Projects not selected are still eligible for posting their project on The Impact Vine!
NEA ART WORKS
MEDIA ARTS 
JULY 13
WEBINAR: MAY 3

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to support activities that reflect the dynamic, diverse, and evolving nature of the media arts field. Applicants in Art Works: Media Arts may apply for projects that support creation, exhibition, education, and distribution of historic and contemporary artworks in all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline). All genres are welcome to apply; all phases of project support are eligible. There are two deadlines each year; eligible project types for this deadline:
production of all genres and forms of media art as an artistic medium, or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline); artistic tool-making (hardware or software); residencies, labs, or facilities access programs for media artists; intergenerational workshops and educational activities; conferences, field studies, and convenings; media arts publications; web portals, hubs, apps, or other innovative uses of technology or new models to provide audiences with access to media artists and art works. View the full list of eligible activities, and apply, here.   Register for the Art Works II: Media Arts Webinar - May 3, 3:30pm. During this webinar, Media Arts staff will focus on the upcoming deadline. Participants will gain insight on crafting a compelling project proposal, including an overview of NEA guidelines, eligible projects, resources, and examples of previously successful projects in the second Artworks deadline for Media Arts. Open to the public, the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MUSEUM COMPUTER NETWORK CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
APRIL 30

Founded in 1967, the Museum Computer Network (MCN) has served the cultural heritage community for 50 years. MCN members represent a wide range of information professionals from hundreds of cultural sector institutions, in the US and around the world, who believe that digital technologies are transforming the way cultural organizations reach, engage and educate audiences. Through diverse programs, including a hands-on conference, MCN advances its members in their roles as leaders and agents of change for the cultural sector. In 2017, MCN is focusing on how museums can use technology to innovate and emphasize transparency, individual action, and institutional bravery. As MCN celebrates its 50th anniversary with its Pittsburgh conference, it is calling for applications for its conference scholarship program. MCN is offering scholarships for 15 qualified applicants to attend the annual conference. Scholarships include: one complimentary conference registration; complimentary attendance at one of the workshops on Tuesday, November 7; complimentary meet-and-greet with other scholarship recipients and MCN board members; a $400 travel and food allowance; complimentary three hotel-nights (Nov. 7-9) at the conference hotel; and a one-year complimentary MCN individual membership (from Nov 7, 2017). Scholarship recipients will give a lightning talk of five minutes or less on a digital project of their own, as well as use their skills to assist MCN and add to the conference experience by capturing important ideas and themes that develop during sessions and events. The MCN scholarship program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. To learn more about the scholarships and to apply, visit the online application . The application deadline is April 30
WILD APRICOT
TOP 24 FREE WEBINARS FOR NONPROFITS 

Terry Ibele publishes the top free webinars out there each month for WilD Apricot. This month he's compiled a list of the top 24 free webinars in 7 categories. The 7 categories are: Marketing, Finance, Fundraising, Event Management, Social Media, Volunteer Management, Leadership, and Website, Data, & Analytics. Here's a small sampler to get you started and I encourage you to follow up with those on the list you're most interested in.
Marketing:
1. Attract, Recruit and Engage New Members with a Marketing Funnel
Presenter: Nonprofit Digital Marketing Expert, John Haydon
Why selling the benefits of membership to new people isn’t very effective... and what to do instead; How to create a compelling free offer that drives membership growth; Why your Facebook fans, Twitter followers and email subscribers aren’t joining your organization, and how to draw them in.
2. Evaluating Your Nonprofit's Content Marketing Mix
Presenter: Nonprofit Communications Expert, Marlene Oliveira
What it takes to start getting results from your content marketing; How often you should be publishing content; How to clearly define your audience. 
3.  The Surprising Ways Successful Organizations Attract Millennials
Presenter: CEO of XYZ University, Sarah Sladek
The one thing millennials want before they will join your organization; The 4 defining characteristics of millennials that you must address to engage them; A simple 30-day process to get the insights your organization needs to attract millennials.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
April 24-25: 2nd Annual Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference, New London. $75
April 28-29: Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects: Olmsted Parks in Transition: Respecting the Past, Planning for the Future. Conference + BusTour. $160
May c4: Governor's Conference on Tourism, Hartford.
May 18: CT State Historic Preservation Office Conference. UConn, Storrs. Free.
June c5: CT League of History Organizations Conference, Meriden. Registration in April.
June 8-9: Creative Communities Exchange, New London. Early Bird 4/14
June 16-18: Americans for the Arts. San Francisco. Early Bird
June 18-24: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Denver. Early Bird 4/15
Nov. 7-10: Museum Computer Conference 2017. Pittsburgh.
JOBS                             
FAIRFIELD MUSEUM AND HISTORY CENTER
P/T ASSOCIATE EDUCATOR/SITE SUPERVISOR


The Fairfield Museum and History Center seeks a part-time, seasonal Associate Educator/Site Supervisor. In early summer of 2017 new hands-on exhibitions will open in three historic buildings – the Victorian Cottage, Victorian Barn (1888) and Sun Tavern (c.1780) – on the Museum Commons, behind the Fairfield Museum on Fairfield’s Town Green. The Associate Educator / Site Supervisor will oversee public access and use of those properties, including site maintenance, opening/closing exhibitions, and teaching educational activities for adults, children and families. The public hours will be Friday – Sunday from 10am – 2pm from June 3 – September 3, 2017. The Educator/ Supervisor will work primarily in the Victorian Cottage and as needed in the Sun Tavern. He/she will greet visitors, provide orientation about the exhibits and demonstrate activities to engage audiences. He/she will oversee the roster of public programs in place for summer 2017 which includes Storytime led by volunteers, hands-on activities, and demonstrations by guest artists. He/she will supervise and lead meetings for Junior Docents/high school volunteers in the Sun Tavern and Cottage, and oversee the overall volunteer schedule. The Educator will evaluate visitors through observation and collecting surveys from visitors, reporting back to the Director of Education. This individual will also be responsible for ensuring the safety of visitors, maintaining classroom materials, and opening/closing procedures for the Victorian Cottage and Sun Tavern. The Associate Educator will represent the Fairfield Museum to the general public, promoting the exhibitions, facilitating learning activities, and supporting the Fairfield Museum’s mission to make history personal and meaningful. For a full description, please click here. The position will begin on June 1. Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references by Friday, May 5, 2017 to Christine Jewell, Director of Education, Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 or email to education@fairfieldhs.org. No phone calls please. EOE.
EARTHPLACE
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR


Earthplace seeks a Marketing and Communications Coordinator to work with the Director of Fund Development to execute all marketing, communications, events and donor engagement for Earthplace. This is a full time, salaried position. Responsibilities include: Develop a deep understanding of the Earthplace mission, goals, strategy and brand personality and assist in delivering messaging that is on brand and on target for all audiences; manage organization contact and donor management database and strategic communications lists; assist with all fundraising events and relevant communications; coordinate all marketing and brand communications including reports, newsletters and all online and social media communications; provide administrative support. Qualifications include: a Bachelor's degree; 2-3 years appropriate experience required with a focus on marketing and communications; nonprofit and project management experience a plus; highly detail and process oriented; excellent oral and written communication skills; experience using donor management software and analytics; ability to execute communications efforts across web and social media platforms; demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment, prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; be a team player with a strong commitment to the Earthplace mission of environmental education. Full description here. Submit cover letter and resume to hr@earthplace.org
ALDRICH MUSEUM
WEBSITE CONTENT FACILITATOR

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
in Ridgefield, seeks a 4-days-a-week Website Content Facilitator to work with diverse Museum departments—exhibitions, education, membership, events, and visitor services—to actively organize and archive content and update The Aldrich’s newly redesigned website to ensure timely and accurate information is posted in a way to make the site dynamic, accessible, and engaging. This position will also schedule, develop, and format all Aldrich e-newsletters across all departments, and create and manage a digital archive of all exhibitions, programs, and events. Responsibilities include: format content for, regular
ly review, update, and maintain the Museum’s website; update, review, and maintain online retail and ticketing platforms; develop online outreach materials, including monthly e-news, dedicated program e-blasts, press e-blasts and invitations, event e-vites, annual appeals, etc.; participate in regular meetings with external affairs, education, and exhibitions staff to identify e-blast and website needs; archive and track all exhibition, program, event, and institutional video/photography; create and maintain online exhibitions archive, including PDFs of Aldrich publications; develop illustrated exhibition checklists; other special projects as assigned by the Press and Social Media Coordinator, Graphic Designer or Head of Marketing. Requirements include: fluent in Photoshop (InDesign and Illustrator a plus), with a strong understanding of producing and optimizing media for the web; ability to collaborate well; comfortable working with a broad range of Museum personnel, including curators, educators, technology designers, and development, marketing, and communications staff. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the Museum’s mission, to working to advance its position within the museum field, and the ability to advocate effectively for the Museum and its goals in professional and social settings. Send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@aldrichart.org, with the subject line “Website Content Facilitator.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MATTATUCK MUSEUM
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR

The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, seeks an Executive Assistant to the Director. This position provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Board President as well as support for other staff directors as necessary. Specific responsibilities include maintaining the Director’s calendar, planning and executing business meetings, and providing support to other departments as needed. Assist Director and Board President in Board Meeting Preparation, ensure meeting announcements are distributed in advance to board and committees, assist with Board meeting logistics, and maintain board and committee minutes records. They will take on many of the office managerial tasks such as mail sorting, shipping, manage office supplies and coordinate office equipment management and repair needs. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or an Associates degree with relevant prior work experience. S/he should enjoy working with the public, meeting new people, and partnering with volunteers. Strong organizational skills are a must and the candidate should have the ability to prioritize and organize multiple activities. S/he will possess strong typing skills, proven accuracy and attention to detail with the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel are required.  See job description here. Send cover letter that addresses qualifications and interest, current resume and 3 professional references to: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR SEARCH, Attn: Robert Burns, Director, Mattatuck Museum,144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 or via email to bob@mattmuseum.org
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Education Programs Assistant
AMS Planning & Research: Analyst and Project Manager
Fairfield County Children's Choir: Conductor of Concert Choir
Greenwich Arts Council: Executive Director
Pequot Library:  Director of Development.
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager   
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
APRIL
April 21: CT Book Awards: Submission Deadline
April 23: National Arts Strategies: 2017 Creative Community Fellowship Deadline
April 25: ProjectPitch! Contest Deadline, Impact Vine Submission Deadline
April 27: DoE: Arts Educator Professional Development Grant: Letter of Intent
April 30: Museum Computer Network Conference Scholarships Application Deadline

MAY
May c3: NEA Art Works Media Arts Webinar, 3:30pm
May c4: NEA Art Works: Creativity Connects Application Deadline
May 18: SHPO Conference, Preservation in a Changing Environment - UConn, Storrs
May 30: DoE: Arts Educator Professional Development Grant: Application Deadline

JUNE
June 8-9: New England Foundation for the Arts: CCX Conference, New London
June 27-30: Aldrich Museum Summer Institute: Text+Context

JULY
July 13: NEA: Art Works Deadlines

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