Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - April 28, 2017

View this email online if it doesn't display correctly
News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
APRIL 28, 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
Don't Miss this 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; $8 students). Find out more and sign up here. See the Facebook Event page
You can now purchase tickets for the Cultural Alliance's second Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast to be held at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk on Weds. June 7, 7:30am. Special Guest Speaker will be Broadway star Kelli O'Hara (at left). 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. For names of award winners and tickets, click here.
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!
A great way to support us is to click on the button and always use this link when you shop at Amazon. At no cost to you: you shop and Amazon contributes to us.

Founder: Eddie Niño

After undergoing disciplined and rigorous traditional training for more than 15 years as an apprentice of noted art teacher Andrew Reiss in Brooklyn, and intensive full time study at the Grand Central Academy, and the Art Student’s League, Eddie Nino launched his career as a serious fine artist and art teacher. He continues the tradition of passing along his knowledge to students of all ages in Fairfield County through his Eddie Niño Art School. The School offers small classes with a maximum of seven students, which provides a personal setting in which students of all levels learn both fundamentals and advanced concepts of drawing and painting. Individual time with the instructor facilitates a more thorough learning experience and faster results while proceeding at the student's own working pace. This time proven learning approach has been giving students a solid core that has enabled them to draw or paint confidently and without hesitation.​​​ Through instructor feedback, weekly demonstrations, lectures, and yearly assessments, attendees have a complete learning experience. Classes are ongoing and candidates join the group at anytime during the year. For more information, see the School's website and Facebook page.

President: Paul Broadie II
Director of Communications: Cheryl Forbes

Housatonic Community College (HCC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and will mark its golden milestone throughout the rest of 2017. The college started life in 1966 as a branch of Norwalk Community College. The following year, HCC became its own independent institution and was located in Stratford. In January, 1971, Housatonic moved to the Singer Metric Building at 510 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport and remained there for almost 30 years. With 2,700 students by 1997, the college moved to its first permanent campus at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport, immediately experiencing a significant enrollment increase - jumping to 6,000 students by 2011. Beacon Hall opened its doors for the fall semester in 2008, sharing the campus with Lafayette Hall, which housed the administrative, business, registrar, and financial aid offices, classrooms, the HCC Library, and the Burt Chernow Galleries. The Galleries are part of The Housatonic Museum of Art, which has one of the most significant collections of any two-year college in the country. Through a collaborative, learner-centered, technology-rich, and stimulating educational environment, Housatonic Community College empowers all individuals to develop to their full potential as lifelong learners. With its knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, the College inspires students to contribute responsibly to our dynamic regional and global society. See Housatonic Community College's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

President: Michele Turk

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. Though inactive in recent years, the Club has been relaunched under the leadership of Michele Turk, a Greenwich-based writer/editor and owner of A Bloc of Writers, Inc. Michele is the author of Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Oral History of the American Red Cross, and has worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University. The Connecticut Press Club’s base was once comprised solely of print and broadcast journalists, but now welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking and social outings.


Owner: Amy Rutledge Jebrine

Amy Rutledge Jebrine established RJ Fine Arts in Stamford in 2005. Her private dealership specializes in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, focusing on the genres of Geometric Abstraction, appropriation, and the use of found objects. Through exhibition projects, RJ Fine Arts seeks to expand the understanding of the Latin American artistic contribution to the contemporary world. AMy also offers individuals personalized service to guide them through the entire acquisition process, from the initial purchase to the installation of their artwork. By tailoring her approach to the needs and desires of the individual client, Amy helps to determine the client’s objectives, taking into consideration both stylistic and financial parameters to assemble a collection that reflects the artistic sensibilities of its owner. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from SUNY, Purchase. See RJ Fine Arts page on ArtNet. 

 See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
The CITY OF STAMFORD created an Arts Commission on April 19. At right, see Mayor David Martin and representatives Annie Summerville and Randy Skigen signing the ordinance establishing the Stamford Arts and Culture Commission. The ordinance calls for nine voting members: six to be active in the city's cultural community as artists, arts administrators or board members and three residents of the City. Those interested need to be referred to the Mayor by the Democratic City Committee  or the Republican Town Committee (RTC).  More...
CURTAIN CALL's Lou Ursone has birthed another musical. The Man With The Glass Heart (to première May 4), inspired by Steve Job’s Stanford commencement address, was written (book, lyrics and music) by Stamford native George Bradt. Lou first read the book five years ago. Since then, Bradt has written and re-written scenes, cut songs, added new ones and even cut characters -  a new scene was added just this week. "I think producing new works is one of the most exciting things we do," Ursone said. "I love working with authors, composers and lyricists on developing original material, in spite of the many inherent challenges that exist."
GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY celebrates 30 years of its Greenwich Landmark Recognition program Sunday May 7. In its 30 years, it has presented plaques to over 300 structures and sites. Each property has been professionally researched, with the documents preserved in the Historical Society's Archives. These documents have proven to be popular and useful to homeowners, historians and preservationists, as well as architects, builders and real estate professionals. More...
THE SUZUKI MUSIC SCHOOLS of Westport & Orange is proud to announce that faculty members Dr. Rafael Videira (at right) and Ms. Sigrid Karlstrom (both instructors of violin and viola), have won an international audition to be part of the 4th Bach Cantata Academy, in Weimar (Germany) working with renowned conductor and Bach scholar, Helmuth Rilling. In early August, they will be performing music by J.S. Bach in the churches where he worked in the state of Thuringia (central Germany).
WESTPORT ARTS CENTER announced the student artists selected for its third annual Westport High School Student Exhibition, currently on display through June 23. Staples High School student Sophia Livecchi was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Tracy Sugarman Award for her pastel, Woven Terrains. She was presented with the award and a $100 prize at the exhibition opening on April 21. Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher served as the jurors for the exhibition. Fisher commented, "I am always amazed at the imagination and urgency communicated in the art of the teenagers as seen in recent years at the Westport Arts Center. Serious or witty, their affection for the Visual Arts is evident. Their path to artistic maturity in all its complexities begins here. Civilization will survive in their passionate hands!"
Now that you have read our NEWS...
Check for listings of all EVENTS by our members!
OTHER NEWS                  

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collaborate on producing what is called the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). These "satellite" accounts spotlight economic activity that can be difficult to find within the BEA's core accounts – in this case, the impact of arts and culture on U.S. and state economies. The account was built by identifying, analyzing and separating out detailed data from existing BEA statistics. Pulling together the arts and cultural data in one place paints a statistical picture that's valuable to state and federal policymakers, businesses, arts organizations, analysts, economists, and others. Some of the findings for Connecticut include:
CT employed over 57,000 people in the arts and cultural industries in 2014, which represented 3.4% of all employment in the state.
 These jobs accounted for more than $4.5 billion dollars in compensation.
 The arts industry led utilities and transportation in both compensation and employment. 

A new survey by Exponent Philanthropy shows the vast majority of its members (82%) expect the institution of philanthropy to play a more important role in society as a result of recent changes in Washington, DC. The informal Pulse Check survey looked at how changes today in politics may impact philanthropic behavior in the year ahead, both in terms of giving practices and investments. Major findings from the survey include:
 4 out of 5 Grantmakers agree that philanthropy will play a more important role in society
 53% of survey respondents agreed with the statement “In light of recent changes in Washington, I expect philanthropy to play a more important role in our society moving forward,” and 29% strongly agreed with that same statement. 
Almost a quarter of grantmakers expect to make changes to giving in 2017 as a result.
22% of respondents expect to make changes to their philanthropic giving in 2017 as a direct result of recent changes in Washington. 

Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,000 members—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, that reports on U.S. student achievement, has issued a report — the first since 2008 — that looks at the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music. Generally there was little progress in most categories since 2008. While the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed, Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders. Overall, the national scores on arts achievement remained flat when compared with 2008, especially when compared with U.S. students' progress in math. "Math has shown a tremendous improvement," said Peggy Carr, the acting NAEP commissioner. The arts assessment measured students' knowledge based on their ability to understand and interpret historical pieces of art and music. It also looked at their creative abilities: asking students, for example, to draw a self-portrait, which was then scored for attention to detail, composition and use of materials. In music, students averaged 150 out of 300 eight years ago, and last year they averaged 147. Visual arts also showed no significant difference, with an average of 150 in 2008 and 149 in 2016. In terms of participation in arts classes, the study found fewer than half of eighth graders had taken an arts class that year (42%) - down from 45% in 2008. See the NAEP Arts Report here.

The Connecticut Office of Tourism (COT) is offering two marketing co-op advertising programs. Participation is based on a first-come-first-served basis, and the deadline is May 15. Each of the two   marketing co-op programs requires a commitment level of $5,000, with a COT 1:1 match. The first co-op option is digital static banners to be placed on desktop devices driving consumers directly to your website. This option targets consumers that have demonstrated interest in Connecticut with research on You can select at least 2 categories of audiences based on the content of categories they viewed on including: Active Adventures, Arts & Culture, Culinary Adventures, Family Fun, Historic Attractions, Rest & Relaxation or Romantic Escapes. COT will assist with image selection and layout, strategic media placement, targeting consumers across their daily behaviors with your ad. This option will run June-August. The second co-op is our Out-of-Home option. You can purchase bulletins on major highways in NY, MA and RI leading up to CT. You can specify your preferred boards/locations or COT can develop a recommendation based on your needs and available inventory. This option will run June/July. Once you decide which option you wish to pursue, we can then request the overall creative requirements needed to get you on board. To learn more contact

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 (CCX), New London. 
June 16-18: Americans for the Arts. San Francisco. Early Bird

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
in Ridgefield, seeks a Head of Marketing. Working closely with the Director of Public Programs and Audience Engagement, Exhibitions Director, Senior Development Officer and the Head of Strategic Partnerships, the Head of Marketing sets the marketing framework for key areas of outreach and cultivation, including exhibitions, public programs, membership and events. The Head of Marketing also manages all aspects of institutional marketing materials, including monthly mailings, promotional materials, e-communications, and signage. The Head of Marketing supervises the Graphic Designer, the Press and Social Media Coordinator, and the Website Content Facilitator. Responsibilities include: Manage development and production of institutional marketing materials: monthly calendar, website, eblasts, direct mail, etc.; maintain consistency of key messaging and positioning for institution across all promotional materials, advertising, and on-line outreach; with Graphic Designer and Social Media and Press Coordinator, maintain consistency of visual identity of the Museum and its brand across all platforms; regularly assess the effectiveness of marketing strategies and recommend innovative tactics/methods for effective audience development and communication; create annual advertising strategies and budgets to most effectively promote the Museum; cultivate, develop, and maintain media partnerships; manage all advertising content; maintain up-to-date, accurate content for all promotional materials, develop and oversee production of monthly calendar, and ensure regular review with all relevant staff to build out related content for web and other outreach methods ensuring timely release of information; and more. Qualifications include: 
5 to 10 years of marketing and management experience in an arts environment; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, a plus
. Please send a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Head of Marketing.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Maritime Garage Gallery, a popular, public art exhibit space, located on the ground floor of the Norwalk Parking Authority (NPA) seeks the services of a curator to refine and extend the Gallery’s potential starting September 2017. The gallery will provide the curator with the opportunity to create unique and educational exhibits for the general public. Must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the Norwalk arts and cultural communities including working relationships with one or more organizations. Stipend of $600 per exhibit, 10% sales commission and up to $100 payment for out of pocket expenses. Exhibit schedule includes 3-4 exhibits per year. Responsibilities include: Create and refine the theme for each exhibit including identification of groups, individuals, organizations represented; Submit to the NPA representative for approval. Manage the call for art and coordinate the collection of the entrance fee with the parking authority (currently $35/selection); Secure and maintain waiver(s) of consent confirming that those exhibiting in the Gallery understand they are responsible for providing their own insurance; Assist the artists, organizations, businesses when they install the exhibit including signage/labeling and arranging for breaking down/return; Provide information to the Parking Authority representative for a press release; Coordinate with the Parking Authority representative the date/time for a reception within the first month of the exhibit’s opening date; Meet with the NPA representative on a quarterly basis to provide an update regarding upcoming exhibits and receive input.  Applicants may propose an individual curator or a team approach. Send proposals to by Monday, May 22, with resume and/or description of prior experience; description of how you would curate in 100 words or less, a written commitment to terms and conditions, description of value-added resources or services to be provided beyond the defined scope and confirmation of a visit date to the space before submitting proposal. Selection is anticipated on or before June 28th. Click here or here for more information. See complete description here

The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University seeks an Events and Sales Manager who is responsible for the development of Quick Center profile and business in the community through external rentals, promotion, and in-kind partnerships and the business development of Quick Center rentals to reach annual gross revenue targets. Other responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of rental market from solicitation through event, including personnel and set up; managing all University events from booking through close of event; contracting and securing all aspects of Missoula Summer program and workshop intensives; coordinating front of house activities and managing and developing a team of external volunteers and student employees; coordinating all events through master calendar with Director of Programming; overseeing the Q-Café and all concessions activities; and working closely with relevant University and Quick Center teams to achieve goals. Requirements include: a Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent related experience; 3 years demonstrated experience in the area of business development, event management, volunteer coordination, and community service, as well as the ability to foster and sustain a climate conducive to a cooperative environment; excellent attention to detail; flexibility in working hours is required for effective event coordination. (weekday, evening, and weekend hours). Apply here.


Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) seeks a Director of Human Resources to be responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of FCCF's human resource function. Acting cross-functionally as the human resources change agent, the Director of HR is committed to strengthening the organization and its culture. The Director of HR drives a human resources culture with a high sense of urgency and a strong customer service orientation. The Community Foundation is a fast growing, dynamic organization with bold goals and a vision of creating a vital and inclusive community where every individual has an opportunity to thrive. The culture of the organization is evolving to a more collaborative, results-oriented focus. Key Responsibilities include: Strengthen the organization and culture with a strong customer service orientation; develop, recommend and implement personnel policies and procedures; annually review and make recommendations to executive management for improvement of the organization's policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters; recruit candidates for open positions; and more. Qualifications include: Bachelor's degree - Master’s degree and/or HR certification preferred; 7+ years of human resource experience; expertise across a broad spectrum of human resource disciplines; experience with designing and executing successful training programs; excellent project management skills; and more. Email cover letter, resume and salary requirements Please do not make telephone inquiries. See complete job description here.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Education Programs Assistant; and Website Content Facilitator
Fairfield County Children's Choir: Conductor of Concert Choir
Greenwich Arts Council: Executive Director
Pequot Library:  Director of Development.
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager   
MEMBERS: Please post your Job Opportunities in FCBuzz Classifieds:

FOLLOW US! Follow the Cultural Alliance on Facebook and Twitter (if you're not a member, sign up!). Then, share this newsletter with your friends. Thanks!
OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
April 30: Museum Computer Network Conference Scholarships Application Deadline

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

July 13: NEA: Art Works Deadlines

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are very grateful for the support of our individual and organization members, our individual donors and the following organizations.
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
You may unsubscribe or change your contact details at any time.