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ORGANIZATIONS' NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
August 26, 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 450 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
CONTENTS
OUR NEWS
❖ A new board member: Peter Bilfield
❖ Please "Like" our Facebook Page: 2500 by Sept 30?
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Bridgeport Art Trail, Bridgeport Innovation Center, Fairfield County Writers' Studio, Town of Greenwich, Town of Monroe, Town of Trumbull, Two Planks Theater Company

YOUR NEWS
 News from Fairfield University Art Museum, Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, The Stamford Symphony, and The Suzuki School of Westport.

OTHER NEWS
❖ NEA + Surdna Foundation: Designing for Equity Report + Video
❖ CT Community Nonprofit Alliance: Election and Budget Briefings for all

RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CLHO: Volunteer Organizations' Colleagues Circle, Meriden - September 8 
❖ ProBono Partnership: Free Webinar, Starting a Nonprofit - September 21
❖ Joan Garry Consulting: When To Hire Your First Development Director 
❖ NEFA: Idea Swap 2016 - November 2
❖ Conference: ArtChangeUS ReMap: Detroit - October 6-7
❖ Conference: 2016 Creative Time Summit, Washington DC - October 14-16 

JOBS
❖ Connecticut Office of the Arts: Program Associate 1
❖ Bruce Museum: Special Events Manager
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Development Director
❖ URU The Right to Be: Communications Coordinator


CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
A NEW BOARDMEMBER: PETER BILFIELD
Peter Bilfield, of Norwalk, has joined the board of directors of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. A partner with the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin in Stamford, Peter is a longtime resident of Fairfield County. He attended Cornell University and is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the notes and comments editor of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. See our complete board list.
LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: 2500 IN SIGHT
If you haven't already (and even if you have), check out our combined Cultural Alliance and FCBuzz Facebook page. Check in regularly to see our recommendations - and please LIKE the page. At time of writing we're at 2,039. We have 2,500 in our sights. Let's do it soon! Thanks!

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL

Co-founder and Coordinator: Suzanne Kachmar

The Bridgeport Art Trail (BAT) is an annual city-wide open studio arts celebration promoting the ever-growing arts and creative community of the City of Bridgeport. This annual weekend-long event is a City Lights Gallery initiative, founded in 2009, and inspired by the annual American Fabrics Arts Building's open studio event organized by Denys Schmidt, Brec Morgan and the “AmFab” artists. Other founding partners included Eileen Walsh, then director of Gallery 305K, at 305 Knowlton Street. Now in its 8th year, it has grown to one of the most anticipated events in Bridgeport's arts and culture calendar. Planned in cooperation with the City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, the event is designed to entice casual visitors and culture-vultures alike to Bridgeport and to support local artists. It now represents a network of some 100 artists from the region who work, live and present in arts venues city-wide. Programs and events include a city-wide open house arts celebration taking place every November during Veterans Day weekend. Venues include art studios, gallery spaces, theatres and schools. A highlight is the open studios in the City's five artists' spaces: 305 Knowlton Street, The American Fabrics Arts Building, Bridgeport Innovation Center, The NEST Arts Factory and Read's ArtSpace. The BAT website is updated monthly. A free E-newsletter is disseminated bimonthly to subscribers and posted on Facebook. City Lights, the lead organization advocates for BAT artists and seeks out work and promotion opportunities for artists year round. This includes community art engagement that serves Bridgeport youth and adults. See the BAT website and Facebook page.
BRIDGEPORT 
INNOVATION CENTER

A Creative Business Member
Owner:  Sam Pierpont

The Bridgeport Innovation Center (BIC) was developed by Group 10 Development Corp. to provide the best possible entrepreneurial environment for small and mid-sized growth companies of Fairfield County. With over 200,000 square feet of space in ten buildings and with some 160 thriving tenants, it has become a true success story in Bridgeport. Since 1989 the Bridgeport Innovation Center has also provided a nurturing space for artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and small to mid-sized companies to grow and flourish. BIC leases flexible commercial spaces such as office, warehouse, storage, and sunny loft spaces perfect for artists. The buildings possess a rich history and comprise a hidden historical gem of Bridgeport’s East End. The oldest of the 10 buildings within the complex dates back to 1914 and for the majority of its life it was occupied by the Weed Tire Chain Company. Today, BIC is home to artists, entrepreneurs, business professionals, community and religious organizations, and mid-sized companies in a variety of industries. The business park leases a variety of bright, sunny, creative spaces, featuring old-world architecture such as high wood-beam ceilings, oak floors, brick walls, and 7-foot windows. The Bridgeport Innovation Center believes that by providing a network of like-minded people with instruction, a workshop and tools – it will result in a flourishing entrepreneurial culture. Current artist tenants include Rigo Ortiz (sculptor, furniture design & fabrication), Edwin Rosado, (painter, digital artist), Gerald Moore/Gallery 1212 (Sculptor), Robin Gilmore/Made In Bridgeport (assemblage, mixed media, jeweler), Jesus Villareall (painter) and Connie Hedley (painter, writer). See Bridgeport Innovation Center's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY WRITERS' STUDIO

A Creative Business Member
Co-Founders: 
Tessa Smith McGovern and Carol Leonetti Dannhauser

The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio is a creative community committed to the art, craft and business of writing. Tessa Smith McGovern and Carol Leonetti Dannhauser created the Studio in 2016, with the mission to help writers explore their creativity, as well as to help them publish successfully and build a career. Both Tessa and Carol are experienced writers and teachers who had been working independently to strengthen and nurture the writing community in Fairfield County prior to joining forces to form the Studio. Together, they have recruited award-winning writers, teachers, literary agents and editors to help fellow writers learn and thrive. The Studio helps emerging and established writers grow their stories and their careers through the support, workshops and master classes led by these faculty members. The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio offers small classes at a reasonable cost, as well as one-on-one editing, free events and resources in a positive, pro-active, professional – and fun – environment. Visit the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio at 21 Charles St., Westport, and see the Studio's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
TOWN OF GREENWICH

First Selectman: Peter J. Tesei

Named after the London borough of the same name in the UK, the Town of Greenwich was settled in 1640 and founded by, among others, Elizabeth Fones Winthrop, daughter-in-law of John Winthrop, founder and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. With a population of 62,256 (2012 census), it is the southernmost and westernmost municipality in Connecticut. With an area of 67.2 square miles (19.4 of which is water), Greenwich is twice the size of Manhattan. The Census Bureau recognizes seven census-designated places within the town: Byram, Cos Cob, Glenville, Old Greenwich, Pemberwick, Riverside, and Greenwich. More than 20 Cultural Alliance member arts and cultural institutions and organizations call Greenwich home, including the Bruce Museum, which is owned by the town. Other members include the Greenwich Arts Council and its Bentheim Gallery, the Greenwich Library and its Flinn Gallery, the C. Parker, Isabella Garrucho Fine Arts and SM Home Art Galleries, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Ballet Academy and Marcia Brooks/Various Works dance company, BackCountry Jazz, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony, Greenwich Choral Society, Master Singers, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Alliance Française of Greenwich, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich International Film Festival, Audubon Greenwich, the India Cultural Center and Round Hill Community Church. See the Town's website, its Facebook page and Twitter feed.
TOWN OF MONROE

First Selectman: Steve Vavrek
 

The Town of Monroe is located in eastern Fairfield County. While the town has sustained a progressive growth over the past 20 years, it has not lost its character and charm. With a population of 20,000, Monroe is a family-oriented community with an excellent school system, recreational facilities and a variety of houses of worship. Named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, serving from 1817-1825, the Town of Monroe is a growing community. Monroe has seen many changes since it was incorporated in 1823, from being a predominantly farming community to a suburban community that maintains itself through progressive economic development. First Selectman Steve Vavrek brought the Town of Monroe into the Cultural Alliance, convinced that the town could do more with its many cultural assets. In a recent interview about his active encouragement of the re-forming of a Monroe Arts and Culture Council, Vavrek said that he is trying to build an arts program to bring the town together: "I think art and music and theater is the way to go," he said. Currently local organizations that belong to the Cultural Alliance include Two Planks Theater Company, Save Our Stepney, and Monroe Historical Society We welcome First Selectman Vavrek's vigorous promotion of the arts and culture, and his recognition of the important agency of CAFC. See the Town of Monroe's website, its Facebook page, the First Selectman's Corner Facebook page and Twitter feed..
TOWN OF TRUMBULL

First Selectman: Timothy M. Herbst

The Town of Trumbull is a vibrant community of more than 36,000 citizens that combines small-town New England character and charm with extensive retail, commercial, and light manufacturing activity. The town's excellent schools, safe environment, conveniences and amenities, combines with a Business Resource Center to make the town attractive for business and its citizens. Originally home to the Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation, Trumbull was colonized by the English during the Great Migration of the 1630s as a part of the coastal settlement of Stratford. The northwest farmers of Stratford petitioned the Colony of Connecticut in 1725 to establish their own separate village apart from Stratford. They succeeded, and the village was named Unity, which then merged with the village of Long Hill in 1744 to form the Society of North Stratford. The Connecticut General Assembly finally granted complete town rights to the settlement in October 1797, then re-named for Revolutionary War Governor, patriot, statesman and merchant, Jonathan Trumbull (1710–1785). The Town has four places on the National Register of Historic Places: Christ Episcopal Church (Carpenter Gothic, 1847); David Mallett Jr. House (1760); Nichols Farms Historic District; and Old Mine Park Archeological Site. Current Cultural Alliance members based in Trumbull include Connecticut Chamber ChoirFairfield County Children's Choir, The Kennedy Center, and The Trumbull Arts Commission. See the Town's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
TWO PLANKS THEATER

Executive Director: Brooke Burling

When describing his appetite for theater, Alexander Dumas paraphrased the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega by saying "All I want is four trestles, two [planks], two actors, and a passion," invoking the tradition of fourteenth-century troubadours who would lay boards over their wagons to create their stages. All they needed to present great theater were two planks and a passion to bring their stories to life. Two Planks Theater Company strives to follow in this tradition, as a regional, professional theater, based in Monroe, with a team that works with local performers and artists from around southwestern Connecticut. Two Planks started decades ago with David and Susan Halliwell offering intensive summer theater workshops to young actors and musicians at Bridgeport’s Pleasure Beach. Joined by choreographer Judy Abbatiello, they relocated to the University of Bridgeport. Noticing that most students came from Monroe, they brought the program into the Monroe Public Schools’ Arts & Imagination Program, in 1998, where it thrived for the next 15 years. In 2012, the Town of Monroe invited Two Planks to develop a year-round regional, professional theater company out of Chalk Hill School. Executive Director Brooke Burling brought his nonprofit management background to the project, but then plans were stalled when Chalk Hill School was reallocated as the temporary home for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary, after the Newtown tragedy. However, beginning in 2014, Two Planks partnered with the Town of Monroe to bring live theater outdoors to the town’s Wolfe Park. Two Planks found a new, temporary home at the United Methodist Church of Monroe and continues its summer season at Wolfe Park. See its website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
YOUR NEWS
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
The FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM is pleased to introduce Lauren Williams, who has joined the museum as the new full-time Museum Assistant. Lauren is a New Jersey native and a recent graduate of Brown University, with a degree in Classics. Her museum experience includes internships at the Portland Museum of Art and at the American Academy in Rome, Archaeological Collection.
GREATER BRIDGEPORT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS has appointed a new President of its Board of Directors, Kathleen Noonan. A workforce strategy consultant, Katie has scaled back her professional commitments to spend more time with her husband and two teenage daughters, one of whom is a flautist with GBYO's Principal Orchestra. An amateur singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarist and dancer, she recently organized a benefit concert, featuring blues guitarist King Solomon Hicks at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Stage One, to send a Connecticut student to the internationally recognized workshop and festival in Bigfork, Montana.
The STAMFORD SYMPHONY announces that its music director, Eckart Preu, will leave at the end of this season to lead California's Long Beach Symphony. Preu has led the Stamford Symphony for 11 years, bringing it to Carnegie Hall, introducing new music, and bringing the Symphony to Stamford's public schools. The 2016-17 season will feature music of particular geographies: from Russia to Scotland, Vienna, Venice and Scandinavia. The search for a new music director begins with the invitation of guest conductors to lead the orchestra during the 2017-18 season. Audiences will be invited to participate in the process and a new music director will be named for the start of the 2018-2019 season.
The SUZUKI MUSIC SCHOOL OF WESTPORT, for 18 years one of the country’s leading nonprofit community music schools, is proud to have its new building open to the public since late summer. The official opening ceremony with the ribbon cutting and the presence of the First Selectman will be on September 24th, 2016 at 11am. Families are invited to come for the open house to observe classes on the same day, starting at 9am and stay for the ceremony. The new location, 246 Post Rd. East, is at the Colonial Green Plaza.
WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP is delighted to welcome Jessica Noyes McEntee as its Communications Director. Jessie worked for three years as a professional editor at John Wiley & Sons, and was recently a Fiction Reader for The Common, Amherst College's award-winning literary journal. A Magna cum Laude graduate of Amherst College herself, Jessie has provided copywriting services to many organizations in the New York and Fairfield County communities. She is the author of one completed novel, Greystone Manor, for which she is currently seeking representation, and is working on two others, Masquit and Caroline Falling.
Now that you have read our NEWS...
Check FCBuzz.org for listings of all EVENTS by our members!
OTHER NEWS                  
NEA + SURDNA 
DESIGNING FOR EQUITY

A report and a video have just been released on Designing Equity, a convening, co-hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Surdna Foundation, to address the role that design can play in building more equitable and just communities. During a one-day session, the goal was to push forward the conversation about community-engaged design in order to understand what exemplary practice, partnership, and funding looks like. The focus was on how architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers are working in partnership with people and organizations from low-income communities and low-income communities of color to improve the quality of the built environment and to build local power and capacity. Questions raised included:
  • What are the equity and justice issues that historically excluded communities confront and how does our work address these issues?
  • What are the tools that designers use to build capacity and agency?
  • How are effective partnerships structured between designers and communities?
By using direct and jargon-free language and hearing diverse voices present case studies and projects, the team sought to update its understanding of how design fits within the broader range of practices that focus on social justice and impact goals. See the 5-minute video of interviews; and read the report.
ELECTION AND BUDGET BRIEFINGS

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is hosting important regional policy and state budget briefings across Connecticut. There are two meetings in our region: at Keystone House, 147 Main Street, Norwalk on Friday, September 9th, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.; and at RYASAP, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Wednesday, September 14th 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. At these meetings you will get an in-depth analysis of the state budget as well as information and advocacy skills necessary for effectively engaging
legislative candidates and the media. It is imperative that all nonprofits advocate to make community services a state budgeting and policy priority! These meetings are free and open to all nonprofits. RSVP to: 
jshaw@ctnonprofitalliance.org at your earliest convenience. Also a reminder that National Voter Registration Day is September 27. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities. Find out more.
RESOURCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
CLHO - VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS'
COLLEAGUE CIRCLE
MERIDEN
SEPTEMBER 8

If your heritage organization is run by volunteers, you are welcome to join the discussion at the second Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle, run by the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) and taking place at the Meriden Historical Society (1090 Hanover Avenue, South Meriden), Thurs. Sept. 8, 10am-noon. Historical societies, history museums and historic sites run only by volunteers share a lot of the same challenges. At the first meeting of this group, participants brainstormed questions about governance, collections, digitization, and a whole lot more. By popular demand, CLHO is continuing these discussion sessions at locations throughout Connecticut, and you are welcome to attend as many as you can. The discussion agenda is set by the group, and facilitated by the host organization and CLHO staff and board members. Refreshments will be provided, and conversation will be lively. All attendees are invited to stay for a tour of the museum after the meeting. You may even bring a brown-bag lunch and stick around for further informal discussion. This is your opportunity to meet people who face the same joys and challenges that you face every day as a leader and volunteer. We hope you can join the discussion and learn in an informal, collegial atmosphere. Register here.

PROBONO PARTNERSHIP
WEBINAR
STARTING A NONPROFIT
SEPTEMBER 21

The Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. On Wednesday, September 21, noon-1pm, it is offering a free webinar for those thinking about starting a nonprofit and filing for 501(c)(3) status. Starting a Nonprofit: Upsides, Downsides, and Alternatives will help you decide whether becoming a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is the best choice for you. Speakers will discuss:
  • Questions to ask yourself before forming a new nonprofit
  • The benefits and responsibilities of nonprofit tax-exempt status
  • The process of incorporating and applying for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (including a brief discussion of the new Form 1023-EZ)
  • The legal responsibilities of a nonprofit board
  • Alternatives to consider, including fiscal sponsorship
The speakers are: Maurice K. Segall, Esq., Director of the New York and Fairfield County Program, Pro Bono Partnership, and Courtney Darts, Esq., Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership. Registration closes on Monday, September 19. Register here.

WHEN TO HIRE 
YOUR FIRST DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Writing for the Joan Garry Consulting blog, Seth Rosen presents his three-question checklist to answer the question: When Should You Hire Your First Development Director? Here are the highlights:
1: Can You Afford To Hire Someone For A Full Year?  A new development person will not bring in enough money to pay their salary right away. A new hire needs time to assess your fundraising program, implement systems, and meet donors before big money comes in. Hiring development staff without enough resources to enable them to make their mark places them in a highly pressured and uncertain situation. So be sure you can pay someone for a full year before you hire.
2: Are You Leaving Real Money On The Table?  Are there gifts you cannot close because you don’t have time to make the asks? Are there new gifts you are missing because you don’t have time to cultivate donors? If so, it may be time to hire a development staffer. But if you're not sure, wait before you recruit.
3: Do You Have The Time To Supervise And Train Someone? No development person will ever be successful without a close working partnership with the Executive Director. Nothing kills fundraising success faster than a development hire who is pushed into a situation with no support. Read more...
IDEA SWAP '16 
 WORCESTER
NOVEMBER 2

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announces registration for The Idea Swap 2016, an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations to network and share tour project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA's Expeditions grant program, which provides support for the tour planning or touring of performing artists from around the world. In addition to networking, Idea Swap participants are encouraged to share ideas in all stages with their colleagues from around the region. Project ideas are selected in advance to make five-minute presentations at the Idea Swap. Please see below for more details about how to present. Discover project ideas. Visit the Idea Swap Project Ideas page to find out what other New England presenting organizations and performing artists are working on. Submit your project idea on the Project Ideas page by October 12, 2016. Project ideas will be listed on this page before and after the Idea Swap, and will be distributed in hard copy to all event participants. In advance of the Idea Swap, NEFA selects 15-20 projects from the Project Ideas page to make 5-minute presentations at the Idea Swap. Interested in presenting a project idea?Submit your idea here by October 12.
ARTCHANGEUS 
REMAP: DETROIT
OCTOBER 6–7

ArtChangeUS REMAP is a series of curated, high-visibility national gatherings that will rotate across the country, bringing together an exceptional mix of leading artists, activists, scholars, and cultural change makers to elevate the national conversation, shed light on innovative practice, expand networks, and create an ArtChangeUS environment of collaboration.

ArtChangeUS REMAP in partnership with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Michigan Statewide Latino Arts Summit,  the Arab American National Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright), Complex Movementswill host REMAP: Detroit, a gathering of artists and changemakers at the Charles Wright Museum and throughout the city to explore how the arts are driving a changing America and transforming communities. This immersive convening will create synergies, intersections and exchange focused on Detroit, a U.S. city on Anishinaabe land. It is the U.S. city with the highest percentage of African Americans, the highest concentration of Arab Americans, and is located in Michigan, a state with an historic and rapidly growing Latinx presence. The legacies, creative vision, and cultural dynamism of these communities are driving innovative artistic practices and challenging all to imagine a sustainable cultural future. Register here.
2016 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT
WASHINGTON DC
OCTOBER 14-16

The world's largest international conference on art and social change is headed to Washington, DC. Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future will be held at D.C.'s historic Lincoln Theatre. 
Occurring in the nation’s capital just weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election, the Creative Time Summit DC will take this important moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy. Around the world both the left and the right are making their dissatisfaction with the center known, setting the stage for a virulent electoral season. Shaking up the political landscape, worldwide social movements — from Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter — are now ingrained in popular discourse. The 2016 Summit offers a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten? See list of speakers here. Register here.
JOBS                             
CT OFFICE OF THE ARTS
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE 1


The Connecticut Office of the Arts has a position opening for a Program Associate 1.  Reporting to the Director of Culture, the Program Associate will be a key partner in the office and will work independently to support the grant-making, researching, and developing activities necessary to implement arts and cultural programs in a wide range of artistic areas. The Program Associate will be expected to use their knowledge of, and passion for, the arts and culture to promote programs and events that will encourage appreciation of artistic and cultural events across the state. Specific functions include: supporting the Director of Culture with the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and investments to ensure success and community impression; developing and maintaining familiarity with regional and national activities in the field of the Arts; assisting with tracking and reporting activities associated with grant-making, including special initiatives and programs; tracking and maintaining program-area impact and goals; serving as liaison to internal and external partners to plan and implement events and initiatives; coordinating, along with colleagues, all aspects of meetings, conventions and events; participating in special projects and activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of the Office Of The Arts. For qualifications and application process, click here.
BRUCE MUSEUM 
SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER

The Bruce Museum seeks a Special Events Manager who reports to the Director of Development and Institutional Advancement. This is a FT, exempt position. The hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, plus necessary additional hours including some mandatory nights and weekends. The Special Events Manager will supervise a PT Special Events Assistant, in addition to interns and volunteers as needed. Job Responsibilities include: manage all special events, from conception through completion, including: Annual Gala, Family Benefits, special fundraising events, stewardship events, and exhibition openings, while maximizing revenue for each event; provide pre- and post-event financial reports to leadership; at each event, proactively manage all event logistics; ensure compliance with insurance, legal and safely requirements; generate corporate event sponsorships; assist with/coordinate all auction donations; work with Director of Marketing to implement strategic/dynamic marketing plan for all events; propose new ideas to broaden fundraising opportunities to diverse audiences; work collaboratively with colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other volunteers; and more. Preferred candidates possess the following capabilities: special event budget management experience for large scale events essential; excellent problem solving skills; successful/ enthusiastic event planner with proven record of overseeing events from concept to completion; and more. Details here. Email resume and cover letter hereNo phone calls, please.
WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR


Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Director of Development (DD) to lead its fundraising efforts. The DD reports to the Managing Director (MD) and works closely with the MD and Board of Trustees to develop strategies to identify, research, cultivate, and maintain donor relationships. The DD manages the Development staff of four and serves as staff liaison to Board development and fundraising committees. Areas of responsibility include management and cultivation around the annual fund and major gifts; engaging with the broader Playhouse community to expand the donor base; foundation, corporate, and government giving; oversight of special events including an annual gala; stewardship of donor relationships; and leadership at the senior staff level of all Development Department activities. Click here for a full job description. Send résumé and cover letter with references to this address. No phone calls, please.
URU: THE RIGHT TO BE P/T COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

URU, The Right to Be, Inc is a content production company, located in New Haven, that develops and implements films and other arts-based national initiatives that educate and inspire. URU seeks an experienced part-time (25 hours/week) Communications Coordinator to collaboratively oversee a national civic engagement tour, fundraising efforts and communications activities. The ideal candidate should have extensive knowledge of community organizations, collective impact approaches and the media. He/she will report directly to URU's Founder/CEO. Prior experience in the nonprofit sector or the film industry is required. Responsibilities include: manage the creation, production and dissemination of printed materials for education, development and administrative purposes; supervise creation and selection of photography for print and electronic communications; collaboratively manage and coordinate creation and maintenance of web content; and more. See complete job description here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

P. T. Barnum Digital Collection Project: Project cataloger and metadata specialist
P. T. Barnum Digital Collection Project: Technical Coordinator
Lyman Allyn Art Museum: Director of Education
New Britain Museum of American Art: Director of Development
New Canaan Society for the Arts: Executive Director
Philip Johnson Glass House: Chief Curator
Sorelle Gallery: P/T Art Advisor
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
Yale University Art Gallery: Exhibition Production Manager
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CALENDAR                             
SEPTEMBER
Sept. c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Deadline (for events post-Dec. 1)
Sept. c1: J.M. Kaplan Fund: Furthermore Publishing Project Grants Deadline
Sept. c7: USArtists International Application Deadline (for events 12/16-12/17)
Sept. c8: CLHO: Volunteer Organizations' Colleague Circle, Meriden, 10am
Sept. c9: Election+Budget Briefing, Keystone House, 147 Main Street, Norwalk, 9:30am
Sept. 12: NEA Our Town Grant Deadline
Sept. 14: Election+Budget Briefing, RYASAP, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, 9:30am
Sept. 15: Amphion Foundation Application Deadline for Non-Performing Ensembles
Sept. 16-18: Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead Symposium
Sept. 21: ProBono Partnership Webinar: Starting a NonProfit. Noon. Free
Sept. 30: Deadline for Submitting Video of Public Art

OCTOBER
Oct. c1: Grammy Foundation: Music Research and Preservation Grants LoI due
Oct. c3: Levitt Foundation AMP [Your City] Grants Awards Submission Deadline
Oct. 6-7: ArtChangeUS ReMap: Detroit 
Oct. 12: Deadline for Idea Submission for NEFA Idea Swap 2016
Oct. 14: Creative Time 2016 Summit, Occupy the Future: Washington DC
Oct. 17: Shubert Foundation Theatre Grant Application Due

NOVEMBER
Nov. c2: NEFA: Idea Swap 2016, Worcester.

DECEMBER
Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Dance Grant Application Due
Dec. c1: USArtists International Application Deadline (for events 3/17-3/18)
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