Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - December 23, 2016

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
December 23, 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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
❖ SpaceFinderConnecticut Now Accepting Listings
❖ Phil Kuchma WPKN Interview on Space Issues and Bridgeport Development
❖ Save The Date: Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk - Wed. Jan. 18
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Bridgeport Art League

 News from Beechwood Arts & Innovation; Center for Contemporary Printmaking; Connecticut Alliance for Music; Easton, Fairfield, Ferguson, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Pequot, Westport and Wilton Libraries; Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; Town of Monroe; and Weston Historical Society

❖ Preservation and Development Updates (courtesy CT Main Street Center)
❖ NEA Report: How To Do Creative Placemaking
NEWS FROM CT OFFICE OF THE ARTS: Kristina Newman-Scott Joins AFTA's Private Sector Council; Grant Deadlines Announced

❖ Call for Papers: Arts in Early Childhood
❖ CT League for History Organizations: Serving Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Jan. 25; and History Unfolded - Jan. 26

❖ Ives Concert Park: Technical and Facilities Manager
❖ New Paradigm Theatre: Grant Writer

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
If your organization has unused or underused space that could be rented out (or made available for free), there is now a free place to list it so it can be used by others in the community. As announced at our Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy conference (Nov. 12, 2016), the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is the lead partner, working with the CT Office of the Arts, to launch SpaceFinder Connecticut - a free, space match-making service for artists and arts organizations run by FracturedAtlas. SpaceFinder Connecticut will be launched on CT Arts Day, March 2, 2017. Before launch, we need to seed the database with at least 100 listings. Members are already doing this - and we encourage you to join in and to spread the word. TO MAKE A LISTING...REGISTER for free here. Then complete the forms that apply to your particular space - and remember to upload a photo of your space! Have questions or problems registering? Then contact David Green here. To see the video presentation by Amanda Keating of FracturedAtlas at our Space Summit conference, click here or the image above.

Following up on our Creative Spaces for a Creative Economy conference, Richard Epstein (above, left) interviewed CAFC board member Phil Kuchma this past Wednesday Dec. 14, on his radio program Sometimes Classical, which has aired on WPKN 89.5 since 1977. Phil Kuchma, owner of The Kuchma Corporation, has developed Bijou Square, among many other projects in Bridgeport, co-sponsored the Creative Spaces conference, chaired the From Spaces to Places panel, and was a speaker on the Sharing Spaces, Sharing Services panel. Listen to the interview here.
SAVE THE DATE of Jan. 18, 2017 for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour - from Greenwich to Shelton. PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: NORWALK will include three of our commercial member galleries: Artists' Market, LOVE ART Gallery and Galería Isadora. Watch out for sign-up in the New Year.


The Bridgeport Art League is an historic organization that goes back to 1895, when it was organized as the Bridgeport League of Keramic ArtIn its early days, the league conducted classes in members’ Bridgeport homes before a permanent exhibit space — the Anne Hathaway Cottage in Beardsley Park — was built. The cottage succumbed to vandalism, and members moved to another location in Bridgeport and then to a Stratford church. One of the Art League members attended St. Paul’s Church in Shelton and members then began to congregate at St Paul's Parish Center – and have been meeting there ever since. Susan Zelanakas, the art league’s president is quoted as saying in an interview with the Shelton Herald in 2015 that the parish hall "suits our needs, and they are very nice to us." In 1903 the Bridgeport League of Keramic Art changed its name to the Bridgeport Art League. The League currently meets on the third Monday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish Center. Members come from various Fairfield towns. After the business meeting each month, a program is held on an art-related topic. Guest speakers who are experts in their field present the programs. Members often take part in workshops, where a specific art technique is featured. Individuals work on a project under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Past programs have included tassel making, Iris paper folding, jewelry design, card making and quilling. Art class sessions, each generally eight weeks in length, are held in the autumn and spring. Membership ($30/year) is required to enroll in art classes. Classes are generally held at St. Paul’s Parish center unless otherwise indicated. An annual art show for members is held throughout the month of January at the Milford Public Library (see details here). See the Art League's website here.
BEECHWOOD ARTS & INNOVATION is traveling its TRANSFORMED exhibition to The James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford. The "self-transforming" art created for this salon first traveled to The Westport Library, and it is now visiting the JBML at 758 Main St, Branford, until January 9. The Blackstone Library is one of 8 libraries working with Jeanine Esposito's Innovation Builderslearning the tools, process, language and behavior of being more collaborative innovators. Beechwood provides an opportunity for Libraries to take art to another level in their galleries. See some of the work and the video that shows the transformations here.
Congratulations to the CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING (CCP) for being awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Invitational Artist-in-Residence Program. Residencies offer housing and all art-making expenses. Artists not well versed in printmaking will work with master printers. Artist talks and other public programming will be included. ED Laura Einstein was thrilled this grant "follows our 2016 renovation of the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage (at right), where residents will be housed, and the invigoration of our Artist-in-Residence Program that the Grace Ross Shanley Scholarship Fund has enabled." During the one- and two-week invitational residencies, artists will be encouraged to experiment with different techniques and transform their artistic vision into new forms.
The CONNECTICUT ALLIANCE FOR MUSIC (CAM) has had a very good year. It just announced a collaboration with the Naples Botanical Garden (Naples, FL). Sponsored and organized by Kristin Foster, CAM is presenting an inaugural season of Classical Pianists in the Garden, a three-recital series Feb-April 2017 featuring first-prize winners from its prestigious Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. 2016 saw an article about CAM in several local papers (here, for example) and also marked expanded collaboration efforts by CAM, working this year with CAFC members Beechwood Arts & Innovation, Music For Youth and Westport Arts Center. Bravo!
EASTON, FAIRFIELD, GREENWICH, NEW CANAAN, NORWALK, PEQUOT, FERGUSON, WESTPORT, and WILTON Libraries, with other non-member libraries, are forming Art Spaces in Fairfield County Libraries. Led by Cynthia Whalen (Greenwich), Mary Moross (New Canaan) and Christine Timmons (Westport) the group's mission is to promote Library art spaces that give wider public access to artists and offer a broader artistic experience to their constituencies. The consortium will enable each library to broaden the reach of each other's programs and exhibits and help promote public awareness of their unique art spaces.
Catch the NORWALK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA's conductor Jonathan Yates in a short interview with Kate Remington on WSHU about the pieces in the NSO's Joys of the Season Holiday Concert that happened Dec. 17. Hear some of the inside stories about some of our favorite holiday music - including Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," and Winter, from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." Listen to the interview here
The TOWN OF MONROE is thrilled to be the site of this year's CT Snow Sculpting Competition and Winter Fun Festival taking place February 8 to 12 in Wolfe Park. There will be snow sculptors, an art exhibit, snowman building contest, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, virtual sports, food and beverages, and Winter games. The snow sculpture competition is the State of CT's "designated sanctioning event" for the 2018 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. Details are in our Artists Newsletter (under Calls for Entries) or here.
The WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY (WHS) announces that KMS Partners, a Fairfield County based real-estate team with Coldwell Banker’s Westport office, is now a major sponsor of the historical society. WHS seeks partners like KMS Partners to help bring educational programs to area residents, such as the current Memories of World War II – Celebrating Weston’s Contributions to the War. "We have been very impressed with the historical society’s outreach to the community, and their educational focus in particular," said David Weber, one of the KMS partners. At right seated left to right: David Weber, Kim Harizman and Laurie Morris. Standing left to right: Karen Scott, Mary Ellen Gallagher, Sheila Keenan and Susan Seath.
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OTHER NEWS                  
Courtesy CT Main Street Center's Downtown Update

1. FY17 HISTORIC TAX CREDIT CAP REACHED.  The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program reached its annual cap of $31.7 million, with which to make tax credit reservations for the remainder of the current fiscal year (ending June 30, 2017), within its first 3 months. Recognizing how this program becomes rapidly oversubscribed each year, The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has prepared a plan to move the program forward and to help ensure that the limited amount of tax credits available go to the projects with the greatest chance of completion. See details here.

2. WINDSOR LOCKS APPROVES CT'S FIRST TIF DISTRICT. Windsor Locks voters were the first in CT to approve a Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, under a new law designed to help municipalities rejuvenate blighted and depressed commercial sections without seeking new taxes. "Not only will the TIF District not burden taxpayers but it will increase revenue as new investment in the District continues and assessments rise," said Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick: "This is a creative way to stimulate it relies only on new money coming in." The Windsor Locks TIF District will encompass the abandoned Montgomery Mill building on Main Street. Boston-based developers Beacon Communities are investing $64 million to convert the Mill into 164 upscale apartments, and they cited the TIF District as part of their confidence in the development. Read more...

3. PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION MAIN STREETS FOR 2017. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express have announced a new Partners in Preservation campaign working with Main Street America's success in partnering to advance community-based preservation across the country. American Express will be providing $2 million in funding for preservation projects in 20 main streets across the country, and there will be a public voting process to determine which main streets receive the funding. The project will launch Fall 2017.

The National Endowment for the Arts has published How to Do Creative Place-making: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. The book features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, Our Town. How to Do Creative Placemaking is intended as a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool—along with housing, transportation, public health, and other sectors—to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way. "The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better," says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach, "We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started." The book is divided into six chapters: Inclusive Planning and Equitable Development; Economic Opportunity; Community Identity and Belonging; Arts and Government; Arts and Physical Infrastructure; and Arts and Community Development Organizations.  The 28 essays include:
 How Creativity and Culture Can Contribute to Community Planning, by Laura Zabel;
Bringing Back Main Street, by Seth Beattie;
Five Lessons Learned for a Successful Public Art Project, by Patricia Walsh
● People-Centered Policing Through the Arts by Marty Pottenger;
● Ethics of Development: A Shared Sense of Place, by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s María Lopez de León
The book is free and joins other NEA-developed resources that assist practitioners and advance the creative placemaking field such as Exploring Our Town, an online collection of more than 70 case studies and lessons learned; Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place a white paper resulting from a national convening of the same name, and Validating Arts and Livability Indicators Study report describes the methodology and findings of a study to validate the NEA's proposed Arts & Livability Indicators (also available as an infographic).
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut, has been elected to the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. As a Council member, she will work with fellow arts leaders to develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and advocate for other local arts agencies to connect with the private sector. She will also be in a position to advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on ideas for new programs and services to build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

Some application deadlines and guidelines have ben released by the Office of the Arts. Organized by application deadline these are as follow:

Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship (FY17)
Supports emerging and mid-career arts administrators in Connecticut as they pursue professional development and other opportunities that will advance their careers in arts administration.
Program Guidelines
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Supporting Arts in Place (FY18)
Operating support for eligible arts organizations and municipal arts offices to strengthen the state's non-profit arts industry. Matching grants provide funding allocations derived from organizational data and are calculated by a mathematical formula.
Program guidelines and application will be available on January 23, 2017.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Education Grants (FY18)
Supports teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts through high-quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences.
Program guidelines and application will be available on January 23, 2017.
Deadline: Rolling, for Access grants ($1,000 each); March 15, 2017 for other Education grants

Project Grants (FY18)
Supports arts-based projects that demonstrate artistic excellence and are in alignment with the Office of the Arts' Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion (READI) Statements. (See pp. 16-17 of the COA Strategic Plan
). Matching grant requests range between $5,000 and $15,000.
Program guidelines and application will be available on January 23, 2017.
Deadline: March 22, 2017

Regional Initiative Grants (FY18)
Supports arts-based projects that demonstrate artistic excellence and are in alignment with the Office of the Arts' Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion (READI) Statements. (
See pp. 16-17 of the COA Strategic Plan). Funding of projects are regionally distributed throughout the state with partnership support from Regional Service Organizations. Matching grant requests range between $1,000 and $4,000.
Program guidelines and application will be available on January 23, 2017.
Deadline: March 22, 2017

Artist Fellowship Awards (FY18)
Recognizes the artistic excellence of Connecticut artists of all disciplines.
Program guidelines and application will be available on March 1, 2017.
Deadline: May 17, 2017

Connecticut Arts Endowment (FY18)
Operating support for non-profit arts organizations who raise a minimum of $15,000 in private contributions over two consecutive years as verified by its IRS Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.
Program Guidelines and application will be available on November 1, 2017.
Deadline: December 15, 2017

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Early Childhood Research Quarterly has put out a call for empirical papers that advance public understanding of the potential value and impact of the arts on early childhood development (birth through age 8). Researchers, funders, and policy-makers have started to examine how creative expression and participation--in such forms as music, drawing, dance, and drama--are related to positive health and educational outcomes in early childhood. Some studies have observed links to school readiness, or an ability to transition appropriately into formal schooling, among children who have early opportunities for arts exposure or participation. Other studies have linked arts exposure or creative expression to social-emotional or cognitive functioning--factors that have been established as critical predictors of school readiness. Topics of interest for this special issue include activities or interventions in art forms such as music, dance, drama, the visual arts, and literature; and domains of child development likely to be affected by arts participation, such as cognitive and academic, physiological and neurological, and social-emotional. The editors especially would encourage contributions that utilize rigorous methods to examine the extent to which the arts are related to early childhood outcomes experimentally, longitudinally, and/or concurrently. Authors who plan to submit a manuscript for the special issue are asked to submit full manuscripts by the deadline of February 1, 2017 for an anticipated publication date in early 2018. For details click here.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) offers a workshop and a "research sprint" in January.
1. Wednesday January 25, 1-3 pm: Serving Young Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This workshop will feature presenters Donna Swanson, Executive Director of FOCUS Center for Autism, who will speak about working with this audience, and Linda Friedlaender, Senior Curator of Education and Jaime Ursic, Assistant Curator of Education, at the Yale Center for British Art, who will speak about the YCBA's access programs Exploring Artism: A Program for Families and Artworxx: A Program for Teen Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, and brainstorming about how your own organization can serve this audience better. This event is free and takes place at Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford Register here.
2. Thursday January 26, 12 am to 12 pm. History Unfolded: Crowd Sourcing History as a State! At various locations around the state, join "Team Connecticut" for a full day research sprint to add content from local Connecticut newspapers to the History Unfolded database, a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Citizen historians can register to take part in a "research-a-thon" to explore Holocaust history as both a Connecticut and an American story. Register as an individual, a research team, or as a host organization to provide computers and/or internet access to participants. Register hereLearn more about the national project here

The Ives Concert Park, Danbury, seeks a full-time, seasonal Technical and Facilities Manager to coordinate onsite operations and technical needs for this 40-acre entertainment destination and outdoor world class performing arts center. The ideal candidate will have experience in supervising and overseeing staff, working cooperatively with a diverse range of stakeholders, and handling responsibilities of increasing difficulty with ease. Must be able to work independently with little or no supervision, well organized, flexible and enjoy the managerial challenges of supporting a dedicated board of directors, executive staff and volunteer corps, and serving the community. The Technical & Facilities Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and Board Chairman. Responsibilities will include to: Manage and direct site/tech staff including scheduling staff, recruiting new employees, and verifying timesheets prior to each payroll period; set up venue prior to program/event; set up house manifest chairs, stage area, sound baffles, house lighting hang, and front of house tower; coordinate and complete concession tents set up and prepare backstage area for hospitality; hang sponsor banners and set up garden fountain; and more. Requirements include: a familiarity with audio, video, lighting and rigging is strongly preferred; knowledge of equipment and methods used in theatrical/concert lighting and sound preferred; highly organized, flexible and able to balance multiple competing demands; proven supervisory management experience; and more. Salary commensurate with experience. Seasonal: May - October. Please attach CV, references and brief narrative describing why you are interested in working with the Ives organization to: Phyllis Cortese and Alexis Koukos:

The New Paradigm Theatre Company  is a virtually-based thetare company with outreach across Fairfield County and New Haven. NPT seeks a freelance Grant Writer who can play an important role in the organization’s fundraising efforts. This is an independent and commissioned position. The successful candidate will commit an agreed-upon amount of hours per month to submit grants appropriate to our programming. After an initial meeting, work will be done remotely, with the exception of attending occasional meetings. S/he will work closely with the Artistic Director and consult with other members of the board as necessary.
Skills Required: The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented and a creative-thinker, with excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills. S/he must be able to successfully seek out grants and manage those ongoing projects. Our mission statement: New Paradigm Theatre Company is a professional theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. We have a lot of exciting programming ahead this year and since our staff is entirely volunteer, we need someone who can help to submit grants on a commissioned basis. Our Broadway, Film and TV pros work tirelessly to bring the arts to "in need" students as well as special need students. We collaborate extensively with other non profits and are primed to qualify for grants. We just do not have the staff to take it on at this time so we are seeking someone who can submit the grants for us. 
Please email a proposal, along with current resume and client (or employer) references to:
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Arts Council of Greater New Haven: Executive Director
Clyde Fitch Report: Online Video Correspondent
Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven: Part-time Gallery Assistant
Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Grant writer
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: Marketing Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager
MEMBERS: Please post your Job Opportunities in FCBuzz Classifieds:

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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Jan. c6: CT League of History Organizations: Award of Merit Application Due
Jan. c9: Fractured Atlas Arts Entrepreneurship Award Nominations Due
Jan. 11: NEH: Public Humanities Project Grant Applications Due
Jan. 17: CT League of History Organizations: Conference Proposals Due
Jan. 25: CT League of History Organizations: Serving Young Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop, CT Historical Society, Hartford, 1-3pm
Jan. 26: CT League of History Organizations: History Unfolded - crowd sourcing history
Jan. 26: NEA: Big Read Applications Due

Feb. c1: Arts in Early Childhood Development: Submission Deadline

March c2: CT Arts Day, Hartford, CT

March 15: COA: Supporting Arts in Place: Application Deadline (available Jan. 23)
March 15: COA: Education Grants: Application Deadline (available Jan. 23)
March 22: COA: Project Grants: Application Deadline (available Jan. 23)
March 22: COA: Regional Initiative Grants (REGI): Application Deadline (available Jan. 23)
March 20-21: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC

April c5: USArtists International: Application Deadline for Tours July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

May 17: COA: Artist Fellowship Awards: Application Deadline (applications available March 1)
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