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ORGANIZATIONS' NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
January 13, 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
Quote of the Week
“This economic boom has meant significant increases in rents in Saint Paul. And yet, [Artspace's] Northern Warehouse still offers affordable housing for artists, and through creative refinancing, will continue to do so for at least the next thirty years. That not only ensures live/work space for artists, it means that the artistic energy those artists have brought to the community — the creative placemaking — will continue. Call it creative placekeeping.""
- Linda Picone, in Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists

CONTENTS
OUR NEWS
❖ Sign Up Now for Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk - Wed. Jan. 18
❖ SpaceFinder Connecticut Now Accepting Listings
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Robert Foley, Elisa Contemporary Art

YOUR NEWS
 News from The Art Spot, Fairfield University's Quick Center, Housatonic Museum of Art, Music for Youth, Norwalk Historical Society, and Wilton Historical Society

OTHER NEWS
❖ Powerful Protest Art Revealed for Women's March on Washington
❖ Article: Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists
 Preservation News from State Historic Preservation Office
❖ Hartford Update from CT Nonprofit Alliance
❖ Please Take the CTHumanities Survey
❖ Save The Date: CT Arts Day - March 2

FUNDING
❖ NEA Art Works: Visual Arts - Feb. 16
❖ NEA Art Works: Museums - Feb. 16
❖ 2017 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards - Feb. 8
❖ NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Program - April 13


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
❖ Wyncote Foundation Online Course on Digital Engagement
❖ Joan Garry: Confessions of a Terrible Board Member

JOBS
❖ Bruce Museum: Coordinator of interpretive Services & Audience Engagement
❖ State Historic Preservation Office: Preservation Plan RFP
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Facilities Manager
❖ Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: Executive Director


OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
SIGN UP FOR GALLERY TOUR: NORWALK  WED. JAN 18
SIGN-UP HERE for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour - from Greenwich to Shelton. On Wed. Jan. 18, 2017PROGRESSIVE 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.

Have Space to Rent?
Register for this Free Service
See examples of organizations who have already listed their spaces here
Contact David Green (203-212-6894) with any questions.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
ROBERT FOLEY

A Preservation Member
Robert Foley is an independent scholar and historian devoted to the history of Fairfield and Bridgeport.  President of the Black Rock Historical Society, he is an advocate for the preservation of primary source documents as well as the use of emerging digital tools to make new observations and interpretations of the past.  As a recipient of the 2011 Bridgeport Mayor's Neighborhood Arts & Heritage GrantRobert’s project on Bridgeport’s aviation pioneer, Gustave Whitehead, was able to uncover documents that contributed to the CT Governor declaring that Connecticut is ‘First in Flight’ before the Wright Brothers. His online posting of the once-secret contract between the Wright Brothers and the Smithsonian, was picked up by National Geographic in 2013. Robert was first to break the news nationally on his local access television program. Robert also runs the Bridgeport Digital Humanities Initiative, which seeks to raise awareness and celebrate Bridgeport’s rich history. He has participated in efforts seeking to preserve and restore Bridgeport’s historic buildings and received a 2013 grant to document the vaudeville theater performances at the Majestic and Poli’s Theaters. Other projects include one on George Washington’s spy in Fairfield, Caleb Brewster, who, as part of our nation’s first intelligence service, was key to winning the War of Independence; Little Liberia, which has the oldest remaining houses in Connecticut built by free blacks; Bridgeport’s Golden Hill Indiansone of Connecticut’s five indigenous tribes, who were considered in 2014 for federal recognition; and the Thomas Bartram project, recognizing Fairfield’s most successful early 19th-century merchant. Robert is also one of the Bridgeport History Center's "Grassroots Historians" and has written on Black Rock’s ship building history.
ELISA CONTEMPORARY ART

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Lisa Cooper
Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and well-established contemporary artists, many of whom have work in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations. Dedicated to presenting art that transforms us, Lisa Cooper founded Elisa Contemporary Art in 2007, believing in art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. She opened her Riverdale, NY, gallery September 2008, and has 4-5 exhibits a year. In late 2016, Lisa opened an Art Salon in Fairfield (by appointment only). Elisa Contemporary Art participates in international art fairs in New York, Miami and the Hamptons, and in addition to the gallery, Lisa has curated over 15 public art exhibits in the NY Tri-State area. The gallery also has a presence on 1stdibs and Artsy. A portion of every gallery sale is donated to charities helping underserved communities heal through art, including Free Arts NYC and The Art Therapy Project. Elisa Contemporary Art has been featured in Ocean Home Magazine, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces, American Art Collector, Art Daily, Wall Street International and The New York Times. Lisa Cooper grew up surrounded by artists including her mother - a painter and jewelry designer - and father, a successful businessman, with a passion for creating Nevelson-like wood sculptures. Prior to opening Elisa Contemporary Art, Lisa spent over 20 years in key strategic roles directing marketing communications for top brands, including IBM, JP Morgan Chase and Mercedes-Benz. Lisa has been a juror for exhibits at the Blue Door Gallery (NY), New Rochelle Art Association, and others, a guest lecturer at School of Visual Arts and Queens College, and a guest curator for CurateNYC. She is currently a member of the Arts & Architecture Review Committee at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan, Art Table, the Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) and the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). Lisa also provides art consulting services. See Elisa Contemporary Art's website, 1stdibs site, Artsy page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
YOUR NEWS
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
THE ART SPOT (Bruce and Joanne Hunter), currently at work on a pair of ceramic murals, based on stylizations of Matisse's The Dance, at Westchester's Crompond School, are putting out a call to the community to come help them build EYES OF THE WORLD at the Women's March on New York City. Bruce, Joanne and their team of Art Spot artists will be creating the mural all day, with the marchers, in the Manhattan Ballroom at the ONE UN Hotel. That’s right next to One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, the starting point of the January 21st March. Join them to help - from 9am. Contact Joanne here to take part. At right a sample board of eye colors for the mural.
FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY'S QUICK CENTER was awarded an NEA Challenge America grant of $10,000 for its upcoming WAR STORIES project. The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Using Courageous Storytelling as an entry point, WAR STORIES: A Veterans Project aims to employ a core group of homeless Veterans from ARBI/ Homes for the Brave to work with a collaborative team comprised of writer Sonya Huber, artist Nina Bentley (at right, her Typewriter I: War Stories I, 2012, Typewriter with lead soldiers) and theatre-maker Peter Van Heerden to develop a full-length performance work. The WAR STORIES project was also awarded a $10,000 grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
The HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART (HMA) received a $15,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support its HMA Peer Docent Program. The Program introduces Bridgeport middle school students to art and art history, teaching them to look at art critically and guiding classmates during tours. The grant will enable HMA Museum Educators to train 90 students to be docents to guide 600 classmates on tours of Downtown Bridgeport. Students develop visual, analytical and critical thinking skills that will assist them across academic disciplines and throughout their lifetimes.

The HMA Peer Docent Program is entering its fifteenth year of successfully introducing Bridgeport students to art and architecture in their communities and throughout the region. Above, Thom Mayne, an award-winning Los Angeles-based architect, is a Turnaround Artist working with children from Hall School in Bridgeport, as part of the HMA Peer Docent Program.
MUSIC FOR YOUTH (MFY) just celebrated its 22nd year of bringing the highest quality music and musical experiences to your people in the area (see Newsletter). Apart from their continuing programs such as the popular free concert series at Pequot Library, MFY launched its Young Artists Ambassador program and its popular Friday Night Young Artist Café enabling students to share their poetry, songwriting and musical skills.
The NORWALK HISTORICAL SOCIETY received a $5,000 grant from AT&T with State Senator Bob Duff's (D-Norwalk) support for the society's Little Red Schoolhouse Program. AT&T external affairs director Harry Carey (second from left), presented (L-R) Norwalk Historical Society Program Coordinator Samantha Kulish-Fargione, State Senator Bob Duff, Executive Director Diane Jellerette, and Norwalk Historical Commission President David Westmoreland with a symbolic check at Mill Hill Historic Park. The Program is 40 years old and, said Diane, "This is the only place in Norwalk where students receive a hands-on 18th and early 19th century experience."
The WILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY received a $30,000 grant from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to update the town’s 1989 survey of historically and architecturally significant homes (currently listing 315 structures). The grant is one of the Survey and Planning Grants offered by SHPO to municipalities and nonprofits for historic preservation purposes. Much of the grant’s money will go towards an architectural historian to work toward updating the 1989 survey. With the help of the historian, the historical society’s Historic Preservation Committee hopes to evaluate about 400 homes throughout Wilton built between 1920 and 1940. The grant will also help digitize the 1989 architectural survey and any new research the upcoming survey finds.
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OTHER NEWS                  
POWERFUL PROTEST ART REVEALED FOR WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

According to The Huffington Post, "The Women’s March on Washington  (January 21) is set to become the largest inauguration day demonstration, garnering well over 180,000 positive RSVPS on Facebook alone." The March organizers partnered with the Amplifier Foundation (an "art machine for social change" and "a visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements" to create a call for poster art, awarding each chosen artist a $500 grant. The Amplifier Foundation reports on its website: "In partnership with the Women’s March on Washington, we created an open call for art to arm those gathered with visual messaging to amplify the voice of this monumental grassroots movement. Over the course of eight days, we received over 5,000 submissions from women identified and non binary individuals across the nation. Artwork was chosen on January 10, 2017 from an intersectional group of judges including Carmen Perez and Paola Mendoza from the Women’s March on Washington, Cleo Barnett from the Amplifier Foundation, independent artist Swoon, and Jess X. Snow and Favianna Rodriguez. Our original commitment was to print five graphics, we have now chosen eight graphics which are currently at our female owned and operated printers in Philadelphia."  Five of the eight poster designs are currently available, free of charge, to download and print. Amplifier is ensuring that at least 30,000 posters and nine large-scale banners will be present at the march for participants who wish to pick one up on the day of the event. Amplifier will soon provide a map of the distribution points where people can pick up their poster art around Washington, D.C. See the five posters currently available here. The poster above is “Hear Our Voice” by Liza Donovan.
ARTSPACE: CREATING SUSTAINABLE PLACES FOR ARTISTS

In an article in the latest issue of the Grantmakers in the ArtsGIA Readerentitled Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists, Linda Picone explores the work and impact of the organization that provides affordable housing for artists across the country. "The first project for Artspace, a nonprofit organization that develops affordable spaces for artists, was in an area of Saint Paul, Minnesota, that was, if not depressed, at least neglected. Starting in the late 1980s, Artspace redeveloped a six-story warehouse into fifty-two live/work units for artists, plus office, studio, and commercial space for nonprofit arts organizations and other tenants. At the time, the Lowertown area of Saint Paul was home to a number of empty or underused warehouses. The Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative opened in 1990. Today, more than twenty-five years later, the area is dramatically different in almost every way. The Green Line light-rail transit station terminus is yards from the building. Across the street is CHS Field, a splashy new home for the St. Paul Saints baseball team. The farmers’ market, a short block away, is a huge weekend draw for people from all over the city. Lowertown is booming, with new apartments, a refurbished Union Depot, and more to come. The number of residents in the area has grown by roughly 400 percent. This economic boom has meant significant increases in rents in Saint Paul, from an average of $871 per month in August 2009 to $1,331 in June 2016 — an increase of nearly 53 percent. And yet, the Northern Warehouse still offers affordable housing for artists, and through creative refinancing, will continue to do so for at least the next thirty years. That not only ensures live/work space for artists, it means that the artistic energy those artists have brought to the community — the creative placemaking — will continue. Call it creative placekeeping." Read more...
PRESERVATION NEWS FROM SHPO

The State Historic Preservation Office has a new Newsletter. Items of note include:
1. 2016 Grants and Tax Credits
Last year, SHPO awarded over $1,550,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and municipalities around the State. Among the many grant recipients were, in Fairfield County, Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program, Stamford, The Greenwich Preservation Trust, Wilton Historical Society and The Barnum Museum. It also issued over $18,340,000 in tax credit vouchers for completed rehabilitations in Waterbury, Hartford, Middletown, and Southington to name a few. Additionally, over $49,100,000 in tax credits were reserved for on-going rehabilitation projects throughout the state.

2. Database
In 2016, SHPO finalized its first searchable database of its State Register of Historic Places in the lower four counties (Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London). The database, which is available online, includes all properties listed on the State and National Registers, as well as, those resources listed in Local Historic Districts. Coming soon will be a digitized database of all the nominations and surveys of the areas. Download the database here. See User Guide, here.

3. SHPO Conference: May 18
SHPO is hosting a statewide conference in May with the theme Preservation in a Changing Environment. The event will be held at the UCONN Campus in Storrs. Stay tuned for more information.
For those wanting a copy of the Newsletter, or to subscribe, contact Julie Carmelich
HARTFORD UPDATE

The Connecticut Nonprofit Alliance reports that the CT General Assembly session has begun and the stakes are high for nonprofits. The State faces a potential budget shortfall for FY 18 of as much as $1.3 billion - and services provided by nonprofits are in danger. They advise: "Whether you're a manager, employee, Board member, client or family served by a nonprofit, now is the time to act to protect quality services provided by nonprofits. Even if you have already done so, contact your legislators and tell them:
 About the valuable services your agency provides to Connecticut's residents. Invite them to visit your organization and meet the people you serve;
 How budget cuts would affect the people you serve. Nonprofits are stretched thin. They can't absorb more cuts from the state and federal governments.
 Further cuts could mean nonprofits will stop providing services and the people they serve will be knocking on government's doors -- and some will be left outside.
 
Nonprofits can provide quality services at lower costs than when the State provides them. 

The Alliance will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2A at the Legislative Office Building, to release findings from a recent membership survey about the harmful impacts to nonprofits of potential budget cuts as well as a savings projection if more services were shifted to nonprofits. 
PLEASE TAKE THE CT HUMANITIES SURVEY TODAY 

State funding for public programs administered by Connecticut Humanities ended July 1, 2016. Over 20 years, this public investment provided more than $18 million in competitive grants for exhibitions and public programs at hundreds of museums, libraries and cultural organizations. This, in turn, leveraged an additional $34 million in matched contributions. The funding also supported collaborative partnerships with organizations such as the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored magazine, and Connecticut History Day, which help make our state’s rich heritage accessible to all. Today, Connecticut’s most stable and reliable source of funding for humanities and heritage organizations is gone, leaving few if any alternatives. Please help CTHumaniites make the best case for restoration of this funding so that we can support institutions like yours. This brief, 6-question survey will take you no more than five minutes to complete but it will help us document the real and anticipated impact of the elimination of this state funding for newly elected state legislators who take office in January. Please complete the survey by Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Thank you!

SAVE THE DATE FOR CT ARTS DAY - MARCH 2
FUNDING                             
NEA 
ART WORKS: VISUAL ARTS
FEBRUARY 16

Visual Arts activity in the nation is undertaken by a variety of organizations and institutions - some with solely artistic missions, others are community-based with activities that may include the visual arts. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is committed to supporting visual arts activity—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, and public art—that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. It supports contemporary artists and the projects they undertake, such as exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, conservation, documentation, services to the field, and public programs. The NEA is committed to encouraging individual artistic development, experimentation, and dialogue between artists and the public. Under the Art Works Visual Arts guidelines, funding is available for projects only, which may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Describe the activities for which NEA support is requested, and provide specific information on the artists, productions, venues, distribution plans, etc., that will be involved. You may apply for any or all phases of a project, from planning through implementation. A project does not have to be new: excellent existing projects can be as competitive as new activities. Projects do not need to be large. NEA welcomes small projects that can make a difference in a community or field.
Important Dates:
Jan. 18; Guidelines Workshop Webinar
Jan. 25: Deadline to register/renew with Grants.gov and SAM.gov.
Feb. 16: Deadline to submit SF-424 to Grants.gov
Feb 23 - March 2: Submit materials
NEA 
ART WORKS: MUSEUMS
FEBRUARY 16

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is committed to supporting museum activity that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Specifically, the NEA assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work. Museum projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts demonstrate artistic excellence in and across a variety of mediums, movements, eras, and cultures. There are two Art Works deadlines a year; all project types (see below) are accepted at both deadlines; an organization is limited to one application per year in the Art Works category. The next Art Works: Museums application deadline is February 16, 2017. Projects supported include: exhibitions; commissions or public art; residencies; conservation, preservation, and/or restoration; provenance research; collections management; public program-ming; periodicals, publications, and catalogues; innovative uses of technology; education and related activities for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools; and services to the field
Important Dates:
Jan. 25: Deadline to register/renew with Grants.gov and SAM.gov.
Feb. 16: Deadline to submit SF-424 to Grants.gov
Feb. 23: Deadline to submit materials

2017 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS FEBRUARY 8

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs, also known as Creative Youth Development programs, are encouraged to apply. Apply here. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00 PM PST is the application deadline.

NEA: CHALLENGE AMERICA FAST-TRACK PROGRAM 
APRIL 13

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Through the Challenge America Fast-Track grants program, NEA will award grants of $10,000 to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. A minimum match of $10,000 from an outside funder is required. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their projects. Applicants may be an arts organization, a local arts agency, an arts service organization, a local education agency (school district), or other organization able to help advance NEA's goals. All organizations must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             
WYNCOTE FOUNDATION
ONLINE COURSE ON DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT

The Wyncote Foundation has launched Wanderway, a free, self-guided online course for artists and cultural organizations to learn about digital engagement. In 2014, the Wyncote Foundation commissioned Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology. The study of 40 legacy cultural institutions, nominated by peers as field leaders in digital technology identified key attributes of these leadership institutions, and resulted in invitations for conference presentations, blog postings, and speaking engagements at Board meetings, seminars, and at media and cultural sector gatherings. Interactions with thousands of people showed the organizers that many organizations lack a framework for getting started in digital engagement. They have a sense that they “should be doing it” but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Out of these experiences, interacting with arts leaders, grantmakers, and artists, Wyncote decided to commission a free, on-line course that could help people get started, make progress, and learn. Their belief is that both communities and organizations will benefit from the engagement that is possible as cultural organizations and artists find each other on social platforms, develop new relationships, and work together toward an enriched inner and civic life. Access the seven-part course here.
JOAN GARRY:
CONFESSIONS OF A TERRIBLE BOARD MEMBER

Joan Garry in a new podcast interviews a veteran member of many nonprofit boards - on all of which she has been unsuccessful. "What if a prospective board member looks great “on paper” but doesn’t pan out as the five-star board member you’d expected? Is it their fault? Yours? Eileen Opatut has been an unsuccessful member of several boards and can help shed light on the experience from the board member’s perspective." In the 38-minute podcast they tease out some of the things you can do to nurture and develop a board member with potential. "Eileen Opatut is a TV programming executive turned realtor/developer. She spent 8 years at the helm of The Food Network. Eileen is deeply passionate about a variety of causes and has served on several nonprofit boards. She’s smart, strategic, generous, and takes initiative. Sounds like the perfect board member, right? And yet, Eileen has never once had a positive board experience." Key elements of this podcast include: 
 Why being intentional is so critical for finding and bringing on prospective board members.
How a good orientation process can make a huge difference.
How much board communication is too much? Too little?
Characteristics that help somebody be successful at work but are detrimental to board service.
What a failed board member thinks you should look for in prospective board members.
The value of having non-board members on your board committees.
Advice on what to consider if you are approached to be on a board.
The importance of interviewing — for both the board prospect and the organization
.

Listen to the podcast here.
JOBS                             
BRUCE MUSEUM
COORDINATOR OF INTERPRETIVE SERVICES & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT


The Bruce Museum seeks a Coordinator of Interpretive Services and Audience Engagement, an advanced entry level position responsible for taking and processing reservations for all of the Museum’s school programs and adult tours and supervising the visitor services team. Reservation responsibilities include, but are not limited to: school and community center visits and guided tours for adults. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, building and evaluating a visitor services team, creating its schedule, leading trainings for visitor services and security staff and ensuring that best practices in visitor services are followed. As the initial contact between program participants and the Bruce Museum as well as the coordinator of visitor services (VS), this position requires an outgoing, friendly personality with strong organizational and computer skills. A high degree of independent decision-making and authority for such decisions is required. For details and application process, click here.
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
PRESERVATION PLAN CONSULTANT
FEBRUARY 

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is seeking to engage a qualified contractor or contractors to assist in drafting the Office's 5-year Comprehensive Statewide Preservation Plan. The plan is an intensive level planning document that addresses the historic and cultural resources across the state and serves as a guide for planning and decision making by the SHPO and other organizations and agencies that affect these resources. The project is to be completed and the final products delivered by December 31, 2017. A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will take place at the SHPO office on January 25 at 10am. The deadline for this RFP is February 17 at 4pm. SHPO intends for the Plan to focus on the theme of recovery, resiliency, and sustainability in historic preservation. The comprehensive preservation plan will also incorporate appropriate updates to the previous plan as well as implementing new perspectives and goals for the responsible management of historic resources in Connecticut. The budget for this project is $75,000. For complete RFP, click here.
WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE 
FACILITIES MANAGER

The Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Facilities Manager (FM) to maintain all buildings owned by the Playhouse. Responsibilities include management of all building systems (HVAC, electric, mechanical, etc); scheduling building repairs; negotiating and managing all related service agreements; ordering and maintaining inventory of building supplies; scheduling landscaping services, cleaning services, waste disposal, and recycling; assisting with rental events; maintaining Playhouse vehicles; and more. Qualifications include: excellent customer service skills; mechanical expertise; resourcefulness; experience with computerized ATC systems; a team player; an ability to work and adapt in a fast paced environment; collaborative and flexible nature; proactive; a flexible schedule; possess a valid Driver’s License
The position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and collegial and supportive work environment. To apply, please submit cover letter and resumé to: Facilities Manager Search, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880 or email resume@westportplayhouse.org.

WATERBURY SYMPHONY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is presently in the 79th season of continuous musical production in the greater Waterbury Connecticut area. The WSO's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Northwest Connecticut through high quality orchestral performances and experiential music education programs. The WSO seeks an Executive Director who will lead the organization into its 80th year, expanding on current successes and addressing operational challenges. Candidates applying to this position must have the following attributes and prior successes in these key areas:
 Demonstrated success leading organizations and inter-disciplinary teams
 Strategic vision and strong interpersonal skills
 Successful key donor cultivation resulting in achieving fund raising goals
 Strong financial management and organizational skills.
The symphony offers 5 concerts a year with other concerts in smaller venues, including house recitals with guest performers. The WSO has permanent performance space at the Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury which includes a 700 seat performance hall with excellent acoustics. The symphony is launching a new educational program in the American Songbook for professional musicians in early summer 2017. The annual budget is approximately $1million. For more information and application procedure, click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Clyde Fitch Report: Online Video Correspondent
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Grant writer
Ives Concert Park, Technical and Facilities Manager
New Paradigm Theatre Company: Grant Writer
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
JANUARY
Jan. 13: Quick: Take the CT Humanities Survey - closes today.
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: Nea Art Works Deadline to register/renew with Grants.gov and SAM.gov 
Jan. 26: CT League of History Organizations: History Unfolded - crowd sourcing history
Jan. 26: NEA: Big Read Applications Due

FEBRUARY
Feb. c1: Arts in Early Childhood Development: Submission Deadline
Feb. 16: New Art Works Visual Arts & Museum Application Deadline

MARCH
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
April c5: USArtists International: Application Deadline for Tours 7/1/17-6/30/18
April 13: NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Award Application Deadline

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