Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - January 27, 2017

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
January 27, 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
❖ Fairfield County Bank Renews Support
❖ Register by Feb. 1 for Giving Day (March 9)
❖ Stream Interview with CAFC's David Green on WGCH
❖ Sign Up Now for Progressive Gallery Tour: Westport - Sat. Feb. 4
❖ SpaceFinder Connecticut Now Accepting Listings
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: chaBridgeport, Dance Collective of Westport,  Thomas/Ortiz Dance, World Affairs Forum

 News from AMS Planning & Research Corp., The Art Spot, Brookfield Craft Center, Connecticut Audubon Society, KEYS, Pequot Library, Ridgefield Playhouse, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and Westport Woman's Club

❖ Action: Worried About Trump, the NEA, NEH and CPB? Please Sign the Petitions
❖ Research: New Study & Report on Impact of the Arts (makes you pro-social!)
❖ Pre-Register for CT Arts Day - March 2

❖ NEFA: Touring & Planning Grants - Feb. 13
❖ Westport Woman's Club: Ruegg Grant - Feb. 28
❖ ArtPlace: National Creative Placemaking Fund - Feb. 22
❖ J.M. Kaplan Fund: Furthermore Publishing Program Grants - March 1
❖ CT Office of the Arts (COA): Supporting Arts in Place - March 15
❖ COA: Arts Learning Grants - March 15
❖ COA: Project Grants - March 22
❖ COA: Regional Initiative Grants - March 22

❖ CT History Day: Call for Judges - Fairfield County - March 18
❖ CT Governor's Conference on Tourism - May 4

❖ FCCF: Assistant Controller
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Arts & Culture Administration Internship program
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow
❖ Double-Up Dance Studio: P/T Marketing Assistant

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Having supported our 2016 ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Awards, Fairfield County Bank has generously continued support of the Cultural Alliance with an early 2017 contribution of $2000 towards general operating expenses. Fairfield County Bank President, Dan Berta, stated, "We are proud to continue our support of this wonderful organization and the arts in Fairfield County. It is great to partner with local organizations that make the communities we serve better every day." Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank based in Ridgefield, with locations throughout Fairfield County. 
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County serves as a community partner for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation's Giving Day Event, March 9, 2017. This one-day, regional effort harnesses the collective power of individuals, friends, families, businesses, employee groups, school groups, and others to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in giving. Are you, as a nonprofit, registered? If not, please do so now, so your organization can be a part of this amazing day that unites our community around local causes. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.

Catch the Cultural Alliance's David Green on Pamela Kuhn's Center Stage radio show on Greenwich's WGCH radio show here. Pamela, opera singer extraordinaire, is among many other accomplishments, the creator and leader of CAFC member, the Greenwich-based Angel Choir and its MasterSingers ensemble. She is also the host of Center Stage, a weekly 30-minute radio show on WGCH. Stimulated by the buzz in the air that the Trump Administration is considering eliminating the NEA, NEH and CPB, she invited David and CAFC artist member MARY NEWCOMB, who is also the Manager of the Greenwich Art Society, to discuss arts funding issues and how the Society and Cultural Alliance will fare in the future. Tune in to the stream here.

After a successful Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk, where more than 60 people explored the galleries and heard stories from gallery directors at Artists' Market, LOVE ART Gallery and Galeria Isadora (see Alex von Kleydorff's photos in The Hour here) we now continue our march from Greenwich to Shelton on Sat. Feb. 4, with PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: WESTPORT.  SIGN-UP HERE for our visit to two of our commercial member galleries: Wendy Nylen/Picture This and Amy Simon Fine Art, both on Post Road East.The tour coincides with opening receptions held by both galleries for new exhibitions, Flora, works by Ann de Bernard, at Wendy Nylen, and In Your Dreams! Geoffrey Detrani + Eric Jianju at Amy Simon. More information and registration here.
Have Space to Rent?
Register for this Free Service
See examples of organizations that have already listed their spaces here
Contact David Green (203-212-6894) with any questions.

Contacts: Katherine Porter and Thomas Errichetti

chaBridgeport is a partnership between chashama, and Kuchma Corporation in Bridgeport. Chashama was founded in 1995 by Anita Durst with the mission of supporting artists and nurturing creative communities in New York City, and beyond, by partnering with property owners to activate unused real estate into spaces for artists to work and present. In its 21 years, chashama has revitalized over 80 properties, providing invaluable opportunities to more than 15,000 artists. It empowers artists at any stage of their career with affordable space to live, create and present, and also brings vibrant, artistic programming to audiences of all ages, presenting over 130 free, public events to diverse neighborhoods throughout New York. Now chashama has come to Bridgeport! "We are thrilled to have formed a partnership with chashama that will be presenting art of all sorts in our Bijou Square neighborhood." said Phil Kuchma, "Downtown Bridgeport is continuing to attract arts, culture and entertainment along with many other creative economy businesses, all of which are attracting more residents, commercial tenants and visitors." chaBridgeport has two locations. They will be run separately from chashama, but have adopted chashama's mission and programs. The two Bridgeport spaces are: 265 Golden Hill and 305 Fairfield Avenue. 265 Golden Hill has a large gallery space and two studios in a complex shared with the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the New England Ballet Company, a black-box theatre, and a cafe. 305 Fairfield Avenue (pictured above) has a gallery and two studio spaces and includes 36 feet of storefront windows with an elevated stage, wall space and display shelving for small three dimensional works. The first exhibit is of new works by CAFC member Liz Squillace, who will be using the space to create new work and hold gallery hours for visitors (see her solo exhibition details here) opening next Friday Feb. 3. 

A Creative Business Member
Owner/Founder: Enrique Alarcon

The Dance Collective is a boutique dance school on Westport's Post Road West, that offers classes for kids, teens and adults of all skill levels. Classes offered include hip hop, jazz, ballet, Broadway, Latin & jazz, partnering technique, Afro, and ballroom. All students get individual attention and all classes offer international dance techniques, with the best dance coaches. The Dance Collective was founded by Enrique Alarcon and Amanda Parton, a friend and dance partner, in 2008. Enrique Alarcon has trained  in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, Latin, Ballroom and folk. Working with notable choreographers in Peru gave him the ambition to create his own choreography, methods and philosophy of teaching. After attending law school in Peru, he decided his passion for dance was too strong to ignore, and, followed his dreams, he moved to the U.S., where he became a dance coach and choreographer for prestigious dance schools, dance companies, and theater groups in Fairfield County and throughout New York City. His colleague Amanda started dancing at the tender age of four, later taking part in workshops in London with the Ballet Rambert and The London Contemporary Dance Theatre. After some years on the advertising scene, in London, and Singapore, Amanda returned to her dance background 8 years ago, when she met Enrique. They became close friends and eventual dance partners. They now perform and teach together. The Collective coaches its students to enter competitions. It also hosts workshops: see this Sunday's workshop with Karina Smirnoff, TV Personality and dancer on Dancing with the Stars. See The Dance Collective's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Co-Directors: Ted Thomas/Frances Ortiz

Melding his urban athleticism with her Latin sensuality, and their combined choreographic and musical sensibilities, Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz founded Thomas/Ortiz Dance in 2001. A native New Yorker, Ted Thomas attended New York’s High School for Performing Arts, earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and an M.A. in dance and higher education from New York University. He danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, and the Murray Louis and Nikolais Company prior to joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1996. He was for two years Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College, Columbia University and is an Associate Director of The New England Academy of Dance and The New England Dance Theater Frances Ortiz, a native of Puerto Rico, studied at The New World School of the Arts in Miami, prior to earning her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase. While studying for her M.A. at New York University, she performed with Kevin Wynn, Tim Martin, and Carl Paris. Ms. Ortiz has both taught dance and been a guest choreographer at Yale University. Frances and her twin sister Ginna Ortiz are co-owners of the New England Academy of Dance and Frances is co-Artistic Director of the New England Dance Theater. The company of twelve dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds performs a repertoire that explores a multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes. For example, For Love or Grace delves into issues surrounding sexuality and religion, Winter Sky exposes the effect of alcoholism on a relationship, and Reflections depicts a young woman’s search for self-identity and self-approval. Based in New Canaan, the company made its debut at The Bronx Academy of Art and Dance in 2001 and has since performed at Joyce SoHo, the Merce Cunningham Studios (their 2005 performance was singled out as a "critic’s pick" in Show Business Weekly, Dance Theater Workshop, Alvin Ailey Studio, Dance New York Festival Lincoln Center, the Latin Choreographer Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Palace Theatre, Stamford, the Battery Dance Festival (2016), among many other venues. In 2010 the company was commissioned to do a piece for Connecticut BalletComing up is an April 2 event at Green Space, Long Island City, and the world premiere of a new piece From Birmingham to Baltimore, April 18 at Dixon Place in New York City. See Thomas/Ortiz Website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Executive Director: Kay Maxwell

The World Affairs Forum (WAF)is a membership organization dedicated to educating the greater community about global affairs and the role of the United States in the world. Members gain a greater understanding of the complexities of our mutually dependent world. WAF provides a neutral forum for speeches by presidents, prime ministers, cabinet officials, economists, diplomats, scholars, academics, corporate leaders, authors, researchers, pundits, journalists, and Nobel laureates. These worldwide speakers join Council members, VIP guests and the public for in-depth discussions of major foreign policy and education issues that have global impact. WAF was established in 1946, after the formation of the United Nations, to promote greater understanding of foreign policy issues by providing for dialogue between its members and leaders in the field of international relations. Today it serves over 500 members and the larger community with approximately 30 events per season (September-June) in Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk. WAF is a part of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), with more than 95 affiliate Councils representing 86,000 members nationwide.  Coming up, for example, Greg Ip (pictured below), Chief Economics Commentator, Wall Street Journal, who will be giving the Global Economic Trends Lecture 2017, on “Globalism versus Nationalism: The New Ideological Divide," on Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30pm at the UConn, Stamford Genre Auditorium. See the World Affairs Forum website,  Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
AMS PLANNING & RESEARCH CORP. is pleased to announce it has been named by Corporate Vision Magazine as the Best Facility Planning Consultancy 2016 - North America. These awards highlight and give recognition to consultants throughout all sectors and industries worldwide. AMS, based in Southport, CT with its west coast office in Sacramento, CA, serves the arts and culture sector across North America and around the world. The firm has guided more than $8 billion of development of capital facilities for the arts over the past two decades including many of North America’s most notable projects. Read more...
THE ART SPOT (Bruce and Joanne Hunter), were thrilled that their mosaic mural Eyes of the World was finished with the help of 4,000 people among those participating in the Women’s March on NYC. The mural was created on site, during the march and is a tangible and permanent piece of art resulting from this historic march in the name of equality for all. "The message embodied by the work reminds the United States government that people created this mural, side by side, crossing language, race, creed, age, ability, gender, and socio-economic differences. And our eyes are constantly watching to ensure any and all policies passed embody human rights, advance civil rights, and promote the highest degree of equality.
The BROOKFIELD CRAFT CENTER is offering a scholarship for new students interested in woodturning. The Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship was created to honor a long time faculty member and to keep alive his spirit, creative journey and passion for the craft of woodturning. The weekend workshop will be taught by woodturner Jim Degan on March 25/26 at no cost to the students. In the class students will complete multiple projects including a bottle stopper, honey dipper, bud vase and bowl. Buster Shaw was an accomplished artist who loved sharing his knowledge and encouraging students to be their very best. 
CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY has named longtime Fairfield resident Rick Boucher to lead its two busiest centers, in Fairfield and Milford, as well as its historic Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield. Boucher, an outdoorsman with a long career in packaging, takes over in Fairfield from Nelson North, who was named executive director of Connecticut Audubon last year. As director of Fairfield and Milford operations, Boucher will oversee a staff of approximately 10, in addition to seasonal camp and education workers and he will also be involved in plans for renovating and reopening Birdcraft Museum.
CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY reports that winter is eagle season in Connecticut. The Audubon's resident Bald Eagles are building nests and migrants are gathering near waterways in search of food. There's even a chance that a Golden Eagle might pass through. Audubon provides several opportunities, through EcoTravel and at Shepaug Dam, for you to get outside and see them, but they also want to hear your stories. Bald Eagles have built nests near I-95 in New Haven, in Milford near its Coastal Center, and on Norwalk Harbor. As the population grows, other eagles will be looking for nesting locations too. CT Audubon has an eagle-sighting post on its Facebook page and you are invited!
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), is welcoming two new board members: Darien resident Jon Morgan and Fairfield resident Sherry Thorne. Jon is a Principal of Sound Fund Advisors, also serving as a Board Member of the Frank Foundation, and of the Talmadge Hill Community Church. Sherry is President of The Agape Foundation, and has been its president since the inception of the organization in 2005.  She has been a Women's Bible Study teacher and facilitatorcfor more than 20 years and has served as Director of Women's Ministry at Black Rock Church, in Fairfield.
Two members are having sales: the first is PEQUOT LIBRARY, which is preparing for its famous Mid-Winter Book (+CDs, DVDs, and LPs) Sale to be held Sat./Sun Feb. 18/19, 9am-5pm (image top). Funds raised sustain Pequot's cultural programs and provide materials for under-served neighboring public school systems (and provide great volunteer opportunities)! Then the WESTPORT WOMAN's CLUB is having a "huge winter clearance sale:" 50% off of everything in its Curio Cottage for the month of Februarycollectibles, jewelry, glassware, furniture, artwork, purses and more.
The RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE got a rave review from Mike Horyczun in the Jan. 13 The Hour about its New Year line-up of fresh music: "Describing the Playhouse’s calendar as remarkable kind of falls short, doesn’t it? Mind boggling is more like it." The genius behind it all, Allison Stockel (at right), is quoted as saying that variety as an important driver for the Playhouse’s success - as well as passion. "Any weekend is a microcosm of what we do in our full season," she said."This place is not just a job, it’s a passion. And I love that we do what we do in this little town, this little 500-seat theater, with a small staff. And we kick butt doing it.” Read more...
New member, THOMAS/ORTIZ DANCE was recently awarded a $500 grant from the New England Dance Fund, through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), to explore social media strategies for the promotion of their new work From Birmingham to Baltimore. This new work, to premier at Dixon Place, New York, in April is centered on themes of social justice from the 60’s and present day.
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OTHER NEWS                  

Ever since The Hill reported, just one week ago, that Trump Transition Team staff intended to recommend that the then President-elect eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, there has been increasing concern that this will be so. Americans for the Arts has been very much on the case, asking us all to be in alert mode. Through its President and CEO, Bob Lynch, it has asked us to 
1. Let Rep. Jim Himes and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy know our concern through its own Action Center
2. To join its Arts Action Fund (no charge; it is looking to reach one million members)
3. Sign this petition that Bob Lynch will send with his next letter to President Trump, pointing out the contributions of the arts to the economy and well-being of the nation.
There are other petitions for you to sign: has a "Don't Eliminate the National Endowment for the Art"s petition. It needs another 4,800 names it needs to reach its goal of 25,000: sign the petition here.  Then there is the petition on Although the counter of signatures seems off (see article in, please sign this anyway. A minimum of 100,000 is required to get the White House to respond. In the current environment, we never know what is coming down the pike - so keep alert!

A new NEA-funded study, using data from the 2012 General Social Survey and 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, found that arts attendees are more likely than are other adults to "engage in pro-social behaviors" such as volunteering, voting, or attending community meetings. This holds "irrespective of the artistic domain," according to the study investigators, Donald Polzella and Jeremy Forbis, University of Dayton. The study is part of the NEA's five-year research framework to increase public knowledge and understanding about the benefits of arts participation. The complete set of conclusions of this rigorous study are:
1. Individuals who attend traditional live musical performances are more likely to engage in pro-social behaviors, e.g., making charitable donations or volunteering, attending community meetings and voting.
2. Individuals who attend other live arts-related events are also more likely to engage in pro-social behavior. 
3. The link between exposure to the arts and pro-social behavior is based on the social characteristics of these encounters (shared group identity, familiarity with performers or artists, multimodal sensory experience, venue, and customs or rituals).
4. Individuals exposed to the arts through the Internet are also more likely to engage in pro-social behavior. Live and media presentations are mutually reinforcing: live performances create a market for recorded performances, and recorded performances encourage audience participation.
5. There are numerous reasons that individuals are drawn to the arts, but most important is that the motivation to attend arts-related events is interactive. The reasons for attending do not operate independently of one another, and considering them in isolation is misleading. Read more...
Expeditions-supported So Percussion in A Gun Show, by Stephanie Berger

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) offers Expeditions grants to support New England nonprofits to plan and implement tours of high-quality arts projects involving New England, national, and international artists. Projects that provide meaningful interaction between artists and communities and collaboration between presenters, artists, and communities are strongly encouraged. Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner). See Touring Grant application details here.  Touring Planning Grants provide up to $5,000 for the planning of a tour that will eventually fulfill Expeditions Touring grant criteria. These grants support activities directly related to the planning of a tour, such as meetings between potential partners, artist showcases for potential tour partners, workshops to build community interest, and artists' travel to visit communities to prepare for the touring engagement. View the Expeditions Touring and Expeditions Tour Planning grant guidelines for more details.


The Westport Woman’s Club announces that proposals are now being accepted for its annual $5,000 Ruegg Grant. Local non-profit organizations are invited to submit their grant requests for projects in a letter that will demonstrate making a continuing difference in our community.
 This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, is given each year to deserving organizations in the arts, education endeavors, and health and safety-related areas. Past beneficiaries include Project Return, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, and the Westport-Weston YMCA. Community Groups with impactful and meaningful projects for this year should submit their proposal letters by February 28, 2017 to the Westport Woman’s Club Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. For further information, please contact Sarah Menchaca at


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.  ArtPlace has announced its seventh round of open applications to the National Creative Placemaking Fund.  $9.5 million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities. For a video introduction and overview, click here. Creative placemaking describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic. Register here by Feb. 14. Webinars available: Feb. 1 & 10; Facebook Chats available: Feb 16 & 17. 

Through its Furthermore Program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction book publishing about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.
The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer." Individual grants range from $1,500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor. Click here for complete application guidelines, and FAQ, and program information.


Supporting Arts in Place awards matching grants to eligible arts organizations and municipal art departments to strengthen the state's non-profit arts industry. Applicants do not request specific grant amounts. All eligible applicants to the Supporting Arts in Place category receive an award*. Awards are determined by mathematical formula that considers the following factors:
  • Available funds (allocated to the Supporting Arts in Place category);
  • Total number of applicants;
  • Calculations generated from the aggregate data collected
Eligible applicants include:
All Supporting Arts in Place grant awards require a 100% match, cannot be matched with other CT state funds but may use In-Kind contributions to meet up to 25% of their match. All applications must be submitted through the on-line portal at Applicants must create an account, or if an account already exists then sign in using your email and password.

Application Guidelines available here

*All grants funds are dependent on state and federal annual appropriations as allotted by the Governor, the Connecticut General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore, all grant monies are contingent on availability.

The CT Office of the Arts (COA) promotes teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts, through high quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences. Through its Higher Order of Thinking (HOT) Schools program, COA has developed a "Continuum of Practice" to serve as a guide for PK-12 schools to self identify their current practice in arts learning, and, through its Arts Learning Grants, COA provides opportunities for schools to advance along the arts learning continuum. Arts Learning Grants provide funding in three (3) distinct categories:
Access - Exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performances, "informances" and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups or arts venues. Grant amount: $700. Deadline: Rolling
Connection and Correlations - Extension of arts access experiences that begin to make connections between the arts experience and PK-12 curriculum. Grant amount: $3,000. 
Deadline: March 15
Integration - Sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines, effectively advancing knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and/or skills in oth
er disciplines. Grant amount: $5,000. Deadline: March 15.
Application Guidelines available here

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Project Grants program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with our READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, Inclusion) framework. Grant requests range from $5,000 to $15,000 for planning and implementation of arts-based projects for Connecticut audiences, communities, and participants. Projects of all artistic disciplines are encouraged and must engage at least one Connecticut artist in a significant project role. Projects should be accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is meant to serve. Eligible applicants must reside in Connecticut and be one of the following:
Artist - An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor
 Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of conducting successful arts projects
 Municipal Arts Department Level C
 School District

Application Guidelines available here.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Regional Initiative (REGI) Grant Program encourages and supports small community arts projects that are aligned with the READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion) framework. Regional Initiative grants are a good fit for applicants that intend to use small arts-based projects to engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or that bring neighborhoods together. Matching grant requests range between $1,000 and $4,000 and the funding of projects is regionally distributed throughout the state with partnership support from Regional Service Organizations. Eligible applicants must reside in Connecticut and be one of the following:
 Artist - An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor
 Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of conducting successful arts projects
Municipal Department 
School Districts or Individual School
College or University

Application Guidelines available here.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Connecticut League of History Organizations has a call out for judges to help at the upcoming Connecticut History Day (CHD) Regional Contests! Whether you are currently working with students grades 6-12, or if this is an aspirational goal, participating as a Connecticut History Day judge will open your eyes to a myriad of ways to connect with this audience. Judges meet students who have spent months researching a topic and are eager to share their work. Judges should arrive for a brief training at 7:45 a.m. Most of the day is spent meeting students and reviewing their projects. Judges are asked to complete evaluation forms for each student. The day usually ends by 2pm. Breakfast and lunch is provided. The Fairfield Regional Contest is held at Sacred Heart University on March 18. To Volunteer: Click here and fill out our Judge Registration Form. CT History Day is an affiliate of National History Day. This year's theme is Taking a Stand in History. Learn more, here.

The 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be taking place in Hartford on May 4 and will feature:
 Top speakers covering the latest research and best practices
● Inspiring sessions for professionals of all levels, from industry newbies to veterans
● Governor’s Tourism Awards for outstanding industry leaders
● Great networking opportunities with associates from across the state
Registration is $99

Fairfield County's Community Foundation seeks a financial executive to fill the role of Assistant Controller who can manage all of the day to day financial accounting and reporting responsibilities in our fast paced, dynamic tax-exempt organization. The Assistant Controller will ensure accurate and efficient financial operations to provide timely and transparent information to foundation stakeholders. We seek a hands-on Assistant Controller who brings strong financial accounting skills and the ability to manage & develop financial staff to meet our ambitious goals. A thorough knowledge of nonprofit accounting and financial reporting, as well as the ability to communicate well with staff in all departments is essential. This exempt position reports to the Vice President of Finance. Responsibilities include: Develop plans with the VP of Finance and manage budgeting, accounting systems, reporting, internal auditing, and financial analysis. Supervise and develop a staff of two. Establish and monitor internal controls for investments, gifts, grants, payrolls, vendor payments, and bank & investment reconciliations. Prepare and update the Foundation's budgets, forecasts, cash flow, spending policy, and reserve, and more. For further details and application instructions, click here.

Recognizing the need to provide hands-on, practical work experience not typically available to students and emerging professionals in the traditional academic setting, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has established an unpaid internship program. Although qualified students may use this to obtain academic credit from their institution, the position is also open to professional-track applicants not currently enrolled in an academic institution. Reporting to the Director of Culture, Office of the Arts, this position is an excellent opportunity to gain mentorship from experienced professionals. The intern will be part of a progressive State that recognizes the important role the arts and culture play in building a rich, vibrant community. Working closely with staff, the intern will gain hands-on experience assisting with the outreach, communication, outreach, planning and marketing for COA programs. Requirements include: assist in the preparation of PowerPoint/Keynote presentations and marketing materials; interact with members of the arts community, staff and public officials; conduct research on arts & cultural activities in cities across the region; assist with Arts Council & Arts Advisory Committee meetings and related projects; demonstrate excellent computer skills (graphic design skills a plus); assist in administrative and clerical support activities, special event projects, and within different areas of Office of The Arts Projects and programs. Additional internship enhancement experiences may be required, but not included in 8-15 hours of work per week.  Further details and application instructions are available here.

The Westport Country Playhouse is looking to hire a full time Development Fellow. The position pays a $250 per week stipend and will last for one year. The internship will involve database entry, donor research, special events support, calendar management, list maintenance. Requirements include: Highly organized, project management skills, detail oriented. Professionalism, maturity, telephone skills, and an ability to work with high level donors, and other high-profile individuals. Respect and discretion in working with confidential information. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience and ease working in web-based CRM management systems. Experience in Tessitura and/or SQL a plus. While there is no guarantee of future employment upon the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, the Playhouse culture is one that provides a strong foundation upon which interns may succeed and move into a regular staff position if skills are proven, and a good cultural fit. All current members of the Development team were once interns. The most recent Development Fellow has just been named Artistic & Management Associate to the Artistic and Managing Directors. Click here for a full job description. To apply, please submit cover letter and résumé to:

Double Up Dance Studio, in Fairfield, is looking to hire an Entry-Level Marketing Assistant with strong problem solving skills and a keen ability to multi-task and prioritize. Individuals must display excellent communication and collaboration skills. Reliability and a positive attitude is a must. Responsibilities include: manage all Social Media engagement and outlets - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.; create a Go-to-Market Strategy for all dance programs, events and conventions; answer and manage high-volume of phone inquiries; schedule classes, conventions, programs and community involvement; meet and greet clients; file and streamline internal processes; recruit new clientele as well as corporations for corporate events; assist with event development, participation and break-down; generate correspondence to existing client base and develop correspondence to target market; manage inventory; attend meetings with staff and company membersRequirements include: proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media outlets, MAC and PC Computers, experience in marketing automation platforms a plus; education or professional experience in Customer Service and/or Marketing Strong interpersonal skills; flexibility to work varied hours; professional writing experience; marketing and/or business degree preferred but not required
How to apply: Please reply to this post with your resume and availability. If interested, we will respond promptly.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Grant writer
Ives Concert Park, Technical and Facilities Manager
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO): Preservation Plan Consultant 
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager   
The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO): Executive Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Facilities Manager
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Feb. c1: Arts in Early Childhood Development: Submission Deadline
Feb. c1: ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund Webinar 6:30-8pm
Feb. c4: Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk - Wendy Nylen and Amy Simon Fine Art
Feb. 10: ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund Webinar 2-3:30pm
Feb. 13: NEFA: Expeditions Touring and Planning Grants Deadline
Feb. 16: New Art Works Visual Arts & Museum Application Deadline
Feb. 28: Westport Woman's Club: Ruegg Grant Deadline

March c1: J.M.Kaplan Fund: Furthermore Publication Grants Deadline
March c2: CT Arts Day, Hartford, CT
March 15: COA: Supporting Arts in Place: Application Deadline
March 15: COA: Arts Learning Grants: Application Deadline
March 18: Arts History Day - Fairfield County at Sacred Heart University. Be a Judge!
March 22: COA: Project Grants: Application Deadline
March 22: COA: Regional Initiative Grants (REGI): Application Deadline
March 20-21: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC

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 17: COA: Artist Fellowship Awards: Application Deadline (applications available 3/1)
May 18: SHPO Conference, Preservation in a Changing Environment - UConn, Storrs
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