Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - July 8, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
July 8, 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 400 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
❖ Cultural Alliance WPKN Spotlight on Arts & Culture Radio Show - Mon July 11

News from Barnum Museum, Beechwood Arts, Bruce Museum, Creative Connections, Fairfield Museum, Norwalk International Cultural Exchange, Stamford Historical Society and Westport Country Playhouse. 

❖ CT Budget: Another $5 million cut to the arts and humanities
❖ Every Student Succeeds Act: Resources to Use
❖ Support National PTA's Call for Statewide Family Engagement Centers
CT Humanities: Down But Not Out!
NEWS FROM THE CT OFFICE OF THE ARTS: Peer Advisor Network Suspended; Changes to CT Arts Endowment; HOT Schools Summer Institute; COA Joins Grantmakers in the Arts;

❖ Regional Initiative (REGI) Grants: Don't Forget - July 29
❖ New NEH Public Humanities Projects Grants - August 10

❖ NEA Webinar: Measuring the Impact of Arts Education Programs
❖ Wild Apricot: Recommended Free July Webinars

❖ Theatre Artists Workshop: Space to Share
❖ Beechwood Arts: Carriage House Rental
❖ I Am Vernice: Space for Art Class Needed

❖ Barnum Museum: P/T Cataloger and Metadata Expert
❖ Barnum Museum: P/T Technical Coordinator
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Technical Director
❖ Artspace New Haven: Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Tune in to WPKN 89.5 FM on Monday, July 11th, noon-1pm for our monthly live radio program, Spotlight on Arts & Culture. This month, Jennifer speaks with Beechwood ArtsJeanine Esposito and New Paradigm Theatre Company's Kristin Huffman about the inspiring and innovative ways they both mentor community engagement through music and theatre.
The BARNUM MUSEUM recently completed two Capstone Action Learning Projects with MBA students from Sacred Heart University Welch Business School. The program exposes students to community needs, enabling them to apply their management skills and explore innovative solutions. Students presented Barnum staff and board with the results of an initial Benchmark Analysis that mapped data-points of interest, demographics, and key programs against comparable national institutions to help with Barnum's strategic planning. Barnum ED, Kathy Maher, highly recommends such collaborations. 
BEECHWOOD ARTS (with a mission to “transform the creative experience for the 21st century”) celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a fundraiser (Joshua Bell), a new 5-year strategic plan, and a novel experiment in Extreme Collaboration - teams building Beechwood’s future. Three teams are ready: a Collaborative Braintrust (Beechwood’s Advisory Board); An Inspiration Team, programming in the "inspirational arts" (healing, stress reduction, mindfulness, and more), and The VIA-21 Team: artists, technologists, and engineers developing innovative projects to launch at Beechwoods Arts Immersions and travel across CT to public venues of all kinds. More
The BRUCE MUSEUM Board of Trustees elected four new trustees (Felicity L. Kostakis, Kamie Lightburn, Leah S. Rukeyser, and Betsey Ruprecht) and re-elected seven (Susan Lynch, Michael Grunberg, Jan Rogers Kniffen (Chair; at right), Robert H. Lawrence, Nicole Reynolds, Charles M. Royce and Judith Wertheimer). At an awards ceremony, The Chairman’s Award was given to Bruce Museum Curator of Science Daniel Ksepka and the Science Department, and a special acknowledgement was given to Assistant to the Director/Board Liaison Kathy Reichenbach. Read more...
CREATIVE CONNECTIONS (CC), in its quarterly newsletter Canvas, includes news of The Middle East Connect (MEC) pilot program to launch this fall that will bring students from Norwalk’s Center for Global Studies together with their peers from Khalda, a public school in Amman, Jordan. Students will participate in an ArtLink exchange and also take part in additional videoconferences, collaborate on the creation of an online art exhibit, and present their experiences to members of their school communities.
Congratulations to FAIRFIELD MUSEUM's Christine Jewell (at right with a camper at the Museum), Director of Education and Community Programs, for being awarded the prestigious Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies award from the Connecticut Council for Social Studies (CCSS). Christine has worked at the Museum for more than nine years. She received the award at the CCSS Annual Spring Dinner at the Noah Webster House in West Hartford. Read More
It's finally here: the one afternoon of the year for which an organization has been created. The NICE (Norwalk International Cultural Exchange) Festival takes place this Sat, July, 9, noon to 9pm. The Festival is the brainchild of Janet Evelyn (at right). Underwriting Manager at WPKN 89.5, Janet formed NICE Inc in Sept. 2015 "to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of peoples from around the world through arts and culture." Come help her do that!
The STAMFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY (SHC) is organizing an archeological dig on the grounds of the 1699 Hoyt Barnum House at 713 Bedford Street, which is being moved to SHC's North Stamford campus at 1508 High Ridge Road. Led by Executive Director Thomas Zoubek, much-experienced with archaeological explorations, the dig will take place the weekend of July 16-17. An earlier dig uncovered 18th-century pottery and an Indian Head Penny. The Historical Society will provide trowels for digging, buckets, and basic instructions. Read more.
The WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE has added six new members to its current board of 32 trustees, led by Barbara Streicker (at right). The six include Stephen Corman; art historian Fiona Garland; Jessie A. Gilbert, a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Private Clients Group; Jane Green, author of 17 novels; David Tillson, founder of Eagle Ridge Investment Management; and theatre director, Marietta Battaglia White, founder of David Marietta, an L.A. theater production company. Read more
OTHER NEWS                  
JUNE 30: 

CT Community Nonprofit Alliance reported that on the last day of the state's Fiscal 2016, Governor Malloy cut another $130 million as part of the Final Budget passed in special session. Cuts fell heaviest on human services ($38.9 million), education ($31 million) and arts, culture and the humanities ($4.9 million). The budget deficit grew to $315 million for FY16, up from $260 million. Slowing income and sales tax collections are blamed for the shortfall. The state’s Budget Reserve of $406 million will close that deficit, leaving just $90 million to cover projected future deficits. Jeff Walter, Interim CEO, CCNA, commented ”Continued cuts of this magnitude will dismantle safety net services and endanger the lives and well being of thousands of individuals our members serve.” See detailed arts and humanities cuts in DECD budget here. The Office of the Arts lost a further $46,308; the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (alongside many other cultural line items) were cut a further 33% ($21,000 in our case) and many line items were zeroed out (including all Tourism Districts and CT Humanities).

In the wake of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) being signed into law, state and local education decision-makers must be as informed as possible to ensure the arts have their place as part of every student’s well-rounded educationThree priority issues for arts education advocacy at the federal level are:
Ensuring well-rounded arts provisions in the new law (Every Student Succeeds Act; PL 114-95) are fully implemented
Supporting funding for the Assistance for Arts Education program at the U.S. Department of Education at $30 million
• Supporting full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program at its authorized level of $1.65 billion. At the Federal level, sign this petition to ask the Department of Education to publicly affirm that the arts are eligible for federal funds. This will help school administrators who may not know that this is possible. The DoE can set the record straight by publishing a letter to state and local education leaders, explaining how federal funds can be used to support arts programs in schools. For specific details of arts education policy principles supported by national arts education and education organizations, read this unified statement. For more resources on federal and state level click here.

After successfully advocating for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program to be included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), National PTA is working to guarantee funding for this critical program. The SFEC program provides competitive federal grants to statewide organizations to promote and implement evidenced-based family engagement strategies. PTA members across the country are urging members of Congress to fund SFECs at the authorized level of $10 million. Unfortunately, the program was not included in the Senate or the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS-ED) appropriations bills. As the appropriations process moves forward, National PTA and over 100 organizations will continue to advocate for investments in SFECs to ensure families are meaningfully supported and engaged in their child's education. Join the effort and contact your member of Congress today to tell them to invest in family engagement using this customizable letter.

Two-thirds of CT Humanities' (CTH) annual budget, some $1.73 million, vanished as a result of a line-item veto after the new CT state budget was signed into law. That means the Connecticut Humanities Fund, administered by CTH for more than 20 years has vanished also, as it was made possible only through state funds. As one of 56 humanities councils across the United States and its territories, CTH receives an annual appropriation from the National Endowment for the Humanities that largely covers CTH's operating expenses and it is further supported by specific foundation grants and generous individual donors. CTH is moving ahead in FY17 with many of its signature programs intact - such as Book Voyagers, Poetry Out Loud, and the STEPS-CT program. It will continue to enhance its online resources,, and the Connecticut Center for the Book ( It will also shortly be announcing a new, statewide directory of scholars. In the meantime, CTH is communicating with state officials and working hard to see the Connecticut Humanities Fund restored for FY 2017-18. CTH asks all supporters to write to the governor and state lawmakers on its behalf.
"Due to budget constraints and the on-going strategic planning for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, effective immediately, the Peer Advisor Network (PAN) will be put on hold. Revised professional services for FY2018 will be developed."
COA has announced two changes to the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund program
1. The minimum amount arts organizations must raise from private donors to qualify for a CAEF matching grant has been reduced from $25,000 to $15,000. (An arts organization must raise a minimum of $15,000 for two (2) consecutive years).
2. The minimum grant award will be $500. No applicant will receive less than $500.

The Higher Order Thinking Schools Summer Institute is a popular conference and learning environment, taking place next week, July 11-14 at the Hartford Hilton. This year's theme is Storytelling: an Artful Journey. Check out the speakers, learning tracks, workshops and more here. Register here. 

has joined Grantmakers in the Arts, the only national association of public and private arts and culture funders in the US. See its statement on its work on racial equity in arts philanthropy. Its weekly newsletter is highly recommended.

Follow the Office of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

The Regional Initiative Grant Program (REGI) awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000  to support smaller projects that "create access to the creative process and/or creative experience," and that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within community. Projects can take many varied forms: engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, bring neighbors together, etc. These grants are for collaborative, innovative projects that use the arts to impact community life. The applicant must be one of the following: an artist, an arts organization with 501(c)(3) status and annual operating income under $300,000, an arts program of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization, a municipal arts department, a pre-K-through-12 school, and Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs). Partners need not be any of the above. The grants in coastal Fairfield County are administered by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Download the Guidelines here.  Have any questions or want to check that your project is on track and in sync with the Guidelines? The contact David Green 203-256-2329/203-212-6894. Application is through the Fluid Review mechanism employed by the Office of the Arts for all grant applications. Make sure you have, or open a Fluid Review account, before you attempt to apply. Get an account here. Instructions available on the REGI webpage here. DO NOT APPLY AT THE LAST MINUTE - otherwise Fluid Review may jam. Aim to apply one week before the deadline of July 29.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new program to boost cultural institutions’ ability to facilitate public conversations about issues vital to communities, culture, and society. The new Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. The grant program goes beyond the traditional large-scale museum exhibition to also include grant support for smaller public programs, projects that engage citizens with historic U.S. sites, and work in communities to spur important public dialogue about the humanities. Said NEH Chair, William D. Adams, "The museum as a cloistered place is breaking down into the museum as a community-embedded institution. I think museums are much more public-facing entities.” The grant program supports the planning and implementation of public humanities projects in three areas:
Community Conversations Grants supporting 1- 3-year-long series of community-wide discussion projects that engage diverse residents in creatively addressing contemporary challenges, guided by the perspectives of the humanities.
Exhibitions Grants support permanent exhibitions that will be on view for at least three years, or traveling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States.
Historic Places Grants support the interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions (living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs). Guidelines hereDeadline: August 10. #NEHCommonGood

We know that, in addition to developing new artistic skills, students who participate in the arts gain other positive traits, such as increased resiliency, personal fulfillment, and becoming more engaged with their communities. But how do you measure this impact?  NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will discuss this question in a public webinar on Wed. July 13, 3pm, with Kathe Swaback, program director for RAW Art Works, an arts center in Lynn, Massachusetts, which works with underserved youth, and Julia Gittleman, a Boston-based consultant who focuses on performance measurement with nonprofit organizations. Swaback will present on the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project, and how it's currently being used, adapted, and refined by RAW ArtWorks and other youth arts organizations nationwide. Julia Gittleman will present on Youth Arts Impact Network, in which Boston-area youth arts organizations have come together to establish and share best practices related to data gathering and measurement for youth-serving arts organizations. This webinar is part of a series organized by the NEA's Arts Education office. Please register in advance

Wild Apricot creates web-based software for small non-profits to manage membership, website, events and other activities. On its blog it also produces a monthly list of free webinars. These include the following:

July 13, 2pm. How to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal; estimating the realistic cost of a project; financial documents you may need to submit.
July 13, 2:30pm. Does your website engage or is it an online brochure? Learn the 3 biggest mistakes we make; 4 attributes of an engaging website; 3 proven promotion methods;  and more.

Creating an Effective Donate Page
July 13, 1pm. Start getting donations on your nonprofit website. Take your donors up the ladder of engagement. Discover the right words to help people open your emails and get on with donating to your cause!

Online Fundraising Best Practices
July 14, 2:30pm. Discover best practices to track the effectiveness of fundraising + 7 steps to online fundraising success; 5 metrics to measure fundraising performance + more.

• Introduction to Fundraising Planning July 20, 2pm. Setting fundraising priorities and preparing a roadmap to success for staff and board members; making your case for support; diversifying your organization’s fundraising base; creating a plan of action.

More free webinars listed on Wild Apricot here.


The Theatre Artists Workshop (TAW), a membership organization of professional actors, writers, and directors that meets together on Monday evenings and allows individual members to sign up to use the space for their own rehearsals, is looking to share the space with another arts group, (perhaps a writing group or a school), to create some synergy - and to share some of the rental expenses. TAW will work with your group to figure out the best ways to share the use of the space. Space includes: 
Theatre: stage and seats for approximately 100 people. Kitchen: rehearsals and board meetings are held in the kitchen - there is room for 10 people or so around the table.
Exclusive use of small office is available.
Space is usable 24/7Large well lit parking lotSpace is ideal for classes. For more details and information contact:


Live in this 2000sf sun-filled, open-plan Carriage House with cathedral ceilings + optional 350sf detached studio all on the grounds of this gracious artistic 1806 estate. Unique, artistic, rustic elegance! Details here. Interested? Contact 
Cyd Wolak Hamer
Artist and teacher, Vernice Holmes, I Am Vernice, is looking for a space to hold bi-weekly painting/mixed media art
classes. She needs space for 12-25 people, twice a month. Preferably close to Norwalk, but willing to travel. Accessible parking would be helpful. Contact Vernice


The P. T. Barnum Digital Collection Project seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative, and creative cataloger and metadata expert to perform original cataloging and metadata creation for special collections and museum objects in a variety of formats (print and manuscript materials, artifacts, etc.) as part of a comprehensive digitization project supported by the NEH. The archives and artifacts are in the collections of The Barnum Museum and the Bridgeport Public Library’s History Center. A primary goal of the project is to create catalog records and metadata for approximately 200 artifacts, 125 photographs, 325 manuscript items, and 440 print material items as these materials are digitized. Reporting to the Project Director/Barnum Museum Curator, and taking direction from the project’s Technical Coordinator, and the Bridgeport History Center Archivist, the Project Cataloger will work collaboratively with staff at both institutions to ensure that catalog information and metadata is of a high and uniform standard, using appropriate controlled vocabularies, and is formatted in a way to be ingested into a shared digital repository. This is a temporary, part-time position (up to 18 months), funded through an NEH grant, to start immediately. Complete details here.

The P. T. Barnum Digital Collection Project seeks a collaborative and detail oriented candidate, with metadata and digitization expertise and enthusiasm for the humanities, to perform multiple duties as part of a comprehensive digitization project supported by the NEH. A primary goal of the project is to create catalog records and metadata for approximately 200 artifacts, 125 photographs, 325 manuscript items, and 440 print material items as these materials are digitized and to make these files discoverable through the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA). The archives and artifacts are in the collections of The Barnum Museum and the Bridgeport Public Library’s History Center. Photography and scanning will be performed by outside vendors. Technical coordinator will establish protocols, ensure consistency and that quality standards are met, and be responsible for uploading digital objects. Reporting to the Project Director/Barnum Museum Curator, the Technical Coordinator will work collaboratively as part of a team, taking direction from the Bridgeport History Center Archivist and working closely with the Project Cataloger. The position is temporary (up to 18-months) and part-time (15 hours per week), and is funded through an NEH grant. Details here.


Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) seeks immediate candidates to begin mid-July for the year-round position of Technical Director. The TD reports directly to the Associate Producer/Director of Production and is responsible for scenery implementation including working with all scenic designers to approve designs, drafting all construction documents, crew budgeting, supervising daily scenic construction with a staff of two carpenters and an intern, keeping all MSDS information up to date, implementing all safety protocols in the scene shop and theatre, and overseeing all scenic elements including load-in and strike. Experience with rigging, welding, lighting and sound preferred. Full benefits package. Details here.

Artspace New Haven is seeking an experienced executive assistant to support its Executive Director and staff. Duties include a wide array of administrative and event-related activities. Four to five years of experience as an executive assistant in corporate or other professional service environment is a must. The ideal candidate will have solid administrative skills, a 'can-do' spirit, ability to multi-task, a sense of customer service, and be comfortable in a dynamic work environment. An interest in the visual arts, community engagement, and event planning is a plus. This is a 4/5 or full time role (Approximately 32-40 hours/week) with a salary commensurate with experience (Approximately $45-55K full time). Full details here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Coastal Arts Guild: Art Teachers
Connecticut Historical Society: Grants Coordinator
Fairfield County's Community Foundation: Marketing Director
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Fairfield University:  Museum Assistant
Fusion Academy: High School Art Teacher
Lyman Allyn Art Museum: Director of Education
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
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July 11-15: COA HOT Schools Summer Institute
July 13: NEA Webinar: Measuring Impact of Arts Education Program. Register.
July 14: NEA: Art Works Grant Application Deadline
July 20: NEA Our Town, "How To Apply" Webinar, 3pm. Register.
July 27: NEA Our Town, "Tips, Tricks and Inspiration..." Webinar, 3pm. Register.
July 29: CT Office of Arts: Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline

Aug.c1: Terra Foundation: American Art Exhibitions, LOI Deadline
Aug. 10: NEH Public Humanities Grant Deadline

Sept. c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Deadline (for events post-Dec. 1)
Sept. c1: J.M. Kaplan Fund: Furthermore Publishing Project Grants Deadline
Sept. 12: NEA Our Town Grant Deadline
Sept. 30: Deadline for Submitting Video of Public Art

Oct. c1: Grammy Foundation: Music Research and Preservation Grants LoI due
Oct. 17: Shubert Foundation Theatre Grant Application Due

Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Dance Grant Application Due
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