Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - June 10, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
June 10, 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
❖ Spotlight on Arts & Culture, WPKN 89.5 - June 13 
❖ Buy Art - Benefit the Cultural Alliance at Art About Town - June 17-19
❖ Our Two Faces Merge on Facebook
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Arts in Connecticut, New England Dance Theatre, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance

News from browngrotta arts, Connecticut League of History Organizations, Leclerc Contemporary Gallery, Fairfield Museum, Greenwich Ballet Academy, Housatonic Museum of Art, KEYS, MouseMuse Productions, New Paradigm Theatre, PMW Gallery, Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, and Westport Arts Center. 

❖ Malloy Eliminates CT Humanities
❖ New Data Tool Maps Local Arts Resources
❖ Help Out With an Arts Marketing Survey (and win $50)
❖ Open House Day in our Region - June 11

❖ How to Make Your Donors Feel Like a Million Bucks
Winning Websites Webinar

❖ Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: Director
❖ Fusion Academy, Fairfield: High School Arts Teacher
❖ The Klein: Volunteer Ushers

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Tune in Monday June 13 at noon to our live interview show on WPKN 89.5FM. This month Jennifer explores how different communities support the arts with municipal resources. Jennifer's guests this month are Michael Moore, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, and Susan Wallerstein, chair of the Norwalk Arts Commission.
Westport's ART ABOUT TOWN is generously offering 10% of sales to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County over its closing, Fathers Day weekend June 17-19. 70 artists are displaying and selling their work in 65 locations throughout Westport (see map). Enjoy the art, support the artists and benefit the Cultural Alliance!
Helping us improve awareness that FCBuzz and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County are two faces of the same organization (something we recognized in our recent logo upgrade), we have now merged our two Facebook pages: the two have become one at Come like us and share our news!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

Founding Executive Director: 
Barbara Anderson

Arts in Connecticut (AIC) is an arts education nonprofit providing on-site private and group instruction, afterschool programs on public and private school campuses, and classes at daycare and senior centers, churches, and other appropriate facilities. State-certified instructors and professional artists travel to students’ homes for private lessons and AIC also offers virtual lessons (via ooVoo, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts) to distance learners. AIC was originally founded in 1994 in Fort Myers, FL, by certified music teacher, Barbara Alexander. The company migrated to CT, first, as the Alexander Music Studio. In 2014, the company grew into a larger arts organization encompassing music, art, theater, and dance, became an LLC, and was re-named the Performing Arts Academy of CT (PAACT). AIC became a 501c3 in March 2016 and is expanding its reach across the state. AIC’s mission is to inspire, enrich and support the community through delivering quality arts outreach programs in Fairfield and New Haven County. With over 20 years of experience in the field of community arts and educational development, AIC believes that each individual can excel to their fullest potential through creative learning and nurturing with the right guidance and instruction.  See AIC's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

Co-Directors: Frances and Ginna Ortiz; Associate Director: Ted Thomas

New England Dance Theatre (NEDT), is a New Canaan-based non-profit performing arts organization, created as the performing arm of the New England Academy of Dance (NEAD). NEDT's mission is to create a greater awareness of and appreciation for the dance arts through high quality dance productions featuring the Company dancers. The Academy was established by Doris Driver, a dancer who appeared in numerous NYC productions throughout her career, when she retired in 1968. In the mid-1990s, hiring professional dancers from New York to perform principal roles in the studio’s productions, she met Ted Thomas and twin sisters Ginna and Frances Ortiz, who shared the position of director when Ms. Driver retired in 2003. Ginna, Ted and Frances all earned their BFAs from SUNY Purchase and worked professionally for several companies before focusing their creative energies on NEAD. Under their guidance the school has grown to over 300 students, offering levels of dance instructions from Moms and Tots through high school students. The New England Dance Theatre is run by a separate board of directors and focuses on maintaining high quality productions, bringing in high profile professionals to teach Master Classes as well as community outreach. In addition to its annual Nutcracker, the New England Dance Theatre produces many classical ballets and has invited several guest choreographers to develop a contemporary repertoire. This weekend (June 11-12, NEDT presents its Spring Performances of Cinderella (click for tickets). See NEAD's website, Facebook page, Twitter feed,  and YouTube channel.

 Artistic Director: Amy Piantaggini

The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, a non-profit dance school, is nationally recognized as a "distinguished, high achieving, pre-professional performing arts school" that "nurtures young dance artists in strong movement technique." The Conservatory is dedicated to educating and encouraging students to become knowledgeable, passionate, thinking artists.
Students learn technique, artistry, and creativity, develop the skills of self-discipline, teamwork, and confident, and aspire to performance opportunities in The Nutcracker, Ridgefield Civic Ballet, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Junior Dance Ensemble, college dance programs, and professional dance careers. The Conservatory was founded in 1965 by Patricia Schuster as a small dance studio, which, in 1978 became the Ridgefield Civic Ballet. Following Ms. Schuster’s death in 1999, five Ridgefield families donating funds to establish the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. In 2002, James Robey, former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, was appointed Director, and Melissa Gerth Assistant Director and they established the Ridgefield Summer Dance Intensive that brought nationally and internationally recognized teachers into Ridgefield. They also established the Contemporary and Junior Dance Ensembles. In 2007, the Contemporary Dance Ensemble was one of sixteen professional/amateur dance companies chosen internationally to perform at the Harris Theater in Chicago at the Jazz Dance World Congress. While the ballet program has quadrupled in size since 2001, the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance now has an internationally recognized jazz dance program and a leading modern dance program. Amy Piantaggini, a senior faculty member, was appointed Artistic Director in 2014 and Alexander Glaz was appointed Ballet Master. See the Conservatory's website, and Facebook page.

browngrotta arts is an unusual "gallery" in that it represents museum-quality contemporary artworks from the US and abroad, by artists working for the most part in fiber, through photography, publications, digital placement, its website and the occasional exhibit. Owner Tom Grotta has co-curated Green from the Get Go, an exceptional exploration, at the Morris Museum, of basketry by makers inspired by nature and the history of basketry. Made from flora and fauna, from bamboo, pine, sea grass, and willow to emu feathers and porcupine needles these fibrous works stimulate all the senses. Hear Tom talk about the show Weds. June 15.
CONNECTICUT LEAGUE OF HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS had a successful conference Mon. June 6. With 210 attendees and 22 exhibitors, it was the largest they have had. Two of the 12 Awards of Merit were from our region: The Fairfield Museum (top of picture to right) won for their Pequot Wars exhibit and the Westport Historical Society for their New Yorker in Westport show. See a Storified collection of Tweets telling the story of the day here. Click image for larger version.

The Fairfield County Antique and Design Center, parent of member LECLERC CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, announces a new designer for its designer showcase, showing "the best antiques, fine furnishings, and exquisite décor that Fairfield County and its dealers have to offer." A Darien native, Rebecca Tier Soskin has a B.A. from William Smith College (Studio Art and Art History) and began her career at Laura Ashley in Boston. See her vignette at the opening reception Thursday, June 23, 6-9 PM. 
FAIRFIELD MUSEUM welcomes Laurie Lamarre as its new Curator of Exhibitions. Formerly executive director of the Institute for American Indian Studies, Laurie has served in research, management and education positions at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Mattatuck Museum, and Lebanon Historical Society. With a B.A. in History & Anthropology from UConn, and an M.A. in Museum Education from Tufts, Laurie is interested in how museums can be instrumental in in cultivating understanding and empathy in today's society.
GREENWICH BALLET ACADEMY (GBA) was recognized by Dancing Teacher for its free adaptive ballet classes for children with Down’s syndrome. Seventeen-year-old student Olivia Thurman (at left, in picture) created the program after seeing video footage of ballerina Keenan Kampa working with Boston Ballet’s adaptive-dance program. Inspired, Olivia asked for training at Boston Ballet and then held GBA’s first workshop last summer. The workshop was such a success that GBA has added regular adaptive classes to its schedule. More...
Congratulations to The HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART (HMA) for its $15,000 NEA Art Works award for its HMA Peer Docent Program, teaching middle-schoolers to look at art critically and guide classmates during tours. Ninety students will be trained to guide 600 classmates on tours of Downtown Bridgeport. The program’s focus has been local architecture with field trips to New Canaan and New York City. Partnering with the Westport Library and its Maker Space, HMA's program will have students participating in classes, sketching their own architectural designs and animating them with 3-D printing. More
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides free music instrument instruction to Bridgeport students, welcomes Westport resident Arthur Gang to the KEYS Board of Directors. A practicing insurance attorney for forty years, and a music and musical theater lover his entire life, Gary is particularly enamored of the Great American Songbook, and has organized and presented programs at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, the Westport Public Library and the Fairfield Theatre Company.
MOUSEMUSE PRODUCTIONS, Fairfield County's original live storytelling program, has launched a podcast program entitled What a Story! Aggregating years of archived material from live shows at FTC, Westport Arts Center, Fairfield Museum, Cobbs Mill, and more, What A Story! encourages storytellers via social media to tell their own timed thematic story and transmit as an audio file. Contact MouseMuse Founder, Ina Chadwick with questions.
NEW PARADIGM THEATRE Youth and College interns got the opportunity to make a professional recording with playwright Bill C Davis (Broadway and Film: Mass Appeal author) and his new musical OPEN FOR ME. This recording will be used for promotion of the musical and also featured professional singer Richard Weidlich. Bill engaged in a "talk back" session with students so they could understand the professional writing process. Behind the scenes video.
Patsy Murphey Whitman, owner/director of PMW GALLERY in Stamford for 32 years, died peacefully on May 16, 2016. PMW Gallery opened in 1985 and exhibited the work of nearly 200 artists in 105 exhibitions. She was widely known and respected for her keen interest in the development of individual artists, her curatorial insight, and a gift for installation that encouraged viewers to look at art with new eyes. A memorial service will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, June 18, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford.
Congratulations to The RIDGEFIELD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, which wrapped up May 22, for having been rated as one of the Top 100 best-reviewed film festivals in the world. FilmFreeway is a film-submission website used by more than 4,000 of the world's best film festivals. The reviews were written by the filmmakers who participated in the festival. Especially noted was the excellent communication between staff and participants and the level of community involvement. A good jumpstart on next year's festival!
The WESTPORT ARTS CENTER (WAC) welcomes Noah Steinman as its new Education Assistant for the 2016 – 2017 season. Noah will be lead instructor for WAC’s 2016 Summer Camps and ongoing youth education classes. A Westport native, he graduated from Oberlin College (Studio Art and Art History), and received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2016. He has been teaching and tutoring young artists for nearly eight years, including at The Greenwich Arts Council and Norwalk Community College.
OTHER NEWS                  

Last week, the 2016 regular and special legislative session(s) came to an end without approving the Governor's Second Chance Society 2.0 legislation. Since $15 million in savings would have resulted in that legislation, the Governor line-item vetoed three line items before signing the budget. Included in this process, was the elimination/line item veto of the the entire $1.7 million appropriation for the Connecticut Humanities Council. See Advocacy Alert issued yesterdayThere will be a constitutionally mandated veto session in late June, if the legislature attempts to override any of the Governor's (six) vetoes (as of 6/7/16). Otherwise, the legislature is not expected to convene again until after the election.
Related Issues & Press:
CT Mirror:  Malloy vetoes tax breaks passed on final night of session(6.09.16)
"Malloy said the perpetual and total property tax break for arts and culture entities was excessive, especially since it could be sought by commercial enterprises such as movie theaters. It would be optional for municipalities, but Malloy said it would pressure them." "'While I have been a longtime supporter of the arts and other cultural activities, I do not think the state should be encouraging the exemption of for-profit entities from taxation without limitation,'" Malloy wrote in his veto message ....

With thanks to Julia Wilcox, CT Community Nonprofit Alliance

ArtsWaveCincinnati's local arts agency, has created a first-in-the-nation model with its new Arts Atlas online tool that integrates data on arts organizations and their programming with community demographic data, reports Soapbox Cincinnati in a recent article. Arts Atlas offers a searchable aggregation of community data — such as income, age, households and ethnicity — and arts data including organization locations, services and partnerships. Users can search around a specific Zip code, address or by a host of other criteria. ArtsWave is working with PolicyMap, a national data gathering organization, which collects, organizes and maps the public data while ArtsWave manages the arts- and culture-related data that’s specific to Greater Cincinnati. Arts Atlas can broadly be used to help decide where ArtsWave and local arts organizations invest their time and energy, it is currently being used to provide information about which schools have art and music teachers and which don’t for the Cincinnati Public Schools’ subcommittee on arts and culture as they advocate for how CPS’s new equity policy should relate to arts education. ArtsWave created this free, interactive resource to better connect educators, parents, teaching artists, community arts centers, and other arts and cultural organizations. Read More...

JUNE 17 

Americans for the Arts and Taproot Foundation are conducting a research study to evaluate the resources in the arts marketing sector. The study is interested in how you are feeling about your organization's ability to compete for earned revenue and where you feel resources are most needed to improve your ability to attract, engage, and retain arts patrons. Data collected will be used to inform a white paper on this topic to be launched in fall 2016.  TAKE THE SURVEY TODAYThe survey consists of multiple choice questions and takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. As an incentive, 20 survey respondents will be randomly selected to receive $50 in American Express gift cards as a thank you for their time. See the Official Rules. Survey responses must be submitted by June 17.


Member organizations participating in Saturday's Open House Day:
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
20% off John Sebastian: code=SPOONRO. 
New England Ballet Company
Free classes and performances, 9am-2pm
Bellarmine Museum of Art
Free family day activities, 1-4pm
Connecticut Audubon Society Center Fairfield
Open 10am-3pm +10% discount in Store.
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Free admission, 10am-4pm

Walsh Art Gallery
Free admission and pencil, 1-5pm
Bruce Museum
Free admission 10am-5pm
Greenwich Historical Society
Free admission, 12-4pm + tours

Norwalk Historical Society
Free admission 12-4pm.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Free admission 12-5pm
Keeler Tavern Museum
Free admission, 1-4pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Free admission for first 100 visitors, 9-5pm
Westport Arts Center
10-12; 1-3pm: discounted kids art workshop
Westport Historical Society
Open 12-4pm+10% discount in store


Joan Garry, Principal at Joan Garry Consulting ("widely known as the Dear Abby of nonprofit leadership") writes in her blog on How to Make Your Donors Fell like a Million Bucks  - or how to build donor love. Joan illustrates two types of requests - those are "sticky" because you make real contact and start and continue to develop a relationship and those that are not. She repeats as her mantra that all donors "feel like a million bucks when they give to causes that are deeply meaningful to them." In other words you absolutely have to make the deep connection - find the love. It's so obvious but somehow it isn't the way most people ask for money. The key is to make any gift come to life - by connecting the donor with the result of their gift. Her final message: "Please don’t be afraid or anxious about asking for money. Just ask. If we can’t give, we’ll tell you. And if we do give, please figure out a real and tangible way to bring the work to life for us, not just so that we see the specific need it fills – but also to remind us of the better world your organization helps to create with our support."


Optimizing your website for your customer doesn't have to mean a complete redesign. In a webinar now released by Americans for the Arts, Winning Websites, you can learn  how people interact with websites as well as examine case studies of successful design to help you adjust your website for maximum usability. You'll also learn what Google Analytics data you should be looking at regularly to determine the efficacy of your website. If you are planning to embark on a website design project, this session will give you a great place to start to build your site right from the beginning. You'll walk away with useful knowledge and concrete takeaways that you can implement right away on your website. In this webinar, participants will learn:
* How to make website layout more effective
* What Google Analytics data is key
* How to create an optimized landing page.
The webinar is designed and led by Ceci Dadisman, "a chronic early-adopter, with a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create meaningful arts experiences." Her Curated Arts Experience focuses on collecting real-world case studies about how organizations around the world are using technology to engage the participant or enrich the experience at an arts event. Register here ($35 for non-members of AftA).

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts (CFA) seeks a Director. The CFA supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater, and art and art history, student groups, and other University departments, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middle-town, and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student recitals to faculty productions, touring productions, and curated exhibitions. Comprised of an eleven building complex together with additional gallery, theater, and dance spaces, the CFA presents nearly 300 events per year. CFA programs reach an on- and off-campus audience of over 40,000 per year in five performance spaces and two galleries. The Director oversees a staff of ten full-time and six part-time staff members, reports to the Associate Provost, and works closely with the Dean of the Arts & Humanities. In addition to its programming mandate, the CFA works to elevate the arts as a means of teaching and learning, by integrating the arts into all aspects of campus life through interdisciplinary collaborations such as the Creative Campus Initiative and the Riverfront Encounter Festival. The CFA also oversees the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, a graduate program in performance curation. The Director oversees a staff of ten full-time and six part-time staff members, reports to the Associate Provost, and works closely with the Dean of the Arts & Humanities. Full details and application procedure here.

Fusion Academy seeks a creative, passionate part-time High School Art Teacher to teach various art techniques at its Fairfield campus. Fusion teachers seek to work with peers who share values like open communication, forward thinking, and compassion. Fusion is growing rapidly and offers considerable opportunity for career advancement. Fusion is a comprehensive, private, middle school and high school, and a full-service tutoring facility. Some Fusion students exhibit special learning needs such as ADHD, LD, and emotional difficulties. Other students may be accelerated learners or need flexible scheduling. All Fusion classes and tutoring are conducted one-to-one. Fusion is a unique academic program offering services year-round on a rolling admissions basis. High School Art Teacher Responsibilities:  This High School Art Teacher provides a dynamic experience to our students and helps to foster students’ creativity in growing their art skills in different mediums such as paint, pencil, charcoal, and more. The candidate must be prepared to: teach and tutor material at a high-school level immediately; mentor students and provide guidance in their studies; monitor and enhance academic programs for students; create and execute exciting lesson plans that connect with students; and participate in and contribute to a vibrant staff culture. For full details and application procedure, click here.
THE KLEIN is looking for some volunteer ushers to supplement its growing call list. The Klein is home to many, varied events from concerts, galas, and dance competitions to recitals, graduations and much more! If you are interested please feel free to email your information and experience to or call (800) 424-0160 x 2
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
Intake Organization: P/T Office Manager
Lyman Allyn Art Museum: Director of Education
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
Wesleyan university Center for the Arts: P/T Program Coordinator
Yale School of Drama/Yale Rep: Properties Assistant

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June 13: Spotlight on Arts & Culture Interview Show, WPKN, 89.5FM
June 15: NEH: Chronicling America Contest Deadline
June 17: Arts Marketing Survey Deadline (win $50!)
June 17: NEFA Creative Economy Network Meeting, Art Research, 8:30-11:30am
June 17-19: Westport Art About Town: Buy Art, Benefit Cultural Alliance
June 30: Aaron Copland Fund: Performance Program Application Deadline

July c1: Museum Assessment Program Application Deadline
July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Deadline (for events post-Sept. 1)
July c1: Registration Deadline for COA HOT Schools Summer Institute
July 11-15: COA HOT Schools Summer Institute
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

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

Oct. c1: Grammy Foundation: Music Research and Preservation Grants LoI due
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