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ORGANIZATIONS' NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
March 17, 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
"We are disappointed [by the President's budget blueprint] because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation."
Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
CONTENTS
OUR NEWS
❖ Jennifer Bangser Leaves the Cultural Alliance
❖ Creative Spaces: Report Out (and check the videos!)
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: Southport - March 23
❖ Cultivating Collectors - March 30
❖ Looking for Space or Have Space to Rent? Check out SpaceFinder Connecticut
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Margaret Bodell, Colorblends House and Spring Gardens, Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method, Town of Stratford 
+ List of all Members by Town

YOUR NEWS
 News from Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport Public Library, Bruce Museum, CT Trust for Historic Preservation, The Klein, Norwalk Historical Society, Silvermine Arts Center,  Stamford Symphony, Westport Historical Society and Westport Woman's Club

OTHER NEWS
❖ The Trump Budget: Statement from NEA
 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: Fact v. Fiction
❖ National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: Five Essential Arts Arguments
❖ CT On the M.O.V.E. March Needs Arts Representatives - March 26
❖ CT Places Coalition: Advocacy Rally, Hartford - March 29

FUNDING
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Project Grants - March 22
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Regional Initiative Grants - March 22

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
❖ Fairfield County SCORE: Copyright Basics - March 20
❖ Aldrich Museum Summer Institute: Text + Context - June 27-30

JOBS
❖ Aldrich Museum: Education Programs Assistant
❖ Bruce Museum: Membership Manager; Also Communications Director
❖ Judy Dworin Performance project: Director of Community Engagement
❖ Philip Johnson Glass House: Visitor Center/Design Store Associate


OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
JENNIFER BANGSER LEAVES CULTURAL ALLIANCE
We are sorry to announce that Jennifer Bangser, our Director of Marketing and Public Relations, has moved on. We wish her all the best in her future career. Marketing and FCBuzz-related questions, for the time being, should be addressed to David Green: david@culturalalliancefc.org.
CREATIVE SPACES MEETING REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
A complete 23-page report and a 5-page executive summary are now available on the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy conference. Video recordings of each of the sessions, and presenters' slides are also available. Key findings are being taken up by working groups. Email David Green to be kept up-to-date on working-group meetings.
PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: SOUTHPORT - MARCH 23
Come join us for the 6th stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour 2016-17 at Southport Galleries. Join owner Sissy Biggers, director Jennifer Cargill, and curator Philip Eliasoph, in this century-old worn-with-time historic space, nestled within Southport’s picturesque village. Enjoy Kim Romero’s current show, Prelude to Spring: Emerging Color: "visually tactile and painterly pieces that illicit feelings and emotional triggers," together with the work of Katy Ferrarone, a Singapore-based contemporary artist who grew up in Fairfield County, with her Mind Maps series: each canvas a "reflection of fleeting thoughts, a map where her mind travels in the moment."  Find out more and register here.
CULTIVATING COLLECTORS KICKS OFF MARCH 30
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is partnering with the Silvermine Arts Center to produce a series of events on the theme of Cultivating Collectors. Recognizing the need to develop and cultivate art collectors in our area, and to help further establish the credibility of Fairfield County as a strong arts and cultural community where art is created, discussed, enjoyed, bought and sold, we are co-producing a series of panel discussions, culminating in an art fair in the late spring. The series kicks off March 30 at Silvermine with a State of the Union panel review of the state of the business of art collecting and art sales locally and nationally with a panel of local gallerists: Fernando Luis Alvarez, Fred Giampietro, and Amy Simon. The panel will be moderated by Martha Lewis, artist, curator-in-residence at New Haven's Institute Library, educator and radio host. Aimed at fellow gallerists, collectors and artists, the discussion will review the field, recent developments, the challenges and issues of working locally versus in New York, nationally and internationally. Register here. Free to all.
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
MARGARET BODELL

Margaret Bodell is a nationally recognized consultant specializing in placemaking and creative economy initiatives, especially involving people who have few outlets for expression and/or contribution to their local communities. She was selected as one of the top 20 executive leaders in the arts attending the leadership forum held in Sundance, Utah, hosted by Robert Redford and Americans for the Arts in 2014. Margaret is known in the northeast region for initiating and managing Project Storefronts for the City of New Haven, which became a national model for space reuse, and which was awarded the first Creative Economy Award in 2011 by the New England Foundation for the Arts as well as an award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. With the CT Office of the Arts, she co-authored a winning 2013-2014 Artplace grant for $500,000—the only state-wide grant awarded by the organization—for CreateHereNow, a statewide space reuse program that emphasized mentoring community leadership and space reactivation in thirteen cities and towns in the State of Connecticut. Margaret’s background includes pioneering work in the field of engagement in the arts for persons of all abilities. She consults on the development of studios, galleries and creative social venture businesses nationwide. Her projects include Pure Vision Arts (NYC), LAND Gallery (Brooklyn), GROW Arts (Chicago); Uarts (CT), East Street Arts (CT) and, currently, SoCCA Southington Community Cultural Arts (CT) a new model art center specializing in "all access" opportunities for persons to create and earn income. Margaret’s current project as a community based artist won a REGI Grant from the Office of the Arts, through the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Save the Singers is a community-mending project exploring the history of textiles in Fairfield County, and refurbishes vintage Singer sewing machines—bringing back the history, craft and cultural contributions. See Margaret's collaborative website, her Facebook page and Twitter feed.
COLORBLENDS HOUSE 
AND SPRING GARDEN

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Tim Schipper
Manager: Jackie Barrett

The Colorblends House & Spring Garden is open to the public at 893 Clinton Ave, Bridgeport, from April 1 through mid-May, with a stunning display of spring flowers and a pop-up gallery of art by Fairfield County artists. COLORBLENDS  is a third-generation wholesale bulb merchant offering top-sized flowerbulbs directly to professionals and ambitious residential gardeners. Schipper & Company started in the Netherlands in 1912. Cornelis Schipper brought the company to the United States after World War II, taking Dutch bulbs from customer to customer in his business coupe. His son, Tim, carries on the family tradition. What's new are Colorblends: pre-blended mixtures of tulips that combine varieties for "a jaw-dropping, car-stopping" spring display. In 2013, Tim bought this 1903 house on Clinton Ave and started restoring it to its former glory. Built for Albert S. Wells, general superintendent of the Bridgeport Malleable Iron Company, and set among other beautiful houses in the Stratfield historic district in Bridgeport, the house has also served as architects' offices, and a doctor's home. From April 1, the House, where Michael J. Clocks is artist in residence, will be open, featuring the works of ten Fairfield County artists. The spring garden is located on the south side of the house and occupies about half an acre. More than 40,000 flowerbulbs have been planted since fall 2014. These plantings, the handiwork of Dutch designer Jacqueline van der Kloet in collaboration with COLORBLENDS, are designed to show what is possible with bulbs. The garden also shows how you can attract birds, bees and other wildlife to your yard. See website,  Facebook page and Twitter feed.
EWALD SUZUKI 
GUITAR METHOD

Annalisa Ewald has been teaching classical guitar to young children in Fairfield County for over twenty years. She has been a Suzuki Association of the Americas guitar teacher since 1997. She offers her Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method of Suzuki classical guitar lessons at St. Paul's on the Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk and has just opened her second studio in Stamford at Gordon Fine Arts, at the Stamford Town Center mall. Suzuki, for those who don’t know, is a disciplined yet enjoyable method involving parent, child and teacher in a cooperative musical journey. Children learn to play guitar in a supportive environment that enhances lifeskills as they master the guitar and become musicians. Annalisa’s performance degree in classical guitar was earned at Bard College, with studies at the San Francisco Conservatory and St. John's College, Annapolis. As a performer, Annalisa is admired for "her crisp imagery and crafting of sonic landscapes," and her CD, Annalise Ewald Live at the Factory Underground reached No. 8 on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart. See Annalisa's personal and business websites, her Facebook and Twitter feed.
TOWN OF STRATFORD

Mayor: John A. Harkins

Founded by English Puritans in 1639 as Pequonnocke, the Town of Stratford had changed its name by 1643 to honor the English town of Stratford-upon-Avon. By the time of the 2010 census, it had a population of 51,384. It has a long history in in aviation, the military, and theater. Located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River it has long viewed its waterfront as an important natural resource, with the deep water harbor of neighboring Bridgeport providing docking and terminal facilities for domestic and overseas shipping and ferry passenger service to Long Island. Stratford’s long association with the aviation industry started in 1939, when Russian immigrant, Igor Sikorsky, successfully flew the first helicopter at his Stratford-based aircraft plant. More than a half-century later, Sikorsky Aircraft, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, still designs and produces state-of-the art military and commercial helicopters at its factory on Stratford's north side. Stratford is host to a variety of cultural attractions from the soon-to-be-revitalized Shakespeare Theatre to Boothe Memorial Park, a municipally-owned park and museum, showcasing an assortment of architecturally-unique structures and vast collection of Americana. Stratford has nine properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The diversity of Stratford's natural resources is as rich as its cultural heritage, ranging from the 250-acre, town-owned Roosevelt Forest to the Great Meadows Salt Marsh, one of the largest unditched salt marshes remaining in New England and now a portion of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. See the Town's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
YOUR NEWS
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
CONNECTICUT'S BEARDSLEY ZOO has received a $5,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to support the Zoo’s teen program, Explorers. The program is designed to inspire and motivate teens looking for a hands-on Zoo experience. The Explorers investigate zoo careers, from greenhouseman to zoo director, including animal care, development and marketing, and visitor services. Open to teenagers ages 14-18, members attend career workshops, take part in job shadows, develop a public presentation, and create a year-end project. CONGRATULATIONS!
BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY (BPL) welcomes back Bernadette Baldino. Growing up in Bridgeport's Italian working-class North End, Bernadette worked at BPL for 27 years, working her way up the ranks to become Assistant City Librarian for the system. She then moved to direct the Easton Public Library, in 1995, just as it was taking on a new building. She now returns to BPL as Interim City Librarian. We wish her the best. Read more...
The BRUCE MUSEUM will recognize the contributions of 9 distinguished figures in the art world at 8th annual Icon Awards in the Arts ceremony on April 6. The Museum is honoring two NYC Artists, Richard Haas and Philip Pearlstein; art collectors, Rick and Monica Segal; art historian, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann; leader of the art trade: David P. Tunick; museum professional, Joseph J. Rishel; and patrons of the arts: Deborah and Alan Simon. The benefit event will be held at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich. The public is invited to attend and enjoy a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm followed by the awards ceremony at 6:30 pm. Reservations may be made here.
The CT TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION is holding its annual awards ceremony in two locations across the state. First, at the Keeney Cultural Center in Wethersfield, and then at our own PEQUOT LIBRARY on Thurs. April 13, 6-7:30pm (preceded by a reception with cash bar, at 5:30pm). Winners will be announced at the ceremony. You can reserve your tickets here.
THE KLEIN is adding another dimension to its Footsteps of Peace concert April 28, honoring civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, with an essay contest for middle-school and high-school students. Students write a 1-page essay on: "What does freedom really mean to you, and how can we get there as a country and as a society?"  Prizes of a $100 scholarship + a pair of tickets + showcasing their essay during the concert will be awarded (2 to the middle schoolers and 2 to the high-school winners). Essays should be sent by April 7 to:  laurence@theklein.org.
NORWALK HISTORICAL SOCIETY mailed more then 100 cards to the non-profit group, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, to be distributed to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. The uplifting cards for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses were created at the Society's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event Sun. Jan. 15, 2017 at the Society's Museum building. Two classes from Rowayton Elementary School also participated in the event.
As SILVERMINE ARTS CENTER moves towards its 100th anniversary, it is taking stock, reflecting on and celebrating current Guild members who helped shape what Silvermine is today. Complementing its current exhibition, The Legacy of Silvermine: Artists, Art, and Community, Silvermine hosts a panel discussion, Artist: Creator, Director, Producer, (click for details) this Sun. March 19, 2pm. The discussion is modeled on the Institute for Visual Artists, Silvermine’s influential lecture series that ran from 1985 to 2002 and became an essential program for curators, artists, and teachers in the region. Read More...
The STAMFORD SYMPHONY has announced Our Next Maestro, its 2017-2018 Audition Season. Six Music Director finalists were chosen from nearly 200 worldwide applicants who will conducting the Symphony through the next season. The conductors are (in order of appearance): Lidiya Yankovskaya (Boston New Music Festival), Daniel Hege (Wichita Symphony)Eckehard Stier (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra), David Lockington (Modesto and Pasadena Symphonies), Paul Watkins (English Chamber Orchestra), Rei Hotoda, (Utah Symphony).
The WESTPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY is proud to announce receipt of an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of Historical Organizations, for its educational program Exploring Westport History at the Wheeler House. The program is an annual field trip for all third graders in the Westport public schools. Students are guided through four learning centers to strengthen their visual literacy and critical thinking skills through careful observation of historic spaces and objects. "Winning the merit award was validation for all the hard work and determination everyone at WHS is putting forward," said Education and Programming Director, Nicole Carpenter.
WESTPORT WOMAN'S CLUB  (WWC) has a long tradition of partnering with local artists to generate sales for the artists and funds for local scholarships. WWC is again preparing for its Art Show Fundraiser (April 29-30) featuring multiple works by 14 artists (including many CAFC members). This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of recently deceased legendary local artist Naiad Einsel. The WWC is also celebrating its 110th Anniversary. The show is curated by Miggs Burroughs, and is chaired by Jo Luscombe (both seen to the right).
Now that you have read our NEWS...
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OTHER NEWS                  
THE TRUMP BUDGET
Statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu

Yesterday we learned that the President's FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.

We understand that the President's budget request is a first step in a very long budget process; as part of that process we are working with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prepare information they have requested. At this time, the NEA continues to operate as usual and will do so until a new budget is enacted by Congress.

We expect this news to be an active topic of discussion among individuals and organizations that advocate for the arts. As a federal government agency, the NEA cannot engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly. We will, however, continue our practice of educating about the NEA's vital role in serving our nation's communities.

FACT V. FICTION

A vigorous democracy periodically debates the role of government and the ways the public sector can best support the prosperity and well-being of its citizens. When those questions turn to the role of government in supporting the arts, make sure the discussion is fueled by the facts!
Fiction: Eliminating the arts will help the government balance its budget
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Fact:
The arts return $22.3 billion in revenue to federal, state, county and municipal governments. A strong arts sector makes it easier for our government to balance its books. 
Fiction: Cutting government arts programs will save a lot of money.
Fact: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) receives a mere 0.004% of the total federal budget, less than 1/2 of one hundredth of one percent. Appropriations to state arts agencies constitute just 0.04% of state general funds expenditures, less than one half of one tenth of one percent. Arts cuts will harm communities without achieving real savings.
Fiction: All Republicans want to cut the arts.
Fact: The last time a Republican President occupied the White House (2001-2008), federal appropriations to the NEA increased by $40 million. Republicans held the majority in both houses of Congress for four of those eight years. Support for the arts is pan-partisan. Republicans and Democrats alike have track records of supporting the arts because they know it's wise economic policy and is popular with constituents.
Fiction: Government support for the arts primarily benefits the urban elite.
Fact: Government arts support ensures that rural communities and low-income groups get their fair share of the educational and economic benefits offered by the arts. 40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods. While 15% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, more than 25% of all state arts agency grants go to these communities. Government arts funding reaches every U.S. congressional district and most state House and Senate districts, too.
Fiction: Arts organizations are dependent on public dollars.
Fact: Government funding is typically a small slice of the funding pie. For instance, funding from state arts agencies composes only 2.1% of total grantee revenue (source: NASAA analysis of annual statistical reports). However, these small investments pack a big punch: arts organizations use public dollars to generate earned income, secure private contributions and leverage local matching funds. Every $1 of NEA support leverages $9 in matching funds.
Fiction: The private sector will fill in if government arts funding is cut.
Fact: A solely private funding model would leave many American communities behind. Philanthropic giving in the United States is geographically disproportional: rural areas receive only 5.5% of all grant making, a figure that has declined over time. It takes a mixture of both public and private funds to realize the full power of the arts for all Americans.

FIVE ESSENTIAL ARTS ARGUMENTS

In addition to their intrinsic impacts, the arts produce positive community outcomes across the United States. Here are five timely reasons that public support for the arts is a good deal for citizens and for government.
1. The arts enrich the American economy.  Small businesses, individual entrepreneurs and innovators are the heart and soul of the American economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis affirms that creative enterprises are a significant part of that equation. Arts and cultural production are growing, providing jobs and tax revenue and generating goods and services in demand by the public. As America enters a new era of international relationships, it's important to note that creative products generate a trade surplus. The United States exports more arts and cultural products and services than it imports, and that's positive for job growth and our nation's overall economy.
2. The arts offer solutions for rural America. Many rural communities were slow to rebound (or haven't yet recovered) from the recession. Arts based economic development strategies offer potent, sustainable advantages while preserving the heritage of rural communities. State arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) make substantial investments in rural areas, boost the capacity of rural communities to improve their futures and help rural leaders pioneer the next generation of rural development solutions.
3. The arts offer cost-effective health treatments that work.  Arts-integrated treatments produce positive clinical outcomes for our active-duty military and veteran populations. The arts help other patient groups, including older Americans, to recover more quickly from procedures, require shorter hospitalizations, take fewer medications, and maintain their mental, physical and social well-being.
4. The arts improve schooling.
Research proves that the arts raise academic achievement because they teach creative thinking, analytical reasoning, effective communication and collaborative work. These competencies pave the way to student success in school, in the workplace and in life.
5. The arts offer a net gain for government. State arts agencies and the NEA operate with modest financial resources, lean staffs and as little red tape as possible. They also are highly responsive to citizens, involving the public in agency oversight, planning and funding decisions. In return, the arts yield $22.3 billion in revenue to federal, state, county and municipal governments. Federal arts funding leverages $9 in matching funds for every $1 granted.

CT ON THE M.O.V.E.
WESTPORT MARCH
NEEDS ARTISTS
MARCH 26

DefenDemocracy, a grassroots organization founded by Westport women in the spirit of the women who marched exactly 104 years ago in Westport for equal rights as men, hopes to gather people from across Southern Fairfield County “to illuminate issues that compromise our democratic institutions, from healthcare to immigration to environmental protection to freedom of the press.” Senator Chris Murphy is the keynote speaker, with others to be announced. The CT on the M.O.V.E. (Mobilize, Organize, Vocalize, Energize) march takes place on Sunday, March 26th at noon, starting at Jesup Green (next to the lower parking lot at the library) and ending at the Veteran's Green in front of Westport Town Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to bring their voices. Most institutions under attack from the current administration are represented (environment, press, legal rights, women's rights, immigration, etc). There is now a call for artists, ready to speak out about the threat to arts funding, to join the march. Bring signs and banners (they make them fast at Staples). Questions: 203-858-9967
STAND UP FOR HISTORY, PRESERVATION & HUMANITIES
MARCH 29

On Wed. March 29, let your state legislator hear your voice as members of Connecticut's heritage, preservation and library community come together for a day of advocacy training, updates on the state budget, visits to legislators, and a Pop Up Exhibit featuring 30+ displays from museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, preservation groups and so much more. Activities include a morning advocacy workshop presented by the New England Museum Association, an afternoon legislative briefing, followed by legislative visits, exhibits and a call to action. The CT Places Coalition believes that the erosion of state investment in humanities, libraries, museums, history, and preservation organizations is a direct threat to what makes our state an attractive place to live and work. We believe that continued public investment in these places is fundamental to Connecticut’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. This year’s Advocacy Day will be presented in partnership with the New England Museum Association. To learn more and to register, click here. 
FUNDING                             
PROJECT GRANTS 
MARCH 22

Project Grants$5,000 to $15,000 for planning and implementation of arts-based projects for CT audiences that engages at least one Connecticut artist. 
Application Guidelines available here.
Key Online Information: here
REGIONAL INITIATIVE 
MARCH 22

Regional Initiative (REGI) Grants: $1,000-$4,000 for small arts-based projects to engage community matter, increasing access to the arts and engaging at least one CT artist
Application Guidelines available here.
Key Online Information: here
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
FAIRFIELD COUNTY SCORE
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
BENNETT LIBRARY
MARCH 20

SCORE (formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives) "Counselors to America's Small Business," is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1964  dedicated to entrepreneur education. The Fairfield County Chapter has 95 volunteer professionals with a broad mix of executive and small business experience. Volunteers include currently employed and retired executives, business owners and community leaders. On Monday March 20, SCORE presents: Copyright Basics for Artists, Photographers and Other Creative Types,  a free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by Ferguson Library, Stamford. It takes place at the Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road,6-8pm. Cliff Ennico, a nationally recognized authority on the legal problems of small business, best known as the former host of PBS MONEYHUNT, will cover the following points:
What is copyright, and why is it important?
What must you do to claim a copyright? 
● Can I use someone else's copyrighted work without permission?
● Am I protected when I post work online? 
 What should I do if I see someone has copied my work without permission?
Free registration required. Register here.
ALDRICH MUSEUM
SUMMER INSTITUTE
TEXT + CONTEXT
June 27-30

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum together with Fairfield University offers a professional development opportunity for K-12 Educators and Creative Professionals: Text and Context: Teaching and Learning through Contemporary Art and the Written Word. It will be held June 27-30, from 10-3pm at The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield. Participants will "investigate the exhibitions on view at The Aldrich as session leaders draw from the ideas posed by contemporary artists, exploring research, data- and text-based work in the galleries, and leading activities and conversations that question our roles as both introspective observers of, and critical commentators about, society and ourselves."  The program will make connections between creativity and learning, and strengthen visual literacy skills and inquiry based teaching methods. Educators will have the opportunity to recharge their imaginations through a range of participatory art-making and writing activities.  For more information and to register, click here.
JOBS                             
ALDRICH MUSEUM
EDUCATION PROGRAMS ASSISTANT

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum seeks an Education Programs Assistant (Assistant) to support the Programs and Education Department in developing and delivering innovative, enriching, and creative strategies for engagement with Pre-K through 12 students and educators, college and university students and educators, and teens. Expanding outreach to these audiences is a critical role for the Assistant. In addition, the Assistant will provide as-needed help with family and adult audience development and programs, and will have the opportunity to generate ideas and content in the programs listed below, as well as across the department. The Assistant will lead gallery tours and programs for students and teachers; will support the efforts to develop exhibition-based tools and resources for teacher and student learning; identify and communicate with teen audiences; and research and support college and university relationships and partnerships. The Assistant will manage The Studio, the Museum’s multi-purpose program and art-making space, including but not limited to developing innovative hands-on projects for visitors of all ages, overseeing materials inventory, and coordinating use of The Studio with colleagues. Resume, writing sample, and 2 professional references should be sent to tmoore@aldrichart.org with the subject line Education Programs Assistant. For full job description, click here.
BRUCE MUSEUM
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER


The Bruce Museum seeks a Membership Manager who reports to the Development Manager/Donor Relations Manager and is responsible for leading the Membership Program through a wide range of acquisition and retention plans, including:
  • manage operations/correspondence
  • compile monthly renewal, upgrade and conversion reports
  • create text for all membership collateral material
  • create/implement strategic membership acquisition opportunities
  • address all concerns/questions of members with efficiency and sensitivity
  • oversee stewardship responsibilities for members
  • oversee design/implementation of retention/conversion strategies and strategic plan for new member recruitment initiatives
  • represent membership interests with other staff/volunteers and alignment with Museum programming
  • design Founding Member programs tied to institutional growth
  • manage/maintain accurate membership records, including timely acknowledgements, revenue reports, mailing lists, member lists and other reports as needed
  • oversee Robert Bruce Circle membership activities and assist with Corporate Leadership Council, including event management
  • oversee membership events.
Qualifications include: Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, Museum Studies, and/or other liberal arts discipline preferred; 5+ years of museum or non-profit experience working with all levels of donors; experience in fundraising and organizing special events; strong interest in the arts preferred. For further qualifications and application instructions, click here.
JUDY DWORIN PERFORMANCE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Judy Dworin Performance Project [JDPP] seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Community Engagement. This position will work closely with JDPP Executive Director, Associate Artistic Director and other members of JDPP's close-knit, action-oriented staff to deepen existing relationships as well as help identify new partners, program participants, and opportunities for financial support of JDPP's three programmatic offerings – Bridging Boundaries, Moving Matters! and The Ensemble. The Director of Community Engagement will expand JDPP's ability to meet its strategic goals, particularly around broadening its visibility, reach and program impact across diverse communities to increase understanding of social issues, build community, and inspire action through the arts. The position will focus on meeting four goals: 1) raising the organization's visibility regionally and beyond as a catalyst for social change; 2) engaging more people and organizations in the agency's mission; 3) expanding the impact of JDPP's arts outreach programs and providing tools and training to bring its residency model to additional schools and prisons; and 4) laying the foundation for organizational and financial stability. For complete job description, click here. A reliable car is a must. Salary range is commensurate with experience. Full-time, 40 hours per week. EOE.
PHILIP JOHNSON 
GLASS HOUSE 
VISITOR CENTER
DESIGN STORE ASSOCIATE

The Philip Johnson Glass House seeks a Visitor Center/Design Store Associate. Reporting directly to the Manager of the Store, interacting closely with the Business Manager and the Manager of Interpretation & Education. This post is responsible for providing initial orientation and excellent client service for all visitors before and after tours, programs, and events and is required to provide interpretation and understanding of design objects in the carefully curated Design Store. Processing retail sales and completing ticket transactions in person and on the phone in a courteous and professional manor. Candidate must demonstrate a collaborative, positive, supportive spirit, while working with all staff members to provide a seamless, warm, welcoming experience for all visitors that exceeds expectations. Other duties include: daily opening and closing of register and Visitor Center; maintenance of visual displays, ensure all supplies and inventory is well stocked keeping store neat and orderly at all times. Some lifting is required for restocking; communicating with Design Store manager when products are running lowprovide assistance during special events and exhibitionsPart-time, seasonal position between 16-32 hours weekly. Requires availability Thurs-Mon from mid/late April through early December, including weekends, holidays, and some evenings. Ideal candidate will have: a degree in an arts related field, i.e. art history, architecture, design, museum studiesoutstanding verbal communication skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment with flexibility and poise; xperience with computers and POS systemsexperience working in a professional retail or museum environment; and must possess a valid driver's license. Send resume and cover letter to dbaharian@theglasshouse.org.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Shubert Theatre, New Haven: Director of Operations & Facilities
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager   
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
MARCH
March 22: COA: Project Grants: Application Deadline
March 22: COA: Regional Initiative Grants (REGI): Application Deadline
March 20-21: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC
March 23: Cultivating Collectors Series: State of the Union panel: Silvermine, 6-8pm
March 26: CT On the M.O.V.E. March: Westport Jesup Green, Noon. 203-858-9967

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 18: SHPO Conference, Preservation in a Changing Environment - UConn, Storrs

JUNE
June 8-9: New England Foundation for the Arts: CCX Conference, New London
June 27-30: Aldrich Museum Summer Institute: Text+Context

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