Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - March 17, 2017

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
March 31, 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
Come join us for the 7th stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour 2016-17. Help celebrate browngrotta arts' 30th anniversary with Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta during their once-a-year, 10-days-only, Art in the Barn exhibition, Still Crazy After All These Years at their barn/home in Wilton. Eighty-two artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America and the UK will participate, and they have provided extraordinary work, including wall works, art textiles and indoor and outdoor sculptures to honor this milestone.  Find out more and register here.
Cultivating Collectors First Panel with four gallery owners (l to r): Fernando Luis Alvarez, Eric Ben-Kiki, Fred Giampietro and Amy Simon. At right, moderator Martha Lewis.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County continues its partnership with the Silvermine Arts Center in the second panel in its series on the theme of Cultivating Collectors: The Landscape of Collecting to be held Thurs. April 26, 6pm at Silvermine. This second discussion will focus on the education of collectors: what the best sources are for information about trends and rising artists; what to look for in artists’ resumes; how to develop and trust one’s own eye; how to gauge an investment, and more. The panel of speakers will represent the points of view of a contemporary art museum director, a collector, an investment adviser, an artist, and a commentator. Register here.
Save the Date of Weds. June 7 for the Cultural Alliance's second Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast, to be held at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk. Special Guest Speaker will be Broadway star Kelli O'Hara. Awards will be given in the following categories: Corporate, Artist, Nonprofit, Educator and Citizen. 
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Executive Director: Stuart Adelberg

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC) builds community and improves lives by partnering with low-income families, community volunteers and donors to build decent and affordable homes in stable and welcoming neighborhoods. It has built over 200 homes in Fairfield County and helped over 1,000 family members since it was established in 1985. It is also a construction company with a green focus, a family services agency, a non-profit financial institution, an affordable housing advocate and a community service project provider for thousands of people each year. Among the many cultural events it produces to further its mission are: an annual Benefit at the Fairfield Theatre Company Warehouse; Gourmet Tasting event featuring foods from local restaurants; and more. See its website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Executive Director: Robert Bria

Founded in 1985, Musicals at Richter (MAR) is Connecticut's longest-running outdoor theater, producing 3 main stage musicals each summer and offering youth musical theater workshops and productions. Nestled in the hills of Western Connecticut, and located on the grounds of the scenic Richter Arts Center in Danbury, MAR draws performers and audience members from across Connecticut and eastern New York for very special evenings under the stars. The Richter Arts Center stage has served as the scenic backdrop for over 80 musicals produced by MAR, as well as proving to be a professional springboard for hundreds of up-and-coming performers. Performances are given on weekends at the Richter Arts Center (next to the Richter Park Golf Course), 100 Aunt Hack Road, in Danbury. See MAR's website and Facebook page


Music Minister: Scott Toperzer

St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield was founded in 1725 by Samuel Johnson of Stratford, who first came to Ridgefield to establish a mission to be known as the First Society of Ridgefield, Church of England. The anniversary of the founding of Saint Stephen’s occurs on the first Sunday of July when the church’s 18th-century pewter chalices are on display and the morning lessons are read from an 
18th-century Prayer Book, with a prayer offered to King George II. Ridgefield’s first settlers were mostly Congregationalists, and the Congregational Church was the established church of the colony of Connecticut. However, at least one of Ridgefield’s first families was Anglican, and by the time of the Rev. Johnson’s arrival there were enough Anglicans here to warrant his efforts. The first church building was completed in 1740, burned down by the British on April 28, 1777. A lar­ger, church building was completed by 1791 and a third church opened in 1841. The present church building was consecrated in 1916. The music program at St. Stephens is very active, presenting concerts not only from the chorus and orchestra of the church but also from visiting musicians. See St. Stephen's website and Facebook page

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CITY LIGHTS celebrates its 13th anniversary with a ribbon cutting Thurs. April 6, 5:30-7:30pm at its new home at 265 Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport. City Lights will be joining fellow community-based arts organizations, the DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE and NEW ENGLAND BALLET COMPANY, turning the location into a Downtown Bridgeport arts anchor. At right Executive Director, Suzanne Kachmar hanging a quilt in her new space. Read CT Post story here.
MUSIC FOR YOUTH  orchestrated a visit March 26 by 33 students from the High Horizons and Multicultural Magnet Schools in Bridgeport to the Weston Middle School to participate in a day-long workshop with the 8th-grade Weston Middle School orchestra and the Haven Quartet. MFY also visited a 5th-grade class at Blackham School on March 22 for ARTS COUNT DAY to talk about the impact of music and the arts in our lives. MFY director Misty Beyer discussed the life skills the study of music brings to the table, including: goal setting, discipline, attention, focus, being observant, becoming better listeners, community building and creative exploration. Misty writes: "We all agreed that music brings great joy, color and creativity to our lives!"
Congratulations to Janet Lindstrom, retiring director of the NEW CANAAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY for winning the Janet Jainschigg Award for Preservation Professionals made by the CT Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust's citation reads: "During Janet Lindstrom’s tenure, the society often advocated for preservation of the town’s historic resources. In particular, the society was a leading advocate for New Canaan’s unique collection of post-World War II Modernist houses." Attend the award ceremony at PEQUOT LIBRARYApril 13.
The NORWALK ARTS COMMISSION and ROWAYTON ARTS CENTER are again partnering to celebrate SLOW Art Day, an international program that has grown from 16 museums and galleries in 2009 to more than 190 worldwide in 2016, with the goal of "helping more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art." For 2017, Riad Miah, award-winning New York artist and educator, will lead participants in a conversation about artwork he judged for the Rowayton Art Center's Abstraction – Abstracts exhibit (Sat, April 8, 10am-12pm). The SLOW art experience offers an intimate, guided look at just a few pieces, along with engaging dialog over light refreshments ($5; sign up here). 
RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE is welcoming Mary McCarty-Mogil as its new director of development. She will lead her team to focus on donor development, sponsorship programs and community partnerships. Before joining the Playhouse, Mary spent more than 20 years in the financial services arena in Ridgefield: as branch manager at HSBC and then at First Niagara. Mary commented: “This is a great opportunity to work with a talented group of people in a community I love.”
Congratulations to the FERGUSON LIBRARY in Stamford for winning a CT Trust Connecticut Preservation Merit Award. The citation states: "After fire damaged its portico, leaders of this early-20th-century library considered replacing the columns with off-the-shelf fiberglass. In the end, they chose instead to repair and restore the columns, entablature, roof parapets and doors, returning a signal building to its historic appearance."  Attend the award ceremony at PEQUOT LIBRARYApril 13.
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The CT Office of the Arts has announced the recipients of the FY17 Connecticut Arts Endowment. One hundred and fourteen (114) grants were awarded totaling $397,354. The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) was established by the State of Connecticut to stimulate the development of private sector funding and help stabilize arts institutions. Interest earned on the Fund’s principal is distributed annually to Connecticut non-profit arts organizations that have received a minimum of $25,000 in contributions in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources. Grant awards are calculated based on a formula that rewards those organizations reporting a substantial increase in the amount of private sector contributions received during the prior year. Organizations may use funds for capital projects, operations, programming or to build their own endowments. This year ended the downward spiral of decreasing interest earned off of the endowment. In 2010 the interest of $852,200 was shared by 95 applicants. Each subsequent year the interest has declined: last year the interest earned was $385,301, shared by 130 applicants. This year, the amount of interest increased for the first time, to $397,354, shared by 114 applicants. Amounts received ranged from a minimum of $500 to $28,540. Institutions receiving over $28,000 included The Bruce Museum, The Bushnell and the Florence Griswold Museum. See the list of recipients by town here.

The Rainin Foundation has launched a new online resource to showcase an innovative solution that can help secure permanent, affordable spaces for arts nonprofits. The Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy uses real estate holding companies to work with multiple partners to purchase real estate on behalf of arts organizations.The solution is allowing arts organizations to secure below-market leases with an option to purchase their buildings. And now the Foundation has made this model replicable with their new, interactive website. Click here for more information. Click on image below to download an infographic, explaining the process.
MAY 30

The Federal Register has just announced a new Dept of Education Professional Development Grant for Arts Educators: “The Professional Development for Arts Educators grant (PDAE) specifically supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff in the areas of music, dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts, for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) in which 50 percent or more of the students are from low-income families." This is the first Arts in Education program competition under the Every Student Succeeds Act and up to $7.1 million is available for PDAE grants that will be awarded this summer. Intent to Apply Deadline: April 27; Application Deadline: May 30, 2017. Here are key links to the announcement and other relevant information about the competition:
General information on the new competition
Applicant Information and Eligibility
Federal Register announcement


National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for its 2017 Creative Community Fellowship program for innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Guided by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows will gain the tools, skills, and networks they need to activate ideas that transform their communities. In 2017, twenty-five fellows with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem they want to solve in their communities will be invited to join the program. The program brings cultural entrepreneurs together for a week of learning and fostering connections. All fellows will connect online as a single community, sharing monthly updates on their projects’ progress and providing feedback on others’. They also will be invited to use the online space to share project pitches and get peer feedback. Following the feedback sessions, fellows will have the opportunity to create a crowdfunding campaign to support their projects. To be eligible, applicants must be a cultural entrepreneur who is curious, open, and collaborative and dedicated to improving his or her community. All applications must be received no later than April 23, 2017. Information here

All nominations for the Governor's Tourism Awards are due April 7. These five prestigious tourism industry awards will be presented at the 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism, May 4. The awards:
2017 Tourism Leader of the Year
Know a committed, talented individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership inspiring others? Nominate.  

2017 Tourism Rising Star
Is there a rising star in your organization — someone who has joined the industry within the last 5 years and is already making a difference? Nominate.

2017 Tourism Legacy Leader
Help us recognize someone whose exemplary leadership and distinguished service has been instrumental in the growth of the state’s travel and tourism industry in the past 25 years. Nominate

2017 Tourism Partners of the Year
Tell us about two or more separate organizations who are working together on initiatives to drive visitors/revenues to Connecticut. Nominate 

2017 Tourism Volunteer of the Year
Help reward either an individual or a group of individuals who exemplify the positive impact volunteers can have on the success of Connecticut’s travel and tourism initiatives.

Register for the Governor's Tourism Conference Here. Just $99.
JUNE 8-9

The early registration deadline for the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) is coming up on April 14. It's time to secure your spot at the biennial networking event for New England leaders engaged in cultural economic development. Here are NEFA'S top 5 reasons for you to attend:
1. Workshops - where else can you learn about successful arts and real estate partnerships, neighborhood revitalization projects centered around arts and culture, and creative workforce development for artists and makers with disabilities?
2. Networking - swap business cards with leaders from arts, local government, urban planning, and economic development
3. Large group sessions - including an interactive keynote with David Grant on how to assess your impact
4. Celebrate the creative sector - be the first to hear findings from NEFA's report about New England creative economy employment and toast the region's creative enterprises, artists, and creative workers at the reception
5. New London, CT - hear how strong partnerships fuel their creative economy and experience it for yourself with evening activitie.
REGISTER TODAY $100 through 4/14 ($150 after). Connect with peers, exchange ideas, and build your network at NEFA's biennial CCX! The workshops share the successful strategies of creative entrepreneurs, city planners, small businesses, and the arts sector that provide actionable tools that you can execute to strengthen your own communities.  Check out the workshops for CCX 2017 where you will learn about creative economy initiatives from throughout New England. Visit for directions, carpool signup, and hotel discount information.
May c4: Governor's Conference on Tourism, Hartford.
May 18: CT State Historic Preservation Office Conference. UConn, Storrs. Free.
June c5: CT League of History Organizations Conference, Meriden. Registration in April.
June 8-9: Creative Communities Exchange, New London. Early Bird 4/14
June 16-18: Americans for the Arts. San Francisco. Early Bird 4/12

AMS Planning & Research Corp., a leading national arts consulting practice with offices in Southport, CT and Sacramento, CA, is seeking a qualified professional for full-time employment as a Project Manager. You will join a team of “thought leaders,” serving the arts and entertainment industry, including professional management consultants and researchers serving arts centers, producers, presenters and service agencies across North America and, occasionally, around the world. Responsibilities of all AMS team members include: Undertaking industry and customer research, data analysis and visualization,
supporting project planning for arts facility projects, and strategic planning and market analysis, industry and operations analyses for arts centers, producers and presenters as well as industry service organizations and foundations. Desired Qualifications include: a minimum of three years’ experience in consulting or employment in a producing or presenting organization, an arts service organization or an arts center or museum; an advanced degree in business or arts administration is preferred. Planning, facilitation and project management experience is desired; excellent written and verbal communication skills are a prerequisite of both positions. Candidates will be asked to provide samples of relevant work, as well as professional and personal references. Strong analytical and interpersonal skills are essential. AMS’s team and client base is diverse and ease of engagement across disciplines and cultures is important. An interest in learning; pursuing ground-breaking ideas and engaging in new experiences is crucial to success. Salary is competitive and commensurate with position and experience. Excellent benefits are available. Please send a letter of interest and resume by email to No phone calls, please. For complete information click here.

The Bruce Museum seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications, a position that supervises the Manager of Digital Media and part-time Assistant to Marketing and Public Relations, in addition to interns and volunteers as needed. Responsibilities will include: Develop/implement strategic and dynamic marketing plans for all exhibitions/programs/events; write clear briefs to design marketing materials for print/digital advertising & promotions; oversee planning/implementation of social media campaigns and other AV projects, together with Manager of Digital Media and in accordance with overall marketing plan; conduct marketing research and compile comprehensive related analytics; provide strong leadership in conveying the Museum’s identity/mission to its diverse constituency and the general public with a focus on audience growth; foster existing relationships with media contacts at the local, regional, national and international levels; write press releases, organize press conferences, produce media kits; track/maintain all media content placements/contacts; serve as the public face of the Museum at Museum-related events, both in-house and throughout the community; support integration/use of new CRM system; develop/oversee use of institutional style guide for new visual identity in conjunction with lead designer; work with Membership Department to revamp Membership program for the future; negotiate contracts with vendors and distributors for effective marketing campaigns and long-standing partnerships; work closely with colleagues and volunteer leadership to develop and convey the Museum’s identity/mission.For qualifications and application process, click hereNo phone calls, please.

The Klein in Bridgeport, a non-profit performing arts center seeks a part-time box office and marketing manager at. This position manages all box office activities, including operation of online ticket system, phone and in-person ticket sales, preparation of reports, data collection and analysis of trends. As marketing manager the candidate will create digital and print advertising layouts and campaigns, prepare bi-weekly e-blasts, manage website and all marketing materials on social media. This job requires excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to create the most positive experiences for the theater’s patrons and clients. Minimum three years experience in related fields required. Those interested should send resumes and at least 2 professional references to the attention of the Executive Director at: The Klein/910 Fairfield Avenue/Bridgeport, CT 06605 or by email at:

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir is accepting applications for the position of Conductor of the FCCC Concert Choir, the third-level group made up of 95-100 children in grades 5-12, for the 2017-2018 season. This group has performed with area choirs and orchestras, and at Carnegie Hall three times in the past four years. FCCC seeks an individual with a passion for music, outstanding musicianship and excellent interpersonal skills. This conductor also conducts the combined choirs of the FCCC (300+ children) at various times throughout the season. Rehearsals take place in Fairfield on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm (Sept-May). Additional rehearsal time is scheduled on an as needed basis. There are 4-8 concerts per season. The FCCC Concert Choir Conductor reports to the FCCC Music Director. Qualifications include: a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music, music education, conducting, etc.; outstanding musicianship; quality vocal model; piano keyboard skills (accompanist will be provided); experience with high quality repertoire; outstanding communication skills; ability to work as a member of a team. For complete job description, click here. 
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager   
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
April c5: USArtists International: Application Deadline for Tours 7/1/17-6/30/18
April 13: NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Award Application Deadline
April 23: National Arts Strategies: 2017 Creative Community Fellowship Deadline
April 27: DoE: Arts Educator Professional Development Grant: Letter of Intent

May 18: SHPO Conference, Preservation in a Changing Environment - UConn, Storrs
May 30: DoE: Arts Educator Professional Development Grant: Application Deadline

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

July 13: NEA: Art Works Deadline

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