Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - November 19, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
November 18, 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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
“The reason I'm here is because I had an amazing student-run theater program at my high school. I couldn't tell you what classes I took, but I knew I would get good enough grades so that I could do the play in the fall, the musical in the winter and the student-run plays in the spring. That's how I figured out who I was. To meet friends of different ages, to all work on something together, the values of teamwork, camaraderie, and practice and rehearsal and how long it takes to get something right - those would have served me well in whatever I'd gone into just by virtue of having done them
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Actor, composer, rapper, and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.
❖ Space-Use Summit: Report and Videos coming
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour & Party: Next Stop Stamford - Sat. Nov. 19
❖ Listen to Last Week's Radio Interview: CT Humanities Matter
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Galeria Isadora and LoveArt Gallery & Studio

 News from The Aldrich Museum, The Ballet School of Stamford, Fairfield County Children's Choir, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich International Film Festival, The Klein, New England Ballet, Pequot Library, Stamford Historical Society, The Westport Library and Westport Writers' Workshop

❖ Advocacy Update from CT Community Nonprofit Alliance
Moving Dance Forward: National Dance Project Report
❖ REMINDER: CT Humanities Advocacy Workshop - Mon. Nov. 21
❖ REMINDER: Register Now for Key FCCF Legislative Forums - Dec 7-16

❖ White Barn Theatre Prospects Brighten
❖ Demolition Permits Withdrawn for Stamford Blickensderfer Factory + Houses

❖ Interns Available: Motivated High School Seniors Available for 3-4 weeks in Spring
❖ USArtists International;: Performing Artists & Ensembles Grants - Dec. 1

❖ Arts Council of Greater New Haven: Executive Director
❖ Fred Giampetro Gallery, New Haven: P/T Gallery Assistant
❖ Clyde Fitch Report (NY): Video Correspondent
❖ Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: Marketing Coordinator

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

More than 100 artists, nonprofit workers, business owners, real estate developers and others focused on the issues of finding and accessing better, more affordable spaces for the work we all do. From how to share space and back-office services, to accessing the new SpaceFinder Connecticut database, to using tax credits, zoning and the art of persuasion on sympathetic landlords and developers, and more. Stay tuned for how you can see videos of the sessions next week on YouTube. You can let us know if you want to be part of our follow-up action agenda teams here.

JOIN US tonight for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour - from Greenwich to Stratford. On Sat. Nov 19, 6-9pm, join us for an exclusive, private tour with gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez at his Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (96 Bedford St., Stamford) of works by Eliot Elisofon and Pablo Agudelo. We will also being seen the current show of works by James Gortner, Ground Breakage. Find out more and register for this free tour and party.
If you missed this month's live broadcast of our Spotlight on Arts and Culture live radio program on WPKN 89.5FM, 12-1pm - a lively conversation about the state of the humanities in Connecticut - then please go here to stream a recording of it. Speaking with Jennifer Bangser on The Humanities Matter Now More than Ever were Central CT State University political historian Matt Warshauer and Debra Mecky, Executive Director of the Greenwich Historical Society. We want everyone to be aware of the impact on our communities and heritage of the Governor’s recent cut of all funding for cultural programming by history museums and historic sites, as well as of the ineligibility of humanities' core programs for funding through the Office of the Arts.

A Creative Business Member
Owner:  Isadora Gacel

Galería Isadora was recently opened at 132A Washington Street, Norwalk by Isadora Gacel, a self-taught artist whose work focuses on issues of immigration and portraiture. Her own work has been featured in exhibitions in New York City at The Grady Alexis Gallery and in Connecticut at The Pelham Curtis Gallery, The Betty Barker Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Rowayton Arts Center, and the estate of a private collectors. Born in Spain, Isadora moved to Mexico and then to the United States. The complications and implications of immigration form a core of her work: "a collage of cultures mixed together and torn apart. It encircles a plethora of experiences influenced by immigration, language barriers, culture clashes, relationships, isolation, adversity, desperation, celebration, self-actualization, self-destruction, time and existence." Isadora's gallery specializes in Modern and Contemporary emerging and established artists from Hawaii, NYC, Brooklyn, California, Spain, Mexico and South Norwalk. Isadora has a broad inventory of fine art photography, paintings, and works on paper, mixed media as well as sculpture. Isadora curates her shows with the help of her fellow artists. The gallery sells hangable art, as well as art that you can wear! A percentage of all sales proceeds are donated to The Gacel Horizons Student Scholarship Fund established in December 2015 to celebrate the memory of her brother. This endowed fund offsets the costs of one student in Horizons’ six-week Summer Program each year.  Horizons builds brighter futures for low-income students from Stamford and Norwalk by nurturing potential, cultivating a safe and supportive community, and inspiring individual dreams through academic and enrichment programming. All proceeds from Isadora's own work are donated to Horizons. See Isadora's website, Facebook, Instagram pages and Twitter feed.

A Creative Business Member
Cabell Molina

​The LoveArt Gallery and Studio, 132C Washington Street, Norwalk, was opened by artist Cabell Molina to not only exhibit outstanding work, but to actively foster a supportive local artist community. Cabell is committed to the idea the artist is just as important as the work and is making it a priority not only to exhibit outstanding art, but to foster a supportive local artist community. The gallery has an adjoining studio where artists work on projects and collaborate on ideas as well as teach classes and workshops in a variety of techniques. In addition to cultivating strong relationships with artists, LoveArt is passionate about helping individuals and institutions that are interested in expanding their collections. Cabell says all of the work in the gallery is carefully curated and she maintains a strict “fun art only” policy when making selections. As she sees it, art should be something that brings happiness into your life, makes you smile, or inspires you. Quoting Picasso, “Art washes away from your soul the dust of everyday life,” Cabell is making it her mission to bring in pieces that amuse and excite. She is also determined to offer a wide price range that will enable first-time collectors and those on a budget to experience the cool factor of having original, meaningful art pieces in their homes. Artists represented include our members Trace Burroughs, Bruce Horan, Jahmane, and Liz Squillace. See the LoveArt website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

The ALDRICH MUSEUM has announced a creative partnership with Zipcar. Together they are offering half-price Zipcar membership ($35!) + a $15 driving credit for visitors + two-for-one admission. Current Zipcar members can take a Zip trip to The Aldrich, bring a friend for free, and receive a $15 driving credit for their next trip. Check it out and share with friends.
The BALLET SCHOOL OF STAMFORD has two new board members: Irene Ricci and Paula A. Bell. Irene moved to Fairfield County from Florida in 2010. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and currently works at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the Office of Special Narcotics. Two of her four children dance at the Ballet School. Paula Bell is a long-time Stamford resident, by way of Williamston, NC. She started volunteering at the Ballet School many years ago. She loves art and crafts, helps out with the school’s fundraisers and mentors a group of young girls. A graduate of Sacred Heart University, Paula currently works as Accounts Payable Manager for High Ridge Brands. Above, Paula being honored at 2016 Chefs on Pointe event for her commitment to Arts Education and Children.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY CHILDREN'S CHOIR is proud to be a guest performer at Carnegie Hall in The American Christmas Carol, along with Matthew Morrison, Hayley Westenra, and Melora Hardin on December 1st, along with The Broadway Youth Ensemble, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, The American Christmas Carol Choir and others, The concert benefits Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which celebrates and fosters awareness of those living with autism. FCCC is a community-based choral program with 300 children in grades 4 through 12 from communities in around Fairfield County. 
The GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY has announced its Re-imagine Campaign to dramatically transform its campus, expand and improve its facilities, and enrich its education and preservation programs. Included will be the remaking of a house adjacent to the Bush-Holley House into the railroad hotel and tavern that stood there. Apart from improvements bringing the complex into the 21st Century, including state-of-the art archive facilities, the plan will return the campus to its appearance at the turn of the 20th century, when the Cos Cob art colony colony was at its height. As board chair Davidde Strackbein put it: "This is a Greenwich historic landmark for one reason only. There are many historic houses, but this is the birthplace of American Impressionism in the state of Connecticut.” Having raised $10 million of its $18.5 million capital campaign, the Society is now planning to raise the additional $8.5 million. Anonymous donors have agreed to match dollar for dollar the first $6.75 million. Construction will begin in 2017. More...
GREENWICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has announced the date of its Third Annual Festival: June 1-4, 2017. It has also announced its Call for Entries for the Festival with six prizes for best Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Social Impact , and, new this year: Best CT Short Film. The Best CT Short Film has a reduced submission fee of $20. See details here and in our next Artists Newsletter. 
THE KLEIN announced it has received a $2.65 million state bond award for significant capital improvements to its facilities. Chief sponsor of the legislation was Rep. Ezequiel Santiago. It was endorsed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and supported by Rep. Steve Stafstrom, Mayor Ganim’s administration and other members of the Bridgeport state delegation. Improvements will include: an elevator to transport patrons from the lobby, upgraded audio and lighting systems, a digital projection system, new carpets and safety handrails, and an outdoor digital billboard to announce upcoming attractions. The Klein will also apply a $25,000 grant from the Bridgeport Rotary Club to the purchase of the projection system. All the work is expected to be completed by March 2018. More...
NEW ENGLAND BALLET COMPANY has been teaching dance classes at three public schools in Bridgeport: Waltersville, Barnum and Jettie S. Tisdale Schools, and will culminate the program in a joint production with Bridgeport Public Schools Performing Arts of Nutcracker Our Way on Fri. Dec. 9 at the KLEIN. Dancers from James J. Curiale School will also participate, as a result of a Regional Initiative Grant awarded to the School and Dr. Judy Gross. Nutcracker Our Way incorporates performers from the Ballet Company's classes with special needs children from the Bridgeport Public Schools Arts programming. Children and teens with Autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental differences dance with typically-developing peers and professional ballerinas. The children experience the joy and excitement of performing, while improving social skills, pushing their physical boundaries, making friends, and gaining self-confidence.
PEQUOT LIBRARY recently announced its Volunteer Awards: Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera received the Crane-Wood Book Sale Award for their long-term service for the Library's book sales. Arthur Sesselberg, Jr, was posthumously awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Annual Summer Book Sale, and the Volunteer of the Year Award went to sisters Claire, Madeline, and Emma Langdon (at right) for their work in the Library’s Docent Program and as program leaders for a summer children's workshop. They researched and presented a week-long Medieval Arts Workshop for ages 9 – 12, and gave eight exhibition tours during the year of rare books and manuscripts to visiting school groups. Congratulations to all!
STAMFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY oversaw the historic journey Sat. Nov. 5, of the 1699 Hoyt Barnum House from its downtown location to its new home at the Historical Society - 1508 High Ridge Road. The move is a necessary step in the construction project for the new Stamford Police Station (next to the courthouse). The Historical Society will incorporate the newly located house museum in its revised school education program. The Society has created the social studies program, for grades 2 and 4, with help from a grant from Fairfield County's Community Foundation. The Hoyt Barnum House will also be open to the public starting in the spring of 2017.
The WESTPORT LIBRARY has once again earned “5-Star Library” status from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries. The Library was also granted the 5-Star status in 2013 and 2015. This annual ranking is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community. This year Westport Library was placed in the top 1% of the nation’s public libraries. (Only Greenwich Library shared this 5-star status in Connecticut). The rating is based on data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies. This is the fifth time that the Westport Library has been selected in the nine-year existence of the prestigious award. More...
WESTPORT WRITERS’ WORKSHOP proudly welcomes Julie Sarkissian to its faculty. Julie’s debut novel, Dear Lucy, was long listed for the 2013 Dylan Thomas prize and selected as a Good Housekeeping pick. A graduate of Princeton, Julie won the Francis Leon Paige Award for creative writing, holds an MFA from The New School and has taught at the renowned Sackett Street writing workshops in Brooklyn. Julie’s work has appeared on the Huffington Post, and in Tin House. Julie will teach Introductory & Intermediate Fiction beginning on January 12th. 
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OTHER NEWS                  

In a letter to all members, Gian-Carl Casa, President and CEO of  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance underlines that now the elections are over we need to make sure the winners know how important we are to our communities. The new General Assembly faces significant challenges - chiefly, an expected budget shortfall for 2017-2018 estimated to be as much as $1.3 billion and a shortfall forecasted for the current fiscal year of up to $78 million. While the shortfalls are not a surprise they are bad news -- the current-year forecasts make rescissions likely sooner rather than later. The Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) and Governor's Office of Policy Management (OPM) have just released their
Fiscal Accountability Reports, to be presented to a joint meeting of the Appropriations and Finance Committees Wed. Nov. 30 in the LOB. "State policymakers need to know that nonprofits simply cannot absorb more cuts in program funding, and that more reductions will mean real pain for the people they represent. They should know that nonprofits can help the State bridge its budget gap while maintaining quality services. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations help keep Connecticut an attractive place to live and work - they're our aces in the hole when competing for economic development. Let's keep reminding them of this. We are partners with the State in serving our people and businesses. Please meet with them - have coffee, invite them for breakfast or to tour your facility." 
Preview of the 2017 Legislature
Republicans gained heavily in both houses: Democrats maintained a slim majority (79-72) in House of Representatives while the state Senate is now tied: 18 Democrats, 18 Republicans. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman (D) will break any tie votes. This power shift will result in a number of new dynamics during the 2017 session (such as committee composition, leadership, etc), many of which are unknown at this time.  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance strongly recommends re-connecting with legislators by congratulating them and inviting them to your facility prior to the start of the session. Here are some helpful tools:

The New England Foundation for the Arts has released a comprehensive evaluation of its National Dance Project together with new research about current needs of the dance field. Moving Dance Forward: NEFA’s National Dance Project at 20 & Critical Field Trends, comes on the 20th anniversary of the program. The National Dance Project has grown into an essential part of the artistic landscape in the U.S., investing more than $33 million in funding to artists and organizations to support new work and bring dance into communities across the U.S. In its 20 years, NDP has supported 342 unique artists/ companies and 619 unique dance works that have toured to all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching over 2.7 million audience members. Major findings and trends of significance to the field include: 
● Dance presenters credit NDP support with improving their reputation locally, their knowledge of dance, and enabling them to take risks by introducing new artists to their audiences. 
Data reveals NDP has consistently supported artists of color, but focus group findings speak to continued systemic inequities that exclude some artists and ways NEFA and other grantmakers can further equitable and inclusive grant-making.
Artists tour to an average of six communities for each five-year period of NDP’s grantmaking from 1996-2016, revealing that tour subsidies are a high-impact bulwark to a field-wide decline in touring opportunities over the past two decades. 
Touring is no longer motivated by economic considerations; instead, artists are primarily motivated to tour to connect with new audiences, and organizations cite mission-based commitments and dance’s ability to connect audiences to diverse cultures and ideas.
Artists and organizations value community engagement as an important component of touring and foresee deepening this practice over the next five to ten years.
Said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards, “NEFA has a well-earned reputation as a leader in supporting dance artists and the cultural organizations that present dance to communities across the country. Moving Dance Forward will guide NEFA’s program delivery in the coming five years, and is a resource that we hope will be useful to other stakeholders in the dance sector.”

CT Humanities is working with several partners to form the CTPlaces Coalition, which will encourage citizens to speak up about the erosion of state funding for the Humanities. Participate in our local #CTPlaces advocacy forum and learn how to be most effective when writing to, speaking or meeting with elected office holders: Monday, Nov 21, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Fairfield Public Library. Information and Register here
As reported in Oct. 21 ORGANIZATIONS NEWSLETTER in connection with the release of the Community Wellbeing Index, Fairfield County's Community Foundation is offering a series of Legislative Forums to explore critical findings of the report with legislative leaders and discuss priorities in the upcoming legislative session. This is an opportunity to raise arts and culture concerns and how they intersect with social wellbeing. Please Register to attend ($15):
PRESERVATION NEWS                             

Prospects are brightening for efforts to save the historic White Barn Theatre on Newtown Avenue at Cranbury Road on the Norwalk/ Westport border. A nonprofit group of neighbors, conservationists and New York Theatre figures has become eligible to receive a loan commitment of up to $3.4 million from The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization, to buy the property, reopen the Theatre, and protect more of the watershed and woodland surrounding it from development. By offering the loan, The Conservation Fund has challenged the Lucille Lortel and Waldo Mayo White Barn Foundation to raise an additional $1.5 million and supply donor pledges for $1 million more in order to assure Foundation operations before the sale currently scheduled for February 1, 2017. The Conservation Fund reported that in partnering with the Foundation and the Norwalk Land Trust, it would help preserve the
historic, natural qualities of the property, "which will be protected under a conservation
easement.” An anonymous donor recently pledged $700,000 toward the purchase, but contributions are still urgently needed to close the gap. More information about the White Barn and ways to contribute are here. A press release from the The White Barn Foundation asserts that it has plans "to continue the Theatre’s storied history of providing opportunities for the renowned and soon-to-be-famous to showcase their work while expanding the range of the theatre’s offerings. The Theatre also plans to provide year-round opportunities for Norwalk school children and those in the surrounding towns to study acting, play writing, theatrical music as well as set design and to learn from some of Broadway’s finest." The Norwalk Land Trust, already guardian of five of the fifteen acres, could ultimately be allowed to add seven more acres surrounding the Theatre in conservation status to ensure they will never be developed. The Land Trust earlier obtained a conservation easement for five of the fifteen acres. It was paid for by the State of Connecticut and City of Norwalk. The remaining three acres would continue to use the Theatre and the former home of its founder-producer, the late Lucille Lortel.


Building and Land Technology (BLT), the owner of Stamford South End properties scheduled for demolition has now withdrawn demolition permits in response to actions from representatives from Stamford’s Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program (HNPP), the South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone and other members of the South End community. The groups had requested an injunction with the Connecticut Historic Preservation Council on the demolition of five historic structures, including the factory building that has housed Blickensderfer Typewriters, Schick, and Pitney Bowes, that faces the Stamford Train Station parking deck. BLT owns all five of the properties scheduled for demolition. The Stamford Advocate quoted Jill Smyth, executive director of HNPP, saying "We didn’t feel that BLT had explored any alternatives to demolition …We’re working with the community, and they’re in favor of saving those houses ... they don’t want to see the character of the neighborhood change.” BLT has made preliminary plans to develop an apartment complex and a small park once the lot is cleared. "Our original concern when they applied for demolition was that there were no plans for what would replace these buildings,” Smyth said. "We just wanted to have a discussion about the feasibility of an alternative plan." Now, BLT has responded to the neighborhood's concern about the character of the area being obliterated. However the battle isn't over: 
“We’ve just stopped the clock,” said Wes Haynes of HNPP and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. “This gives us a pause to sit down at the table with BLT and talk about how to preserve the buildings while still allowing BLT to accomplish what they want.” Most of the South End is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, with the historic district covering 177 acres and more than 400 buildings. “The main reason we were able to stop the clock on these demolitions is because these structures are on the National Register,” Haynes said. “Without that layer of protection our fight gets a lot more difficult.”
Now, Haynes and Smyth are assembling a team of structural engineers, environmentalists and real estate experts to survey the five structures.
"If we find these buildings are in good shape, we will report that to BLT and offer suggestions for repurposing or incorporating these structures into a new development,” Haynes said. "On the other hand, if we find they are structurally unsound, we will also be upfront about that and we’ll back off. We just haven’t had this opportunity before.? More...

Want highly-motivated young interns to work for you for free next Spring? Fairfield Ludlowe High School has a thriving arts program and many seniors interested in arts internships. Last year, some 300 seniors had the opportunity to sample the “real world” and gain valuable experience and skills by spending the last few weeks of their senior year out in the workplace thanks to the support of many local and generous community sponsors. Alice Gorman, College & Career Center Coordinator, at Fairfield Ludlowe High School (FLHS) would love to add you to that list. In a nutshell, FLHS interns will spend approximately 3-4 weeks (from mid-May through mid-June) working for 30 hours per week without pay at your internship site. As a Site Sponsor, you will be asked to accept the following responsibilities:
Attend an introductory meeting at your site with the Intern and the FLHS Mentor.
 Create a job description for the FLHS intern
 Provide 30 hours of work and/or job shadowing per week
 Advise and guide the student at the internship site
 Communicate regularly with the FLHS faculty mentor
 Confirm (weekly) that the intern’s required hours have been completed
 Protect the privacy of the student Intern and not share any documents related to the internship or Intern without the express permission for the student and parents
 Attend a reception (if your schedule permits) for Interns, Mentors and Supervisors at FLHS in June (optional).
Interested? Then download this document with further information and an application form. Deadline: December 20.

USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of US based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of US artists. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2017 grant rounds are:
December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018 (Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2016). April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 (Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2017). See FY17 Guidelines, Work Sample Preparation Guide and Budget Instructions.

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven (ACGNH) seeks an Executive Director who will have a strong understanding of and passion for promoting and supporting the arts throughout Greater New Haven. The new leader will support our vibrant arts community through strategic communication, effective partnerships, leveraging existing relationships and networks, and building consensus. ACGNH seeks an individual who will be a catalyst for change. The Executive Director will be a systems thinker and understand the big picture and the Arts Council's role in promoting the arts and arts organizations as essential to a strong region. The new leader will help assess and shape ACGNH's role going forward and will advocate for greater visibility and diversity for the arts, and stabilize and strengthen artists and arts organizations in our region. The new director will bring an informed understanding and perspective to the challenges of supporting and growing member, donor and community relationships. As a catalyst for creative action in response to community issues, ACGNH seeks a new leader who will fully leverage the board and the ACGNH staff to deliver exemplary services for our members and the entire community. Regional advocacy for the arts requires excellent communication skills with donors, legislators, and members. S/he will be an inspiring leader, an effective communicator, a strategic thinker, a problem solver, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. S/he will be a coalition/team builder, well-organized, results-driven, and committed to staff development. The new leader will have a demonstrated ability to achieve what is often a challenging goal – to meet the organization's mission while operating a sustainable business/revenue model. Submit a resume and cover letter by December 15, 2016 to

The Fred Giampietro Gallery (1064 Chapel St, New Haven) seeks a part-time gallery assistantResponsibilities include: Interact with visitors and assist in retail sales, answer phones, and otherwise help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience; maintain gallery and social media sites; assist in gallery inventory/data entry; prepare standard gallery documents; distribute event flyers to designated citywide locations. During openings and other special events the gallery assistant will aid in the set-up and breakdown of the space, photo documenting the event, and assisting guests as needed throughout the evening. As a Gallery Assistant, you will work primarily in the gallery where the art is exhibited or stored. The selected candidate will be trained in proper art handling/storage procedures to keep the art safe from damage. The gallery assistant will also assist with some other gallery business, including but not limited to: preparing the art galleries (moving art, painting/patching walls, other); packing/unpacking works of art for shipping to museum standards; other gallery business as needed. Gallery Assistant performs “opening” and “closing” procedures to makes sure the art is safe, the facilities are fully prepared, and that the gallery and grounds are
clean; move chairs, tables, vacuum and mop gallery floor, clean restrooms, clean windows, and other tasks to help prepare the gallery for visitor and gallery events. Skills required include being highly organized, and personable, with a background in art. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs., climb stairs and ladders, repair and paint walls, and use other tools for preparing the galleries and installing art objects. Computer-literate, including digital photography, retail, web maintenance, database. Excellent interpersonal skills. Email cover letter, resume, and references to: and


The Clyde Fitch Report, a New York-based media company focused on the intersection of arts and politics, seeks a correspondent to appear in and produce online video content. Responsibilities may include covering assigned events or videos on original journalistic topics of the correspondent’s choosing (such as explainers, interviews, etc.). Skills Required: The correspondent should have an excellent on-camera presence and a strong grasp of how arts and politics influence one another. While advanced equipment is not required, the correspondent should have the capabilities to produce and edit highly polished, professional work. Previous journalism experience is not mandatory, as we will be primarily looking for someone with a nuanced and engaging perspective on issues at the center of arts and politics. Correspondents will be compensated for their videos. 
Email a 1-minute video, of the quality you would use in videos you create for us, explaining why you should be a CFR correspondent to: (If you prefer, you may also apply as a team of two.) Please also include a resume and one other video sample of previous on-camera experience. Please include a link to an online portfolio or a portfolio PDF (maximum attachment size is 10 Mbs)


Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is seeking a talented marketing coordinator in its New Haven office to assist in the production of marketing, business development and public relations print collateral and electronic presentations. As an integrated member of the firm's communications department, the coordinator will work collaboratively with the communications team, the senior staff and studio to creatively promote the firm’s portfolio and capabilities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Writing and editing: content for RFQ/RFP submissions, design competitions and interviews with potential clients; press releases; project-related material; preparing award submissions; assisting in interview preparation; assisting in the preparation of materials for publication; collecting information from design teams; organizing and maintaining marketing data, material and press and client lists. The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years of experience in public relations and business development, preferably for an architecture, design, or art-related business. Knowledge of the field of architecture is beneficial. Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work well with a team, the ability to balance multiple projects, meet deadlines and attention to detail are required. This position requires expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; a knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop is desirable. Excellent benefits. Please email resumes to
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
New Canaan Library: Programming Librarian
Pequot Library: Public Programs Manager
Ridgefield Playhouse: Associate Director of Marketing
Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Analyst and Graphics Director

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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Nov. 19: Progressive Gallery Tour, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford
Nov. 21: #CTPlaces, CTHumanities Advocacy Workshop, Fairfield Public Library, 10am
Nov. 21: After the Election What Next? Americans for the Arts Webinar, 3pm

Dec. c1: DeVos Institute: Arts Management Fellowship Applications Due
Dec. c1: IMLS: Museums for America Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Dance Grant Application Due
Dec. c1: New England States Touring (NEST) Grants Application Deadline
Dec. c1: USArtists International Application Deadline (for events 3/17-3/18)
Dec. c2: Progressive Gallery Tour, New Canaan (Save the Date)
Dec. c7: FCCF Legislative Forum - UCONN Stamford, 9-11am
c9: FCCF Legislative Forum - Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, 9-11am
Dec. 14: FCCF Legislative Forum - Naugatuck Valley Community College, Danbury,
Dec. 16: FCCF Legislative Forum - Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, 9-11am
Dec. 16: Puffing Foundation: Meaningful Art Application Deadline
Dec. 16: NEFA: CCX Workshop Proposals Due
Dec. 20: Fairfield Ludlowe High School: Deadline for Applying for Spring Interns

Jan. c6: CT League of History Organizations: Award of Merit Application Due
Jan. 11: NEH: Public Humanities Project Grant Applications Due
Jan. 26: NEA: Big Read Applications Due

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