Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - November 4, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
November 4, 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
“Through this plan, our team is doubling down on our commitment to the artists, arts agencies, teaching artists, arts students, and arts patrons of our state. With clarity around what we stand for, a staunch commitment to inclusion and cultural equity, and a fire in our bellies to push forward in our role supporting the creative economy, we look forward to—and embrace—the next five years..
- Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture, State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development

❖ Come Join Us at our Space-Use Summit: Sat. Nov. 12, Bijou, Bridgeport.
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: Next Stop Stamford - Sat. Nov. 19
❖ Welcome our new board member: Phil Kuchma
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Fairfield County Symphony Society

 Members participating in the Bridgeport Art Trail. Other news from Bruce Museum, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut Choral Society, Fairfield County Chorale, KEYS, The Klein, Westport Historical Society, and Westport Library.

❖ CT Office of the Arts Releases its Five-Year Strategic Plan
❖ CT Humanities Advocacy: What You Can Do
❖ CT Tourism Update: Listening Tour, The Irish,
❖ VOTE on Tuesday: Resources
❖ REMINDER: Register Now for Key FCCF Legislative Forums Dec 7-16

❖ After the Election: What Next? AftA Webinar - Nov. 21
❖ Joan Garry on Meetings
❖ REMINDER: Please Complete the Creative Worker Survey (That's You!)

❖ Pequot Library: Public Programs Manager
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Graphics Director
❖ Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager
❖ Mark Twain House & Museum: Development Director

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Click here to find out more about our free, one-day conference: "Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy," Sat. Nov. 12, 9:30am-4:30pm, organized in response to calls for action to bring unused or underused space into more productive use for individual artists and cultural nonprofits.  What are possible solutions to unresolved living, working, making, selling, performing, and exhibiting space issues within our arts and culture community?  Our guiding principles are: Creativity, Affordability, and Sustainability in our community's search for spaces to live, work, show and perform our work. Panels include: 
  • Temporary Transformations of Commercial Space
  • From Spaces to Places: Connecting to Community
  • Sharing Spaces & Services
  • Policies & Incentives to Release Commercial Space for Cultural Use. 
A special feature will be a demonstration of SpaceFinder, an online database developed by FracturedAtlas that brings together those with space and those looking for space, which will be coming to Connecticut soon, courtesy of the Connecticut Office of the Arts.  Read more... and signup he

Our Progressive Gallery Tour 2  launched in Greenwich in September is now set for the next stop on our trajectory to Stratford. On Sat. Nov 19, 6-9pm, join us at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (96 Bedford St., Stamford) for the opening of an exhibition of the works of Pablo Agudelo and Eliot Elisofon. The tour will feature a talk by gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez at 6:30pm. SAVE THE DATE - and look out for our Sign-Up announcement!
Welcome to Phil Kuchma, new CAFC boardmember and  President of The Kuchma Corporation in Bridgeport, which he founded in 1972. The company has completed numerous commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects for the area’s leading institutions and property owners. In 2012 the company received a Timmy Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, for its development of Bijou Square. Phil was a co-founder of City Lights Gallery, and was awarded the Goodspeed-Proem Award from RYASAP. He has sat on the Bridgeport City Council (2000-03) and has been chair of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. He has sat on the boards of the Bridgeport Arts Council, City Lights, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Playhouse on the Green and Polka Dot Playhouse.

Music Director:  Gunnar Sahlin

The Fairfield County Symphony Society (FCSS) provides a welcoming and noncompetitive place for musicians with a variety of musical interests and skill levels to experience the joy of making music in a community orchestra. In June, 1976, Florence Saunders, Ardis Carlton and Virginia Pukilla founded the Fairfield County Symphony Society with John Swartz as musical director (click here for the story of Florence Saunders, a cello and the birth of the FCSS). From the beginning, the FCSS has offered a place where musicians can meet to play great music. Currently, FCSS has more than 30 active members and plays with a variety of soloists from the area, including young musicians and vocal artists, and occasionally, wind and brass musicians. Music Director, Gunnar Sahlin, a cellist, plays with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Temple Shalom of Norwalk (259 Richards Avenue) hosts FCSS every Tuesday night at 7:30pm - and all are welcome: "just bring your instrument!" See the FCCS website and Facebook page
The BRUCE MUSEUM recently acquired a fascinating 16th-century Dutch Portrait of a Gentleman (c.1590, oil on panel, 18" diam., at right), purchased from Agnew's with private funds in 2015 after it piqued the interest of Executive Director Peter C. Sutton, an expert on Dutch and Flemish art of the period: “This is of exceptionally high quality but no one has been able to put an artist’s name to it that will stick," said Sutton. The work will stay in storage as it awaits a new home in an expanded Bruce Museum with, among the many improvements, additional space to display the permanent fine art collection. More...
The CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING is gathering prints from all over for its Nov. 19 auction at Carriage Barn Arts Center. Here Mary Scott Himes and Congressman Jim Himes create their monotypes, with help from Paul DeRuvo, that will be in the auction. You can bid on Mary's Praying Mantis and Tidal Basin by Congressman Himes. 
The CONNECTICUT CHORAL SOCIETY (CCS) was recently recognized as the Non-Profit of the Year by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce at its annual Taste of Bethel event. Jill Heidel, CCS President, accepted the honorary plaque on behalf of the ensemble. Its next concert is Candlelight & Carols: SNOW! at Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, Dec. 3
The FAIRFIELD COUNTY CHORALE (FCC) welcomes Alexandra Schroeder as its new Executive Director. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Harvard University with concentrations in Anthropology and History. A trained double bassist, she has also played violin, harp, viola and piano and has performed with many local orchestras, chamber groups and klezmer bands including the American Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Troupers Light Opera. She has worked as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. We welcome her warmly to the community!
AT right, KEYS Assistant Executive Director, Laurie Bradbury, thanks Weston High School junior Jayson Pinals for obtaining a $500 grant for KEYS from CT Block Party. CT Block Party invites CT students to apply for community grants for organizations that are important to them. Jayson, who studies the viola, has volunteered with KEYS for the past 2 years. The grant will be used to bring music instrument lessons to students in Bridgeport.
THE KLEIN's engagement with UB's MBA program is nicely documented by Lisa Calderone in a UB News article: Real-World Experience Key to UB’s Redesigned MBA in Human Resources. In revamping the UB MBA, the program director found the Klein's project of reinventing itself for its 75th anniversary, expanding its Board of Directors, assessing its economic impact on the City, and raising much-needed funds a perfect match. After many months, the class presented the Klein's board with an economic impact study, a Board of Directors expansion list and a robust and strategic fundraising plan. Both sides were thrilled by the results - READ MORE
WESTPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY  announces the appointment of a new Education Director, Nicole Carpenter. Nicole's experience in education and programming for non-profit organizations is enhanced by her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Painting (with minors in History and Business Administration) and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Nicole will expand after-school programming, incorporating science and art projects related to Westport and CT history and introduce new programs for adults, such as tours of Westport architecture and cemeteries, and lunch lecture series. 
The WESTPORT LIBRARY will host a public forum to share the plans of its upcoming transformation and renovation on Thurs. Nov. 10 from 7-9 pm in the McManus Room. Executive Director Bill Harmer will discuss how the Library  will move from a static structure into a dynamic environment by addressing its challenge of more flexible space. Read more...
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OTHER NEWS                  

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has unveiled a new five-year statewide strategic plan: "a central guide to creating a more vibrant, far-reaching and impactful arts and culture sector in the state. Over the course of nine months, the COA worked with artists, arts organizations, government agencies, community leaders, and philanthropists across the state to better understand the current state of the arts, as well as generate ideas and innovative solutions for making the arts more readily accessible for all. Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture at the Department of Economic and Community Development, said: "Data already tells us that the arts sector is a powerful contributor to Connecticut’s economy. The arts create jobs for over 36,000 Connecticut residents, generates $653 million in statewide economic activity, and improve overall quality of life in communities. Designing and implementing our new strategic plan, we are reinforcing the message that the arts are a vital part of everyday life in Connecticut," Highlights of the plan include:
The COA has developed its first-ever equity, inclusion and access statement,  which places an emphasis on engaging with a diverse array of community members in arts policy, practice and decision making.
The COA has devised a strategy to maintain continuous collaboration across the cultural, public, private and social sectors, as well as members of the communities served.
The COA is committed to investing in arts education to provide a pathway for future artists and audiences who will support and invest in the arts in the coming decades.
"Artists, arts and cultural organizations and their audiences statewide, will be encouraged by the new plan,” said Fritz Jellinghaus, Chair of the Connecticut Arts Council. "The process itself, inclusive and intentional, involving hundreds of stakeholders across the state, results in recommendations and specific actions designed to meet the expectations of arts creators and consumers alike who want a flourishing arts environment and strong, growing creative economy. We all have a stake in the success of this strategy.” The entire strategic plan is available here."


The loss of state funding to Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is having a visible impact on all of our communities, as grants are no longer enabling programs and exhibitions at museums, libraries and cultural organizations. At best, the next legislative session will be an opportunity to restore that line item, and CTH is doing everything it can to convince elected leaders to bring back that valuable funding to the field. During the coming months Connecticut Humanities will also be asking members of the cultural community for ideas about CTH’s role beyond that of grantmaker. A group of grantees and program partners met in October to identify ways CTH can continue to add value the field. Humanities on the Brink was a lively discussion and collection of ideas that yielded five distinct roles, envisioning CHT as a convener, connector, communicator, advocate and capacity-builder for organizations that value and use the humanities. Look for future opportunities to contribute your thoughts by subscribing to the CTHumanities E-Newsletter on its websiteCTH is working with several partners to form the CTPlaces Coalition, which will encourage citizens to speak up about the erosion of state funding. If you care about maintaining, enhancing and preserving the special places that make our state a culturally vibrant place, you can take advantage of an opportunity to discuss the new legislative session with a government affairs lobbyist, talk over how to effectively interact with state lawmakers, offer feedback, and network with your counterparts. Learn more about the fall series of #CTPlaces regional advocacy forums on our Eventbrite page, and register for the Fairfield County workshop, Mon. Nov 21, by clicking the button below.

Take part in an upcoming advocacy workshop in our area to 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. Click button below to register.

Several items of interest from the CT Office of Tourism and Randy Fiveash.

1. Regional Tourism Listening Tour
In light of the elimination in the Governor's last budget of the regional tourism districts, CT Tourism is looking to work closely with Connecticut Metro Chambers of Commerce and other associations and destinations to stay abreast of regional issues. As part of its effort to meet with constituents and learn how it can strengthen and leverage promotional campaigns, it is organizing Listening Tours throughout the state from mid-November through December. Our regional meeting is: November 17, 10-11:30am at Norwalk at City Hall. To register, email

2. Hosting Aer Lingus
To celebrate the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Bradley International Airport, September 28, CT Tourism hosted nine members of the UK and Irish press, taking them to a variety of attractions, restaurants and accommodations throughout the state. CT Tourism also hosted a FAM (familiarization) tour for 10 Ireland-based corporate travel agents, in October, focusing on attractions and lodging in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, New London and Hartford Counties.

3. CTvisit Success
Traffic to is up 79%, and mobile traffic is up by 60% since last year. Partner listing page views were up 218% over 2015, with 40% of partner listing visits resulting in a click through (or a phone call, or email) to the partner website. The advice from Tourism Central: keep your listing up-to-date and as visible as possible! For tips, or to add your free listing, contact Jean Hebert at

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance reminds us of local resources we can use and share to vote and get out the vote. These include:

Where to Vote, 6am-8pm

And see the Office of the Secretary of State's comprehensive Voter Guide.
Want to know the positions of the candidates on arts and culture? Americans for the Arts released its Arts Positions of the 2016 Presidential Candidates (click on image below) with answers to questions such as: Candidate supports federal funding of the NEA and NEH? Candidate would maintain or increase federal support for arts education funding? Candidate maintains current incentives for charitable giving? Candidate has pro-arts and culture record in Congress or other public office? Candidate has chosen a Vice Presidential running mate with a pro-arts Congressional record?

As reported in the last (Oct. 21) ORGANIZATIONS NEWSLETTER (OTHER NEWS), 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):
Dec. c7, 9-11am: UCONN Stamford
Dec. c9, 9-11am: Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
Dec. 14, 9-11am: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Danbury
Dec. 16, 9-11am: Norwalk Community College, Norwalk


Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff will provide a comprehensive analysis of federal, state, and local election results, and discuss their impact on the future of the arts and arts education in the nation in a webinar (free to Americans for the Arts Members, $35 for others) slated for Monday November 21, 3pm. Panelists on After the Election: What Next?  will be:
Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, and Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund Organization
Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts
Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts.

Joan Garry's most recent post is The Right Way to Run Meetings. Some of the most difficult and disliked part of our work life is unnecessary and badly-run meetings. Here consultant Joan Garry lists The 5 Things Every Meeting Must have:
1. A Reason
It should be clear to all that this meeting will make the work of each individual AND the group more effective and/or efficient.
2. An Agenda Crafted By Participants
Every participant gets an agenda and has the opportunity to help to shape the agenda. The very best meetings are owned by the participants.
3. Everyone Participates
And when I mean ‘participates,’ I mean that every single person offers a point of view, an opinion, a new idea. And participating does not mean spending 10 minutes telling everyone something you could have shared in an email prior to the meeting.
4. An Invested Meeting Chair
“Invested” means (a) believes the meeting will have merit (b) believes that the decisions reached will be richer for the opinions and comments of attendees (c) is willing and able to take control and manage the conversation so it is productive, so that the agenda gets covered, so that no one dominates, and so that everyone is heard.
5. Action Items Circulated Same Day
What was the outcome of the meeting? Did folks agree to do some kind of follow up? People, deadlines, and activities should be circulated ASAP before folks forget what they committed to do. Read more: including the 2 Kinds of Meeting and the 4 Tell Tale Signs you are in a Bad Meeting.

The Pequot Library, Southport, seeks an enthusiastic and energetic cultural leader to join the senior management team as a full time Public Programs Manager. This position reports to the Executive Director and manages the part-time School Programs Coordinator and Public Programs College/ University Interns. The Programs Manager serves as a liaison to related volunteer committees. In conjunction with the changing schedule of art exhibitions and installations of local archives and rare books and manuscripts, the Public Programs Manager develops and implements a wide variety of innovative and engaging public learning experiences for all ages, especially adults and families. Specifically the position manages an ambitious schedule of events involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming. This position works closely with the Library’s longstanding Meet the Author committee and major community partner, Music for Youth, as well as other similar community groups. Click here for detailed job description. Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest and résumé by November 15 to the Executive Director by e-mail,

The Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Graphics Director to be responsible for the creation/supervision of all Playhouse publications in all mediums, and for serving as brand steward to ensure consistent application of messaging and visual identity. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and works in close cooperation with other key staff members to market the institution’s productions, education and development programs in support of its mission and values.   Responsibilities include: Collateral: manage and oversee the creation of all collateral including appeals, advertising materials, playbill, group sales and promotional pieces, box office materials, annual report, education materials, etc. Pieces include brochures, programs, flyers, posters, displays, signage, advertisements (digital and print), newsletters, postcards, stationary, and business cards. Edit all publications, working with departments for copy, content, and approvals. Design selected pieces and oversee outside designers in the creation of other pieces. Must be fluent in Adobe Creative Suite. Website: Working with key marketing staff, keep all graphics up-to-date on the website (some HTML required). Displays and Signage: Create and maintain all lobby displays; maintain all internal and external signage. Social Media: Help create content for the Playhouse’s social media channels and e-newsletter. Experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is a plus. Details here. Submit cover letter and resumé to: Graphics Director Search,

The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, seeks a Donor Relations Manager to be responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating comprehensive donor relations and stewardship programs that promote interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. The Manager must sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the museum and its donors; partner with the Director of Development to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; and advise on the facilitation of recognition events and coordinate various activities for donor societies. Bachelor’s Degree; 3-5 years’ experience, preferably in a non-profit organization in development, stewardship, or advancement services. Previous experience working with donors is mandatory, as well as experience writing correspondence; and experience with donor databases and prospect tracking systems. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests. Collegial, collaborative style with strong people skills; outgoing personality and great telephone “presence”. Knowledge of prospect research tools and strategies; industry trends and technology. Proficiency in Word and Excel, and for utilizing Microsoft Outlook; as well as data entry, and reporting using Tessitura or Raiser’s Edge. Flexibility for evening/ weekend work is required; some travel may be required. Please email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: before November 18, 2016.

The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, welcomes applications for an experienced full-time Director of Development who will be required to raise significant revenue ($1 Million+). The Director of Development is responsible for strategic planning for fundraising, board relations, major gifts, and department oversight in order to develop and sustain the Museum’s stewardship tradition by effectively communicating the Museum’s mission, needs, and priorities to donors and donor prospects at a regional, national, and international level. The Director of Development is a member of the Museum’s senior administrative team reporting to the Executive Director. The Director of Development is responsible for leading all fundraising initiatives for the Museum. The Director of Development will be responsible for achieving this National Landmark’s fundraising goals. The Director will also be responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors, membership, and Museum staff. Areas of responsibilities include: fundraising; Board of Trustees relationsDevelopment Office Oversight, and, working with the Director of Marketing & Public Relations, public relations and marketing with regard to fundraising. Qualifications include a minimum of 8 years professional proven fundraising experience, with at least 5 years of senior development experience (preferably in a museum setting). For full details and to apply, click here.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
New Canaan Library: Programming Librarian
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Analyst

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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Nov. 12: Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy: Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport
Nov. 18: Deadline for #CreativesCount Survey
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. 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

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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