Subject: Organizations' Newsletter: November 6, 2015

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
November 6, 2015
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing 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 300 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ RSVP to Gallery Tour: Heather Gaudio Fine Art - Thurs. Nov. 12
❖ Spotlight on Arts & Culture: Arts Education Outreach - Mon. Nov. 9
❖ Next Common Ground Meeting: The Sono Connection, GGP, Norwalk - Tues. Nov. 17
❖ Welcome New Members: Black Rock Galleries, Greenwich International Film Festival, New Paradigm Theatre, and Read's Artspace

❖ 20 Member Organizations participating in Bridgeport Art Trail (Nov. 12-15); other news from: The Barnum Museum, The Bruce Museum ( a new hire and an award), and The Ferguson Library

❖ Election News: Good News in Ohio + Tweet the Arts in the Next Debates
Connecticut Budget Saga
❖ Arts Education Partnership Releases Action Agenda
❖ Harvard Joins Growing Trend of Arts Education in Medical School

❖ Connecticut Humanities: Funding Changes
❖ Connecticut Office of the Arts: Arts Endowment Funding - Dec. 15

❖ NEA: The Big Read - Jan. 17, 2016
❖ NEH: Chronicling America Contest

❖ ProBono Partnership Workshops: Top 10 Legal Issues - Nov. 9, 11
CT League of History Organizations 2016 Conference: Call for Papers - Dec. 14 

❖ Artspace, New Haven: Research Manager/Archivist
❖ Norwalk Youth Symphony: Arts Management Intern

❖ Wilton Historical Society: Museum Educator
❖ Long Wharf Theatre: Literary Manager/Dramaturg

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
RSVP here for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour of Fairfield County commercial gallery members: HEATHER GAUDIO FINE ART in New Canaan on Thurs. Nov. 12, 6-8pm. The gallery recently re-opened in a beautiful new space at 66 Elm Street, and is currently showing New Arrangements: Contemporary Reimagined - an all–woman exhibition of works by Jaq Belcher, Cassandria Blackmore, Ann Gardner, Madeleine Keesing and Jae Ko, who "appropriate industrial materials in unexpected ways, reconfiguring them into a contemporary fine art context." More...
On our next Spotlight on Arts & Culture live radio interview program on WPKN, 89.5 FMMonday, Nov. 9, Noon - 1pm, Jennifer will moderate a discussion on Arts Education Outreach: What's Real, with guests: Sophia Gevas, Silvermine Arts Center, Michelle Hopson, New Paradigm Theatre Company, and Mary Newcomb, Greenwich Art Society. You can stream the show live, or later, at

The next in our ongoing series of COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meetings will be held Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30pm at the brand new offices of General Growth Properties (GGP), 119 Washington Street, Norwalk, developers of the new Mall, The SoNo Connection at West Avenue and I-95 (detail from artist sketch at left). On the program will be a presentation by GGP, seeking feedback on their plans for public art spaces in the new development and a presentation by Sara Sessions about a proposed Community Supported Arts program for Fairfield County.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

A Creative Business Member
Owners: Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner

Black Rock Galleries (BRG) at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, is the area's largest estate liquidator - serving New England and the greater New York City area. The trusted source for expert appraisals, auction services, estate sales and consignment, BRG has served over 1000 families with professionalism and expertise. In 2010, with 20 years experience in the antiques, auction, and consignment arena, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner set out to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, and integrity. Founded as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport, the business quickly bloomed into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services, and expert appraisals. By 2012, business growth pushed them to a new facility with over 53,000 square feet of showroom space and a new name: Black Rock Galleries. The business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. Black Rock Galleries is a full-service auction house and antique center featuring 53,000 sq ft of furniture, quality antiques, fine art, beautiful home furnishings and home accessories. Open Tuesday through Saturday, BRG is the site of frequent auctions. Coming up this Sun, Nov. 8 is a live Fall Estates Auction, featuring art, estate jewelry, antiques, and decorative arts from Harlem's historic Watt-Pinckney family, including the estate of Beverley Lopez: "Harlem's rich historic past meets Cuban art and more." With BRG's new website launched this year, property is now available to a national audience through traditional online shopping, unique flash sales and online auctions. See BRG's website here, and visit their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

Founders: Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes
Chief Operating Officer: Ginger Stickel

Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit organization that celebrates the visual arts in Greenwich with an annual film festival in June and supporting events throughout the year. It was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The Festival’s mission is to provide filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their work, with the goal of finding financing and distribution. Additionally, GIFF harnesses the power of film to serve the greater good by supporting an important cause each year. The second annual Greenwich International Film Festival will take place June 9th through 12th, 2016. It will feature 30+ international films, exciting parties, panels and premieres. The Call for Entries has just been released, with prizes totaling $35,000 and a regular deadline of Jan. 1, 2016. The Festival’s supporting workshops, seminars and screenings throughout the year help to cultivate a burgeoning visual arts community in Greenwich. Set in Greenwich, this carefully curated Festival will connect an audience of prospective financiers, distributors and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry. Screenings and events will take place at several venues, most within walking distance of each other to create an authentic festival village. Venues include: Greenwich Bow Tie Cinemas, Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, L'Escale Restaurant, Restoration Hardware, Massey Theater at Greenwich Academy, and Miller Motorcars. See the GIFF website,  Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.

Founder & Artistic Director: Kristin Huffman

The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a Stamford-based professional theatre, founded in 2011 by Kristin Huffman to foster creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. Its goals include bridging, elevating, and advancing our communities by synergistically bringing together Broadway, film and television professionals to cultivate tomorrow’s creative leaders through experiential learning, leading up to professional productions. NPT's theatre arts education enhances a student’s complete intelligence through classes, seminars and workshops, placing the student side-by-side with a master professional, who combines artistic techniques with experiential and project-based learning activities. This transformative platform of professionals and students collaboratively working shoulder to shoulder fosters creative and critical reasoning skills necessary for problem solving, global thinking and leadership growth. NPT's professional productions are designed as "theatre shows on the move," with an expansive community reach, often assisting other nonprofits by way of partnerships, as NPT understands that theatre and art are key components of a healthy community. Partners include United Way of Milford, CT Humane Society, The Center for Women and Children, The Bruce Museum, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, The Klein's after-school program in Bridgeport, Bridgeport Council of Churches, Norwalk Symphony, and many more. Events coming up include NPT's Second Annual Holiday Extravaganza, featuring Broadway dancers, singers and instrumentalists, at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne December 11 and 13. See NPT's website, Facebook page, and YouTube feed.

President, Ground Floor Gallery: Adjer Cowan
Treasurer: Liz Squillace

Read’s Ground Floor Gallery & Artists’ Living and Working Spaces1042 Broad St, Bridgeport.

When it opened in 1925, Read’s was hailed as the finest department store between New York and Boston. Five stories tall, with green awnings that gave it an instantly identifiable look, Read’s was a luxurious new symbol of Bridgeport’s sophistication and prosperity. But times change: by the 1970s, downtown Bridgeport had fallen on hard times. Read’s closed its doors in 1981 and became emblematic of urban decay. In the late 1990s, the City of Bridgeport engaged Artspace, whose mission is to "create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations," to transform this urban landmark into an affordable artist live/work project and it created 61 live/work units on the upper floors and arts-friendly commercial space on the ground floor. Broad interior corridors serve as informal galleries on each of the upper five floors; a public gallery on the ground floor houses more formal exhibitions. Read's is now a community-based, redeveloped live/work artist space in downtown Bridgeport. The gallery is used by the Read’s residents to host exhibitions and related programming and is open on an event/appointment basis. Read’s artists also exhibit their work in common spaces throughout the building. This year, as in year's past, Read's will play a leading role in the annual Bridgeport Art Trail - hosting the opening-night party (Thurs. Nov. 12, 6-10pm), as well as its Annual Artists Choose Artists exhibition in its Ground Floor Gallery, staging a Creative Pop-Up Shop for visitors to buy crafts and visual art from resident artists on Fri. Nov. 13, 5-9pm; welcoming visitors with "Memories of Read's" for Jay Misencik's photo-documentary project (Sat. Nov.14, 12-4pm); and staging Live Painting by Read’s Artists, (Sun. Nov. 15; 12-4 pm). See Read's Artspace Bridgeport Art Trail webpage, its list of resident artists, and its Ground Floor Gallery Facebook page.

YOUR NEWS                             
Many Organization Members and Creative Businesses are participating in Bridgeport’s big event next week: the 7th ANNUAL BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL (BAT) Nov. 12-15CITY LIGHTS GALLERY is the lead organization working with AMERICAN FABRICS ARTS BUILDING, hosting its 10th ANNUAL OPEN STUDIOS showcase, and The NEST ARTS FACTORY, with a recital, open studios and many other events. New member READ's ARTSPACE and its Ground Floor Gallery will host the kick-off Artists Party (Thurs. Nov. 12, 6-9pm). Other members participating include: The BARNUM MUSEUM, The BIJOU THEATREBLACK ROCK GALLERIES, DISCOVERY MUSEUM, DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE, FRAMEMAKERS GALLERY, HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART,  JAY MISENCIK PHOTOGRAPHY, the KENNEDY CENTER’s MAGGIE DALY ARTS COOPERATIVE, THE KLEIN, with a special 75th anniversary celebration, NEW ENGLAND BALLET, presenting a free all-day ballet workshop, PIOUS BIRD, UB’s SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY, and WPKN. Said Alliance member Suzanne Kachmar, Executive Director of City Lights Gallery and lead organizer of BAT, “As BAT continues to grow and expand, this year’s event promises to be the best and most satisfying thus far, as the entire community opens its doors and proudly celebrates how the arts enhances everything positive that the City of Bridgeport has to offer." Look out for the BAT Shuttle Bus (new this year), and, on Sunday Nov. 15, a bicycle tour. Click here for the Bridgeport Art Trail Guide and Map.
Excitement is running high at the BARNUM MUSEUM, as a 150-year-old Samurai box, transferred to the Barnum in 2003 but never opened for fear of damaging the potentially fragile contents, will be opened this Sat. Nov. 7 by curators and a conservator at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven. As part of the Peabody's exhibit, Samurai and the Culture of Japan's Great Peace, docents will talk about samurai artifacts on display from 1pm and, at 2pm, the unveiling will take place. More...  
Welcome to the BRUCE MUSEUM's new Director of Marketing and Communications, Sandra van BoetzelaerAfter a career in commercial marketing, working for corporations such as Unilever, Ebay, and Microsoft, Sandra's passion for the arts led her to the non-profit sector and she became the Marketing Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2009. After moving to the United States, she worked as a consultant for many New York galleries and for diverse Dutch organizations before her new appointment at the Bruce. Congratulations and welcome, Sandra!
The BRUCE MUSEUM was recently awarded the prestigious Annual Grant from the Private Art Dealers Association (PADA) to support its exhibition and educational programming, "at once traditional and innovative." Bruce ED, Peter C. Sutton, (left) said he was delighted PADA had "chosen to support the Bruce’s mission to grow interest in arts and science throughout local communities and beyond.” PADA is a select group of dealers, currently 50, each of whom specializes in a particular area of the fine arts and works from a non-public space. The $5,000 annual grant has recently gone to the Clark Art Institute, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, The Museum of the City of New York, and The Frick Art Reference Library.
The FERGUSON LIBRARYStamford's Public Library, has been selected by the Aspen Institute, as one of 23 library systems across the nation to take part in a pilot project assessing the library's role in the community. Rooted in Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, a 2014 Aspen Institute report, the 10-week pilot will have Ferguson staff examine one aspect of public service each week (e.g., jobs and economic development, library as literacy champion, etc.). Feedback from librarians will be incorporated in the Aspen Institute's final action guide and web site that will launch this winter. Alice Knapp, President of The Ferguson said the project "will help us learn how best to engage with the community as it decides what it wants its public library to be." More..
REMEMBER, REMEMBER (if you are a member) to send all your press releases to Marketing Director Jennifer Bangser so that she can check that your events have been posted on FCBuzz and can build a store of images for social media use to help promote your events. AND remember to POST OFTEN to FCBUZZ.ORG
OTHER NEWS                             

Nina Ozlu Tunceli, head of Americans for the Arts' Arts Action Fund jubilantly reported one clear win on election night. Voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, (including Cleveland), overwhelmingly passed Ballot Issue 8 to renew a dedicated cigarette tax levy that will generate more than $15 million in arts funding to local nonprofit cultural organizations. Passing with a 3:1 landslide, it has successfully renewed dedicated arts funding for another 10 years. The Arts Action Fund and local arts advocacy partners mobilized 1,000 members in the County to Get-Out-The-Vote. Issue 8 stands as a prime example of how the arts are truly a bipartisan issue. Americans understand that public investment in the arts is a critical step to fostering healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.

Next week’s Republican debates (Tuesday, November 10) will focus on jobs, taxes and the economy. The main debate will take place 9pm-11pm, featuring candidates who polled an average of at least 2.5% in recent national polls. An earlier debate will run from 6pm to 7:30pm for candidates who did not meet the main debate requirements. Americans for the Arts has asked that we all help get the attention of Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto), Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) and Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker (@GerardTBaker) by Tweeting them questions about candidates arts positions before the debate. Check each candidate's arts memos to see their backgrounds in the arts, as well as any arts statements made during the 2016 election season! Go here for sample tweets to use before and during the debates to let the candidates know that voters want the arts included in the national debate. Include candidates' Twiiter handles (e.g. @realDonaldTrump).

CT Nonprofits reports that last week Governor Malloy outlined his ideas to balance the budget following the announcement of a new $118.4 million budget deficit projected by OPM for the current fiscal year, during a presentation entitled, Connecticut’s Economy and Budgetary Reality, with OPM and state agency Commissioners. One of the principles in this proposal is aimed to "provide predictability for business, nonprofits and families." He outlined 7 major ideas: 
• Make targeted reductions for SFY17 and beyond
• Increase efficiency through negotiated contracts
• Defer raises for state managers thru Jan. 1, 2016
• Responsibly reduce state workforce
• Split pension system savings/payment to keep system solvent
• Create a transportation lockbox 

• Help grow jobs with sensible tax restructuring. 
The Governor has started bipartisan budget talks with legislative leaders and a special session is expected on some kind of compromise following the OFA/OPM Consensus Revenue Estimates on November 10th. As reported in the CT Mirror (Oct. 23), at a talk he gave to students at High School Inc. (image at top), a Hartford magnet school, Malloy quipped: “We’ve chosen to provide a lot of services other states don’t,” he said. “What’s interesting about people in Connecticut is they don’t want to pay taxes to do that, but they also don’t want to cut the services, which means that really what they want is a magician, not a governor.”  More...

The Arts Education Partnership is a division of the Council of Chief State School Officers, serving as the nation's hub for those committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students. AEP has just released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. The document serves as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. The Action Agenda outlines four priority areas by which arts and education leaders can frame their work: 
• Raising Student Achievement and Success;
• Supporting Effective Educators and School Leaders; 

• Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environments; and

• Building Leadership Capacity and Knowledge.
By addressing these four areas, the Partnership will be moving toward the goal that, by the year 2020, every young person in America, at every grade level, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and out-of-school time. 

How is your organization, school, district or community responding to the priority areas? Download a copy here of the AEP 2020 Action Agenda and get the conversation started in your community. Then share your story with Complimentary hard copies are available upon request.

Melissa Bailey reports in The Boston Globe on the growing implementation of arts programs in medical schools. Harvard Medical School has now joined the ranks of those believing the arts are an essential component of educating future doctors. In Harvard joins growing trend of arts education in medical schools, Bailey writes: "This fall, Harvard launched a new initiative to use more drama, dance, and literature to help medical students become empathetic and reflective doctors. In doing so, Harvard joins a growing number of schools making more overt efforts to weave arts and humanities into medical education. The Yale School of Medicine, for instance, requires students to scrutinize paintings in a museum to improve their skills at observation and empathy — a program that has been replicated around the country, including at Harvard and Brown. At Columbia, incoming medical students are required to complete a six-week narrative medicine course. They can take classes in fiction writing, obituary writing, and visual art. At Penn State College of Medicine, the first medical school in the country to create its own humanities department, students can take a comics and medicine course to fulfill a required humanities elective. These kinds of programs are now spreading to more medical schools. In doing so, Harvard joins a growing number of schools making more overt efforts to weave arts and humanities into medical education. More...

Based on grantees' feedback about Connecticut Humanities' grants, CTH is making changes in the new year. Starting with the January 4, 2016 deadline, the maximum award for the monthly Quick Grants will increase from $1,500 to $4,999. - you'll find a similar, streamlined application form, same one-month notification, and the same matching requirements. All other grant lines (Capacity, Planning, and Implementation requests, from $5,000-$50,000) will have quarterly application deadlines of the first business day of February, May, August, and November. More details about these changes, and revised application forms, will be coming in the next few weeks. If you are thinking of applying for a grant in 2016, please contact Lauren Miller (860-685-7578, or Scott Wands (860-685-7579, now to discuss how these changes may affect your project application.

If your arts organization has received $25,000 or more in contributions for the past 2 years, you are eligible to receive funds from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF). This 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 which have received a minimum of $25,000 in contributions in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources. Funds can be used for capital projects, operations, programming or to build your own endowment. Sadly, as this chart shows, the return on the investment (for whatever reasons) has declined precipitously while the number of applicants has increased. In 2010, the average award was $8,970. Last year, the average received by the 117 grantees was $3,817. If you are eligible, though, click here for application details. The deadline is December 15.
JANUARY 17, 2016

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet.
Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library. Previous grantees must select a different reading choice from their previous programming. The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop reading programs between September 2016 and June 2017. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately seventy-five organizations will be selected from communities of varying size in the United States. Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with non-federal funds. Grant funds may be used for a variety of expenses, including book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental. Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ are available at the Big Read website.
JUNE 15, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently launched a nationwide contest, challenging members of the public to produce creative web-based projects using data pulled from Chronicling America, the digital repository of historic U.S. newspapers. The Chronicling America database, created through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, provides free digital access to ten million pages of historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative web-based projects using the open data found at Chronicling America. Entries should uncover trends, display insights, explore a theme, or tell a story. For example, entries using the Chronicling America newspaper data could: show how local news covered the baseball World Series; trace the development of the motion picture industry in the United States; follow the enactment of amendments to the Constitution; analyze coverage of historic political campaigns; map the travels of a president across the country using local news coverage; show changes in advertising logos or newspaper mastheads over time, etc.
The Library of Congress has developed a user-friendly Application Program Interface (API) to explore the data contained in Chronicling America data. Entrants must use this API to access the data, but are welcome to use existing software or tools to create their projects, or combine Chronicling America data with other datasets. NEH will award winning entries $5,000 for First Prize, $3,000 for Second Prize, and $2,000 for Third Prize. NEH may award up to three separate K-12 Student Prizes of $1,000 each. The contest closes on June 15, 2016. All contest details, including eligibility and submission requirements, are available here.
NOV 9, 10, 11

Top 10 Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations
Monday, November 9, 5:30 - 6:30pm, and
Wednesday, November 11, 9 - 10am Free. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY
Step back from the day-to-day issues to think proactively about your nonprofit organization's legal needs. In conjunction with ArtsWestchester, Pro Bono Partnership presents a one-hour workshop addressing the most common legal issues that may affect your organization. Learn how you can identify potential legal concerns before they become actual problems. Topics include: *Corporate law - the roles and responsibilities of board members; *Employment law - proper classifications of workers, best practices for managing volunteers ; *Intellectual property - protecting your own, avoiding infringement of others; *Regulatory and tax obligations - what to file, when to file. Speaker: Judy Siegel, Esq., Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership. Registration closes Friday, Nov. 6. Register here for Nov. 9 or Nov. 11

Board Roles and Responsibilities in Challenging Economic Times

Tuesday, November 10, 9:30 - 11:30am. Free. Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington Street, New London.
"In these turbulent economic times nonprofits are dealing with extraordinary challenges. This important workshop will discuss the legal and fiduciary obligations of Board Members of a nonprofit organization, and how Boards can effectively deal with these challenges. Topics include: *What are the legal roles, responsibilities, and proper activities of the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization? *Have these roles and responsibilities changed as a result of the challenging economy? *What legal protections exist for Board Members? *What role should the Board play in the day-to-day operation of the organization? *What are the potential liabilities of Board Members? *Are Board Members liable for the organization's debts? Speaker: Priya Morganstern, Esq., Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership. Register here.

Collections are central to our history organizations' existences:they shape mission and vision and define values. Sharing stories, they connect the past to the present in our communities. They also demand our day-to-day attentions and resources. The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) will spend a full day, June 6, 2016 on the topic of Collections. Sessions will include hands-on learning and "how-to's," ideas to share and steal, deaccessioning strategies and policy, and "big idea" discussions. Throughout the day, participants will explore and challenge basic assumptions behind what we endeavor to "collect, preserve and interpret" in the 21st century. CLHO is issuing an open call to all history professionals to contribute to this conversation with session proposals: basic to mid-level hands-on workshops, inspirational stories, and models from the regional heritage field. For suggested topics and approaches, click here.  Proposals should include: Title of proposal; 250-word abstract describing the proposed session; Name of session leader, organizational or business affiliation, job title/position and contact information. Include mailing address, phone and email. Name(s) of additional presenters and complete contact information 
Send electronically to Liz Shapiro, CLHO Executive Director by December 14, 2015. Include “Proposal Submission, CLHO June 2015 Conference” in the subject line.
Notification: You will receive an email notification no later than February 1, 2016 if your proposal has been accepted. All submitted proposals undergo review and selection by conference committee. Proposals highlighting Connecticut organizations and collections are highly encouraged. Hands-on workshops will be given priority.

Reminder: Connecticut Preservation Action (CPA), the statewide preservation advocate, holds its 2015 half-day conference on changes and opportunities for grant funding from the state of Connecticut next Friday Nov. 13, at The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport. Register here.

Artspace, Inc, New Haven's leading contemporary arts organization, seeks a temporary, part time 2.5 year Research Manager/Archivist to assist in the organizing of its 30 years of archives, as part of its 30th year anniversary campaign.
In 2016/2017, Artspace will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an 18-month series of exhibitions, programs, and a fundraising campaign to achieve sustainable excellence entitled Three Decades of Change. Reporting to the Curator, the Project Research Manager/Archivist will work collaboratively with other staff to coordinate assessment, description,and organization of all paper and digital assets, as well as migration of digital assets in keeping with best practices for libraries and archives. The Manager/Archivist will work with a range of content currently in Artspace's on-site archive, including paper records, printed materials, images,VHS and digital videotapes, audio recordings, and electronic files relating to the Artspace's history, exhibitions, programs, and administration. The Manager/Archivist will be expected to organize this information for ease of research use and oversee digitization as needed for user-friendly online presence. Work on Artspace's online presence will require the assignment of associated search tags and metadata. The overall goal of this position is to organize the entirety of Artspace's records and archive to provide ease of direct access for Artspace staff, scholars, artists, and a wider public.Because some records may need to be classified as "active records", some knowledge of records management practice will be helpful. Some of the materials will need to be scanned for an online and/or print publication. The Manager/Archivist may also have the opportunity to organize small exhibitions of ephemera drawn from the archive. Requirements and full details available here.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony (NYS), is the premier youth orchestra in the region, with six performing ensembles comprised of 250 talented young musicians from 30 surrounding towns. NYS seeks an intern with arts administration skills to apply those skills to running a youth orchestra – from administration to larger strategic projects. As an intern you will work directly with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the artistic staff. Learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with other professionals in the non-profit and classical music field. Responsibilities would include:
1. Develop and implement social media strategy to increase NYS’ exposure on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; maintain program in conjunction with NYS staff.
2. Work with the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board to expand the scholarship program and grant application process.
3. Assist the 60th-anniversary steering committee in planning and executing the Alumni Concert; assist in developing and expanding the alumni database to enable long-term communication, connection and support from alumni.
4. Work with the Chair of Development on implementation of annual fundraising campaign.
5. Assist the Executive Director and Tech team in identifying a cloud based data management system and the conversion to the new system.
6. Perform additional organizational management and support tasks as needed.
The position begins immediately and ends mid-May, and will be approximately 10 hours/week including a few week-ends. Other positions including longer-term opportunities are available. Stipend based upon experience. Click here for more details. To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to Sara Watkins at

The Wilton Historical Society seeks a part-time (20 hours) Museum Educator who will lead and implement the Society’s ongoing annual 2nd and 4th grade colonial education programs. In addition, the Museum Educator will initiate and develop new educational and creative Saturday and afterschool programs for youth. Working closely with the Society’s Executive Director, the Museum Educator is responsible for managing a full calendar of educational programs at the Wilton Historical Society. This position requires an individual who has a genuine fondness to educate youth and bring history to life. Candidates must have strong writing skills as well as computer skills. The successful candidate will be a team player with high energy. Full details available here. Apply by sending resume and cover letter and a list of 3 professional references with contact information to

Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre seeks a Literary Manager/Dramaturg to collaborate with Long Wharf’s Artistic Director to manage literary and dramaturgical activities. Duties include overseeing all production dramaturgy; cultivating relationships with artists, especially playwrights; assisting with the development of new work, including planning readings and workshops; evaluating plays for potential production at Long Wharf; and supervising an artistic resident. The LM will help manage and produce some in-house audience engagement activities, including facilitating post-show discussions with subscribers and patrons and writing articles for Long Wharf publications. Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years of experience in literary management artistic administration, and production dramaturgy. A Master’s Degree is a plus. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to EOEwed until the job is filled.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Manager of Academic Programs
Bruce Museum: Museum Educator
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time); Marketing Intern
Greenwich International Film Festival; Executive Director 
Mighty Quinn Foundation: Artistic Director
New Haven Symphony: Box Office Manager
Real Art Ways: Grant Writer
Stamford's Palace Theatre: Guest Experience Manager
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Arts Center: Education Assistant
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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Nov. c9: Spotlight on Arts & Culture: Arts Education - WPKN, 89.5, 12 noon
Nov. c9: CLHO: Collections Colleague Circle, Ownership Tangles, Litchfield Historical 
Nov. 10: NEFA Idea Swap 2015, Worcester.
Nov. 12: Progressive Gallery Tour: Third Stop - Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan
Nov. 13: CT Preservation Action 2015 Conference, Barnum Museum, 9:30am-2:30pm
Nov. 17: Common Ground: GGP, Sono Connection + Community Supported Arts, 6:30pm
Nov. 20: CLHO: All-Volunteers Colleague Circle, Stump the Experts, Cheshire Historical 

Dec. c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $1500)
Dec. c1: NEH: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections: Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Grant Deadline for Theatre Operating Support
Dec. c1: Impact Fairfield County: Letter of Inquiry Submission Closes
Dec. c3: Nonprofit Legislative Forum: Greater Norwalk
Dec. c9: Progressive Gallery Tour: Fourth Stop: Leclerc Contemporary Gallery, Norwalk
Dec. 14: CT Legaue of History Organizations: Call for Conference Papers Deadline
Dec. 15: CT Office of Arts: Arts Endowment Fund Application Deadline

Jan. c4: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999-new higher maximum)
Jan. 17: NEA: The Big Read, Application Deadline

Feb. c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
Feb. c1: CT Humanities Capacity, Planning, and Implementation Grant Deadlines

March 1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
March 16-17: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC

May c2: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
May c2: CT Humanities Capacity, Planning, and Implementation Grant Deadlines

June c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
June 15: NEH: Chronicling America Contest Deadline

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