Subject: Organizations' Newsletter: October 9, 2015

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
October 9, 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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❖ Next Radio Show: Theatre and Community - Mon. Oct. 12, Noon, WPKN
❖ Next Stop on Gallery Tour: Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - Sat. Oct. 17.
❖ Next Common Ground Meeting - Tues. Oct. 20, Norwalk City Hall
❖ Welcome New Members: Bridgeport Community Historical Society, Black Rock Art Guild, Cultural Pursuit, Jim Royle Drum Studio, Pious Bird of Good Omen, and Sorelle Gallery

❖ Member News from: The Aldrich Museum, The Bruce Museum, Cultural Pursuit, Discovery Museum, Fairfield Museum & Wilton Historical Society, Rebirth Arts Festival, Ridgefield Arts Council, Ridgefield Playhouse, Westport Arts Center, and Westport Country Playhouse

❖ ArtsVote 2016: Presidential Candidates Respond to Arts Questions 
❖ State Tourism Up 3 Percent
MacArthur Foundation Launches Collective Shift Program
❖ IRS Gift Proposal Could Burden Nonprofits

❖ ProBono Partnership: Fiscal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards - Oct. 21
CLHO Introduces Colleague Circles

❖ Aldrich Museum: Manager of Academic Programs
❖ Fairfield University Quick Center: Marketing Manager

❖ EverWonder Children's Museum, Newtown: Museum Manager
❖ Neighborhood Music School, New Haven: Audubon Arts Summer Program Director

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

This month, our Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio interview show on WPKN will focus on the topic of Performance Venues and Community Engagement and feature Laurence Caso, Executive Director of The Klein in Bridgeport, and Bob Kennedy, Executive Director of the 100-year old Wall Street Theater, now under renovation. Tune in to 89.5 at noon, Mon. Oct. 12.
Our Progressive Gallery Tour of Fairfield County Commercial Galleries got off to a rousing start last Wednesday Sept. 30 at the C. Parker Gallery, courtesy of our generous host, Tiffany Benincasa and the captivating orchid paintings of Patricia Laspino. We have a full schedule ahead of at least 7 more galleries. Join us for our next stop at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Sat. Oct. 17, 6-9pm where a show of the work of Shelby Head will be opening. Join our new network at the galleries – artists, galleries, organizations and the art-loving public: discover and explore! RSVP Today!

The latest in our series of COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meetings will be held Tues. Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30pm at Norwalk City Hall, Room 101, at 125 East AVe. Norwalk. Rooted in our Bijou Theatre conference that brought together all three sectors of our membership: individual artists, cultural nonprofits and creative businesses, this is the fifth of these popular monthly meetings. Please join us to see whether you would like to be a regular. RSVP here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             

President: Audrey Blair

The Bridgeport Community Historical Society was founded to preserve, and to enable Bridgeport residents and others to discover and enjoy, the history of the City of Bridgeport. Free programs and events are open to the public and are usually held on the last Tuesday of each month (except Feb., July, August and Dec.), 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. at The Bridgeport Public Library - North Branch, 3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Recent programs have included: The Lordship Flying Grounds, a history of Bridgeport Airport; The History of Black Rock Lighthouses; and The Hartford and Windsor Witch Hunts, with State Historian Walter Woodward. Coming up this month, on Tues, October 27: Robert Belletzkie, librarian, historian, train specialist, and member of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association will talk about the early railroads in and around Bridgeport. The Society offers tours of Bridgeport landmarks in spring and fall. Previous tours have included Mountain Grove Cemetery, Downtown Bridgeport, and The Palace & Majestic Theatres. You can join the Bridgeport Community Historical Society and help preserve the history of the entire Bridgeport community (just $19) - sign up here. See the Society's website here.

Co-Chairs: Michele Hubler and Judy Noel

The Black Rock Art Guild (BRAG) is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists of all kinds (those working in painting, photography, film, music, sculpture, dance, writing, acting, crafts) through collaboration and interaction, for the pleasure art brings both the creator and the beholder. Its programs include offering educational opportunities, through lectures and discussion groups, and creating a sense of community among the artistic and cultural organizations in the Black Rock neighborhood through the artists who live, work, teach, show, and perform there. BRAG offers a forum in which the community can appreciate the arts with exhibits and community projects. It encourages sponsorship of, and participation in, artistic activities by our business community. BRAG has established a gallery space at the Burroughs Community Center (2470 Fairfield Ave). All artists who live or work in the neighborhood are encouraged to join ($10/year) and should contact Susan Fehlinger here. Coming up: on Oct 24, BRAG Gives Back, BRAG's 3rd Annual Art Show, Sale and Silent Auction to benefit  local organizations. This year the show will benefit Our Woven Community (serving refugee women living in Bridgeport) and the Smilow/Wakeman Boys and Girls Club at Burroughs ClubhouseSee the BRAG Facebook page here.

A Creative Business Member
Founder and President: Laura Schroeder

Cultural Pursuit, LLC, is a membership-based, dedicated group of arts enthusiasts from Fairfield and Westchester Counties who share the desire for enriching cultural experiences, right here in their own backyards. Committed arts lovers and supporters, area newcomers, and those who would like to discover and explore the cultural offerings in the area can connect in experiencing a wide variety of activities: from private museum group tours throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, New York City and beyond, to enjoying concerts, gallery visits, film-related events and much more, among others who share their interests. Cultural Pursuit was founded this year by Laura Schroeder, a Stamford-based artist with a museum administration background who draws on her sensibility, experience and organizational skills to create carefully considered arts events tailored to specific groups. Laura’s lifelong passion for art was ignited by a childhood of living and traveling the world. She was born in Italy, lived in Bolivia and Germany and traveled throughout Europe: all by the age of twelve. This exposure to various cultures from an early age inspired her love of arts and culture. She attended art school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, studied painting and printmaking, and found her niche in figure painting. Upon her arrival in New York, she became involved in arts administration, working at Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, as well as Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at the Katonah Museum of Art where she discovered arts education was the new direction she wanted to take. That passion became a drive to connect people to art museums, music and film venues, so she founded the Westchester Fairfield Arts Group that grew to over 700 members, ran successfully for 4 years and included 130 outings. It is through this continued desire to connect with and engage people in the community that Laura’s new endeavor, Cultural Pursuit, was born. Laura also provides art tour consulting to corporations, non-profits and schools. See the Cultural Pursuit websiteFacebook page, and Twitter feed.

A Creative Business Member
Owner, Director: Jim Royle

The Jim Royle Drum Studio is a Bridgeport-based collective of teachers, performers, and composers, founded in 1996. The studio’s students and award-winning ensembles have performed at national and international venues, including The Teatro Sociale di Soresina in Soresina Italy, The Sforzata and Laventille pan yards in Trinidad and Tobago, The International School in Beijing, the Nine Beats Music Academy in Tianjin China, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. The A Team ensemble toured Ireland in 2015, performing at Dublin's Royal Irish Academy of Music. This November, the studio will perform for the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention in a 75-piece steel pan orchestra in San Antonio. The Jim Royle Drum Studio has been the leading teaching studio in CT for over 25 years, offering private lessons on drum set and every percussion instrument, including steel drums, marimba, vibes, timpani, Latin, and African percussion. Currently with more than 120 enrolled students, the studio enables even the youngest student to progress from drum set to World, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Orchestra, Steel Drums, Timpani, and Mallet studies. Students frequently go on to be collegiate music majors in percussion, and younger students are well represented in summer music camps and pre-collegiate programs, such as Juilliard. The Studio also supports 5 ensembles, including the much-in-demand adult Silver Steel Steel-pan band. In 2009, Jim Royle established the Student-to-Student Music Initiative to give the children of lower-income families the experiences their more affluent peers have enjoyed. A University of Bridgeport percussion and education major Jim Royle has studied percussion with world recognized masters such as Max Roach, Alan Dawson, Keith Copeland, Akira Tana, Norbert Goldberg, and Vernal Fournier. He was president of the CT chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for 17 years, and was the national 2000 Chapter President of the Year. Jim Royle's name has become synonymous with jazz in the New England club circuit and his articulate playing is documented on several CDs, including Storm Before the Calm on the Sea Breeze Jazz label (2000), Jazz By Coogan (2001) and Stars and Wind (2010). See the Jim Royle Drum Studio website; Facebook page.

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Desiree Witt

The Pious Bird of Good Omen (taking its name from the mythic albatross in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Marinerthat leads the ship to safety) is a boutique at 3142 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, specializing in “Curated Objects for the Home” - an eclectic collection of vintage furniture & accessories as well as a selection of artisanal objects from regional artists. The store proudly supports local arts and features exhibits from local visual artists that rotate every six to eight weeks. Currently Pious Bird is showing the work of Cultural Alliance artist member, Mariya Rivera.  For Witt, Pious Bird is seeing a dream come true. As Eileen Weber wrote in 2013 in TownVibe: "Desiree has 15 years experience in design and has always had a flair for what’s fashionable, nifty and just off-the-wall cool. Having a shop to display all those fabulous finds is the icing on the cake. You can find a range of different items to choose from like furniture, glassware, and other unique, one-of-a-kind knick-knacks. Scouring the East Coast for her treasures, Witt brings them back to her shop with a keen eye for how the pieces will fit together. That’s one of the reasons why she often promotes local artists on the shop’s walls. Decorating your home doesn’t stop with what goes on the floor—your blank walls can be the biggest canvas of all." Opening in 2011 on Fairfield's Brick Walk, Desiree moved her store to Black Rock in Fall 2013. Since then Pious Bird has built a strong relationship with the Black Rock Art Guild, showing the work of many of BRAG's artists. Visit Pious Bird's website, FacebookInstagram pages and Twitter feed.

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Sandra Pelletier
New Canaan Director: Miranda Girard 

Sorelle Gallery is a fine art gallery and art-consulting firm, specializing in a wide variety of traditional and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists. With staff that has decades of combined experience serving both residential and corporate clients, the Gallery is able to provide worldwide acquisition resources. Sandra Pelletier opened the New Canaan Gallery in 2014, at 84 Main Street, as an addition to her Albany Gallery. A painter herself, encouraged by her mother, she studied art history at Southern Connecticut State University, then earned a master’s in art education from Skidmore College in 2008. Asked, by The New Canaanite, why she chose New Canaan, Sandra said that she liked the area and that New Canaan in particular had a unique character that appealed to her: "It has Main Street and Elm Street and the shops are very unique, so it’s community-oriented. You have all of these very unique, owner-based shops, which is rare. It makes for a business that wants a more unique look." The name ‘Sorelle’ is Italian for "sisters forever," and was suggested by Pelletier’s mother when Sandra opened her first gallery eight years ago where there were many women involved in the effort, herself at the center. Although Sorelle's focus is on each individual client, the Gallery also offers monthly lectures, exhibitions, and demonstrations that are designed to showcase important talent and provide artwork appealing to a broad range of interests. See the Sorelle Gallery's website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.  More...
YOUR NEWS                             
The ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM is taking a tour to Art Basel Miami this December. Executive Director, Alyson Baker and curator Amy Smith-Stewart, are guiding an "an exclusive, special-access trip" to one of the most important art events of the year. Aldrich Patron Circle members only can pay $500 for the trip. Includes private opening party at The Rubell Family Collection; detailed guide to the must-see artworks, installations, and exhibitions; visits to Perez Art Museum Miami and Wynwood galleries; VIP access to Art Basel Miami and NADA fairs. More...
THE BRUCE MUSEUM is launching Bruce Moose Activity Packs, starting Sat. Oct. 18, "designed to help families explore the museum's galleries in a fun and hands-on way,” says Laura Stricker, the Museum’s new Manager of Youth & Family Programs. “Each pack contains four to five objects and activities that will encourage more looking, more learning and more discoveries!” The Charles Harold Davis Mystic Impressionist pack includes Mystic Memory, a card game using Davis’ paintings in memory card format, and Cloud Exploration, an activity taking advantage of Davis’ penchant for painting clouds. More..
Our new member CULTURAL PURSUIT is launching a series of in-depth gallery visits, in liaison with the Cultural Alliance's own PROGRESSIVE ART TOUR. On Saturday, October 241pm - 3pmLaura Schroeder invites those who are interested in learning about Greenwich art galleries to join her group for a Greenwich Gallery Walk. Galleries showing a wide range of work will include C. Parker GalleryTaylor and Graham, the Bentheim, Cavalier, Samuel Owen and Flinn Galleries and Sandra Morgan InteriorsClick here  to sign up, and address questions to Laura by email or phone (914-602-8682).
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM is launching a series of STEM Night Out fundraising events Nov. 7 with an evening of "cocktails, canapés and cars," featuring the 1898 Riker Electric Car, a new BMW i3 and a 2016 Chevrolet Volt. $50 supporters will be in for a discussion of how the electric car was once the height of popular automotive technology, and is now poised to return as the car of the future, and will be able to look under the hood of the latest electric vehicles. More...
Congratulations to the FAIRFIELD MUSEUM AND HISTORY CENTER and to WILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY for each being awarded a $125,000 grant under the Good to Great program, administered by DECD’s Offices of Arts and Historic Preservation. The program was created in 2014 "to fund improvements that will significantly enhance cultural and historic sites and the way people enjoy them." The program targets smaller and mid-sized cultural organizations that have received limited state funding in the past. More...
REBIRTH ARTS FESTIVAL raised more than $12,000 for the construction of next summer's free festival, and over $4,000 for Connecticut artists. Though this is just the beginning of their fundraising, they are buoyed by this success. The inaugural Rebirth Arts Festival, slated for August 12-13, 2016, will feature films under the open sky, over 15 local bands, and an interactive outdoor art gallery that will transform an 18-acre Easton hilltop. "Light a beacon of creativity, and help build a uniquely Connecticut festival that will supercharge our state's cultural identity." To donate, please follow this link.
The RIDGEFIELD ARTS COUNCIL is celebrating its own regeneration - with a new mission, charge and logo to reflect its role as a “generator of attention for, and collaboration between, members of Ridgefield’s vibrant arts community." As part of its new spirit it is holding a new installment of its Generator networking event at 7:30pm on Monday, October 19 at Watershed Gallery (23 Governor St). The event will feature three brief presentations designed to inform, entertain, and inspire the creative community. More...
The RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE is celebrating its 15th Anniversary season with a tribute to not only Motown, as legend Smokey Robinson takes the stage, but also to past Board Presidents, who have been instrumental in the Playhouse's success. The Playhouse celebrates with a Gala celebration this Sat. Oct. 10, an open bar, gourmet food, an auction and a special performance by Motown Legend Smokey Robinson who rarely performs in venues this size. More...
The WESTPORT ARTS CENTER today announced the resignation of Helen Klisser During as the organization’s Artistic Director, effective December 1, 2015. Helen commented that she was grateful for “having the trust and creative license to use the Center as a canvas for a global and hyper-local dialogue with our dynamic community prompted by pictures on a wall, but now I want to devote full time to special projects and advising domestic and international clients.” She joined the Westport Arts Center in 2009 as Director of Visual Arts and was made Artistic Director in 2014. She launched many original, successful programs, including the Westport Artists’ Collective, now 150 members strong.
Congratulations to WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE for its grant of $23,250 from Connecticut Humanities for a series of community events surrounding the Playhouse production of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass that will further explore the themes of the play and the legacy of this American and Connecticut playwright. The Individual & American Society: Celebrating Arthur Miller at One Hundred will explore Miller’s life and the multi-faceted themes of his works. Programs include speakers, discussions, workshops, films, family events, and a month-long lobby exhibit. More...
REMEMBER, REMEMBER (if you are a member) to send all your press releases to Marketing Director Jennifer Bangser so that she can check 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                             

Americans for the Arts reports that the arts community is already making a difference in the 2016 Presidential election by participating in its ArtsVote2016 campaign. Candidates as diverse as Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Hillary Clinton are coming out in support of the arts. A key reason why candidates are taking time in their campaigns to speak about the arts is that we are asking them! Show up at rallies and campaign events, share your stories on the web and use the hashtag #ArtsVote2016 on social media. Americans for the Arts exhorts us all to push Presidential candidates from both parties to make pro-arts statements. Remember: Tune in on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 for the first Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on CNN at 9:00pm. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #ArtsVote2016 and #CNNDebate.

Meanwhile CTNonprofits reminds us that 
the deadline to Register to Vote is October 27. As they point out, "the nonprofit sector is strongest when our collective voices are heard and what better way to speak up than to exercise your right to vote. If you are new to Connecticut or have recently moved, make sure you register to vote today!" In CT, you may now register to vote online here. CTNonprofits has also prepared a Voter Registration Toolkit which includes timelines, education materials, calendar of important deadlines and links to many FAQs and other helpful resources.

This state-wide advocacy and collective benefits organization with over 500 members, is offering a special 25% discount off membership rates for Cultural Alliance members. See benefits here and membership rates here. Interested? Then contact David Green

Christine Stuart in CT News Junkie, reported Gov. Malloy’s announcement Monday that for January - August, 2015, visits to 23 attractions around the state were up 3 percent. For just May through August, attendance jumped 12 percent, Malloy said. “The summer season was a big hit,” Malloy said. The average spent by tourists this summer was $906 per party - a 4 percent increase over the prior summer. Hotel visits, which includes business travelers, was also up 4 percent over last year. That’s compared to 1 percent nationally. DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith reminded reporters that six years ago Connecticut was knocked off the tourism map of New England by not paying dues to regional tourism. “Due to this governor taking us from a dollar spend a year up to in some cases $10 to $15 million a year in marketing to support state tourism, has really paid off,” Smith said. “It puts Connecticut literally back on the map.”
Malloy said tourism is a major industry in Connecticut: from Mystic Aquarium to the Connecticut Science Center, to historic homes, museums, and a zoo, there are about 118,000 jobs in the industry in Connecticut. “Tourism is one of our strongest economic drivers and one of our best performers for much of the last few years,” Malloy said. Connecticut launched the fall version of its still revolutionary tourism campaign, featuring two new television ads that highlight seasonal attractions in the state. It’s a $1.1 million ad campaign. Malloy was criticized during his 2014 re-election campaign for spending $600,000 on DECD ads touting CT’s business climate. Nobody commented on the fact however that it is the arts and culture infrastructure that is the backbone of Tourism, and without which there would be no tourism industry. Back in 2012, Americans for the Arts reported that arts and culture nonprofits generated $59.1 million in local and state government revenue in 2010 and are a $653 million industry in Connecticut supporting 18,314 full-time jobs. Collectively, the organizations spend $455.5 million annually, which in turn leverages $197.5 million in additional spending by audiences attending the theater or other events, pumping revenue into local restaurants, hotels, and parking garages. “The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Connecticut currently generates more than 13 times the local government and state government revenues than the national average,” Kip Bergstrom, deputy commissioner of DECD at the time, said in a press release.

The MacArthur Foundation has announced the launch of Collective Shift, a new nonprofit that builds on more than $200 million in research, design experiments, and demonstrations the Foundation has supported in Digital Media and Learning over the last decade. With $25 million in seed funding, Collective Shift's first project is LRNG, which will expand a city-based, 21st century ecosystem of learning that combines in-school, out-of-school, work-based, and online learning opportunities that are visible and accessible to all. LRNG builds on more than $200 million in research, design experiments, and demonstrations that MacArthur supported over the past decade, designed to understand how young people are learning with digital media and what the implications are for how learning is designed and supported to ensure more equitable access to opportunity for success. Said MacArthur President Julia Stasch, “We are making a bet on LRNG, and on Collective shift, as a new model of a nonprofit organization, combining the vision and structure of a nonprofit with the business rigor, product development mentality, agility, and growth potential of a technology company.” MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning program produced a new pedagogy called “Connected Learning” that brings together the fragmented spheres of a young person’s life—interests, academic and work opportunities, and peer culture—and is the pedagogical basis for LRNG. To help secure the legacy of MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning program and connect it to LRNG’s new ecosystem for learning, MacArthur will support a final Digital Media and Learning Competition that will be announced in early 2016. 
Arizona State University, Gap Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Electronic Arts, Fossil Foundation, National Writing Project, the Schultz Family Foundation, and musical artist John Legend, have joined the Foundation to launch LRNG to combine learning experiences, anytime, anywhere, into a seamless network that is open, motivating and inviting to all youth. More...

The Internal Revenue Service has published proposed regulations regarding the "contemporaneous written acknowledgement" requirement for contributions of $250 or more. Under current law, nonprofits must provide donors certain written documentation regarding receipt of donations, such as "the amount of cash and a description of any property other than cash contributed" and "whether any goods and services were provided by the donee organization in consideration for the contribution." The IRS is proposing that nonprofits, on a voluntary basis at this time, file an additional new information return with the Service by February 28 every year and give a copy of it by that date to each contributor of $250 or more to substantiate the contribution. Among other things, the return would require the nonprofit to collect the donor's Social Security number, an action which would impose other legal requirements on nonprofits to retain and protect those Social Security numbers from identify theft. A mandatory version had been considered and rejected in the past because the proposal raises numerous legal, policy, and confidentiality problems. The IRS is accepting public comments on the proposed rule change through December 16. (See tips on submitting comments.) The National Council of Nonprofits is evaluating the proposed regulations and is seeking input from nonprofits on how it would affect recordkeeping, privacy, and other practices.


THE PROBONO PARTNERSHIP offers a webinar Wed. Oct 21, 12pm-1:30pm ($20) on The Fiscal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards: "Learn more about your financial obligations as a nonprofit board member through this webinar that will address essential concepts of nonprofit finance, as well as the key conversations that boards and executive staff should have about money. Presenters will also discuss board members' legal obligations and suggest best practices to ensure proper financial oversight. Though targeted to board members, executive staff can also benefit from attending this helpful webinar." Topics will include: Planning for growth or change; handling income statements and balance sheets; implementing annual budgets and monitoring performance; building reserves; considering debt; understanding the board's role in the annual audit; creating finance and/or audit committees; developing corporate governance policies that promote strong financial practices. The speakers are: Maurice K. Segall, Esq., Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership, and Philip Rosenbloom, Founder and Principal, Tarn Consulting LLC. Registration closes on Friday, October 16, 2015. Workshop information will be emailed to the email address provided during registration on or before October 21, 2015. Register here (please do not hit back or refresh during the registration process; contact Kate Marchese at (973) 240-6955 before resubmitting a registration if you receive an error message).


The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) has developed Colleague Circles - a series of programs that are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of CLHO members. Each Colleague Circle has been developed with a specific interest group in mind so that program speakers, topics and discussions can be better focused to meet participant needs. Three groups have been scheduled for the fall. This series of Colleague Circle programs has been underwritten by the CLHO, and are free to all. Save the dates and register early/

1.Directors Colleague Circle (Small/Medium Organizations):
The Director & the Board, Perfect Together?
Mon., Nov. 2, 10 am - noon, Lebanon Historical Society. Diane Jellerette, Director of the Norwalk Historical Society, and Marge Smith, Director turned Curator of the Kent Historical Society. You've got at least one paid, part-time staff, and maybe a few others. The board is responsible for a lot of the work the organization does. Who is in the driver's seat? How do you navigate tricky situations?  Register Here

2. Collections Colleague Circle:
Old Loans & Other Ownership Tangles - Mon., Nov. 9, 10 am - noon, Litchfield Historical Society. Linda Hocking, Archivist, Litchfield Historical Society on how to address those objects that simply "appear" in your collection as well as on CT's abandoned property legislation, this program is for you. Register Here.

All-Volunteer Organization Colleague Circle: Stump the Experts - All Questions Answered. 
Friday, Nov. 20, 10 am - noon, Cheshire Historical Society. Diane Calabro, President of the Cheshire Historical Society, on finding and managing volunteers. Joining the group will be collections expert, Kathy Craughwell-Varda; archives and digitization expert Christine Pittsley, and surprise guests! Register Here.


The mission of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is to advance creative thinking by connecting today’s artists with individuals and communities in unexpected and stimulating ways. The new position of Manager of Academic Programs (Manager) – reporting to and working closely with the Director of Public Programs and Audience Engagement (Director) - will research, develop, implement and assess pioneering programs for schools, educators, and the adult volunteer Museum Guide team. The Manager will develop innovative, forward thinking strategies that increase service to regional schools and educators, and will position The Aldrich as a leader in the field of museum education. These strategies and the resulting programs will be developed in dialogue with administrators, educators, and curriculum specialists from the schools and districts served by The Aldrich. The Manager will develop an annual plan for assessing the short- and long-term impact of the Museum’s education programs on the students and teachers served. The Manager will be knowledgeable about trends and approaches in the field of museum education and will make recommendations for program change and/or growth within her/his area of responsibility to the Director, Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Board Committees as needed. A Masters Degree in art history, art education, museum education or a related field is preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of contemporary art, museum program management, K-12 education, National Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the STEM to STEAM initiative. Familiarity with Connecticut and Westchester school districts is preferred. For a detailed job description, click here.


The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (Quick Center) is a multi-faceted facility that presents a wide variety of high quality performances, lectures, and exhibits. Opened in 1990, the Quick Center will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary during the 2015-16 season. It has become known as having one of the finest concert halls in the country and was recognized as the "cultural epicenter of Fairfield County" by Westport Magazine. As part of its strategic growth, a new role has arisen within the Quick Center for a Marketing Manager to help devise, develop and deliver a comprehensive plan for business development, income generation and brand and patron awareness. The Manager will help raise the organization's media profile through increased patronage and ticket sales, by defining and managing a new communication strategy. To coordinate these activities, the Quick Center is looking for a strong influencer and negotiator, who is self-motivated and has a proven track record of business development, marketing and communication. The Manager should be capable of radical thinking, developing new and innovative strategies for communicating the Quick Center's vision and mission, all the while working in a diplomatic and practical manner to ensure that change is delivered in a sustainable way. The ideal candidate would have a degree in a marketing-related field, providing the relevant business, communication, strategic-thinking and entrepreneurial skills required for the post as well as sufficient background or understanding of issues relating to media, arts and the not for profit sector. For full details, click here. To apply, email Peter Van Heerden, Quick Center Director at

EverWonder Children's Museum located in Newtown, CT cultivates a lifelong love-of-learning in children by encouraging them to think, inquire, and wonder about the world around them. We offer hands-on exhibits and programming to spark imagination in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. EverWonder seeks a Museum Manager who will play a central role to the EverWonder organization, carrying out day to day operations and implementing new programming to further the organizational mission. This role reports directly to the EverWonder board of directors. Responsibilities include general oversight of Museum operations, including, but not limited to: management of employees including scheduling, payroll, mentoring and training; management and scheduling of existing volunteers and development of a volunteer recruitment strategy; providing staff support to Board and Committee meetings; oversee and coordinate maintenance and rotation of exhibits; development and implementation of a marketing strategy using social and
earned media; oversee general maintenance, contracts, technology, budget adherence and customer experience. 
Minimum qualifications:
willingness to work from an office in Newtown, CT; experience managing staff and budgets; experience with Microsoft office products. To apply, send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant qualifications to: Use the subject line: Museum Manager. More...

A vibrant and passionate organizational wizard needed to lead 250+ creative artists and participants, ages 4 through 17, in a magical, musical summer theatre adventure like no other! Audubon Arts has been a favorite program at Neighborhood Music School  for over 30 years. Ideal candidate must possess excellent administrative and communication skills, experience working with school-age children and a touch of whimsy. This is a year-round position, with flexible hours during the "off season", and full time from May 1 through mid-August.
The Program Director leads staff in creating an environment that is safe and supportive, and embodies the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and fun. S/he is responsible for hiring arts specialists in drama, music, art, dance, writing, and other areas, as well as counselors who guide students in creating and performing a culminating production appropriate for their age level. The Program Director manages a budget of approximately $300,000, and coordinates recruitment, registration and logistics for the program. Minimum Qualifications include a  Bachelor's Degree; teaching experience working with school-aged children; a strong background in the arts; at least two years of management and supervisory experience; strong interpersonal skills; proven leadership ability; outstanding organizational and communication skills. Send resumés with cover letter to: Noah Bloom, Director of Programs & Community Engagement, at More...
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer
Bruce Museum: Museum Educator
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival; Executive Director 
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Pequot Library: Special Events Coordinator
Stamford's Palace Theatre: Guest Experience Manager
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
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OCTOBER National Arts and Humanities Month
Oct. 12: Spotlight on Arts & Culture, Laurence Caso + Bob Kennedy, WPKN, Noon
Oct. 13: NEFA CreativeGround Webinar: How to Use CreativeGround to Find 
                   Collaborators and Explore Your Creative Economy, 1pm (Free)
Oct. 14: FCCF Workshop: Board Chair Roundtable, 8am
Oct. 15: Shubert Foundation Grant Deadline-Dance, Arts-Related & Education Support
Oct. 16: CT Trust Annual Conference, Hartford
Oct. 17: Cultural Alliance Progressive Art Tour: Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 6-9pm
Oct. 19: Styart of AASLH Online Course: Project Management for History Professionals
Oct. 20: Common Ground 5: Norwalk City Hall, #101, 6:30pm
Oct. 20: NEA Art Works Application Deadline
Oct. 21: ProBono Webinar Fiscal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards ($20)
Oct. 24: Cultural Pursuit: Tour of Greenwich Galleries
Nov. c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $1500)
Nov. c2: Impact Fairfield County: Letter of Inquiry Submission Opens
Nov. c2: CLHO: Directors Colleague Circle, The ED & The Board, Lebanon Historical 
Nov. 4-7: Museum Computer Network Conference (Minneapolis)
Nov. 6-9: 2015 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference
Nov. c9: CLHO: Collections Colleague Circle, Ownership Tangles, Litchfield Historical 
Nov. 20: CLHO: All-Volunteers Colleague Circle, Stump the Experts, Cheshire Historical 

Dec. c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $1500)
c1: NEH: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections: Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Grant Deadline for Theatre Operating Support
Dec. c2: Impact Fairfield County: Letter of Inquiry Submission Closes
Dec. c3: Nonprofit Legislative Forum: Greater Norwalk

March 16-17: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are very grateful for the support of our individual and organization members, our individual donors and the following organizations.
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
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