Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - September 9, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
September 9, 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 450 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
❖ Our WPKN 89.5 Spotlight on Arts & Culture with Rick Shaefer, Mon. Sept. 12
❖ Please "Like" our Facebook Page: 2500 by Sept 30?
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: City of Bridgeport, Fairfield County Arts Association, Friends of Sherwood Island, The Gallery at Greens Farms Church

 News from Angel Choir, Greenwich, The Barnum Museum, G&B Cultural Center, Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery, New Paradigm Theater, and Remarkable STEAM.

❖ New Arts Participation Reports from the NEA (+ an interactive map)
❖ Celebrate National Arts in Education Week, Sept 11-17

❖ Stamford Technology Week - September 14-18 
❖ Find Any Museum (and its Data) with MuseumStat

❖ Long Wharf Theatre: Associate Managing Director
❖ Coastal Arts Guild of CT: Volunteer Marketing Coordinator

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Our next WPKN Spotlight on Arts and Culture live radio interview series features Rick Shaefer, whose Refugee Trilogy drawing show opened at the Fairfield University Art Museum 9/7, Fairfield University Professor Bryan Crandall, and IIConn's Claudia Connor, on this critical topic. See the University's related programming. Hear Jennifer Bangser's interview live on 89.5FM, noon Sept. 12, or stream it.
If you haven't already (and even if you have), check out our combined Cultural Alliance and FCBuzz Facebook page. Check in regularly to see our recommendations - and please LIKE the page. At time of writing we're at 2,055. We have 2,500 in our sights. Let's do it soon! Thanks!


Mayor: Joseph Ganim

The largest city by population in Connecticut (with 147,216 counted in the 2013 census), Bridgeport sits at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound  Inhabited by the Paugussett Indian tribe at the time of its English colonization in 1659, its location on the deep Black Rock Harbor supported shipbuilding and whaling in the mid-19th century and encouraged the early settlers to shift from agrarian to mercantile and manufacturing pursuits. It grew from a whaling center into an industrial center after the opening of the railroad in 1840 when Bridgeport incorporated itself to subsidize the Housatonic Railroad. Industrialization rapidly followed after the Housatonic connected to the New York and New Haven railroad. Manufacturing was the mainstay of the local economy until the 1970s, when industrial restructuring and suburbanization caused the loss of many jobs and affluent residents. Today, conversion of office and factory buildings to residential use and other redevelopment is attracting new residents. P.T. Barnum served as the town's mayor in the late 19th century, building four houses, and quartering his circus in town during winter. Bridgeport is home to 35 CAFC organizational members and many artists. See the City’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

President:  Terri Singer

The Fairfield County Arts Association (FCCA) is an association of artists and art enthusiasts in Fairfield County founded in 1984 by Mario Dal Fabbro, a local & international sculptor, and Robert Le Doux, a painter and former director of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, both Fairfield residents. The association was established as an antidote to the two common frustrations of artists: isolation and lack of feedback about their work. It provides an opportunity for both amateur and professional artists to meet and share interests in each others’ activities and provides a forum of comment, criticism and advice. Membership includes a monthly newsletter, monthly meetings, plein air sketching, exhibits, and a web page of your art on the FCAA website. Meetings are held monthly at Fairfield’s Roger Ludlowe Middle School on Unquowa Road (in the school library) and usually feature an artist presenter. This month, on Wed. Sept 14, Norwalk artist Norman Siegel, will discuss his photorealist and trompe l’oeil oil paintings. See FCAA's website here

Liz-Ann Koos and Erica Caldwell

Sherwood Island State Park occupies 234 acres of woodlands, wetlands and sandy beach on the Long Island Sound, in the Green’s Farms area of Westport. Because the first parcel of land was purchased in 1914, Sherwood Island is officially Connecticut’s oldest state park — but it could not take the shape it has today until 1937, when key parcels were acquired and the public access was assured. Historically, the Sherwood family settled on what used to be called Fox Island in 1787, farmed the Sherwood’s Island upland, and operated a gristmill on the Mill Pond. In the 1800s, wealthy families built mansions in the Green’s Farms area, which became part of the newly incorporated Town of Westport in 1835. In the 1900s, when the State was trying to acquire land for the park, influential landowners in the area fought against it. Westport’s William H. Burr acquired land for the state and led the battle against the landowners who did not want a park in their backyards. But it wasn’t until 1937 that Governor Wilbur L. Cross signed two bills making a total of $485,000 available for the purchase of land and development of Sherwood Island State Park. In 1995, a coalition of concerned sportsmen, outdoorsmen, environmentalists, and citizens banded together to form the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, to: preserve, maintain, improve and enhance Sherwood Island State Park for the benefit of the general public; solicit and raise funds; and educate the public about the resources, needs and value of the park. One of its first achievements was building a new Nature Center behind the East Beach, which opened 2009, the result of a public-private partnership between the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park. See the Friends website, a history of its formation, its Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Gallery Director: Diane Parrish

Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2011, Green’s Farms Congressional Church (GFC) is as old as the Town of Westport. The first parish meeting was held in a small square meeting house at the foot of Morningside Drive and Green's Farms Road on June 12, 1711. The congregation quickly outgrew that structure and built a second meeting house in 1736, at what is now the corner of Green's Farms Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. After the British burned that one, the congregation selected its third and current site at 71 Hillandale Road. Built in 1789, that building was also destroyed by fire in 1852. However, it was rebuilt in the same place and this current, and fourth, meeting house is the longest-surviving of the church's sanctuaries. The idea for a permanent art Gallery at Green's Farms Church (GFC) grew out of an outdoor pop-up art show that GFC hosted on the occasion of its 300th anniversary. The show was so well received that parishioners asked for more. In response, gallery space was created inside the building, between the courtyard and parking lot entrance to the church. The Gallery at GFC hosted its first exhibition in January 2013. Since then the Gallery has been the site of shows in all kinds of media by both professional artists and talented amateurs, all of whom have some connection to Greens Farms Church (see CAFC Artist Member, Dale Najarian's solo show, Colorful Translations there through Oct. 11). The Gallery also serves as a community gathering spot, where visitors can deepen their connection to others and explore the spiritual meaning of the works.
If you are an artist and would be interested in showing your work, or if you have an idea for a themed show, please contact Diane Parrish. See The Gallery's website.

On Monday, August 1st, Pamela Kuhn's ANGEL CHOIR of Greenwich, answered the call to provide music for the inaugural event of the Unbreakable Line of Unity, a joining of hands of hundreds of people in various locations to show support for the Stamford Police Department. The ANGEL CHOIR sang numbers of love, inspiration and patriotism. In the words of the event's founder, Regina Kirshbaum, “This isn’t a protest, this is a showcase of unity.”
The BARNUM MUSEUM has announced the appointment of Robert C. Cardillo to its Board of Directors. The founder and president of the Cardinal Center, a public affairs & government relations consulting firm, Cardillo served at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he met Barnum ED, Kathy Maher, when visiting locations affected by Hurricane Katrina. He commented that he was pleased to use his skills to help move the Museum forward from its current restoration and rehabilitation to its re-emergence as a major cultural destination. 
The G&B CULTURAL CENTER in Wilton's historic Georgetown section, caught the eye of The Bridgeport News when, adding to its rising tide of cultural activities, it added a turn-of-the-20th Century Sturges Etching Press with 28x48" bed. Property of the late Redding artist Fred Otnes, the press was guided to G&B by independent curator Benjamin Ortiz where ED Pat Hegnauer, partnering with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking figured out how to make best use of the press and to offer instruction. Read the whole story here. 
ISABELLA GARRUCHO FINE ART is doubling its space - moving from its current 800 square feet of usable wall space at 45 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich to 1500 square feet at its new location, 40 West Putnam Ave - the former Bellini store. The Inaugural Art Exhibit & Grand Opening Reception is Tuesday September 20, 6-9pm. At right a sneak peek of the new space during moving day. 
NEW PARADIGM THEATER recently partnered with The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport to produce the new musical Oliver - Reinvented! (with sold-out houses at the Fairfield Theatre Company). During its pre-show Prologue Bazaar with local performing artists from the community (courtesy of K.E.Y.S.) and artwork by Jahmane West (courtesy of City Lights Gallery; click on image for larger picture), the Council of Churches passed out 750 pamphlets on its Food Access program, raised close to $1,000 (with cast member “orphans” and local artists placed around FTC) and received donations of over 150 pounds of food as part of admission from audience members.
Mark Mathias at REMARKABLE STEAM, best known for the Westport Mini Maker Faire, whose initiatives support job creation and educational programs, recently secured a new STATE OF INNOVATION license plate from the CT DMV. He is now accepting orders for the plate and when he has collected 400 orders, the State will make them. For each order ($85 for a standard and $154 for a vanity plate), $20 will go to the nonprofit.  It seems a great way to promote Connecticut as a place where innovation happens. Click here (or on the image) for a fillable order form.  
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The National Endowment for the Arts just released new research showing state-by-state participation in the arts and how, nationally, decades of declining arts attendance has halted. The new research comes in the form of two “arts data profiles,” (NEA collections of statistics, graphics, and summary results from data-mining about the arts): 1. Results from the Annual Arts Basic Survey (2013-2015) and 2. State‐Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns. The first is a short-form version of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (conducted by the NEA with the U.S. Census Bureau every five years) on arts attendance, literary reading, arts classes taken and personal performance or creation of artworks. Key findings include:  while 32% of adults attended a live music, theater, or dance performance in 2015, and 19% attended an art exhibit (similar to 2013)adults reading literature fell from 47% in 2012 to 43% in 2015;  movie-going is the most popular arts activity, with 58% of adults going out to see at least one movie a year; and  young adults (18-24) participate in the arts at higher rates than adults in general (37% attending live events versus 32% of all adults). Key findings of the State‐Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns include
Western and Eastern states tend to have participation rates above average;  Kansas has the highest share of adults who use TV, radio, or the Internet to consume art (72% of adults); and that there is a strong correlation among arts participation, education, poverty, and access to arts orgs.
For the performing arts, the greatest correlations are with education (positive) and poverty (negative). Click here (or image above) for the interactive map showing the state-by-state share of adults who: attend visual or performing arts events or go to the movies; read literature; personally perform or create artworks; and use TV, radio, or the Internet to consume art.

National Arts In Education Week is this next week, September 11-17, 2016. Take two minutes to issue a Letter to the Editor using this easy-to-use form to your local papers and tell them why the arts matter in education! Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters join together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education. In 2016, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education, as we usher in a new chapter of American educational policy with the new Every Student Succeeds Act and its many arts-friendly provisions. In the new law, the arts remain a "well-rounded" subject and are empowered to be central to a child's education in our public schools. Municipal, education, and state leaders need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples' lives and that they must support the arts in every district and every school in America. Write a letter to the editor, post, and see what's already posted: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share your ideas and experience about why the arts matter in education! Please always use the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd to spread the word and connect with others.

The first Stamford Technology Week is coming up Sept 14-18 at the Stamford Innovation Center and around Stamford, with a slate of panels, presentations and hands-on activities from Coding to Robots to Virtual Reality and more. Of the many events happening are: 1. CT Smart Cities Conference  (Wed. Sept 14, 8:30am – 2pm., including a free panel discussion on cybersecurity at 8:30am); 2. the Northeast JavaScript Conference  (Sept 15-16), a professional coders conference, featuring nationally known experts in frameworks like Vanilla, Node, React and Angular; 3. The Third Stamford Hackathon  (Sept.16-18) where coders from IBM, Pitney Bowes, Uber, Indeed help hackers create software to solve problems focused on smart cities and transportation. Participants will have access to city models, datasets and the best VR gear. The Hackathon will be open to the public, with speakers, robots, virtual reality and other technology on display for attendees. Specially designated areas for hackathon participants ensure them freedom to work and build the next great breakthrough; and 4. The Stamford STEM Teams Hackathon  (September 18) will bring 200+ high school kids from Stamford to work together in teams to solve problems, build code and complete projects.

A new app can help you not only find one of the 35,000 museums in the U.S., but also key information about it. MuseumStat is a powerful tool designed to better understand museums and their role in our communities, and MuseumFinderits companion iOS app, can show what museum is just around the corner, through its GPS functionality. For museum leaders, researchers, advocates and policy makers working to understand the scope and reach of museums, and seeking to create exhibits and programs that are more directly tied to their surrounding communities, MuseumStat is a crucial tool. Neville Vakharia at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design led the research that led to MuseumStat, with the goal of visualizing discovered data to help the museum field make data-driven decisions. MuseumStat uses two key types of data, the Museum Universe Data File (MUDF) and the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. Census Bureau. Said Vakharia: "In an increasingly digital and knowledge-driven world, MuseumStat can serve as the means by which museums can better tell their stories, reach new audiences and show their impact. Ultimately, we’re using technology to help create stronger human connections." Users can both see the location of any given museum and its proximity to others and, using the Add Demographics function, update the map with important data on demographic and community health measures. A data visualization dashboard provides dozens of important measures on people and households within any geographic region selected by the user. Relevant data can be downloaded by using the ‘Download Museum Info’ link. Read more...

Long Wharf Theatre seeks an Associate Managing Director to serve as a key member of its senior management team. Key responsibilities include leading interdepartmental projects and initiatives; overseeing human resources, finance, and operations; and assisting the Managing Director and Board of Trustees with the implementation and measurement of organizational strategy. This position serves as the lead staff member for a number of key Board of Trustee committees, including Finance, Audit, and Compensation and Human Resources. Qualifications include 10 years of arts management experience with increasing degrees of responsibility; experience in the non-profit producing theatre environment; the ability to work independently, prioritize, and multi-task; excellent communication and supervisory skills; accounting experience; a strong ability to read, analyze, interpret, and report financial data; proficiency with accounting software (experience with AccuFund a plus); and the ability to develop and manage complex budgets. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Send cover letter, resume, and references to Human Resources, here. EOE.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT is accepting applications for a Volunteer Marketing Coordinator to use proven digital and traditional marketing strategies to build its brand, support its mission and extend its reach. This is an excellent resume-building position with a limited time commitment working with a well-established and successful arts organization. The Guild is based in Stratford but is regionally situated, impacting (but not limited to) Fairfield County, New Haven County and beyond. Duties include: create and manage content for two arts websites, including updating; create, schedule and manage content for social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Intagram, Pinterest, and Meetup; liaise with other arts organizations to support co-marketing; develop and implement marketing strategies for events, classes, and membership building; coordinate on-site collection of materials; manage artists demonstrations and arts ed tables at events. Skills needed include: excellent writing; working knowledge of Wordpress (preferred); fluency with email correspondence; knowledge of email marketing; excellent social media management skills; some experience/ understanding of arts programming; and a positive, upbeat mindset. The Marketing Coordinator will have the full support of the board and will also be able to attend any of the Guild’s educational sessions at no cost.
Current estimated time for the position will require will be approximately 10 hours a week, working closely with the executive board on these programs. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2016Send letter of interest and resume to:
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Connecticut Office of the Arts: Program Associate 1
New Britain Museum of American Art: Director of Development
New Canaan Society for the Arts: Executive Director
Philip Johnson Glass House: Chief Curator
URU: The Right To Be Here: Communications Coordinator
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Development DIrector

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Sept. 12: CAFC's Spotlight on Arts & Culture: WPKN, 89.5 FM, noon
Sept. 12: NEA Our Town Grant Deadline
Sept. 14: Election+Budget Briefing, RYASAP, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, 9:30am
Sept. 15: Amphion Foundation Application Deadline for Non-Performing Ensembles
Sept. 16-18: Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead Symposium
Sept. 21: ProBono Partnership Webinar: Starting a NonProfit. Noon. Free
Sept. 30: Deadline for Submitting Video of Public Art

Oct. c1: Grammy Foundation: Music Research and Preservation Grants LoI due
Oct. c3: Levitt Foundation AMP [Your City] Grants Awards Submission Deadline
Oct. 6-7: ArtChangeUS ReMap: Detroit 
Oct. 12: Deadline for Idea Submission for NEFA Idea Swap 2016
Oct. 14: Creative Time 2016 Summit, Occupy the Future: Washington DC
Oct. 17: Shubert Foundation Theatre Grant Application Due

Nov. c2: NEFA: Idea Swap 2016, Worcester.

Dec. c1: Shubert Foundation Dance Grant Application Due
Dec. c1: USArtists International Application Deadline (for events 3/17-3/18)
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