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ORGANIZATION NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
December 11, 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
CONTENTS
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OUR NEWS
❖ Welcome to our Interim Development Director, Catherine McGrath
❖ Spotlight on Art and Culture Radio Show: Advocacy - Mon Dec. 14
Common Ground 6: The New Norwalk Historical Society Museum - Dec. 16
❖ NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Workshop at Silvermine Arts Center - Jan. 12
❖ Welcome New Members: The Dancing Curtain, New England Fashion and Design Association

YOUR NEWS
❖ News from CT Audubon, Fairfield University - Bellarmine Museum, Connecticut Alliance for Music, Housatonic Museum of Art, Jim Royle Drum Studio, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Rebirth Arts Festival, and Westport Country Playhouse

OTHER NEWS
❖ Obama Signs Education Act: Big Step for Arts Education
CT Budget Deficit Mitigation Package 
Avoids Extreme Disaster
❖ Help Heritage Organizations by Completing Short Survey
❖ NEA Grants to 15 CT Organizations

FUNDING
❖ 1772 Foundation + CT Trust Preservation Matching Grants - Dec. 31
❖ National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards - Feb. 2

RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
❖ Save the Date: Governor's Conference on Tourism - April 27
Preservation Action Foundation: Advocacy Scholars Program - Dec. 21
 

JOBS
❖ Fairfield Museum: Collections Manager
❖ O'Neill Theater Center: RFP for Archive Project

❖ International Festival of Arts and Ideas: Box Office Manager
❖ Sharon Historical Society: Curator of Collections
❖ National Endowment for the Arts: Grants Management Specialist
❖ Smithsonian American Art Museum: Curator of Contemporary Art

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available (scroll down)

CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
INTERIM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
We were sad to say goodbye to our longstanding Director of Development, Kristen Runk - she will be greatly missed. In her place, please welcome our Interim Development Director, Catherine McGrath. Catherine is a seasoned development professional who has worked as an independent consultant as well as with Bridgeport Public Schools, Norwalk Education Foundation, the AmeriCares Foundation, Stamford, and other Connecticut nonprofits. 
RADIO SPOTLIGHT: ARTS PHILANTHROPY
In her next Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio show, this Mon. Dec. 14 at noon on WPKN, 89.5, Jennifer Bangser will ask her guests: Why Giving to the Arts Matters? In seeking perspectives from philanthropists and the business community, Jennifer has invited Elisabeth Morten, author, FCCF boardmember and former CAFC board president; James Naughton, Tony-Award winning actor, singer, and Fairfield County resident, and Stuart M. Katz, attorney with Cohen & Wolf, to discuss their ideas for convincing others that philanthropy is an important component of the creative economy.
COMMON GROUND 6 - WED. DEC. 16
Now running on a regular schedule of the third Wednesday of each month, our next COMMON GROUND Meet-Up-style meeting will be held Weds. Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30pm at the new NORWALK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, adjacent to Norwalk City Hall. All are welcome to this meeting where collaborative projects are proposed, discussed and shaped. This meeting we have three presenters: artists Susan Tabachnick, Amy Oestreicher and preservationist Kenneth Karl, each making 15-minute presentations and seeking feedback and new ideas. RSVP ONLY. DETAILS AND RSVP HERE.
FUNDRAISING & FISCAL SPONSORSHIP WORKSHOP - JAN. 12
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has arranged for Ana Fiore, of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to present a workshop Tues. Jan. 12, 6-8pm at Silvermine Arts Center, on NYFA’s extensive fundraising and support programs available nationwide for individual artists and emerging arts organizations. Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists, artists' collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501c3 nonprofit status. You can RSVP here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                             
THE DANCING CURTAIN

A Creative Business Member
Owner: Khristee Rich


Khristee Rich started The Dancing Curtain as a sketch comedy business in 2009. At the height of the recession, Khristee’s job was eliminated at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and she quickly went from workaholic to loving life and everyone in it. After 10 weeks of non-stop writing comedy skits, she decided to start her own business. Spreading joy and laughter was clearly her calling. She added acting classes and standup, but soon realized there was more. After healing herself from a debilitating chronic illness, Khristee moved to San Francisco and opened another branch of her business, expanding into health and wellness services such as Reiki healing. After Kris Carr coined the phrase, Crazy Sexy Revolution, encouraging people to focus on their health and vitality instead of their illnesses, Khristee decided to start her own revolution, The Joy & Wellness Revolution, based on her mission to heal by spreading joy, love, and laughter. The Dancing Curtain is now a bi-coastal business with branches in Ridgefield and Los Angeles. Khristee has recently added one person shows, Joy & Wellness Coaching, and Chakradance workshops. Chakradance is a healing, shamanic dance that balances our chakras, our vital energy centers, and connects us with our spirit. The Dancing Curtain was recently featured in Natural Awakenings Magazine announcing Khristee’s upcoming Chakradance workshops in Fairfield County. Upcoming workshops include: Introduction to Chakradance, Sundays in December, 2-3:30pm at Just Dance in Norwalk; Introduction to Chakradance: A Seated Dancing MeditationDec. 16, 7-8:30pm at Saltana Cave (a Himalayan salt cave) in Ridgefield; Introduction to Chakradance: A Winter Solstice Celebration, Dec. 22, 6:30-8pm at Redding Meditation Center and Chakradance: Celebrations (a Chakradance intensive/spiritual dance party), Jan. 9, 6-8:30pm at Basil Yoga CenterRidgefield. Visit The Dancing Curtain website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter feed.
NEW ENGLAND FASHION+DESIGN ASSOCIATION 

Founder:  Irina Simeonova

The New England Fashion+Design Association (NEF+DA) is an educational association, founded by Irina Simeonova in 2005, in South Norwalk. Its curriculum draws on both the rich traditions perfected in European Couture Houses and contemporary design techniques. In a variety of classes, workshops and camps, the NEF+DA provides students "a fresh, hip industry fashion experience and brings fashion to life" The Association offers the following opportunities: 
Adult Fashion Lab Workshops: offering hands-on industry experience, where each session offers students an opportunity to stimulate, grow and express their inner fashion-creative genius. Workshops are offered in Pattern Making, Draping, Sewing, Fashion Illustration and Fashion Design in the evenings and weekends.
Junior Design Academy: developed by fashion design professionals and supported by a strong curriculum, this course helps young designers build a portfolio for their future fashion endeavors. These are fashion making methods for young designers who are just beginning their fashion journey, a great opportunity to acquire necessary skills or to build their own portfolio to apply to college.
Fashion Lab After-School: open for ages 7 and up and offered in 5 week sessions, two days a week, or for the real enthusiasts - unlimited sessions per season.
Fashion Lab Summer Camp 2016Connecticut's only day camp for ages 7-9 and 10-19, teaching fashion design. Each four-hour session of NEF+DA's Fashion Lab is project oriented, allowing students to complete their week of Fashion Lab camp with their own finished fashion design projects. 
The Fashion Incubator Program: an intensive fashion program, designed to prepare participants for a future in fashion design, this program provides participants an opportunity to gain the foundational skills and sensibilities needed to pursue a fashion education that is solid and enjoyable. See NEF+DA's website, and Facebook page.
YOUR NEWS                             
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
CT AUDUBON released its Connecticut State of the Birds 2015 report, Protecting and Connecting Large Landscapes, that calls for increased emphasis on habitat connectivity. "Connecticut’s large natural areas contain the habitats essential to the state’s flora and fauna," Alex Brash said. "They also provide other ecosystem functions that benefit the state’s human population.... Connectivity is a critical goal in conserving those benefits. We believe it should become a top priority. Conservation projects....all serve to re-open much larger areas, re-unite disconnected populations, or restore critical ecosystem components." More...
Fairfield University's BELLARMINE MUSEUM OF ART now has a regular blog: The Bellarmine Blog. Check in for regular updates with news and reviews of exhibitions and events at the Bellarmine Museum of Art and the Walsh Art Gallery, posts on upcoming programs, and information about other cultural happenings relating to our museums and cultural life on campus and beyond. You can look forward to posts by museum staff, student interns, art history faculty, exhibition curators, and guest bloggers. 
The CONNECTICUT ALLIANCE FOR MUSIC (CAM) has a new monthly newsletter: prelude . . .. With news of its competitions, competition winners and other newsworthy items of interest, prelude seeks to keep all those interested in the live performance of fine music and fostering the musical careers of young people in the loop. CAM seeks to "create an environment in which classical musicians can flourish and audiences can find creative stimulation, enjoyment and enrichment through outreach, performance opportunities, concerts and competitions." Sign up today!
Congratulations to Robbin Zella and The HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART for an award of $20,356 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under its 2015 Museums for America program for Collections Stewardship. This grant will fund an independent contractor to design, supply, and install custom, cost-effective modern-day storage systems that optimize the physical footprint of the current storage areas, improve organization, and maximize storage capacity for the museum's extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, and other objects. By improving the HMA’s storage facilities museum staff expect to increase the number of works that will stored in optimal conditions to ensure the collection's preservation.
Nov. 13, The JIM ROYLE DRUM STUDIO A-Team performed for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC15) as part of a 75-piece steel band selected from across the US and Canada. The show showcased the arrangements and original recordings of Tracy Thornton, the founder of Pan Rocks! All of Jim's students experienced the biggest percussion show on the planet, going to master classes and concerts, and seeing the world's top performers and educators. 
Congratulations to the NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (NHSO) for a $20,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for its ground-breaking Lash/Voynich Project. This is a 2-year undertaking with composer-in-residence Hannah Lash writing a symphony based on the Voynich Manuscript, in Yale's Beinecke Library, while writing and video blogging her progress. The NHSO visits SheltoIntermediate School, Thurs. Dec 17 at 7:30pm, as part of its 2015 Holiday Extravaganza.
On Nov. 19, NEW PARADIGM THEATRE’s Youth Board of Directors collaborated with the youth from BuildOn to feed some of Bridgeport's homeless at a soup kitchen run by The Bridgeport Council of Churches (BCC). The two groups prepared and served the food together and then NPT youth sang. Youth board member, Jimi Wright said, “This event was fantastic! I loved the balance between singing and helping others out. This was the entire goal of NPT in a nutshell! To bring communities together with theater.” NPT’s performers will perform at the BCC annual gala April 16. Learning about BCC’s mission via the soup kitchen, NPT youth fulfilled their "Sustainable Harmony" outreach - and will also be featured as singing waiters and performers in the show.
Welcome to Louis Pietig as the NORWALK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA's new Executive Director. Louis began his musical career as a cellist, and student orchestra manager more than forty years ago. Since then he has been a member of small chamber groups, vocal ensembles, St Luke's Choir and has coached and directed NY/Fairfield Cabaret performers. Louis also has experience Broadway/Off Broadway stage management and theater directing for 20+ years. He was president and is currently advocacy chair for Friends of Sherwood Island State Park. Welcome, Louis!
On Nov. 21, REBIRTH ARTS FESTIVAL hosted the sold-out CT premiere of the award-winning documentary Salam Neighbor. Norwalk filmmaker Chris Temple brought us face to face with the resilient victims of the Syrian refugee crisis, and gave his first-hand account of life within Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. Rebirth raised over $5,000 for CT artists and Syrian refugees and are eager to continue to build our community with the power of art. Rebirth Arts Festival is slated for Aug 12-13, 2016.
Congratulations to WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE for a $75,000 Challenge Grant received from Newman’s Own Foundation. The Challenge, to increase individual donor support, runs through Dec. 31, 2015, and is designed to help the Playhouse build long-term organizational capacity and stability, and increase awareness of the Playhouse’s role as an important nonprofit cultural resource. Newman’s Own Foundation is the independent foundation created by Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy. Together, Paul Newman and his wife, former Playhouse artistic director Joanne Woodward, were instrumental in creating the Playhouse as it exists today.
OTHER NEWS                             
OBAMA SIGNS "STEAMIER" EDUCATION LAW

Thursday, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing No Child Left Behind and, in the words of Americans for the Arts, "holding great promise for restoring arts education as central to the school day and in the lives of students and our nation’s future workforce." One problem with No Child Left Behind was that it  resulted in "a hyper-focus on testing in a few subjects, leaving other core academic subjects—like the arts—to be reduced, or in some places, abandoned." Key arts education priorities included in the new law include:
  • Dedicated funding for arts education through the “Assistance for Arts Education” grant program
  • Inclusion of the arts in the “Well-Rounded Education” definition with over a dozen references in the bill ensuring, among other things, that the arts continue to be eligible for Title I funds—the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies and schools. 
  • Integration of the arts in STEM programs – recognized in the field as “STEM to STEAM”
For the arts, this law means that states must invest in new arts education learning standards and resourcing of arts education to encourage creativity in our nation’s classrooms. For education providers, we must seek to provide all students with an education that is shared and coordinated between classroom teachers, arts specialists, and community partners. 
CT STATE BUDGET DEFICIT MITIGATION PACKAGE PASSES IN SPECIAL SESSION

As CT Nonprofits reported Tuesday, The House and Senate passed a $350 million state budget deficit mitigation package late Tuesday. As expected, the House of Representatives voted on the $350 million state budget deficit mitigation agreement (Senate Bill 1601) for FY2016, passing 75-65 along party lines. The Senate previously voted, passing it 20-15 along party lines. While any cut at this point is painful, if not devastating, many of the Governor's previous rescissions were partially or completely restored. The major parts of the budget deficit mitigation package include less severe, across-the-board-cuts totaling $350 million (see DECD cuts on pages 7-10 here) - though $214 million was annualized through SFY17 - compared to the Governor's rescissions in September, a roll back of business taxes, and laying a path for a 'constitutionally locked' transportation lockbox (H.R. 304). As for revenue, $35 million in revenues owed to the Special Transportation Fund, a $70.4 million deposit owed to a special new revenue-sharing program designed to help cities and towns control property tax hikes would be used, alongside $22.1 million from reserve accounts from public colleges and universities. Many of these revenue diversions are one-time uses and account sweeps that will not be available in future fiscal years. Most importantly, the plan also hinges heavily on the Governor finding $93 million in undefined savings. More...
ANSWER SHORT SURVEY
 AND PROTECT CT HERITAGE FUNDING
DECEMBER 21

As Connecticut’s cultural resource organizations continue to face critical cuts in state budget allocations over the last several years an informal consortium of humanities organizations (Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and Connecticut League of History Organizations) have compiled a simple 8-question survey to help gather information for continuing advocacy efforts by helping collate and summarize the impact of potential state budget cuts. The eight questions will be used as the basis of an economic impact studyTake the survey for your organization here by Monday, December 21, 2015
NEA ART WORKS AND CHALLENGE GRANTS ANNOUNCED
15 CT ORGANIZATIONS AWARDED $415,000

Congratulations to the 15 Connecticut organizations awarded an NEA grant: 
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center, $10,000
  • Hartford Performs, $45,000
  • Hartford Stage Company, $10,000
  • Real Art Ways, $20,000
  • Wadsworth Atheneum, $25,000
  • Wesleyan University, $25,000
  • Artspace, $25,000
  • Long Wharf Theatre, $10,000
  • New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, $40,000
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
  • Yale University Art Gallery, $25,000
  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum, $30,000
  • Spring Lake Productions, $25,000
  • Pilobolus, $50,000
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, $55,000
Details on the projects supported, available here. Let's see a Fairfield County showing next time around!
FUNDING                            
1772 FOUNDATION
CT HISTORIC PRESERVATION MATCHING GRANTS
LOI: DECEMBER 31

In cooperation with the Connecticut Trust for Historic PreservationThe 1772 Foundation has announced that funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 will be made available for the following historic preservation projects: exterior painting; finishes and surface restoration; installation or upgrade of fire detection, lightning protection and security systems; porch, roof and window repair/restoration; structural foundation and sill repair/replacement; and chimney and masonry repointing. To demonstrate the sustainability of historic sites, applicants may be required to submit a cyclical maintenance plan, condition assessment, restoration plan or stewardship plan that has been prepared or updated within the last five years. If an appropriate plan does not exist, the Foundation will consider providing support for development of a plan on a case-by-case basis. All organizations who wish to be considered should send a one-page letter of inquiry (LOI) to: 1772@cttrust.org and with "1772 Foundation" in the subject line. The letter should include: the amount of the request, the purpose of the grant, including the name and address of the historic resource for which project funding will be used, the matching funds you have or plan to have, the time frame for project completion and ownership status (own or lease) for the site. Also, please attach a current photo which best shows site condition, no more than 1.5MB, and provide web address for the site/organization. Letters of inquiry will be accepted until December 31, 2015. Invited applications will be due March 1, 2016
 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS
FEBRUARY 2

Formerly Coming Up Taller, The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards is a project of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people by providing them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. The awards focus national attention on exemplary programs currently fostering the creative and intellectual development of America’s youth through education and practical experience in the arts and the humanities. Each year, awards of $10,000 each are presented to National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards honorees. In addition, a Certificate of Excellence is given to all semifinalists. Does your museum or library have an outstanding afterschool or out-of-school program that is transforming the lives of young people? See webinar presentation slides here. For more information and a list of 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Recipients, see www.nahyp.org. To apply, click here. Deadline: February 2, 2016


RESOURCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
SAVE THE DATE
GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM
APRIL 27, 2016 

The Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism is the” don’t-miss industry event of the year for everyone who’'s interested in attracting visitors/guests/attendees: cultural and arts institutions, hotels, restaurants, casinos. tourist attractions, entertainment venues, historic sites. Prepare to share best practices and learn from national tourism and travel experts at this one-of-a-kind conference. See the video here. A full agenda will be announced in January, 2016: "We’’re working on an inspiring, insight-filled agenda with lots of practical workshops led by national leaders in their fields. Check back in January to learn how to maximize your investment in marketing, enhance your social media, attract international travelers and group tours, get more media coverage and much more. There’’ll be something for every level of professional across every aspect of the industry!"
PRESERVATION ACTION FOUNDATION
ADVOCACY SCHOLARS PROGRAM
DECEMBER 21

The Preservation Action Foundation is dedicated to advocacy education and training for historic preservation policy. To ensure students have the opportunity to access Preservation Action’s advocacy training and mentoring, the foundation created the Advocacy Scholars Program. Scholars join national advocates during the National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week (March 8-10, 2016) in Washington, DC. Students attend an Advocacy 101 training, a congressional reception and participate in briefings and policy discussions that will help shape federal support for historic preservation programs, such as the Historic Preservation Fund and the Historic Tax Credit. For full details, click here. Email submissions by December 21, to education@preservationaction.org. Note "Advocacy Scholar" in subject line. 
JOBS                             
FAIRFIELD MUSEUM COLLECTIONS MANAGER

The Fairfield Museum and Historical Society seeks a part-time Collections Manager for 25 hrs/wk, flexible scheduling. This is a 6-month position, with the possibility of extension. Responsibilities include: Ensuring the museum collections are handled, preserved, stored, and exhibited in a safe and prudent manner according to professional and institutional standards; coordinating review, assessment, and move of objects from offsite storage facilities to consolidate storage at one location; organizes offsite storage facilities; maintaining records of accession, condition, and location of objects in the museum collection and overseeing implementation of new registration database; assisting with the development and installation of museum exhibits, oversees loans and correspondence with lenders; managing and coordinating necessary conservation assessments and treatments, and supervise contract conservators and technicians; and working with the Collections Committee regarding possible deaccessions and managing documentation and disposal according to collections policy. Qualifications include:
broad, hands-on experience in museum registration, storage, deaccessioning procedures and exhibitions; an energetic and collaborative working style; highly developed skills in communication (verbal and written), organization and management; the ability to be entrepreneurial, innovative, adaptive and creative; and excellent interpersonal skills and dedication to public service. A BA/BS is required, but an MA would be preferred, with 3 or more years of registration or collections
management experience. Compensation is $20-25/hour depending on experience
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit cover letter and resume to library@fairfieldhs.org by January 8, 2016.
O'NEILL THEATER CENTER ARCHIVE PROJECT
RFP

Over its 50 years history, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (Waterford, CT) has accumulated volumes of materials that document the history of its artistic and educational programs, including: scripts, letters, papers, playbills, photographs, audio, electronic storage media, and more. Recent initiatives in celebration of the 50th Anniversary have elucidated a need for proper archive and collections strategy. The proposed Archive Project includes, but is not limited to, the following in regards to scope of work:
1. Interviews with key staff, Trustees, and donors to identify goals for O’Neill Center Archives and Collections.
2. Conditions assessment of existing materials on hand and immediate term needs assessment
3. Recommendations and best/practices regarding ongoing collections
4. Benchmarking and best practices for other organizations with similar archival needs
5. Interviews and site visits with potential collaborators, including Yale and/or Connecticut College libraries
A final report will: (1) document current conditions/locations of existing archives and provides recommendations to address short-term needs, including storage, cataloging, and security; (2) synthesize interviews, research, and benchmarking to clarify goals for O’Neill Center Archives; and provided that, (3) outline feasibility, cost, planning considerations, and professional recommendations on three possible scenarios for the future of O’Neill Center Archives. Click here for complete RFP. 
Eligible proposals for this project will include a cover letter detailing interest in the project, c.v. outlining relevant experience with special collections and archives/collections planning/management, and proposal that adheres to scope of work and produces requested deliverable on deadline. Please forward materials and work samples, if appropriate, to the attn: of Preston Whiteway, Executive Director. 
ARTS & IDEAS
NEW HAVEN
BOX OFFICE MANAGER

New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas  seeks a Box Office Manager, a full-charge position, responsible for all aspects of ticketing and customer service for the 2016 International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Responsibilities include building all events, venues, packages, and discounts into OvationTix, the Festival’s online ticketing system; handling phone sales and customer inquiries; establishing and managing multiple walk-up sales locations; reconciling and reporting ticket sales activity; and hiring, training, scheduling, and managing an audience services team of 10+ employees. A complete job description is available upon request. Theatrical box office, House Management, or related theatre experience is required. The successful candidate will be familiar with ticketing software and/or other online database platforms, have an excellent understanding of box office and front-of-house operations, the proven ability to build and manage a team or employees, and a strong customer-service focus. APPLY: send cover letter and resume by email to jobs@artidea.org referencing the position title in the subject line.
SHARON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
CURATOR OF COLLECTIONS 

The Sharon Historical Society (Sharon, CT) seeks a part-time (15-21 hours per week) Curator of Collections and Exhibitions to be responsible for maintaining professional standards in the development, management, intellectual integrity, care of, and access to the museum collection in-house and in the public domain; and for the development, curation, preparation and installation of museum exhibitions that may be presented on-site, off-site and/or on the Internet. The Society seeks an independent, creative, organized and tech-savvy individual who is comfortable working with people and recognizes the important role that small museums play in preserving and sharing the complex stories of a community. Minimum bachelor’s degree in history, museum or American studies (or other topic relevant to the SHS mission); Master’s degree preferred. Two years of experience in history museum or library setting with specific duties relating to collections management, curatorial, exhibits and/or volunteer management preferred. Experience working with databases, word processing and spreadsheets is required. Full details here.  Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, list of references and cover letter to: Moira Conlan, Executive Director.
NATIONAL                             
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
GRANTS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

The National Endowment for the Arts, seeks a Grants Management Specialist.  As the Grants Management Specialist (Locals/Challenge America), you will be responsible for the following tasks: Provide expert customer service, technical assistance and guidance for the Local Arts Agency and Challenge America program areas/field (external) and NEA staff (internal); organize, coordinate, and implement application pre-screening and panel review; receive, review, and process all applications to the Local Arts Agency and Challenge America funding opportunities utilizing various automated awards systems to ensure processing of application recommendations and rejections; recommend appropriate experts in the Local Arts Agency and Challenge America field to serve as application reviewers and implement the process to enable reviewer participation; monitor grantee performance through review of reports, amendment requests, conversations with grantee, etc., to assure that the grantee is functioning in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant. Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level (i.e: "review and evaluate grant applications according to the published selection criteria within a Local Arts Agency or related organization") or possess a Ph.D. or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M, if related. For complete details click here.
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking applications for a full-time permanent Curator of Contemporary Art. The contemporary curator will be expected to develop and implement groundbreaking exhibition projects with wide public appeal; nurture relationships with collectors, donors, and dealers that lead to acquisitions by gift and purchase; and publish significant research in the field of American contemporary art. Must be able to think imaginatively and creatively and have strong organizational skills as well as research, writing, and public speaking experience. An M.A. in Art History or related field is desirable, and a Ph.D. is preferred. Experience organizing significant exhibitions and writingsubstantial catalogues or essays is essential. Applications must be submitted through USAJobs. The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For further information, including qualifications, salary range, and instructions for applying, click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Senior Press Officer;
 Manager, Academic Programs
Carriage Barn Arts Center: Gallery Coordinator
Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Stage Manager (seasonal, part-time)
Greenwich International Film Festival; Executive Director; Fundraising ManagerMarketing; Graphic Design; and Programming Interns
New Haven Symphony: Box Office Manager
Norwalk Youth Symphony: Arts Administration intern
Pequot Library: Development Associate
Stamford's Palace Theatre: Guest Experience Manager
Westport Arts Center: Development Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
Wilton Historical Society: Museum Educator
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CALENDAR                             
DECEMBER
Dec. 11: Leadership Development Roundtable Application Deadline
Dec. 14: Spotlight on Arts & Culture: Cultural Alliance Radio Interview Show, WPKN, Noon
Dec. 14: CT League of History Organizations: Call for Conference Papers Deadline
Dec. 15: CT Office of Arts: Arts Endowment Fund Application Deadline
Dec. 15: DeVos Institute of Arts Management: Strategy Fellowship Application Deadline
Dec. 16: Common Ground Meeting, Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 6:30pm.
Dec. 21: Deadline to Respond to CT Heritage Organizations' 8-Question Survey
Dec. 31: 1771 Foundation+CT Trust Deadline for Preservation Matching Grants LOI

2016
JANUARY
Jan. c4: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999-new higher maximum)
Jan. 12: NYFA Workshop on Fundraising and Fiscal Sponsorship, Silvermine, 6pm
Jan. 17: NEA: The Big Read, Application Deadline

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

MARCH
March c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Deadline (upto $4,999)
March c1: NEFA: New England States Touring (NEST) Application Deadline
March c2: Connecticut Arts Day (answer survey here)
March 7-8: Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC - Sign Up Now.

APRIL
April 27: Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism, Hartford

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

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

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