Subject: Please Show Your Support for the Cultural Alliance This Season

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Dear Friend,

Whew - This has certainly been a challenging year!

And, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has continued its mission helping promote, support, and connect artists, cultural organizations, and creative businesses across coastal Fairfield County. To continue with the same energy and determination, we need your help this year's end. Please make a contribution to our year-end appeal here.

Due to the pandemic, we have had to pivot and provide support to our more than 550 members virtually.

Since March, we’ve held weekly community calls and professional development webinars about ways to continue to do business.
FCBuzzEvents is at the core of what we do at CAFC.  Despite the pandemic restrictions, we urge our members to develop digital programs and we continue to create and send out our E-Buzz for free to over 3,500 people each week – without interruption.  

In addition, our E-Buzz weekly selection of top-picks from the FCBuzzEvents website are broadcast everyday on WPKN radio.
We have also continued to broadcast our popular monthly “Spotlight on Arts & Culture” interview show on WPKN.  See this link to our Spotlight webpage with all the shows:
 During the COVID lockdown, we held a “Virtual Innovation Challenge” contest for the most innovative use of digital media by artists. The winners will be showing their work later this year with Beechwood Arts & Innovation.

We produced a series of public conversations and workshops for our members in response to the racism and inequity that was highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and we made a commitment to addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all our endeavors. 
We recently hosted an online forum of local state legislators – 18 of whom committed to actively support the arts and culture industry - an economic driver for our county and our state’s recovery. We followed up with a "Spotlight" radio show with four re-elected legislators.
 In the words of Liz Shapiro, Director of the CT Office of the Arts, “CAFC is a strong and valued member of statewide arts organizations that we partner with to ensure that every person in Connecticut is touched by the arts.” 

Please see the link for a video message from Liz Shapiro:

Liz Shapiro, Director, CT Office for the Arts 
In order for us to provide you with the outstanding programs we present on a regular basis, we need the financial support of all who participate.  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR APPEAL!  We depend on you to fulfill our mission and we are committed to continuing to serve the community by connecting artists, cultural organizations, and creative businesses to each other and to their public.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the arts and culture.  We hope you will support us once again as we look to a renewed year of celebrating the arts and culture in Fairfield County!

YOUR GIFT MAY BE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Please consult your tax advisor for guidance.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit, membership service organization that supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. For the public, it publishes FCBuzz Events, a free comprehensive cultural calendar with the latest information on what’s happening in the arts and culture across Fairfield County. 

Contact us at: 203-256-2329  or
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501(c)(3) organization
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
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