Subject: The Director's Desk: UBUNTU Storytellers + SAP + CIF + Demystifying Data

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Ubuntu Storytellers Presents: 
Building Bridges of Understanding 
The Norwalk Art Space
Wed. July 6, 7-8:30pm
$10 Suggested Donation

Expand your point of view and understanding of equity issues through a special storytelling experience presented by UBUNTU Storytellers, an ensemble of experienced black, brown, and biracial performers who tell stories that “open our collective hearts through empathic listening, to engage in respectful honest dialogue to be moved to change.” 

Come and hear personal stories of lived experience, stories that reflect the performers' joys, triumphs, and disappointments: poignant stories, funny stories, stories of being human. You will also hear stories about encounters with racism, prejudice, and microaggressions. Most of all, you will hear stories where you just might find ... yourself.

There will be a moderated discussion the following week (Wed. July 13, same place and time) that will use themes heard in the stories to stimulate participant discussion of their own implicit bias, experiences with systemic racism and individual and organizational responsibilities and opportunities. Please note that, participation in the discussion requires attendance at the initial storytelling concert.

This event is part of a series of conversations that have been coordinated in various forms since October 2020 by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County under the banner of Collective Against Against Racism and Inequity - now Collective Action for Equity (CAFE). Member artists, and those working for arts and cultural organizations, are coming together to acknowledge and respond to equity challenges. We are deepening our collective understanding of the complexity of equity issues, are taking action, and invite others to join.
The FY2Supporting Arts grant program is open and accepting applications.

The Supporting Arts grant program provides general operating support to help Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments cover programmatic costs associated with their mission-related work. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. 

Deadline to Apply: Monday, August 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) will provide $1M in general operating support grants in FY23.  Grant awards will be proportional to organizational operating expenses for their last completed fiscal year and will be calculated based on a combination of operating expenses and available funds. The minimum grant award is $1,000. The maximum grant award will be dependent on available funding and the number of eligible applicants. All eligible applicants will receive funding.

Note: This funding model is the same funding model that was used to determine awards for the FY22 CT Cultural Fund General Operating Support and the FY22 General Operating Support for Theaters and Performing Groups programs.

Want to be a Panelist?
If you are interested in serving as a panelist for the Supporting Arts grant program, please take a moment to complete this on-line form.
The Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF) was established in 2021 with the goal of fostering economic development in historically under-served communities across the state. CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities as well as nonprofit organizations, including arts and culture organizations, and community development corporations that operate within them.

Community Investment Fund 2030 projects must:
  • Promote economic or community development in an eligible municipality where the project is located, and 
  • Consistently and systematically advance fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to under-served and marginalized communities such as Black, Latino and indigenous and native American persons, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; persons comprising the LGBTQ+ community; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.   
The municipality and nonprofit arts and culture organizations that serve the eligible municipality may apply for grants for:
  • Capital Improvement Projects: brownfield remediation, affordable housing, clean energy development, and housing or public facility rehabilitation

  • Small Business Capital Programs: revolving or micro-loan programs, gap financing, and start-up funds to establish small businesses in eligible municipalities

For the latest updates from the Office of the Community Investment Fund, visit our website and sign up to join our mailing list.
CT Humanities & 
CT League of History Organizations 
Demystifying Data Collection: 
How to Ask for Demographic Information 
from Visitors, Board, and Staff
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 12pm
Join Susie Wilkening of Wilkening Consulting, in partnership with CT Humanities and the CT League of History Organizations to bring you a virtual info session to help you navigate best practices with data collection. The session will take place via Zoom and is free to all to register.
Asking your visitors, board, or staff to provide demographic information can feel awkward. Yet this information is critical for understanding audiences and representation. We’ll share best practices for ethically asking these questions, provide templates, and talk through scenarios you may encounter. We’ll also allow plenty of time for any questions you have. 

Susie Wilkening is the principal of Wilkening Consulting, a museum audience research firm based in Seattle, WA. She is working closely with Connecticut Humanities to gather data on the cultural sector in Connecticut, and was the analytical might behind the 2021 Nonprofit Connecticut Cultural Census. 

Wilkening Consulting also partners with the American Alliance of Museums to field the Annual Survey of Museum-Goers, is currently working on a census of academic museums and galleries, and fields comprehensive research for individual museums. She is the author of Audiences and Inclusion: A Primer for Cultivating More Inclusive Attitudes Among the Public. You can find much of her research at

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