Subject: Director's Desk: Post Your Events + "SPOTLIGHT" TODAY on WPKN + Theater/Performing Groups Grant Deadline Thurs.!

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Please post all your events by Noon Today for E-Buzz, WPKN broadcast, Hamlet Hub, and Social Media consideration for the period Wed. Jan. 11 - Tues. Jan. 17
To welcome in 2023, we have invited 11 of our member artists to reflect back on 2022 and share what their highlights of the year were - and then to look forward to what they are most looking forward to in 2023. Hear their stories of success and their plans for the future - and what more they think their municipalities might be doing to support arts and culture and further contribute to the vitality of their communities.

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JAN. 12
The Connecticut Office of the Arts will provide general operating support grants, funded by the CT General Assembly, to support Connecticut's theaters and performing groups as they pursue their missions. 
Application Deadline: 
11:59pm, Thursday, January 12, 2023

Funding Period:
July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023
Funds may be applied retroactively towards eligible general operating expenses. 

The General Operating Support for Theaters and Performing Groups Grant Program provides funding for Connecticut based theaters and performing groups whose primary purpose is to present the performing arts to the general public.

Eligible applicants must align with one of the following categories:
  • Arts Center: A multi-purpose facility that offers arts programs and/or performances of various types on a regular basis to the public. Must have a theater/performance space with seating. Seating can be mobile or stationary.
  • Cinema Facility: A motion picture theater or organization which regularly shows films.
  • Performing Group: A group of artists who perform works of art (e.g., an orchestra, theater or dance group). Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).
  • Performing Community Group: A group of persons who perform works of art vocationally and who may be, but are not necessarily, directed by professionals. Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).
  • Performing Group for Youth:  A group which may, but does not necessarily, include children and/or performs works of art for young audiences. Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).
  • Performance Facility: A building or space used for presenting concerts, drama presentations, etc.
  • Other: If you do not align specifically to one of the above categories, and your primary purpose is to present the performing arts to the general public, then select "other" and explain. Please be prepared to demonstrate via your uploaded budget that 51% or more of your budget is allocated to the arts (see rules for Eligibility) AND that your budget clearly shows income and/or expenses that align with the purpose and function of a Theater or Performing Group. 
Eligible applicants must be:
  • 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization with a core mission, vision, focus, and legal purpose - as stated in their Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws - articulate a commitment to create, perform or present arts activities, programs and performances AND at least 51 percent of their annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support arts activities, programming, or performances, AND must fall into one of the above noted categories. Arts organizations must have their primary place of business and operations in Connecticut and be in Good Standing with the CT Secretary of the State. 
  • Theater/performing groups that exist within a Connecticut municipal department, but operate with a stand-alone Board of Directors.
  • Organizations with a primary purpose of education, technical skill building and training (i.e. dance studio/school)
  • Organizations that receive legislatively directed carry-forward funds in the FY22-23 State Budget
  • Organizations allocated American Rescue Plan Act funds in the FY22-23 State Budget
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
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