Subject: Organization Newsletter February 2022

February 2022

Hello and Happy February! Many of you were kind of enough to complete our survey last month, and you may have noticed a few communication improvements based on that information. Here are a few of the modifications:

1 - Layout revisions of our E-Buzz, Organization Newsletter, and Artist Newsletter that aim to help with clarity, flow of information, and reading ease.

2 - A weekly "Director's Desk" email will be sent from Executive Director, David Green with the most pertinent time-sensitive funding, job, and professional development opportunities. This newsletter will now provide an abridged 'link only' version of these opportunities.

3 - More frequent information on our Social Media platforms, featuring news, spotlights, and other relevant content that will increase overall awareness and impact. Our followers are increasing all the time, so keep sharing our platforms with your friends and peers.

4 - COMING SOON! A new design and user interface on our website that is going to make posting and navigating easier for our members and website visitors.


New England Academy of Dance (NEAD) was founded in 1968 by former Broadway dancer and esteemed ballerina Doris Driver. Beginning as a boutique studio with only 12 dancers, the school now enrolls over 500 dancers each semester and has become one of the foremost dance institutions in Fairfield County. In 2003, school ownership was transferred to a trio of directors with professional dance & choreography experience who have transformed the Nutcracker and Spring Performances into highly theatrical, community events.

Westport Book Shop is an independent, nonprofit (501)(c) secondhand book store that has a dual mission to provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities, while raising funds to support the exceptional programming and operations of the Westport Library. Browse more than 5,000 used books in over 40 categories and our collection of vintage vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks at our store in historic downtown Westport, across the green from the Westport Library.



Thank you to our 80 wonderful supporters who contributed between $10 and $1,000 to our #CultureConnectors campaign. We are so appreciative of everyone who responded to our call and contributed to this crowdfunding campaign matched by Sustainable CT. We will now be able to take the next step in expanding the arts and culture landscape in Fairfield County. Your support will enable us to be more responsive to a much wider and diverse world of cultural activity. We will now begin our process of finding our Connectors, and we will keep you posted as we move along this journey.


June 15th!

We are moving ahead with plans for our 6th Annual Daniel E Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast We are thrilled that David Lehman, Commissioner for the CT Dept of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will be our keynote speaker and that Liz Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation, and Museums, DECD, and Jason Mancini, Executive Director, CT Humanities, will also be present. This is the wonderful moment where we celebrate the diversity and quality of the arts and culture in our region of coastal Fairfield County. We invite you to NOMINATE an Artist, Citizen, Business, Educator, and/or Nonprofit that has made a difference and radiates the values of the arts and culture in our region. Make your nominations HERE


Be sure to pick up the new 2022 TownPlanner calendar, featuring The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and eight CAFC members: The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, The Norwalk Symphony, The Norwalk Art Space, MOCA Westport, The SoNo Collection, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and The Wall Street Theater. Over 3,000 copies were delivered to pick-up points at Norwalk City Hall, Norwalk Public Library, and The Norwalk Art Space. You can also find the events posted by the participating partners on the TownPlanner website We'd love to hear your feedback, so grab one and let us know what you think: SEND FEEDBACK


A press conference, organized by State Representative, Stephanie Thomas and Center for Contemporary Printmaking Executive Director, Kimberly Henrikson, was held at CCP in Norwalk on Thursday, February 3 to announce CT Cultural Fund Grants that were made to 624 non-profit museums and cultural, humanities, and arts organizations across Connecticut. In attendance were Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, Representative Stephanie Thomas, Representative Lucy Dathan as well as executive directors and others from the nonprofit organizations of Mathews Park Cultural Center in Norwalk. The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants are part of $30.7M of support allocated to CT Humanities over two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. READ MORE


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum announced that Richard Klein will conclude his administrative duties as Exhibitions Director in June 2022 and organize his final exhibition at the Museum in February 2023. Klein has worked at the Museum for over three decades, holding the position of Exhibitions Director since 2004.

Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District

is complementing their public art installations with an online information guide to the downtown's works of public art, inspiring a walking path or informal tour of the many sites. Be on the look out for sidewalk stickers with QR codes by the art and be taken to the website guide for more information about each piece of art. ACCESS THE GUIDE

Darien Arts Center bids farewell to Executive Director, Amy Allen, after thirteen years of service. During Allen’s tenure, she oversaw the expansion of Arts Center’s educational programming in dance, music, visual arts, martial arts and theatre, as well as special fundraising events, and live performances that included Darien’s Got Talent, Beatles Night and community events, including town-wide collaboration such as Rocktoberfest and Darien’s 200th Anniversary events. Allen also presided over the creation of the Arts Center’s popular smartphone photo contest.

INTEMPO  was awarded The Lewis Prize for Music 2022 Accelerator Award – the first and only music program in Connecticut to receive this honor. This Accelerator Award of $500,000 will allow Intempo to ‘dream big’ and add to their programming. WATCH VIDEO

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum elected a new Chairman of the Board to succeed longtime LMMM Chairman Patsy R. Brescia. Mr. Hempstead has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003, serving as Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He is V.P. of Property Development at Stew Leonard’s where he has worked since 1981 and has been a Board Member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce since 1996. photo courtesy of Sarah Grote LEARN MORE

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s will launch its ninth annual Young Writers’ Competition on February 7, 2022. The competition titled, Breaking Barriers, will end on June 3, 2022 and will be open to all middle school students sixth through eighth grade in the Tristate area. The students will write on pioneering figures and topics that broke barriers. For

more information: Pictured: Board of Education Members Sherelle Harris and Barbara Meyer-Mitchell present award and prizes to 2019 winner LEARN MORE

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk named Danielle Tranzillo VP for Philanthropy & Engagement. Tranzillo has been the Aquarium’s Director of Development since April 2020, and led the efforts to raise the private and public funds that carried The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk through its COVID financial crisis. The $4.5 million in funds allowed the Aquarium to continue to serve the community with a new suite of virtual education programs, which won national recognition and reached a global audience. LEARN MORE

Music For Youth has named the 2022 Marianne Liberatore Instrumental Competition Winners. The live audition took place at Pequot Library on January 30th. First Prize went to Katherine Wang, piano. Katherine will receive a $1500 Award and the opportunity to present a solo concert at Pequot Library. The Runners-Up were Gia Lin, violin and Angela Kapikian, violin. Angela and Gia will both receive a $375 award. LEARN MORE

New Paradigm Theatreand The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are partnering for New Paradigm Theatre's August production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. New Paradigm Theatre, well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting chose the Maritime Aquarium because they reflect the themes in their summer production, raising awareness and supporting the aquarium's mission to inspire people to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and global environment. LEARN MORE

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Nicole von Dohlen has joined the organization as Director of Development.  Ms. von Dohlen will focus her work on building relationships between the Symphony and its subscribers, donors, corporate and foundation supporters, as well as grow outreach into the Norwalk and surrounding communities. Ms. von Dohlen brings her experience as a Research and Human Resources Professional as well as Project Management expertise to this new role. LEARN MORE

The Norwalk Youth Symphony named the winners of the 10th Annual Young Artists Concerto Competition: Caleb Sharp (14) of Wilton, and Stephanie Chang (16) of Riverside, Nicole Razhanskiy (16) of Stamford. The 10 finalists represented New Canaan, Ridgefield, Riverside, Stamford, Weston, and Wilton.


Weston Historical Society recently published a “Weston History Activity Book” written and illustrated by two Weston young adults - Aidan Delgass and Abby Miles. With this book, budding historians and their families can explore the history of Weston. This interactive book highlights eight historic locations in Weston and includes indoor and outdoor activities for children ages 5 - 10. Children and families can explore these historic sites through coloring pages, scavenger hunts, games, and art. Now available to download free of charge. DOWNLOAD THE BOOK & LEARN MORE


Judges Needed For Connecticut History

Connecticut History Day (CHD) is an educational program of the Connecticut Democracy Center, a partner of CT Humanities. Your help is needed to make the 2022 History Day contests a success. By participating as a judge, you can help motivate the research, writing, creativity, and passion for history of Connecticut’s students. You do not have to be a historian to be involved. Deadline is Feb 11. LEARN MORE & VOLUNTEER

Performing Arts Reps Warn House Hearing Not To Let “Creative Infrastructure Of Our Economy Vanish”

Advocates for the creative economy — from the head of a performing arts center to a venue owner, an actor and an Actors’ Equity exec — lobbied Congress in an historic hearing this month. READ MORE

A Primer for Participatory Grantmaking

Participatory grantmaking (PGM) may be a new trend in philanthropy, but participatory and community-driven giving practices have been around since the beginning of time.

With the rise of billionaire philanthropy today, more and more people are questioning the logic of allowing those who extracted the most wealth from the economy being the ones to decide how to distribute it. LEARN MORE

Apply For AASLH’s Leadership in History Awards

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) presents their Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history to make the past more meaningful to all people. LEARN MORE



Development Assistant

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | Ridgefield

CAFC Part-Time Development Officer

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County | Norwalk

Volunteer Training

Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk | Norwalk

Part Time Research Librarian / Archivist

Fairfield Museum and History Center | Fairfield

Assistant Technical Director

Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University | Fairfield, CT

Education Program Coordinator

Katonah Museum of Art | Katonah NY

Music Teacher

KEYS Kids Empowered By Your Support | Bridgeport

Various Jobs

INTEMPO | Stamford

New Pond Farm Education Center Membership Coordinator

New Pond Farm Education Center | Redding

Education and Community Engagement Associate

Westport Country Playhouse | Westport

Indeed Creative Jobs



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