Subject: Organization Newsletter March 2023

News & Information for Arts & Cultural Organizations & Creative Businesses in Fairfield County

March 2023




"Listen with curiousity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity."

~ Roy T. Bennett

This month's theme is centered in the CAFC core value of 'listening and responding.'

We value your ideas, we are open to learning together, and we celebrate all perspectives. Always feel free to communicate with us.

We are here for our members, readers, and the Coastal Fairfield County community.

Let's keep expanding our essential arts and culture network.

Let's do our part to build a healthy, thriving Coastal Fairfield County.


ARTS & ... Social Justice

MONDAY, MAR 13th at NOON on WPKN 89.5 FM

Hear from Debra Greenwood, President & CEO of Center for Family Justice and Edith Boyle, President and CEO of LifeBridge as well as from artists Shanna T. Melton and Alicia Cobb who work with both organizations.


March 15th at 10AM, we invite you to attend the first Executive Directors' Network meeting of the year. This meeting will feature Jackie Downing, Senior Director of Grantmaking for the Greater New Haven Community Foundation. You will learn how to navigate and strategize fundraising in the new post-Covid landscape. The meeting will be held at Fairfield Museum and History Center.



We are pleased to open nominations for the 7th Annual Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The purpose of these awards is to celebrate the passion for the arts and culture and raise awareness about the quality and diversity of arts and culture across the 15 towns of our coastal Fairfield County region. Awards in five categories will be presented at our ACE Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.


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The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to share that a profile of exhibiting artist Hangama Amiri’s new exhibition A Homage to Home, was featured in The New York Times. The Afghan Canadian artist combines painting and printmaking techniques with textiles, weaving together stories based on memories of her homeland and her diasporic experience. Exhibit on view through June 11th. Read More

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum announces that curator and architect Eduardo Andres Alfonso has been named Associate Curator. Using research to situate exhibition histories within larger social, economic, and political contexts, Alfonso’s curatorial practice engages audiences through new commissions and innovative exhibition design. Most recently Alfonso was the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at The Shed in New York City where he worked on The Yanomami Struggle and is part of the curatorial team for Open Call 2023 visual arts exhibition, slated to open later this year.

Bruce Museum is set to open its newly renovated and expanded building on April 2, 2023, following a transformative $67 million building project that triples the size of the Museum. The centerpiece of the New Bruce is the addition of a three-story, 44,000 square-foot new wing that will provide expansive exhibition galleries, a new entrance and lobby, and public amenities including event spaces, an auditorium, and café. Designed by the award-winning New Orleans and Washington, D.C. architectural firm EskewDumezRipple, the new building will open directly onto Bruce Park and will feature a delicate, striated facade of cast stone and glass inspired by the surfaces of Connecticut’s rock quarries. Learn More

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center was featured in the press for a new exhibit that explores Colonial-era Ridgefield and highlights how the 250-year-old tavern connected Colonial-era Ridgefield to the wider world, including the darker side of the site's history. Chief Curator Catherine Prescott credited Keeler Tavern Education Director Melissa Houston for developing activities in the exhibit to engage visitors of all ages and reinforce the interconnectedness of people through the lens of Keeler’s tavern and store. Learn More

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk welcomes Homeschool Families to visit the Aquarium and participate in award-winning, hands-on educational programming on Wednesday, March 29 for “Homeschool Day,” featuring grade-appropriate programs that meet Next Generation Science Standards through animal encounters, scientific investigations, and even a cruise on Long Island Sound. Learn more

The Maritime Aquarium invites scouts to learn about the environment and earn badges by offering discounted tickets and educational programming this Spring. BSA Weekend will be held March 25-26, with Cub Scout Day on March 25 and Merit Badge Day on March 26. Girl Scout Day will be held on April 1. Programs are available for all levels of scouts and help reach specific badge requirements. They feature expeditions on the Aquarium’s research vessel, experiments in the lab, animal encounters, engineering projects, and guided tours of the Aquarium. Learn More

Town Players of New Canaan’s ORDINARY PEOPLE earned a Thumbs Up from Broadway World, receiving a glowing review for its opening live theatre performance on Feb17th at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park. The play is a searing drama that tells the emotional story of an ordinary family struggling to heal from an unexpected tragedy. In producing it, Town Players aimed to raise mental health awareness, and in doing so they raised $18,000 at the show’s final free performance for Teens to support New Canaan Urgent Assessment Program (NCUA), a local mental health progam. READ MORE

Westport Country Playhouse is currently touring the area through April with the inaugural production of the Playhouse Mobile Unit “Scaredy Kat Presents,” the family play about social anxiety disorder. This show marks the launch of the Playhouse Mobile Unit for ages 9 to 15. The play captures the joys and struggles of adolescence while also attempting to de-stigmatize social anxiety disorder. Written by Janine Sobeck Knighton, “Scaredy Kat Presents” won the Purple Crayon Players PLAYground Festival in 2020. The author will participate in a talkback with the audience following the March 5 performance. Learn More Watch Trailer

Westport Country Playhouse is now accepting applications for the 2023 Joanne Woodward Internship Program for theater career aspirants. Interns enhance their professional skills and gain on-the-job experience working directly with Playhouse senior staff during summer months. Named in honor of actress, director, and the Playhouse’s former artistic director, the Joanne Woodward Internship program is one of the nation’s preeminent theater training opportunities for emerging professionals. Internships have formed a vital part of the Playhouse’s mission since 1946. Among the alumni of the Playhouse’s program is the late composer Stephen Sondheim. Learn More and Apply

Weston History & Culture Center will enhance the way in which it serves the community by developing an audio tour of the newly reinterpreted Coley House as well as a virtual tour of second floor exhibits in the Coley House. This project is made possible by the $74,000 Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant it received from CT Humanities. CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.


MEMBERS: Please post your News and Opportunities through your account on the CAFC website or send directly to Lorie Lewis at before the next Organization Newsletter which is always the first Friday of each month.



Our April 2022 WPKN "Spotlight" program focused on the Greenwich Historical Society's participation in the Witness Stones Project, an educational initiative seeking to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. Now two of our members, The Wilton Library and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Westport, are partners in a three-town Witness Stones initiative, sponsored by four churches, creating workshops for young people to discover and chronicle the local history of slavery through art, story, music, video, or poetry. In sessions held March 1, 8 and 15, young people will learn about the history of slavery, locally and regionally, and, using research by Wilton historian Julie Hughes, will create stories to honor the enslaved. The program will culminate with the placement of a “witness stone” at a public community ceremony in late Spring 2023 with participants sharing their stories.


The cultural organizations leading the industry in attendance recovery seem to have made a similar strategic decision during the pandemic. IMPACTS Experience is monitoring market potential for the exhibit and performance-based cultural sectors. They have observed a major delta between organizations that had largely regained their past attendance levels and those organizations that were still struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels of engagement. What do those organizations that recovered attendance the fastest upon reopening have in common? Read on and find out.


The America 250 | CT Commission invites you to provide feedback as they approach their 250th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They seek to create a commemoration that is relevant, inclusive, and engaging, where Connecticut residents of all ages and backgrounds see themselves in history, appreciate its relevance, and understand how the diverse people of the past all contributed to the American story.


Do you or your organization have topics you’d like to share with fellow members about the Economic, Social, Cultural, or Educational Power of the Arts? Are you passionate about Public Art and want to lead a discussion? Are you an expert facilitator? Americans for the Arts Membership wants you! If you would like to learn more about taking a leadership role in upcoming Member events, please contact M. Lee:


Are you looking for a seasonal position? Would you like to build your knowledge and skills in State museum operations? If so, CT Office of the Arts has an exciting opportunity for you!


Legislators on the state's Commerce Committee listened to over six hours of testimony from the co-chairs of the Arts, Culture & Tourism Caucus to fund Connecticut’s artists and cultural organizations at an unprecedented $58.5 million, so that they can continue to thrive. The bill would change how the sector is funded—and how funds are distributed—as early as this budget year. It is directly inspired by the 2021 creation of the multi-year, $30.7 million CT Cultural Fund, which has provided emergency operating support to arts and cultural organizations, and a new “Funding Roadmap” that proposes an overall $58.5 million in state funds for arts, culture, and tourism. In all, well over 100 people submitted written testimony in favor of the bill, while over two dozen more joined to testify in person and over Zoom.


Marketing and Communications Specialist

Milford Arts MAC | Milford

Director of Development

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art | Ridgefield

Executive Director

The Glass House | New Canaan

Program Manager, Regional Grants and Initiatives (Remote)

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Development Associate

Wilton Historical Society | Wilton

Major Gifts Officer

Connecticut Historical Society | Hartford

Senior Director of Development

The Shed | New York, New York

Major Gifts Officer

The Shed | New York, New York

Marketing & Media Coordinator

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum | Norwalk

Assistant House Manager

Westport Country Playhouse | Westport

Deputy Director of Development

Long Wharf Theatre | New Haven

Director of Development

Greenwich Historical Society | Greenwich

Manager of Communications and Development

INTEMPO | Stamford

Programs Coordinator

INTEMPO | Stamford

Associate Director of Development

The Bruce Museum | Greenwich

Director of Development

The Bruce Museum | Greenwich

CT League of History Organization Jobs List



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