Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - December 16, 2017

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
December 16, 2017
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of  more than 550 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
As we prepare for the Cultural Alliance's Creative Placemaking Conference, Shaping Community Jan. 23-24, at Stepping Stones Museum, we are holding pre-conference sessions, preparing teams to attend the conference and work on placemaking project proposals. Our Bridgeport meeting attracted 38 people. Look out for meetings in Greenwich, Dec. 20, Norwalk, Jan 3, Stamford, Jan. 9, and more to come. Pictures from Bridgeport below.
Spotlight on Arts & Culture, our monthly interview show on WPKN, second Monday of the month, resumed Mon. Dec. 11, with world-renowned photographer - and Read's Artspace resident - Adger Cowans and David Green in conversation. The discussion covered the "architectural" nature of the mission of the Cultural Alliance to the need for a truly representative arts council in Bridgeport.  Hear the podcast here
Catch our next edition of Spotlight, Mon. Jan. 8, noon-1pm, with a conversation among the directors of economic and community development from local towns: Mark Barnhardt (Fairfield), Thomas Madden (Stamford) and Rina Bakalar (Trumbull), who will discuss The Arts, Culture and Economic Development in Fairfield County. The conversation will be a lead-in to the Cultural Alliance's Shaping Community Creative Placemaking conference Jan. 23-24 at Stepping Stones Museum.
Catch our 2-minute Drive Time selections from the week’s E-Buzz on WPKN 89.5 FM and Selected events from postings, can be heard as PSAs : 7-9am and 4-7pm, weekdays.
Second in a continuing series
Fairfield County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences were responsible for filling 6,789 Full-Time Equivalent Jobs in the County in 2015. Fairfield County’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations provide rewarding employment for more than just administrators, artists, curators, choreographers, and musicians. They also employ financial staff, facility managers, and salespeople. In addition, the spending by these organizations directly supports a wide array of other occupations spanning many industries that provide their goods and services (e.g., accounting, construction, event planning, legal, logistics, printing, and technology).
Source: Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences in Fairfield County.
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A Creative Business Member

Owners: Bruce Wylie & Mari Ann Maher

With 22,000 square feet featuring over 80 dealers, the Antique & Artisan Gallery is the anchor for the preeminent local design district in the developing South End industrial section of Stamford. Ever changing vignettes from a wide variety of high quality proprietors have made the Gallery a longstanding source for designers, collectors and retail customers. It features a wide array of carefully curated antiques, from modern Mid-Century pieces to traditional European and Asian furniture and accessories, lighting, rare books, jewelry and select fashion finds, Services include upholstery, refinishing, installation, and white glove transportation. Conveniently located between exits 7 and 8 of I-95 and near the Stamford train station, it is an easily accessible design destination. The Antique and Artisan Gallery was created by Bruce Wylie and Mari Ann Maher. While leading the design team at John Rosselli & Associates in Manhattan, Mari Ann cultivated an extensive knowledge of the antiques industry and clients of the Gallery now benefit from her keen eye and reputable know-how. Bruce’s background as a buyer for many of New York's leading auction houses and antiques dealers gives him the confidence to curate The Antique and Artisan inventory with the highest quality pieces. The Antique And Artisan Gallery is always looking to add quality pieces to its inventory. See the Antique and Artisan Gallery website, Facebook and Instagram pages.


A Creative Business Member

Owner: Danise Talbot

Danise Talbot Design offers an eclectic mix of furniture, hangings, jewelry, and accent pieces along with professional interior design services. Danise created her store at 263 Riverside Ave, Westport, in 2013. She has extensive interior design experience with the nationwide firm Lillian August Designs, as well as her previous business Furcessories and Designs by Danise. She has designed interiors for hotels, bed and breakfasts, physician offices, spas, nightclubs, commercial stores, and rental properties as well as numerous residential rooms. Included in her interior design work, more specifically, Danise designs both kitchens and bathrooms. Previously, Danise owned and operated a boutique jewelry store in Westport, managing the work of five employees. Over the course of several years, she exhibited her jewelry and diamonds at numerous trade shows in the United States and overseas. To supplement her knack for creative interior design and color coordination, Danise has honed her skills with such software as the Icovia space planner, AutoCAD 2020, and Photoshop to produce presentations for clients. She holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Connecticut and has studied with the Fairfield University interior design program. See Danise Talbot Design websiteFacebook page and Twitter feed.
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3-Dux Design got an unexpected endorsement from Martha Stewart last week. The Daily Voice reported how Martha Stewart Living included the 3-month-old company’s wares in 8 of Our Favorite American-Made Goods to Gift This Year.  3-Dux President Ayana, 18, and Ethan, 14, the company’s chief of engineering, were at a two-day vendor event in Brooklyn at the time, but their mother, Marci Klein, phoned in the news. The kid-run company is doing well this season: their kits are being used in eight local schools, and 50 kids at The Discovery Museum used their kits to create a city of the future on World Science Day for Peace and Development last month.
The Bruce Museum's Audience Engagement team has had their article "Clear Expectations, Communication, and Flexibility: Unlocking the Potential of an Education Department Through a Nontraditional Staffing Structure" published in the Journal of Museum Education 42, No. 4. (2017). The article reports on how, by restructuring their department, the team was better able to serve the diverse community of visitors and learners who visit the Bruce Museum. With the reformatting of the department, educators have been able to focus on the needs of specific groups: teachers, families, individual visitors, afterschool programs etc. While only time will tell how successful the change has been, the numbers don’t lie, and attendance for museum tours is only going up. "The restructuring was difficult," says Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, "but it was worth it. Being able to concentrate on specific audiences has let me create some amazing new programs." Above, authors Laura Stricker, Kathleen Holko, and Corinne Flax. Photo courtesy Fairfield County Look.
The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield recently graduated its class of 20 Master Naturalists, who received their certificates after completing more than 40 hours of classroom and field training by environmental education and conservation professionals from around the state. Graduates apply their knowledge volunteering at the Center at Fairfield and other Connecticut Audubon centers. Training is for people of all experience levels who want to expand their knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of their local communities. Interested? Contact Click for larger photo. More.
Connecticut Humanities has a new Executive Director, Dr. Jason Mancini, who is currently the Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and has been with the Museum in different capacities since 1995. Jason has a Ph.D., as well as an M.A., in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Anthropology at UConn. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and will step into the Executive Director role at the start of the new year in January. More...
The news media may be under fire, but the Connecticut Press Club is gaining steam. Under new leadership, this vibrant community of media professionals is being reinvigorated by new members with diverse communications backgrounds (writers, editors, bloggers, educators, PR and social media professionals, etc.)One way the club recruits new members is through the annual Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in 64 wide-ranging communications categories from writing and editing to photography, graphic design, PR, and advertising. Administered by the National Federation of Press Women, the contest's early bird entry deadline is January 23, 2018. To learn more about the club or the contest, email Above Lynn Prowitt, Vice President, and Michele Turk, President, of the Press Club.
The Housatonic Museum of Art(HMA) has acquired more than 50 prints from 13 celebrated contemporary photographers as part of its participation in The Museum Project, a collaboration uniting photographers with the institutions that support them. Founded by Robert von Sternberg and Darryl Curran in 2012, it pairs established photographers with teaching museums and arts organizations that will appreciate and utilize the donated body of work. HMA joins 176 other museums and art collections that have benefitted from the acquisition of artwork through the project. The Museum Project has donated over 4,500 prints, worth in excess of $7 million. HMA's gift includes work from Barry Anderson, Darryl Curran, Robert Fichter, Suda House, Victor Landweber, Kenda North, Sheila Pinkel, Bonnie Schiffman, Michael Stone, Robert von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker and Nancy Webber. Above, detail from photograph in Kenda North's Urban Pools series.
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides free music instrument instruction to Bridgeport students, welcomes Rowayton resident Greg Bauer to its Board of Directors. Greg is the Managing Partner of mHealth Connections, a marketing firm he founded in 2012, developing patient engagement programs using mobile and online technologies to foster relationships between patients and their physicians.
JIB Productions' Artistic Director Carole Schweid has had her book Staged Reading Magic just published by Smith and Kraus, and it's rolling off the shelves (it's already "temporarily out of stock" at Amazon). "Distilling lessons learned from over 100 productions...this practical guide is packed with ideas, insider tips, and a touch of Broadway gossip, showing how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, memorable, theatrical experiences…on a shoestring." One reviewer wrote: "This book will be of great help to playwrights showcasing their own work, theater groups that want to expand their repertory without expanding their budget, teachers who want to bring a text to life for their students, theatrical entrepreneurs who want to use readings as a springboard to a full slate of plays, drama teachers modeling basic stage skills, the list goes on. Schweid has an easy, conversational voice that gives you the confidence to create your own stage magic." Congratulations, Carole!
Congratulations to the Maritime Aquarium's publicist, Dave Sigworth for winning an Honorable Mention for his photograph of one of the Aquarium's ribboned sea dragons, in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)'s annual photo contest, which recognizes exceptional photography taken at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums by staff or volunteers, featuring animals, people, habitats, and other zoo or aquarium scenes. The winning photo and other exceptional submissions are highlighted in the December issue of AZA’s member magazine, Connect. See the one winning photo and the 12 Honorable Mentions.
Norwalk's New England Fashion+Design Association (NEF+DA) is launching the first Children’s Arts and Design Festival - May 7-11, 2018. Based in Norwalk, the Festival will celebrate youth theater, children’s exhibits, fashion shows, concerts, modern dance and ballet performances. It aims to be a real showcase of Norwalk's young talent, and the teachers and mentors training them. A week-long event is being planned, full of performance and creativity, featuring the great work of Norwalk's young artistic community. Irina Simeonova, NEF+DA's director is looking for partner organizations to help launch the Festival. An open call for participation ends Jan. 10 and the first meeting of participant organizations is planned for Jan. 17. Call 203 345-0030 or email:
Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet has prepared dancers in its Ensemble Ètoile and Apprentice Ensemble to travel to Philadelphia to compete in the Regional Semi Finals of Youth America Grand Prix, the largest student scholarship ballet competition in the world. Students compete at various international semi-finals and those who score the highest have the honor of being invited to compete at thefFinals in New York City. NMYB will be presenting 37 dancers in 39 different pieces of choreography, including contemporary and classical solo variations, duets, as well as small and large ensembles. A preview of NMYB’s Stars of Tomorrow performances will be presented Sun. Dec. 17 at The Wall Street Theater. More...
Our new member Sustainne has published its first Sustainable Holiday Gift Guides, with suggestions of suitable products for gifts from its business members. All items are local-sustainable, unique, and high quality. Sustainne's co-founders, Annaliese Paik and Amy Kalafa point out that there are many exclusive discounts and offers available and suggest that you consider the sustainable option when you make your gift-buying decisions.
Westport Country Playhouse has elected four new Board of Trustees members to join its current 31 trustees, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport. Clockwise from top left: Athena T. Adamson, of Easton, has worked for Food and Wine Magazine and who also serves as co-chair of the Playhouse’s annual fundraising gala. Amy C. Corn, of New Canaan, is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate law and governance including serving as Vice President, Secretary and Chief Governance Officer at Pitney Bowes Inc. Ellen H. Petrino, of Westport, is a Principal and senior investment consultant in the Norwalk office of Mercer Investments and is a director, treasurer and co-chair of the Finance Committee of Norwalk Community College Foundation. Barbara Samuelson, of New York City, is a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch where she has been for over 40 years. A lifelong New Yorker, she is very interested in improving the environment where she lives. Click for larger image.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, have announced the launch of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), with a $25 million funding goal. The multi-year national initiative is aimed at uplifting the largely overlooked contributions of African-Americans by establishing a grant fund for the protection and restoration of African-American historical sites. It will support direct action needed to protect threatened sites of historic significance, address critical funding gaps for the preservation of African-American historic sites, and help uncover hidden stories of African-Americans connected to historic sites across the nation. Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust, said: “We believe that this fund will be transformative for our country, and we are committed to crafting a narrative that expands our view of history and, ultimately, begins to reconstruct our national identity.” An Advisory Council is being formed, with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, as chair. Said Walker: "Without a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of our country, especially when it comes to race, we will not be able to overcome intolerance, injustice, and inequality." The National Trust has leveraged more than $10 million in the last five years to preserve dozens of important African-American sites. In addition to the Action Fund providing grants to uncover African-American stories at historic sites, the National Trust will empower youth through its Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE Crew) program, research preservation’s impact on contemporary urban problems that disproportionately affect communities of color, and advocate for preservation funding for underrepresented communities. Apply for funds here. Tweet your support: @SavingPlaces Join the movement to elevate the overlooked stories and places that represent the African-American experience #TellTheFullHistory


The Mills: Making Places of Connecticut website is a partnership project between the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Visitors to this innovative new website can tour Connecticut mills by county and explore the stories, culture, history and contemporary uses for these familiar and beloved historic sites. Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture & State Historic Preservation Officer, notes, "We recognized the need to document Connecticut’s industrial resources both for practical purposes but also to showcase the economic potential associated with adaptive reuse of our historic mills. Our mills across Connecticut not only represent the past but our growing and vibrant economic future – think breweries, restaurants, galleries and housing." The website is a resource for many different audiences. While the historian can find stories about the multitude of items made in Connecticut, the mill owner, or municipal official, can find links to resources to help maintain and remediate environmental pollution at former industrial sites, and the tourist can find opportunities to experience mill spaces whilst enjoying a micro-brew, dinner or artist open studios. "Hiding in plain sight behind Connecticut’s charming town greens and white steeple churches, are brick and granite mills and factories, often gritty and empty. Yet when re-activated with new life, mills attract energy and dollars into our communities. The website aims to tell the story of the birth, growth, decline and rebirth of these spectacular assets and how they are re-energizing local economies throughout the state,” said Wes Haynes, Director of External Partnerships.

The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center (DFCAC) has announced a $500,000 fund to support art programs and scholarships for underserved artists of all ages, to be awarded over the next 10 years. Drew Freidman, the founding member of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, led the way for what is now a vibrant downtown shopping area. He bought his first property in 1959. His passion for the arts was tied to his wife Bobbie, who was an accomplished artist, working in a variety of mediums. After her death in 2016, Nick Visconti, his long-time friend and business partner picked up where Drew left off in fulfilling Drew’s vision with help from Westport artist, Miggs Burroughs and Nick’s sister Louise Fusco. The center is a foundation, whose mission is to give $50,000 a year to one or more worthy artists and/or arts organizations and activities in Westport or Weston. So far, money has gone to Homes With Hope, CLASP Homes, the Westport Arts Center and Westport Historical Society. It will help fund art classes and activities for under-served students and young adults. This spring, an art exhibit will showcase all their work. In addition, the foundation will award 2 scholarships, of $7,500 each, so high school students with need can attend an arts college, or art classes at a community college. A special gala at the Westport Woman’s Club on May 17 will celebrate the arts program — and artists’ — great accomplishments. To nominate an art scholarship candidate (for amounts ranging from $2500 to $7500), click here.

The New Play Forum (NPF) is a new-works theater company looking to launch a 2018 founding season in the Upstairs lobby theater at Stamford's Palace Theatre at the Stamford Center for the Arts. The program is seeking founding donors and subscribers via a crowdfunding campaign. The NPF announced a new $5,000 funding match for the campaign on Sunday, so donations now will go twice as far. Laura Stuart, the artistic director of the New Play Forum, notes that Stamford, Greenwich, and their founding towns are in a "new theater-works desert," despite the number of theater-loving and theater-savvy people in the region. At a kickoff event on Monday, Michael Moran, the executive director of the Stamford Center for the Arts, emphasized how much he believes in the program which should be a great addition to the Stamford community. And a community across Stamford and its surrounding towns is what the NPF is looking to create–with a wine reception featuring food from local Stamford restaurants at each performance. The campaign is seeking just the minimum required to assure a 2018 season of two readings and three "lab", or barebones, developmental productions. But the company has a larger, three-year plan to establish it as a small, ongoing institution. Laura STuart has said that she would welcome to speak with anyone interested in those more detailed plans. She can be reached at Most important right now, she said, is getting the matching funds to that $5,000 challenge and enough in by the year's end to assure an inaugural season. Ideas floated among the attendees at a recent event included giving subscriptions as holiday gifts and using double subscriptions for a series of "date nights". Then there is just plain-old year-end giving to enhance the arts options in your local community.

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance) is offering free policy training for its members: Finding Your Inner Lobbyist: What You Need to be an Effective Nonprofit Advocate. The 2018 regular Legislative Session begins in February. This interactive program will prepare you to advocate for the nonprofit services that are important to you by detailing the ins and outs of the legislative process. Who should attend? Anyone who wants to play a role in advocacy and those who would like a refresher course. Whether you are already engaged or looking to get started, we encourage staff from all levels of member organizations to register for this training. Participants will learn:
Creative and effective ways to communicate with elected officials and the tools to successfully develop and deliver your message.

● An overview of the State budget process and how you can influence it
● How to shape your message and strategies for working with the press
● An in-depth look at how a bill becomes a law in Connecticut.
The second of two sessions is being held on Wed. Jan. 31, 9am-3pm at RYASAP, 2470 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Trainers are: Spencer Cain, Cain AssociatesBrunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist, The AlliancePatty McQueen, Communication Strategies (tentative)Ben Shaiken, Senior Public Policy Specialist, The Alliance; and Melanie Berzins, Public Policy Intern, The Alliance. Register Here.  Become a member,here.

In a guest blog for Wild Apricot, Julia Campbell, a nonprofit digital marketing and online fundraising strategists outlines These 5 Steps to Create a Nonprofit Marketing Plan. Having worked with hundreds of nonprofits over the years, she says that it's clear the nonprofits who develop and follow a well-thought-out marketing plan grow faster and make a bigger impact than those who don’t. Her five:
1. Pick The Best Goal For Your Organization. Pick one goal and stick with it. Common goals are: new donor or member acquisition; community engagement; raising awareness; becoming a thought leader and go-to resource on an issue. Tie your nonprofit marketing goal directly to your organizational growth objectives: small nonprofits typically see the best results when they select one priority goal per quarter. 
2. Refine Your Objectives. Refine your objectives within the SMART framework. They should be: Specific; Measurable; Achievable; Relevant; Time-based (have a realistic deadline).
3. Find Your Perfect Audience. Successful marketing campaigns are targeted towards very specific audiences. Julia recommends developing "personas" to help you better focus on addressing one person.
4. Craft A Compelling Message
Be creative; be emotional: touch the hearts of your audience. Develop a compelling story to tell your message
5. Choose The Best Platform To Share Your Message. Each social media platform has a different strength. For small nonprofits: optimize your website by featuring your compelling message; communicate your ask in an email campaign; and consistently share your campaign on the one social network where your supporters are most engaged.
Planning a Fundraising Event? Be sure not to conflict with others by consulting FCCF's Fundraising Event Calendar. Plan ahead, consult the FCCF Calendar, and then submit your event.
Coming Up...
Jan. 23-24: Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County: Shaping Community Creative Placemaking Conference, Norwalk.
March 12-13: National Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC.
April 25: CT Arts Day, Hartford

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.   Applicant organizations for NEA Big Read must be a 501c(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, colleges and universities, community service organizations, environmental organizations, fairs and festivals, faith-based organizations, historical societies, housing authorities, humanities councils, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, trade associations, and tribal governments. Local education agencies, school districts, and state and regional education agencies are eligible. NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book. Activities focus on one book from the NEA Big Read library. Application details here. Deadline: January 24, 2018.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. Indicators of successful projects are: national impact (across sizes and complexity of institutions; rural or tribal libraries; and/or networks or consortia of cultural heritage institutions that involve libraries or archives); current significance (address a critical emergent issue); strategic collaborations (building on mutually beneficial national partnerships with allied organizations beyond the library and archives sector); and demonstrated expertise (should articulate a thorough understanding of current theory and practice). Apply with a preliminary 2-page proposal by Feb. 1. Details here. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians. Indicators of successful projects are: broad impact (address key needs, high priority gaps, and challenges, expand boundaries and show the potential for far-reaching impact); advancement of library theory or practice (show understanding of current theory/practice and how project can strengthen and improve services); and strategic collaborations (not required but partnerships can show a broad need, buy-in and access to appropriate expertise). Apply with a preliminary 2-page proposal by Feb 1. Details here. 
And Don't Forget...
Dec. 20: Burning Man: Global Arts Grants: Letter of Intent Deadline
Dec. 31: CT Trust/1772 Foundation: Preservation Matching Grants


Fairfield Museum and History Center seeks an energetic, and visionary, part time Director of Community Programs to coordinate, cooperatively plan, and implement a new series of multi-sector, innovative and fun family and adult programs, art installations, and performances that will provide participants meaningful opportunities to delve deeply into their community’s identity and take an active role in creating a more inclusive future. The Director of Community Programs will convene and lead community planning groups; design and develop collaborative programming that gives voice to multiple perspectives; develop and sustain partnerships with regional arts, performance and cultural organizations; and oversee the delivery of programs, lectures, community forums, art installations and performances that advance the Museum’s mission to use the arts and humanities to strengthen community and help shape its future. Programs will occur primarily at the Fairfield Museum and seasonally on the adjacent outdoor Museum Commons. Qualifications include the ability to demonstrate broad and successful experience in facilitating and leading collaborative planning; implementing creative, diverse and dynamic indoor and outdoor programming that builds new audiences; experience in developing and sustaining relationships with community groups; have strong connections in the Connecticut and New York arts, education, and social service communities; demonstrate strong organizational skills; and be independently motivated and a strong team player. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field required. How to Apply: Please mail or email a cover letter and resume detailing relevant work and program development experience by January 26, 2018 to Director of Community Programs Search, Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Email: No calls please. EOE. Position to begin in March, 2018.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, seeks a Digital Media Coordinator to work with diverse Museum departments—exhibitions, education, membership, development, events, and visitor services—and to actively organize and archive content and update The Aldrich’s newly redesigned website to ensure that timely and accurate information is posted in a way to make the site dynamic, accessible, and engaging. This position will also schedule, develop, and format all Aldrich e-newsletters across all departments, and create and manage a digital archive of all exhibitions, programs, and events. Responsibilities will include: format content for, regularly review, update, and maintain the Museum’s website; update, review, and maintain online retail and ticketing platforms; develop online outreach materials; digitize archival material as necessary to create a robust exhibition history for the Museum’s website; participate in regular meetings with external affairs, education, and exhibitions staff to identify e-blast and website needs; archive and track all exhibition, program, event, and institutional video/photography; create and maintain online exhibitions archive, including PDFs of Aldrich publications; develop illustrated exhibition checklists; and more. Requirements include: fluent in Photoshop (InDesign and Illustrator a plus), with a strong understanding of producing and optimizing media for the web; ability to collaborate well; comfortable working with a broad range of Museum personnel, including curators, educators, technology designers, and development, marketing, and communications staff; effective written and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; and more. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the Museum’s mission, to working to advance its position within the museum field, and the ability to advocate effectively for the Museum and its goals in professional and social settings. Position available immediately. Please send a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Digital Media Coordinator.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Head of Marketing
Connecticut Humanities: Executive Director
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Unpaid internships
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Thereapist
Westport Historical Society: Executive Director
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Dec. 20: Burning Man: Global Arts Grants: Letter of Intent Deadline
Dec. 31: CT Trust/1772 Foundation: Preservation Matching Grants

Jan. c5: NEA Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge for High Schoolers
Jan. 24: NEA: The Big Read Application Deadline

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