Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - February 10, 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
February 10, 2018
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 575 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Videos of all presentations, panel discussions and performances, are available on our YouTube channel. Click image above or to access the Shaping Community playlist. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for all updates. Slide presentations are available at, or click below.
Nine towns participated in our Shaping Community project to work on Creative Placemaking projects. Working groups from each town (mostly drawn from those attending pre-conference town meetings) crafted project plans at the conference under the guidance of senior staff from ArtPlaceAmerica, LISC, and the NEA.

On Mon. Feb. 12 at noon, tune in to our monthly Spotlight on Arts & Culture show on WPKN 89.5 for an interview with members of 3 of the 9 working groups: Christle Chumney, New Canaan Library; Katie DeLuca, Town of Greenwich; and Phil Kuchma, Kuchma Corporation, Bridgeport.

Hear their take on the project as a whole, what they learned at the conference, what their draft project plans are, and how their working groups are planning to develop and fund their projects.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is pleased to accept nominations for the 3rd Annual Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards, designed to celebrate the passion for arts and culture in Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our arts and cultural offerings. Awards in five categories will be presented in late spring at our 3rd annual ACE Awards Breakfast (date and time TBA), to recognize and thank those individuals, organizations and businesses who have made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, as well as those who have supported the arts and culture sector through volunteerism and/or patronage. Awards are made in five categories: Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator and Nonprofit. Click here to make your nominations. Deadline: March 15.

Executive Director: Razul M. Branch

The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council (BACC) returns to the scene, seeking to help lead the city of Bridgeport and its blossoming arts community into the 21st century, after a four-year hiatus. The BACC is led by the insights of newly appointed executive director Razul M. Branch and a dynamic team of fresh board members: Natalie Pryce, Marcella Kovacs, Aisha Alford, Jahmane West, Andy Liverant, Liz Squillace, Dayna Lindo, Kelvin Ayala and Rebecca Hall. This new board is fully dedicated to furthering the progress they've all individually managed to contribute to the advancement of arts in the city and around the state, and now put those talents to work collectively for the city of Bridgeport and its residents. The BACC plans to celebrate its return with a kickoff event at new urban art space BLENDS Gallery on April 27 with a city art show exclusively featuring Bridgeport artists and other talents. The BACC looks to expand on staple events such as Downtown Thursdays, a free summer concert series, the return of the Bridgeport Arts Festival, after a 2 year hiatus. It also seeks to launch a monthly series called Celebrate Bridgeport (4th Thursdays) which will travel to a variety of destinations around the city to highlight the food, music, art and culture that shapes the diverse backgrounds and stories of Bridgeport, CT. The Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council is excited to be back and ready to work! See the BACC's website (from Mon. Feb. 12) and Facebook page.


Executive Director: Amanda Meeson

Sterling House is a community center at 2283 Main Street in Stratford. It was founded in 1932 to provide a vehicle for the citizens of Stratford and surrounding areas to come together. Today, it offers a broad range of educational, recreational, and social programs to over ten thousand community members each year. The mission of Sterling House is to foster the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of the communities we serve. More than 100 years ago, the Sterling family, one of Stratford’s oldest and wealthiest, built their family homestead, a grand Romanesque mansion, on Main Street on land owned by Captain John Sterling. The house, registered in the National Registry of Historic Homes, was designed by architect Bruce Price of New York, and its lawns and gardens were originally planned by Frederick Law Olmsted. Cordelia Sterling, daughter of Captain John Sterling, donated the Sterling Homestead, house and park, in memory of her father, to the people of Stratford and the surrounding areas. She died in 1931 and, according to her wishes, Sterling House has been used as a community center since 1932. Sterling House has become a mecca for all ages, children, teenagers and adults. It is dedicated to serving the toddler to the senior, and provides affordable social, educational and recreational activities that assist them in their positive and healthy development. Program services include: Child Development Center, Positive Youth Development Services, Adult Programs and Community Services. The center services over 10,000 individuals yearly. See the Sterling House website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
– Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
– Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
Arts for Healingis on a roll. With five new board members and a new board chair, Emily Warren, there is, from Emily's perspective, "a renewed sense of excitement, as we continue to solidify the strategic plan that guides the organization, and to strategize new ways to expand our services to reach more children and adults in need." Emily has a decade of involvement with Arts for Healing, since after a long search for aid for her son with autism, she discovered AFH, realizing it was that special "magical place" that could help him achieve his goals. That journey was a success and she now looks forward to helping others reach that magical place.
Danbury Music Center's executive director, Mary Larew, has resigned to take up a new post at Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Performance PracticeThe Executive Committee and Board of Directors are working on a plan for this period of transition. An Open House is planned for Saturday, February 24, 11 am to 1 pm in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall, to bid Mary farewell. We wish her well.
Elisa Contemporary Art is collaborating with Shari Lebowitz, interior designer and owner of Bespoke Designs, a luxury stationery and hi-end product boutique at 5A Sconscet Square, Westport. Look inside and you'll find a carefully curated exhibit of artwork for sale - all made with or using paper The black-and-white works on paper are featured in the main area. This includes Europa 2 Study by Stephanie Cate, and Nest, a Carbon smoke drawing (made with a blow torch) by Wayne Zebzda. A Swimmer on hand-painted wood-grained paper by Carol Bennett is also on view.
The Fairfield University Art Museum is the 2018 recipient of a generous grant from the Private Art Dealers Association (PADA), awarded in support of the museum’s landmark exhibition, The Holy Name—Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age, that opened Feb. 2. Linda Wolk-Simon, Frank and Clara Meditz, director and chief curator of the museum, accepted the award at a dinner held at New York's Lotos Club, Jan. 23. The award was conferred by PADA member Robert Dance, a member of the museum's advisory committee, following an introduction by PADA president Robert Simon, who noted that the Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age exhibition is a “remarkable exhibition on what many consider the most important baroque church in Rome, if not the world. It would be a scholarly event at any major museum, but for Fairfield University it is an astonishing achievement.”  More...
Sue Brown Gordon of Gordon Fine Arts (GFA) has announced their ambitious schedule for summer 2018 arts festivals. GFA now runs eight summer arts festivals: 6 in our area and 2 in Saratoga. Locally, they are planning the Bruce Museum Crafts Festival (May 19-20), the Norwalk Arts Festival (June 23-24), the Westport Fine Arts Festival (July 14-15), the Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point (July 28-29) the SoNo Arts Festival (Aug 4-5) and the Bruce Museum Fine Arts Festival (Oct. 6-7). GFA is returning to run the Westport Festival and the new SoNo Arts Festival, both of which they report were very successful. Nationally CFA has 3 shows ranked in the top 100. Congratulations guys!
Congratulations to the Greenwich Historical Society for winning a very competitive IMLS Museums for America Collections Stewardship Grant. The funds ($175,652) will allow improved preservation, management, and access to GHS collections as they move to new facilities later this year. Specifically the funds will help ensure improved preservation of collections through consolidation of materials stored both on- and offsite. In addition, the HVAC-controlled facility on the historical society's reimagined campus opening this fall will allow for the expanded use and growth of the collections. At right, rendering of new library and archives currently under construction. More...
LatinColors Magazine is announcing the launch of its newest issue, "Fountain of Eternal Youth in our Community," dedicated to Christina Crain and Maria Antonieta Khan, who work at the Stamford Senior Center "bringing joy, happiness, smiles, warmth and compassion" to their charges. The launch of the magazine will occur at the Senior Center (888 Washington Blvd, 2nd fl, Stamford), Fri. Feb. 16, 7-9pm.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO)’s Brass Quintet joins forces with animals and guests from Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo for a free concert of animals and music at Shelton Intermediate School this Sun. Feb. 18 at 2pm, preceded by an Instrument Petting Zoo at 1:15pm. The audience is invited to explore how the motion of the music mimics the way animals move! On the program, perfect for introducing 3-9 year- olds to the instruments of the orchestra is Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and The Race by Gwyneth Walker.
After waiting many months for funds to be released by the State, the Office of the Arts this week awarded grants in several categories. Altogether, it awarded 205 grants totaling $1,040,588 through its four grant programs: Supporting Arts in Place (SAP), Arts Learning, Arts Projects, and the Regional Initiative Grants. The Supporting Arts in Place grants are awarded for general operating support. Funding levels are calculated by analyzing organizational data using a mathematical formula. The following Fairfield County organizations received SAP grants:
• Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orch. $6,318
• KEYS $6,321
• Klein Memorial Auditorium $7,813
Darien: Darien Arts Council $5,231
• G'ter Bridgeport Youth Orchestras $2,569
• Connecticut Dance School $2,617
• Fairfield Museum & History Center $16,000 
• Fairfield Theatre Company $22,154
• Mendelssohn Choir of CT $2,252
• Chamber Players/Greenwich Symph $2,145
• Greenwich Arts Council $10,462
• India Cultural Center of Greenwich $3,563 
• Young Artists Philharmonic $2,889
New Canaan
• Silvermine Guild of Artists, Inc. $18,769
• Summer Theatre of New Canaan $8,615 
• Ballet Etudes Company $4,152
• Center/Contemporary Printmaking $8,308 
• Creative Connections $4,285
• Norwalk Arts Commission $536
• Norwalk Symphony Society $5,961
• Norwalk Youth Symphony $3,203
• Shakespeare on the Sound $2,025
• Rowayton Arts Center $3,248
Shelton: Center Stage Theatre $3,294 
• Ballet School of Stamford $3,744
• Connecticut Ballet, Inc. $11,077
• Curtain Call $5,846 
• Franklin Street Works Gallery $6,409
• Loft Artists Association $3,747
• Pro Arte Singers $2,146 
• Stamford Art Association $839 
• Stamford Symphony $13,846 
• Connecticut Chamber Choir $1,016 
• Fairfield County Children's Choir $5,053 
• Beechwood Arts $804 
• Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. $2,957 
• Fairfield County Chorale $6,454 
• Music for Youth, Inc. $2,887
• Westport Arts Center $6,462
• Westport School of Music $2,614P
Wilton: Music on the Hill, Inc. $2,526
The Arts Project grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of arts-based projects, of all disciplines, for Connecticut audiences, communities and participants. The project must be accessible and relevant to the audience and community and must engage at least one Connecticut artist in a significant project role. Grant requests range from $5,000 - $15,000. The Office of the Arts made 27 Arts Project grants, four of them in Fairfield County:
Bridgeport: City Lights $12,000 
Greenwich: BackCountry Jazz $12,000
INTAKE $11,250
Stamford: Project Music $12,000
The Regional Initiative grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of small community art projects in combination with a strong community engagement plan. Panel reviews are conducted regionally with the regional service organizations, such as the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. This year's delay with the state budget meant that several successful applicants did not ultimately receive the funding that they were awarded as the time for events for which they were applying had past by the time the award money was available. 33 awards were made across the state. Those in Fairfield County receiving funding were:
Greenwich: Greenwich Alliance for Education $4,000 
Trumbull Monica Reed, artist $4,000
The Arts Learning grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of new or expanded arts in education-based projects that promote teaching and learning in, about and through the arts and that engage partners to advance teaching and learning for birth to grade 12. Grant requests range from $700 - $5,000. 24 awards so far have been awarded across the state. In Fairfield County, one award so far has been made:
Bridgeport: New Beginnings Family Academy $400 .

Applications are still being accepted to the Access category of the Arts Learning grant program, providing funding, up to $700, for exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performance(s), "informance(s)" and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups or arts venues. Applicants to other COA grant programs may also apply for an Access grant. The deadline is rolling and funds are dispersed on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants. PK-12 Schools, 501(c)(3) arts organizations providing art experience(s) for students, and arts programs of 501(c)(3) non-arts organizations providing art experience(s) for students are all eligible. Funds may be used towards transportation to an arts experience.
For Application Guidelines, click here.

In preparation for its presentation of its Arts Hero Award at CT ARTS DAY (April 25) the CT Office of the Arts (COA) seeks nominations from its citizens. The award is designed to honor Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary things in, for or through the arts. The 2018 theme is RESILIENCE. In its announcement COA quotes a statement from Psychology Today about the quality of Resilience: "Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Some of the factors that make someone resilient are: a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on. COA asks that if you know a HERO, someone who is resilient and is doing extraordinary things in, for or through the arts in their community, that you nominate them for a 2018 Arts Hero Award! You can do so by completing the nomination form. Deadline: March 23, 2018.


The newly appointed head of Connecticut Humanities (CTH), Dr. Jason Mancini, is well into his second month as executive director and is enjoying what he is discovering about the state: "a strong community of humanities advocates, engaged organizations, and thought-provoking initiatives." His ambition is that CTHumanities be a hub for Connecticut’s knowledge economy: "bringing together college and university faculty; historical, cultural, and heritage organizations; K-12 educators and students; and the public." CTH continues its competitive granting program through the Connecticut Humanities Fund, maintaining its digital humanities initiatives ConnecticutHistory.organd 
Teach It!, as well as the children’s literacy program, Book Voyagers. The Connecticut Center for the Book will continue to raise the profile of Connecticut’s authors (see the upcoming Connecticut Book Awards). On the horizon is a new program, CONN Tours, a “placemaking” app that will centralize access to our people, places, and ideas. CTH is actively seeking input from you about your community, looking for guidance in the following areas:
• Significant people, places, events, or ideas that are associated with your town.
• Individuals in your community who are subject matter experts/knowledge keepers.
• What is exciting about your town today?
• Who is doing interesting or innovative humanities-based work?
Jason will be traveling the state to listen and learn. In the meantime, please email your ideas to


The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University has released a report detailing financial health of arts organizations in the US. The report examines organizational bottom lines using data collected from over 4,800 organizations between 2013 and 2016. Overall, the report shows that it has become increasingly difficult for arts and cultural organizations to break even, a trend that is particularly alarming given the current period of economic growth in the US. The central question raised in the report is: “Are organizations bringing in enough revenue to cover their expenses?” Looking at unrestricted surplus (before depreciation), the average organization saw an unrestricted surplus of 2.1% of expenses in 2016. In the same year, overall operating bottom line (before depreciation) was 0.4% of expenses—virtually break-even. However, surpluses fell to a negative 4.2% when factoring in depreciation, meaning that the average organization is not reserving sufficient funds to repair and replace their fixed assets, which can lead to future challenges, particularly for organizations with high levels of fixed assets.The Bottom Line Report examines trends by organizational size, sector, and geography. Breaking even requires nimbleness to adjust expenses to align with revenue realities. High fixed costs present obstacles. Organizations that are able to course-correct to adjust expenses to align with revenue realities have a higher chance of breaking even. Interestingly, smaller-budget organizations, with lower fixed assets and less fixed costs, demonstrate the highest surpluses by all measures, continuing a four-year upward trend. Conversely, larger organizations tend to end the year with deficits, continuing a four-year negative trend. Across all sectors, small organizations buck the overall sector trend—i.e. even in sectors where bottom lines trended downward, the smaller-budget organizations within the sector actually grew, sometimes by over 50%. See blog article: The Burden of Rising Expenses in the Arts: The Bottom Line Report and see the Full Report.

Ten organizations across Connecticut were awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in the first round of 2018 awards. None were located in Fairfield County. The awardees, their projects and the awards are as follows:

• Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc. (aka Goodspeed Musicals), East Haddam
$20,000To support a new adaptation of production of "Cyrano."

• Music Mountain Incorporated, Falls Village
$10,000To support 89th annual Music Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival.

• Real Art Ways, Hartford$20,000To support an exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists.

 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford$20,000To support an exhibition featuring the art collections of American artist and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000).

• Wesleyan University (on behalf of the Wesleyan University Press), Middletown
$15,000To support Wesleyan University Press in the publication and promotion of books of poetry.

• Artspace, Inc., New Haven$20,000
To support City-Wide Open Studios, a public art commissioning project and professional development program.

• New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Inc., New Haven$45,000To support the presentation of "The Merchant of Venice" at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

• Yale University (aka Yale University Art Gallery) (on behalf of Yale Repertory Theatre), New HavenTo support a production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars, Part 1, 2 & 3" by Suzan-Lori Parks at Yale Repertory Theatre.

• Connecticut College, New London
$15,000To support the onStage performing arts series.

• Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center, Inc., Waterford$55,000To support the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference.

Click here for a list of grantees sorted by city and state.

Save America’s Treasures grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. With an estimated funding total  of $4,800,000, the estimated funding range for projects is for between $25,000 and $500,000 for each award. Any historic property receiving grant assistance through the program will be required to place a preservation covenant/ easement on the property to preserve the significance and integrity that made the property historic. Application must include the following information:
● Describe in detail why the materials are of national significance.
● The source(s), nature, extent, and severity of the threat, danger or damage to the collection must be clearly and convincingly argued. Photos are encouraged to support this criterion.
● Clearly state what conservation activities will be undertaken as part of this project and how they will mitigate stated threats. 
Full application guidelines are available here. Deadline Feb. 21.

The Westport Woman’s Club is now accepting proposals for its annual $5,000 Ruegg Grant. Local non-profit organizations are invited to submit their proposals for projects that will make a meaningful difference in our community.

 This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, is given each year to a deserving organization in the arts, educational endeavors, and health and safety-related fields. Past beneficiaries include the Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace and Wakeman Town Farm.

Community groups with impactful and meaningful projects for this year should submit their project proposals and relevant financial information by March 1, 2018 to the Westport Woman’s Club Ruegg Grant Committee, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman's Club.  To join, call 203 227-4240.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             
Andrea Mills, principal at Fiscal Management Associates, will lead a workshop Tues. Feb. 13, 9:30-12:30 at Grace Farms365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, on strategic, team-based budgetingWhat does excellence in financial management look like? How can your organization set the stage for sustainable operations? At this highly interactive workshop, you’ll learn what financial planning is really about, how to build and communicate the different budget types you need to operate, and more! $45 Register here.
Connecticut Main Street Center is staging a "Main Streets Matter" Advocacy Day at the Hartford Capitol Tues. Feb 13. See the exhibit Celebrating CT's Main Streets in the Main Concourse of the LOB from 10am. 11-12noon, Hear Patrick McMahon, CEO of CT Main Street Center, John Dankosky on "Main Street is Where We Live," Peter Smith  on Top 10 Tips for Engaging Your Elected Officials, and Personal Words from Legislators. From noon on, meet your representatives and senators. Details here; registration encouraged
Based on an Evaluation Handbook created by W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its grantees in 1998, this free step-by-step guide will help you (and your organization) become savvy evaluators of your work. Learn how to approach evaluation, track the impact of your investments and plan for the future. You'll learn:
● How to approach evaluation
● What methodologies to use and when
● Why community engagement and racial equity are key to the process
● How to share your findings
You can download your free Guide here.
If you are you new to the arts field, a practicing artist, or a nonprofit supporting underserved communities, you can apply for scholarships to attend the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Apply by Friday, March 2 at 11:59 PM (EST) to join the convention in Denver on June 14 -17. Apply for:
● Practicing Artist Scholarships
● Creative Youth Development Preconference Scholarships
● Equitable Investment Preconference Scholarships
● Field Diversity Scholarships: Serving Underserved Communities 
● Field Diversity Scholarships: Leaders of Color

Coming Up...
March 12-13: National Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC.
April 25: CT Arts Day, Hartford

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is seeking an energetic fundraising professional to join the team as Senior Development Officer. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering the work of pioneering artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. Working closely with the Co-Directors and the Development and Marketing teams, the Senior Development Officer will be responsible for building and maintaining an active roster of individual donors to the Museum, from general members through upper level patrons and board members, and developing and implementing a dynamic giving program for individual donors to build revenue for the Museum. The Senior Development Officer will also be responsible for identifying, cultivating and stewarding relationships with key institutional and government funders to support fundraising efforts and meet annual fundraising goals. As a frontline fundraiser, the Senior Development Officer will be responsible for researching, initiating, implementing, assessing and evolving creative fundraising strategies to maximize donor engagement. The Senior Development Officer will take a lead role in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual patrons at all levels; overseeing the critical Annual Fund Campaign; managing and growing the general membership program; acting as a liaison for the Museum’s board of trustees; and partnering with other team members to manage the Museum’s benefit events. S/he will also lead efforts for institutional and government donors, to steward existing funders, expand the roster of funders through active prospecting, and managing the proposal and reporting process. The successful candidate will be an independent thinker with a collaborative spirit, have enthusiasm for and knowledge of contemporary art, and will bring fresh thinking about how to evolve and expand the museum’s membership and individual donor base at all levels, through online, in print, and in person outreach. S/he will have a demonstrated capacity to build and steward meaningful relationships with donors and work diplomatically with the public and will have the ability to represent the institution in a professional manner. The position requires excellent writing, communications, organizational skills and attention to detail; exemplary follow through; the ability to work both independently and in a team; and a proven track record for thinking creatively and strategically to increase non-profit revenue streams.Candidates will also demonstrate a commitment to the Museum’s mission, to working to advance its position within the museum field and ability to advocate effectively for the Museum and its goal in professional and social settings. For full job description, click here. Send cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line "Senior Development Officer." Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) seeks Development Administrator and Project Coordinator (DPAC). THE JBFC is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution in Pleasantville, NY, that makes film an empowering part of people’s lives through viewing, making and learning. Housing a state-of-the-art theater complex, a 27,000 square-foot Media Arts Lab, and a residence for fellows, the JBFC campus provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore, and learn through the power of film, media and 21st-century technology. The Development Administrator and Project Coordinator will become part of a dynamic team responsible for raising over $2.7 million annually in support of JBFC’s film, education and outreach programs. This newly created position will be an integral part of the Development team, responsible for assisting in planning and implementing JBFC’s fundraising efforts in close collaboration with the Director of Development (DOD), supporting her in the cultivation and engagement of donors. The DAPC manages the projects and activities of the DOD and serves as a liaison to the Development staff, the Executive Director, and the Development Committee to generate and sustain philanthropic support for the JBFC. Applicants should: 
● Be very well-organized, able to plan strategically, set priorities and focus on details while not losing sight of the big picture, with the flexibility to welcome and embrace change, and the ability to balance the many challenges inherent in an active and vibrant environment.
● Be a highly personable and positive individual, with integrity, a strong work ethic, and a sense of humor, who enjoys participating in social events, works effectively with trustees, donors, volunteers, and inside staff, and who relishes taking an active, public role in the cultivation and solicitation of donors, and as a representative of the JBFC. A willingness to engage with audiences and donors outside of traditional office hours on a regular basis is a key component of this position.
● Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, knowledge of the operations and organization of a nonprofit, and experience with fund raising technology and integrated database systems. Tessitura experience is a decided plus.
● Have initiative, creativity, and energy, and enjoy working as a team player, but also can work independently and as a self-starter.
● Have a genuine interest in cinema, media education and the arts, understand and support the JBFC’s mission and appreciate the important role cultural institutions play in the life of a community, and have the ability to articulate this mission and role to others.
● Have at least two-three years of applicable office experience. Fund raising experience in a nonprofit organization is a decided plus.
For complete job description, click here. Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to with “Development Administrator and Project Coordinator 18” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Harriet BeecherStowe Center: Executive Director
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Thereapist
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Feb. 16: NEA: ArtWorks Application Deadline (submit registration by Jan 24)
Feb. 20: NEFA: Expeditions Touring (and Planning) Grants Application Deadline
Feb. 21: National Park Service: Save America's Treasures Application Deadline 

March c1: Westport Woman's Club, Ruegg Grant Application Deadline
March 12: Jim Henson Foundation: Puppet Theatre Production Grants Deadline
March 15: NEH: Infrastructure Challenge Grants Application Deadline

April 20: CT Humanities: CT Book Awards Submission Deadline
April 24: NEA Challenge America Application Deadline (register by March 21)


June 20: NEA: Register/renew registration for July 12 ArtWorks deadline

July 12: NEA: ArtWorks Application Deadline
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