Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - January 27, 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
January 27, 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
Some 140 artists, nonprofit personnel, town planners, economic development officers, performers and citizens participated in the Cultural Alliance's Creative Placemaking Conference, Shaping Community Jan. 23-24, at Stepping Stones Museum. On Day One, attendees enjoyed seeing the astonishing range and depth of arts and cultural activity across Fairfield County, as panelists bore witness to the impact of public arts, artist residencies, artists spaces, theatre and storytelling on shaping and giving resonance to the places where we live and work. On Day Two, 80 participants from 9 towns were guided through the process of creating and crafting placemaking project plans for their towns by senior staff from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and ArtPlace America. Nine project proposals were pitched to a panel of funders who gave detailed suggestions and furthered participants ideas of how best to proceed. All the conference sessions will be available for view individually on our YouTube Channel and panelists presentations will be available on GoogleSlides. The Working Groups from each town are finessing their proposals and some, such as Bridgeport, are already making plans for wider Community Conversations based on their work. Stay tuned for further developments and the the availability of videos and slide presentations. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County wishes to thank its sponsors: Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Bank of America, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, Bridgeport DSSD, the Barnum Museum, and anonymous donors who made possible the video recording of the proceedings. 
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Founder and Director: Thomas Carruthers

The Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF) was created in 2005 by Tom Carruthers out of the Bethel Film Festival. In addition to its annual 6-day-and-night festival of independent film, emerging music, and screenwriting, CTFF hosts multiple weekend festivals and its monthly film series in numerous cities and towns throughout Connecticut. CTFF developed FilmFest52 a 52-week festival, showcasing more than 250 short-form and feature-length narrative and documentary films from around the world. The weekly exhibition and competition has more than 20 geographic categories, with added focus on student, Native American, animation, music videos, human rights, LGBT, politics, and a large number of features and shorts produced in Connecticut. FilmFest52 is produced by CTFF and The Bethel Film Festival in partnership with The Bethel Cinema. For more than a decade, these three independent film marketing operations have supported filmmakers, while showcasing and premiering cutting-edge cinema, years before many of the bigger first-tier festivals. This year is the 13th Anniversary of CTFF and the 3rd of FilmFest52, which has now screened more than 500 (short & feature) films since its inception. All accepted projects have the opportunity to compete in a variety of categories to become quarterly award nominees. Submitted film projects will also be considered for screenings at CTFF affiliate venues in New Haven, Bennington, VT, and Colorado Springs. Numerous film premieres, after parties and receptions are held in the theaters and lobby of The Bethel Cinema, as well as local restaurants and pubs within a short walk or drive of the theater. Audience Q&As, panels or discussions are a feature of every presentation. Educational workshops, panels and keynotes take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the year. See FilmFest52's Facebook page, FilmFreeway webpage, and Twitter feed.

General Manager: Richard Pheneger
Artistic Director: Tom Holehan

Stratford's nonprofit Square One Theatre Company was founded in 1990 by Executive Producer Barbara Cairney and Artistic Director Tom Holehan (after he had started a series of staged readings at the Stratford Library in 1985). Square One's first production, A Walk In The Woods, was praised and supported by the original Broadway producer, Lucille Lortel, in addition to receiving numerous honors in regional and national theatre competitions. Barbara Cairney retired in 2008 and Richard Pheneger took her place as General Manager. Now in its 25th anniversary season, performances are held in the Stratford Academy, with a second venue located at the Stratford Library, where the Readers Theatre Showcase offers free readings of new, experimental and non-commercial plays, during the summer. The theatre also presents these staged readings in many area libraries and other venues. In addition, Square One supports SquareWrights, a local group of area playwrights, helping them showcase their work at the Stratford Library. Square One's next production, coming up in March, is Agnes of GodJohn Pielmeier’s modern classic about a court-appointed psychiatrist who must assess the sanity of a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn. See Square One's website and Facebook page.

Executive Director: Damicia Manigat

The UNESCO Center for Global Friendship is the first Connecticut member  of the U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs. UNESCO is the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Center for Friendship is a non-profit organization that develops free cultural programs for libraries in the United States, and provides educational materials and professional assistance to libraries in under-developed countries. Its mission is to increase awareness and create a more informed public by obtaining and disseminating data and educational materials about national and world problems as well as the activities of international organizations. The group makes it a top priority to promote the ideals of UNESCO by building peace in the communities it serves, and to remain compliant with UNESCO’s values, principles and constitutional aims. The Friendship Center is funded through membership fees, individual donations, revenue from fundraising activities, and other public support. At the swearing-in of the organization in November 2017, Ambassador Guy Djoken, Chairman of U.S Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, said he looked forward to working closely with the Center "to help raise a new generation of peacemakers that will strive to make the culture of peace an everyday commodity through education, science, culture and communication." See the Center's website.
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The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District announced Lauren Coakley Vincent as its new President effective Jan. 2. She succeeds Michael Moore, who after six years in Bridgeport is now vice president of operations for the Stamford Downtown Special Services District. Lauren brings more than 10 years of experience in economic development, program management, public administration and community development to her new position. She spent the last five years at the New York City Department of Small Business Services as director of capacity building initiatives and neighborhood development. “I grew up in Fairfield County and have always been enamored with the Park City,” Lauren said to The CT Post. "I look forward to collaborating with all of the community partners already working hard to make downtown Bridgeport a vibrant, thriving district."  Lauren holds a master’s degree from the New School in New York and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. A welcoming reception for Lauren is being hosted at The Barnum Museum Thurs. Feb 8, 5-7pm. Register here
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking  welcomes Elizabeth Colclough as its new Media and Communications Coordinator. Elizabeth's goal is to effectively communicate CCP's mission and increase publicity of the center's educational offerings, members program and exhibitions to the public. Kimberly Henrikson, CCP’s Interim Executive Director says, "Lissy’s training and work as an artist and printmaker combined with both academic teaching experience and design work in the publishing industry will insure CCP’s outreach to the community is effective and meaningful." She is a 1998 graduate of Alfred University, received an MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, and enjoyed a Cité Internationale des arts residency in Paris.
The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS)was awarded a $145,780 grant from the The Long Island Sound Futures Fund to plant 1,200 trees and shrubs chosen for their value to birds and other wildlife, and to continue the creation of a two-acre pollinator meadow for a section of the H. Smith Richardson Wildlife Preserve on Sasco Creek Road. This will transform 36 weed-choked acres in Westport into a thriving sanctuary for birds, pollinators, and native plants. CT Audubon is now raising required matching funding of $135,000. The restoration of the 36 acres is being overseen by Milan Bull, CAS senior director of science and conservation. New sections of shrubs will provide nesting areas for species that are quickly declining in Connecticut, including perhaps Blue-winged Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and Eastern Towhees, and greatly improve habitat for migrating and wintering birds. Conifers and native hollies will be planted in clusters, to provide cover for the Saw-whet, Barred and Great Horned Owls the sanctuary is known for. Other areas will be reserved for white spruce, white pine, American holly, and red cedar. More...
The CT Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the appointment of Wes Haynes and Jane Montanaro as Co-Directors of the Trust. Wes has four decades of experience in historic preservation working for architectural firms and non-profit organizations in New York and New Jersey. He joined the Trust staff in 2013 as Project Director of the Making Places program and will be responsible for external partnerships. Jane has been on staff of Connecticut Trust since 2005 and Director of Preservation Services since 2014. Jane served as Interim Director since July and she will continue to be responsible for preservation services and daily operations.
The Kennedy Center has announced the appointment of Richard E. Sebastian, Jr. as its new President and CEO, succeeding Martin D. Schwartz of Trumbull, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service. "Sebastian was chosen because he has the credentials to create growth and sustainability for the agency; embodies the persona of our leadership; and embraces the values that have been the foundation of The Kennedy Center since its grassroots beginnings," noted Michele Macauda, Kennedy Center Board Chair. Sebastian has more than 30 years experience in the developmental disabilities sector, bringing a commitment to helping those with developmental, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities live full self-determined lives within the community as well as a vast knowledge in helping organizations increase growth and future sustainability. He served as the President/CEO of Didlake, serving more than 2,100 people with disabilities. Prior to that, Sebastian served as President/CEO of Human Technologies Corporation that serves 2,500 people with disabilities and behavioral health needs. He holds a B.S. in Psychology/Child Life from Utica College of Syracuse University and an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Baltimore.
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides free music instrument instruction to Bridgeport students, welcomes Darien resident Jon Burleigh to its Board of Directors. Mr. Burleigh spent over a decade at the Interpublic Group where he had financial and operational oversight of several global operating units. Before that, he spent more than a decade on Wall Street working at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, executing mergers, acquisitions, equity, debt and restructuring transactions primarily in the media and technology spaces. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Harvard Business School. He previously served on the boards of the Red Cross of Greater New York and the Connecticut Start Girls Ice Hockey Program. 
New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. (NCPA) has selected The Public Archeology Laboratory, Inc., (PAL). (a leading authority in cultural resource management with more than 3,500 projects in its portfolio) to prepare the nomination of New Canaan's Waveny Estate to the National Register of Historic Places (as it did for 12 of New Canaan’s "moderns" to the National Register in 2010). Virginia Adams, PAL's senior architectural historian, will coordinate the research and has assembled a team including a landscape historian, an interiors historian, and an architectural historian (the mansion was designed by the eminent William B. Tubby, NYC architect.) NCPA requests any privately held materials, maps, or documents be shared with the consultant by contacting Mimi Findlay or Rose Scott Long. The nomination will be presented to the State Review Board in early summer, with a preview given at the annual May meeting of the NCPA, sponsor of the nomination. The public will be invited to attend both presentations, date and location to be announced publically in advance. Half the cost of the preparation of this nomination is funded with a grant from the State Department of Economic and Community Development Commission, Offices of Culture and Tourism through the State Historic Preservation Office.
Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts welcomes South African artist Mamela Nyamza as part of its Arts Incubator program. Now in its second year, thanks in part to an FCCF grant, the program allows distinctive access to the community so that citizens can engage directly with an extraordinary artist. Students from the Regional Center for the Arts, other Fairfield County high schools, and Fairfield University, will have the opportunity to study with Nyamza during her residency, which will explore the complexity of identity. Creator, choreographer, performer, and director who trained in South Africa and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, Nyamza has performed internationally. Her dance and music focus on a life of dualism between countries, identities, and relationships, exploring her identity challenges as a mother, performer, and South African performing in Western and European contexts. The wider community can view her autobiographical HATCHED, that conveys deeply challenging and personal issues of culture, tradition, and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage.
Remarkable STEAM is gearing up for its seventh annual Maker Faire Westport to be held on Sat. April 21,  throughout downtown Westport. 12,000 attendees are expected. This year’s theme is #WeAreConnecticut and will highlight the people, places and organizations that make Connecticut a great place to live and work. The Faire began in 2011 as the first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut, and has grown to become Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Over the past six years, Maker Faire Westport has become a catalyst for tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities. More than 50,000 people have attended Maker Faire Westport and many thousands more have benefitted through educational programs, maker spaces, employment opportunities and business growth. This year, organizers expect to welcome a record 12,000 people to the Faire. See the Call for Makers here.
The Weston Historical Society has received a $100,000 grant from the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust to repair and restore its 1883 Coley Homestead Barn, which houses the society’s extensive collection of farm tools and equipment. Structural improvements will enable better use of the barn for public education, exhibits and displays. The Coley Homestead Barn reflects an “English” style, once common along the New England Coast, featuring a simple gable roof with the ridgeline running at right angles to the prevailing winds, an oversized cupola, and huge doors on the opposing long sides. Daniel Edward Offutt III lived for over 30 years in Weston in a home that he built. A self-described "farmer," Mr. Offutt’s proudest possession was a tobacco barn, which he and his friends disassembled in upstate Connecticut and moved to Weston. Offutt was also a sculptor, whose fanciful creations could be seen from the road of his Kettle Creek home. More...
Westport Suzuki School teachers Dawn Rockwell (Piano and Early Childhood Music) and Dr. Rafael Videira (viola/violin) had their presentation proposals selected by the Suzuki Association of the Americas for its Biennial Conference, May, 2018. Dawn's talk is on How Families Can Learn Collaboration, and Rafael's Music from the Americas – Viola Repertoire from Latin America, the USA and Canada, which will be presented to a target audience of viola teachers and violin teachers looking to expand their knowledge of viola repertoire. Dr. Videira will also receive the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement - Level 1, at the conference, recognizing his commitment to life‐long learning, self‐improvement, and commitment to excellence in teaching. 
Westport Writers’ Workshop (WWW) welcomes Board Member and long-time student Michelle Bradley as its new Interim Executive Director. Having worked in politics and nonprofit fundraising, Michelle brings great energy and enthusiasm to the role. She’ll partner with former Executive Director Valerie Ann Leff, who’ll move to Artistic Director; both women will strategize new directions for WWW’s future. They’re keen to: expand WWW’s outreach efforts, which bring the power of the written word to underrepresented populations; strengthen WWW’s culture as a haven for creative types—for example by offering new, one-time workshops that will draw in potential students and showcase our community; launch a more robust merit-based scholarship program through fundraising. Anne Lonergan joins the Board as Secretary. Departing Director of Communications and Development and fiction instructor Jessie Noyes McEntee will spearhead a new, craft-based program of introductory classes, starting soon. 

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)'s Expeditions grants support New England nonprofit organizations to plan and implement tours of high-quality arts projects involving New England, national, and international artists. Expeditions has two grant programs with a deadline of February 20, 2018:
 Expeditions Touring Grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists in tours that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations to creatively engage communities in New England. Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner).
 Expeditions Tour Planning Grants provide resources for projects that need additional planning time to build interest among tour partners, leading to an application for Expeditions Touring support. The application must be submitted by a New England nonprofit organization. Applications submitted by an artist/ensemble must have a nonprofit presenting partner who will likely serve as the lead applicant for a subsequent Expeditions Touring application. For application details click on the above applicable links.

Calling Connecticut Authors and Illustrators: The Connecticut Book Awards Are Back! The Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Connecticut Book AwardsThe mission of the Connecticut Center for the Book is to promote the written and spoken word throughout the state. The Center is Connecticut’s affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. These awards recognize the best books of 2017 by authors and illustrators who reside in Connecticut. Categories include: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young Readers. To apply for an award:
Authors and illustrators must currently reside in Connecticut and must have lived here for at least three consecutive years, or have been born in the state. Or, the work may be substantially set in Connecticut.
 Titles must have been published for the first time between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 or have a copyright within 2017.
● All submitted books must have an ISBN.
● Anthologies are acceptable. 
● Books by deceased authors will be accepted only if the author was still living on Jan. 1, 2017.
Entry fee starts at $40 for a 2,000 copy or less print run. Award winners will receive exposure in Connecticut media outlets and personal appearances in Connecticut locations. For guidelines and to submit, please visit here.

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants annually for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater. 1. Production grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works to be presented in 2019. Workshop grants of $3,000 are awarded for the development and workshopping of productions. Workshop and Production grants can be combined over a two-year period for the greatest benefit to the piece. However, a Production grant does not need to be preceded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop grant in no way ensures a future Production grant. 2. Family Grants of $4,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Grants cannot be applied retroactively, and substantial portions of a proposed project must take place after the funds are awarded. To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications from international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be American. Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 12, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 10, 2018. See the Henson Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new grant program designed to create and sustain humanities infrastructure. Cultural institutions are eligible to receive up to $750,000 grants. NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants program seeks to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities in the United States through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges and universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions for efforts that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability. These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, may be used toward capital expenditures such as construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, sustaining digital scholarly infrastructure, and preservation and conservation of humanities collections.
“For decades NEH has played a vital role in helping build the humanities infrastructure of the United States,” said NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “These new grants expand that role by leveraging federal dollars to spur increased private investment in our nation’s libraries, museums, and cultural centers to ensure the long-term health and growth of these institutions. The result will be greater access to historical, cultural, and educational resources for all Americans.” The application deadline is March 15. Interested applicants should direct questions about grant proposals to or 202-606-8309.

CT History Day is approaching and volunteer judges are still needed. Judges are essential to providing a quality judging experience to students presenting at a History Day contest. Serving as a judge entails a time commitment from 8 a.m. to the early to mid afternoon (depending on the contest). Judges are required to review judging material prior to the day of the contest, as well as reviewing projects the day of the Contest. Paper and Website judges receive the projects to review prior to the Contest; for the other three categories (Performances, Exhibits, and Documentaries) judges view the projects the day-of the Contest. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. In Fairfield County, the contest is held March 18 at Sacred Heart University. To sign up to be a judge, click here.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation presents awards to honor outstanding achievements in protecting and enhancing Connecticut’s significant buildings, landscapes, and communities. Awards recognize achievement in preserving and enhancing Connecticut’s historic places such as: significant efforts in the restoration, preservation or adaptive use of historic resources; steady, consistent stewardship of historic places over time; excellence in sustainability of historic places; effective leadership in preservation; young preservationists who demonstrate involvement, achievement, or potential in preservation. Details here. Nominations must be received by 4:00 p.m., February 9. Contact Christopher Wigren at 203.562.6313 or with questions.
Coming Up...
Feb. 13: CT Main Street Advocacy Day (details forthcoming)
March 12-13: National Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC.
April 25: CT Arts Day, Hartford

New England Presenters (NEP)/Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) seek a part-time (5-10 hours per week) Program Assistant for a one-year contract. Both NEP and APNNE are non-profit, regional consortia of over 50 organizations consisting of performing arts presenters from public and private colleges and universities, preparatory schools, municipal arts agencies and community based organizations of all sizes. Both serve their memberships by providing professional development opportunities for presenters to exchange management and artistic ideas, inviting arts leaders and artists to participate in regional and annual meetings, facilitating block booking of tours by performing artists that reduce fees to individual presenters, commissioning new works in dance, music and mixed art forms that tour the New England region, and supporting special projects by artists, sometimes in collaboration with other regional presenting groups. The successful candidate will be highly organized, able to work independently and collaborate with board members. S/he will help with the day-to-day functions of both organizations to support members and create clear communication methods. An interest in the arts is required. The candidate will work remotely during the week. Responsibilities include Membership: assist both organizations with organizing and maintaining membership renewals and orienting new members; communicate with members about meetings, event details, and job announcements. Communications: monitor NEP/APNNE email accounts; manage social media accounts (mostly Facebook) – post announcements, manage membership approvals, encourage members to engage with Facebook posts, and keep access up to date for members only; manage website (NEP uses Squarespace); create listserv and manage communications so that members can send announcements. Meetings: assist organizing meetings and attend when possible; create Block Booking spreadsheet – collect potential block information, share with members monthly by email, collect APAP meeting spreadsheet. Additional projects as determined with the boards. $13 - $15 per hour. To apply, send resume and cover letter to by February 7, 2018. No phone calls please.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center announces a national search for its next Executive Director. The Center is a nonprofit museum, program center and research library in Hartford, Connecticut with an active and innovative program schedule and new house tour experience. The Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Stowe’s home and the Center’s historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of Stowe’s life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change. Over the past 20 years, the museum has transformed into a new kind of historic house museum. In 2018, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary.Reporting to the board of trustees, and working closely with the staff and key constituents to promote the organization’s mission, the Executive Director will have full responsibility and authority for the management and coordination of the organization’s operations and finances, supervision of the staff and their activities, and implementation of Stowe Center plans and programs in accordance with the policies formulated jointly with the staff and trustees. The Executive Director will be the organization’s primary representative to the broader community and serve as the chief fundraiser, spokesperson, and advocate of the Stowe Center, and be a visible and involved member of the Greater Hartford and Connecticut communities, as well as with select regional and national cultural opportunities. The new Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and bring a fresh perspective; revisit, refine and implement the strategic plan and vision; leverage the Center’s assets, reputation, and experienced and talented staff; galvanize its community and alliance partnerships; implement a staff development program; drive fundraising efforts; and maintain and develop a strong relationship with the Board. The complete position description and contact information for interested candidates may be found here

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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

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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