Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - June 22, 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
June 22, 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
We were delighted to have received, in May, a $5,000 grant from the TRIP Foundation towards the cost of re-designing and re-building our Cultural Alliance website, which will integrate our two faces: the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and At our recent ACE Awards Breakfast we were thrilled when our keynote speaker, and TRIP Foundation president, Robin Tauck, understanding the critical role of a strong digital presence for the Cultural Alliance, challenged the audience that if we continued our campaign to complete the website redesign project, she would match all donations up to a further $2,500! This match will enable us to complete the website on time and launch the new site in late July. Please help us meet our goal! To make a donation of $10 or more, please visit this Impact Vine donation site. Thank you for your support! UPDATE: With 33 days to go, we are 26% of the way ($658) to meeting our $2,500 goal.
Alex Toombs
Annette Einhorn
Stamford Downtown
Suzanne Kachmar
Bridgeport Art Trail
Colin Healy
Stratford Placemakers
We hope you all enjoyed some aspect of international Make Music Day, yesterday, June 21. We were excited and proud that four of our members organized fascinating programs of free music by amateur and professional musicians across our region. Hear the producers of these festivals talk about their line-ups for the day, on a podcast of the June 11 edition of our monthly Spotlight on Arts & Culture show on WPKN 89.5 FM: Alex Toombs from Fairfield's FTC, Annette Einhorn, Stamford Downtown, Suzanne Kachmar, Bridgeport Art Trail and Colin Healy, Stratford Placemakers. The show included a live performance by The Hot Club of Black Rock! Catch podcasts of recent shows on our ACE Award Winners,  Creating a Sustainable Future, Who Cares About Public Art? Creative Placemaking  and  Interview with Adger Cowans.
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The Cultural Alliance is a partner in the SavorCity movement to explore and share the culinary, musical and visual arts of the many diverse neighborhoods of Bridgeport. At its 3rd visit, to Trattoria 'A Vucchella in Downtown, last Tuesday night, 40 guests enjoyed a 4-course authentic Neapolitan menu, music by Uma Lou, Matt Detroy and Rich Zurkowski, and paintings by Liz Squillace. Thanks to HSW Apartment Building, 1115 Main Street, and Hatch 130, for their sponsorship. Sign up for updates. Stay tuned for the next visit in July to a new Puerto Rican restaurant, to be announced shortly. Photo at right, courtesy B. Loss.

Fairfield Center Stage (FCS) is a new community theater group, based in Fairfield, with a mission to lead a culturally diverse collective of local artists in providing a quality, accessible, and affordable theatre arts experience for the community, by the community. FCS is the brainchild of Eli and Christy Newsom and colleagues. Eli and Christy had co-created the Bridgeport Theatre Company in 2010 (with the active help and support of Michael Ross of Westport Country Playhouse and Curtain Call's Lou Ursone), producing its first season at Playhouse on the Green on State Street, Bridgeport, which almost immediately closed down. Hugh Hallinan invited the company to join Downtown Cabaret Theatre  on Golden Hill Street, where, over the years, the companies integrated many elements of their organizations until (in 2015) they merged, with Eli serving as Producing Artistic Director of The Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre division. After three years (and 15 productions) Eli and Christy moved on this Spring and, while continuing his work with Fairfield Teen Theatre, Bridgeport Summer Stage, and the fifth Playathon new works event (the writing, casting, rehearsing and performing of new 10-minute plays in 26 hours), he created Fairfield Center Stage as executive producer, with his wife, Christy McIntosh-Newsom as Artistic Director, Brian Bish, "social media guru," with whom Eli had worked closely at Downtown Cabaret, and many other supporters and colleagues. One early goal of FCS is to present an annual 'musical in concert' outdoors in downtown Fairfield, using local artists and staff from Fairfield County. The inauguration of this season is next week, June 28-30, with The Music Man in Concert, a FREE event, partnering with The Fairfield Museum, at the Fairfield Museum Commons, 370 Beach Rd. behind Old Town Hall. Featuring a cast of 56 local performers, ages 7 to 70, a live onstage band, The Music Man in Concert celebrates the 4th of July and small-town America, with one of Broadway's most beloved scores. See Fairfield Center Stage's nascent website and Facebook page.

Mary Ann Hall created Music For Children and Beyond in 1973, before most other early childhood programs existed. As an early childhood educator, with a Master's from the University of Michigan, Mary Ann understands the role of music in empowering children and developing their self esteem and learning skills. With Music For Children & Beyond, Mary Ann and her highly trained and skilled faculty, nurture children's innate musical abilities and sensibilities. Unlike traditional music classes, the program incorporates drama, dance, art, storytelling and imaginary play, so children internalize the music, and connect to it in a physical and emotional way. As she puts it: "True musicianship should grow from within…then be danced into the everyday!" With classes in Westport, across Fairfield County and New York City, Music for Children's multi-sensory, age-appropriate curriculum has children reading music with their eyes, ears, and whole bodies. Classes are unique: each tells a story through song, dance, drama, rhythm and rhyme. Live guitar, banjo and piano every week...and hundreds of instruments to play. Based in Westport, MFC has classes at locations in Norwalk, Westport, Greenwich, Southport, New York City - and even Providence, RI and Palo Alto, CA. See FCBuzz for summer classes. See Music for Children's website.
– Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
– Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
Connecticut Theatre Critics Circle Awards took place Mon. June 11, 7:30pm at the Westport Country Playhouse. Congratulations to our members who received awards: Music Theatre of Connecticut's Megan O’Callaghan won best debut award for her performances in The Bridges of Madison County, and Fun Home. Westport Country Playhouse: Elizabeth Stahlmann won for outstanding solo performance for Grounded. Grounded also won Yana Birykova, the award for projection design. WCP's Romeo and Juliet won Peter Francis James the award for outstanding featured actor in a play. For WCP's Appropriate, Matthew Richards, won the award for lighting design, and Fitz Patton won the award for sound design. Summer Theatre of New Canaan: Jodi Stevens won for outstanding featured actress in a musical award for her work in Singin’ in the Rain. Congratulations to all. 
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) is welcoming the BIG INK TOUR June 23-24, printing the large scale woodcuts of 16 selected artists. The network, focused on carving, printing, and promoting large scale woodcuts, invites artists to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24" x 36." Some 16 artists are accepted per event and given two months to carve an image. Then, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as CCP, and helps print the woodcut onto paper. The events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate. Visitors to CCP on June 23rd and 24th are welcome to watch BIG INK in action in the parking lot between the main studio building and the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage.
The Fairfield Museum, in partnership with the National Park Service, is uncovering details of the Battle of Pequot Swamp (July 13-14, 1637) in present day Southport. The battle was the last engagement of the Pequot War, between English settlers and Native inhabitants, and was the catalyst for English settlement of Fairfield and Southport. Archeologists were surprised to recover impacted musket balls from Southport Park and Pequot Avenue, much further from the swamp than expected, and will be asking homeowners for permission to conduct metal detector surveys on their properties. For more information on this project funded by the National Park Services American Battlefield Protection Program, see this press release and visit this webpage.
The Greenwich Historical Society's Greenwich Preservation Network will dedicate a new historic district marker for the Strickland Road Historic District in Cos Cob on Mon. June 25 at 1:30pm. The District encompasses the area known historically as the Lower Landing, a former maritime center and later home to the Cos Cob art colony. The historic road follows Strickland Brook from the Post Road to Cos Cob Harbor where a tidal dam, built by David Bush in 1763, created Mill Pond. The district is distinguished by the town's only National Historic Landmark, Bush-Holley House. The Historic District also features well-preserved Colonial homes set close to Strickland Road, stylish Victorian houses with sweeping front lawns, a cluster of early 20th-century Craftsman style bungalows, and a group of post-World War II houses on Mill Pond Court. More...
New Paradigm Theatre has a new web series debuting on broadwayworld.comKonversations with Keeme. Thirteen-year-old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of the show in which he interviews seasoned television and film professionals, such as Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as Broadway veterans such as Paul Bogaev, Scott Bryce, Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, Juwan Crawley and Kristin Huffman. The series follows Keeme’s interviews as he receives advice on "the business," performing, and leadership from the leaders of the performing arts industry.  The first interview is with emmy-nominee Scott Bryce.
The Stamford History Center has discovered a long-lost film of Harold June, a Stamford native who was Admiral Byrd’s co-pilot and radio operator on his historic expeditions. The 25-minute film, taken in 1930, includes June and a host of others who gathered for a day-long homecoming celebration of a local boy made good. June was one of a handful of explorers who made the first flight over the South Pole with Admiral Byrd during the 1928-30 Antarctic expedition. The film, with its original camera negative, were discovered in rusted metal cans stored in a wooden crate in the History Center’s base-ment. Film of this type usually deteriorates over time, turning to dust. The basement's environment was such that this film survived in remarkably good condition. It does need cleaning and preparing for transfer, but the images are sharp and clear, and the History Center will arrange a screening, as soon as it is ready for viewing. More...

Create the Vote CT is an election-year effort to raise awareness of the ways that arts and creative expression improve schools, strengthen local business districts, and build vibrant neighborhoods in which people want to live, visit, work, and play. While arts and culture play a significant role in state and local economies, educational systems, and in the vibrancy of neighborhoods and downtowns, candidates for public office often do not include arts and culture as part of their platforms or vision. As part of the Create the Vote CT campaign, the Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) and Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) requested that gubernatorial candidates complete an Arts and Culture Questionnaire.  The six questions on the questionnaire were broadly as follows:
1. Your Personal Connection to the Arts
Is there a personal experience with arts, culture, or creativity that has had an impact on your life and your view of the community?2. Arts + Economic Development
How would you recognize the role of arts & culture in economic development and the revitalization of our cities?
3. Arts Education + Programs for Youth
Do you support arts education as a statewide priority? If so, how will you champion arts education for our youth?
4. Arts + Attracting/Retaining Talent
How do you see the role of arts and culture in Connecticut’s effort to attract and retain a talented workforce?
5. Arts + Return on Investment
Will you support increased state arts funding building on this return on investment? If so, at what level and from what funding source?
6. Arts + Tourism
Beyond featuring arts & culture in marketing efforts, how would you capitalize on the arts as a cornerstone to CT’s tourism industry?
So far, responses have come from two gubernatorial candidates:
Ned Lamont, of Greenwich, was endorsed by the Democratic Party at its convention in May.  Read Lamont's responses here.
Tim Herbst, of Trumbull, qualified for the primary at the Republican convention in May. Read Herbst's responses here.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Office of the Arts have announced the appointment of Nekita Waller of Middletown as Connecticut’s 17th State TroubadourThe honorary position of State Troubadour was established by the Connecticut legislature in 1991.  Duties include serving as an ambassador of music and song, promoting cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens, and promoting the State of Connecticut in song.  Waller will serve a three-year term beginning August 1, 2018. She succeeds Kate Callahan who served from 2016 to 2018. Governor Malloy remarked that this is an historic appointment and one that "reflects the rich diversity of culture and talent of our state." Traditionally this position is held by a folk singer, but Ms. Waller brings a new dimension to the position with a strong background in soul and pop." Kristina Newman-Scott, Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, commented that "with a fresh vision, authentic heart, and her compelling message that Connecticut is ‘a state that I believe in’ we know she’ll serve us well.” Nekita Waller is a professional singer who has been performing in the state for decades. She won a statewide talent contest as a teen and had her stage debut at the Apollo Theater before Steve Harvey. She has won several singing awards including 2015’s Northwest Idol in Torrington. She currently performs popular music with a band and sings for special events such as Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day programs, and in nursing homes, schools, and other venues. Her “Connecticut Anthem” video shows her talents and passion for the state.  “We are an inclusive state.  We are as different as the seasons here in Connecticut.  I hope my song paints a picture of the beautiful place I call home,” she said. As Connecticut’s State Troubadour, Nekita wants to use this title to visit schools and meet children who don’t have the same level of opportunities afforded to them as others. “Music is my purest form of communication. It doesn’t care how much money you have, where you were born, the color of your skin, or how old you are,” notes Nekita. “There is no greater feeling or purpose than to help another person. Whether it is to make someone smile, dance, brighten their day or help them reach a better level of themselves, this is life’s greatest award.”

About 28 million people, or 11.7 percent of the U.S. adult population, read poetry in the last year, according to a according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). This may not seem like much on the surface — until it's compared with the 6.7 percent found during the last survey period, in 2012. This number means that "as a share of the total U.S. adult population, this poetry readership is the highest on record over a 15-year period." To find a comparable interest in poetry, you have to reach back to 2002, when the number of adults reading poetry narrowly cleared the 12 percent threshold. The survey showed sharp increases in readership across the board — but especially among women, minorities and adults with only some college education. Amy Stolls, NEA director of literature, explained, “I suspect social media has had an influence, as well as other robust outreach activities and efforts, many of which we support through our grants to publishers and presenters, fellowships to individual poets, Poetry Out Loud, and the NEA Big Read.” Funding, however, does not pace with this increased interest: poetry is a "perennially under-resourced field," as painter Cecily Brown noted in Inside Philanthropy. Whatever the reason may be, the bottom line spells positive things for poets and their readers, who have been fairly starved for this kind of good news of late. As Quartzy notes, prior to 2017, "the portion of the total population reading poetry had been in steady decline since 1992." And there's more to come: The NEA has promised to unveil full results from the survey "over the next several months."

Ellen Mowrer, president and COO of GrantStation writes in The GuideStar Blog, on And the Greatest Challenge for Nonprofits Is: A Lack of Time and StaffShe notes that GrantStation's Spring 2018 State of Grantseeking Report shows that again the most frequent response to the survey question “What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to successful grantseeking?” has remained the same. This spring, 21 percent of some 5,000 respondents answered "lack of time and staff for grantseeking activities."
Concurrently the most common answer to how organizations control rising costs is "reducing staff" and "enlisting more volunteers." 
For nonprofits, the need to keep administrative costs low is increased by the tendency of donors to fund projects rather than operating expenses. So 
how does one increase an organization’s capacity (and budget) while simultaneously controlling costs through reductions in staff?” Ellen, using the chart below, Creating Time: Keeping the Grant Pipeline Full, reports on her own success on following the advice.
Ellen's main take away: follow her boss's advice. Break tasks down into chunks and make time for longer-term thinking. Read her entire article here.
Courtesy Quartzy. Click for larger image
Rennie McQuilkin, the Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut since July 1, 2015, is stepping down from his position because of illness. The CT Office of the Arts has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the position of Connecticut Poet Laureate. As the state's representative poet, the Poet Laureate serves as an advocate for poetry and promotes the appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities among Connecticut citizens. A poet must be nominated by a Connecticut resident. A self-nomination will not be accepted and no award will be given posthumously. The nomination deadline is Friday, July 6, 2018. Nominators and interested poets should read the guidelines for more information.

The D’Addario Foundation is a nonprofit organization that identifies the highest quality, most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need and awards grants and product donations to assist the development and growth of those programs. The foundation believes in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics, and believes accessible music education can positively affect social change and foster better citizens of the world. Through the program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing an instrument as early and as frequently as possible. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization or educational institution that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Letters of Intent (LOI) must be received no later than July 31. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 30, 2018. For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, information about previous grant recipients, and application procedures, see the D'Addario Foundation website.

As part of a statewide exploration about why people are distrustful of news, how technology is changing information consumption, and how citizens can better evaluate news sources, Connecticut Humanities is currently accepting grant applications for Fake News: Is It Real? project! The goal of the project is to engage and inform Connecticut’s citizens about the essential role journalism plays in helping us understand our world. The grants (up to $3,000) can be used to support a wide range of community-oriented programs or exhibitions that explore the issue of fake news including, but not limited to:
● The events and issues that led to the current explosion of fake news in circulation.
● The outcomes, both intended and unintended, of the spread of fake news.
● The ways in which community-oriented groups can help people identify fake news and propaganda.
● The historical exploration of journalism.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on July 6. Email or call Scott Wands for more information and to discuss your project idea at either, or 860-937-6535.This is a standalone grant line, so you can receive a Fake News grant in addition to whatever other open grants you have with CTH. Part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
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The UMAss Amherst Arts Extension Service is holding a Women in Arts Leadership Symposium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 (this is a new date). The Symposium will connect UMass and Five College students and alumnae with emerging and professional women arts leaders through workshops and network building. By sharing their stories and questions, participants will investigate the particular barriers to women’s leadership in the arts, and forge connections to support the next generation of women arts leaders. Artists, arts managers, professionals, community workers, students, and alumnae of all gender identities are invited to attend. Together, participants will identify issues and define steps to build a future in which women lead across all sectors of the arts. This one day symposium will give students and leaders alike a platform to share challenges, successes, and questions through:
● Panel & Roundtable Discussions
● Skill-Building & Action-Oriented Workshops
● A Story Circle & Interactive Art Installation
● Pop-Up Performances
● Continental Breakfast & Lunch
Are you wondering if the Women in Arts Leadership Symposium is for you? If you self-identify as an artist, arts manager, or arts leader in your community please join us! People at all career stages and people of all genders are invited to attend and build a future in which women lead across all sectors of the arts. How to get involved:
Arts Leaders click here to volunteer to be interviewed by student planners and contribute the story of your path to leadership.
● Alumnae click here to join the planning effort and connect with Western Massachusetts arts leaders.  
For more information, click here. or email

In this one-day Grant Proposal Writing Workshopoffered by The CT Community Nonprofit Alliancelearn to craft successful grant applications to increase your organization's financial stability and sustainability. Designed for both novice and intermediate grant seekers, participants will receive a comprehensive introduction to the world of grant proposals, with extra focus on grants terminology, access to resources, and the application process from start to successful finish. If you have an idea for a project or program that needs funding, this workshop can put you on the right track for writing a successful grant proposal. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will receive a Certificate in Grant Writing.  Participants will learn: an overview of the Grant Research Process; Grant Preparation and Writing process from A to Z through a simulation; Interactive Grant Writing Workshop using YOUR own proposal. This training is designed to be an interactive process that encourages active participation and involvement of the participants. The curriculum combines lectures, small group activities, and exercises, designed to facilitate methods. To prepare: Start thinking about a project that you want to develop. Do you already have a specific grant that you want to apply for? If not, consider potential funders such as a foundation, a corporation or local, state or federal agencies that align with your organization’s mission. Be prepared before class to have answers to the following questions: 1. What are the current needs of your project? 2. What is the significance of your project? 3. How will you budget for your proposal? 4. What is the time frame of this grant that you are applying for?
To make this experience personal to you, you are encouraged to send the following information, along with the website of your organization: Organizational Information; Mission Statement; Strategic Plan; Materials that can help you define the needs of your organization; and a Proposal that you intend to work with. Instructor: Dr. Ma Josefina Jacinto, Post University. Program Fees: - $125; $175 (non-members). For further details and to apply, click here.
Coming Up...
Oct 12-14: Connecticut Book Awards: Westport Library
Oct. 27: Women in the Arts Ledership Symposium, UMAss, AMherst

The Regional Center for the Arts (RCA) is a part-time interdistrict magnet high school committed to bring together people of diverse cultural heritage to develop in all students the knowledge, skills, attitudes and self-discipline to reach their fullest artistic potential, to live a productive life and to contribute to society as creative engaged citizens. RCA is looking for an instructor to teach the fundamentals of musical theater performance to passionate high school students. The successful candidate should have experience as a performer, an understanding of the vocal, dance and acting demands of musical theater performance, and a demonstrated ability to teach young people. The teacher will teach classes in the fundamentals of musical theater performance, and guide the students in applying their skills in a scene study class. The scene study class presents public performances once a semester. The candidate must also be able to collaborate with others while preparing students for performances. He or she must meet the requirements to successfully obtain an adjunct arts instructor permit from the CT Department of Education. Apply here.

The Writers Block Ink, Inc. transforms youth and communities through the arts. Its primary mission is to arm young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility to ignite social change on the page and stage. Young people create and perform their own works running the full spectrum of creative arts (writing, dancing, singing, visual arts, etc). Through inspirational leadership, operational management and community and stakeholder engagement, the Executive Director will grow Writer’s Block Ink’s (WBI) presence, partnership, revenue and participants to ensure the organization delivers on its goals and realizes its mission to develop young leaders who create social change through the arts. Specifically, the Executive Director acts as the key fulcrum and liaison between students, staff, WBI’s board of directors and the community—engaging, inspiring and motivating all stakeholders, and positioning the organization to play a leadership role amongst arts organizations locally and beyond. The ED is responsible for operations, brand, fund and partnership development, leadership development, and programming oversight for both the team and students. Ideal candidates have an authentic passion for social justice and the arts, are equally strong in operational management, community engagement and talent development/people management, with direct experience fundraising and leading teams. For detailed job description, click here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Development Director
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
Philip Johnson Glass House: Visitor Center/Design Store Associate
Silvermine School of Art: Administrative Assistant
Wallace Foundation: Director of Arts
Westport Country Playhouse: P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate.
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June 27: CT Office of the Arts: Supporting Arts Grants Application Deadline
June 27: NEA Our Town - Tips & Tricks Application Webinar
June 27: American Society for Interior Designers, Transform Application Deadline
June 30: Copland Foundation: Performance Program Application Deadline

July c6: CT Humanities Quick Grant Application Deadline
July c6: CT Humanities Fake News: Is it Real? Grant Application Deadline
July 11: CT Office of the Arts: Arts Learning Grants: Extended Deadline
July 12: NEA: ArtWorks Application Deadline
July 31: D'Addario Foundation Music Instrument Program: LOI Deadline

Aug. c1: NEH: Infrastructure & Capacity Building Challenge Grants: Application Deadline
Aug. c3: CT Humanities Quick Grant Application Deadline
Aug. c3: CT Humanities Project Planning, Implementation, and Capacity Grants  
              Application Deadline
Aug. c9: NEA: Our Town Grants Application Deadline

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