Subject: Organizations Newsletter, June 26, 2020

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Services of Fairfield County, CT
June 26, 2020
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit membership 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. Find out more and sign up here.
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We are very pleased to announce that we recently were awarded three grants for our work: $5,000 for our program and general operating support from the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, $5,000 in CARES Act Relief Funding from CT Humanities, and $2,000 from the New Canaan Community Foundation, to support our peer networking programs. We are very grateful for this show of support, and thank all those involved in the decisions to fund our continuing community work to stimulate and support the arts and culture in our region of coastal Fairfield County.
We recognize that we must be vigorously pro-active, more fervently align our day-to-day work with our most ambitious beliefs and aspirations, and take meaningful actions, whether small or large, that are focused directly on the inequities that define our region’s current ways.
The Cultural Alliance has drafted a "Statement on Equity and Engagement," designed to focus staff and board on our own practices and to stimulate further work with all of our members, both with self-examination/training webinars, as well as collective work. We are currently engaged in the early stages of two projects that are designed to open us up to a wider and deeper range of cultures and expressions: a) a Listening Campaign – a series of community meetings across the region to hear from the broadest and most inclusive constituency we have ever gathered; and b) a long-term project, Sowing Equity and Engagement by Design (SEED), a county-wide initiative undertaken alongside the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut designed to support diverse, collaborative creative placemaking projects across the region, creating a community of practice laboratory to discover more transformative ways of working together. Both of these projects have been slowed down by the pandemic. In the meantime, we plan to work with our members in education and action, and invite you to join us.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has established a new member category: Business Partners. As a Business Partner, a company shows its support for the Cultural Alliance, its mission and its arts and culture members. Business Partners have a profile page on our website, have access to our members and other benefits, such as social opportunities and inclusion in our newsletters. We welcome our first four Business Partners below, and ask our readers to please spread the word to businesses you believe would make good Cultural Alliance Business Partners!
Check out our daily-updated listing of webinars, guidelines and rules associated with reopening cultural institutions on our website:
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Tuesday - Sunday, enjoy the work of our member artists triggered by thoughts and feelings arising from the pandemic and from expressions of racial inequity and injustice. Check out #CAFCArtistoftheDay each day on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Please LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE. Thank you!
We welcome the first four of our Business Partners

Financial Advisor: Chris Templeman

Morgan Stanley is an international financial services corporation that, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, advises, and originates, trades, manages, and distributes capital for institutions, governments, and individuals. The company operates in three business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management and is guided by its four core values: putting clients first, leading with exceptional ideas, doing the right thing, and giving back. Morgan Stanley supports cultural institutions and events that enrich the lives of our communities. Wherever its employees live and work around the world, the company seeks out partners and opportunities that reflect its standards of excellence. Our key contact with Morgan Stanley is Christian A. Templeman, financial advisor, based in Greenwich. Chris focuses on helping non-profit organizations manage and attract capital. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Chris worked for 14-years in the non-profit sector, most recently as executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle. As executive director, he had many accomplishments including tripling annual revenue, opening two new locations, launching a strategic plan centered on a “culture of excellence” and restructuring the Board of Directors.See Chris' Morgan Stanley website.

Patricia Rattray is a top Realtor at Sotheby’s International Realty® serving CT & NY. Headquartered in Stamford, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. Patricia also provides business consulting services for investors, developers and small business owners. She has a passion for sustainable development and is the founder of I-Develop, a small scale development training program. Patricia believes that the arts and cultural projects and institutions are an integral part of creating communities that attract and retain talented people and successful businesses: "When we engage in building and community development, we ensure success by making sure artists, historians, educators, health professionals and all groups that contribute to our quality of life are consulted." See her website, LinkedInFacebook and Instagram pages.

Chairman & CEO & Principal: Clayton H. Fowler
President & Principal: Kim Morque

Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC is a second generation real estate company engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership, and management of commercial and residential properties with its corporate office located in Fairfield County. Guided by a steadfast commitment to sustainable building and place making, the company's development projects focus on creating vibrant communities that connect people, housing, business, jobs, and recreation. It is known for a culture of collaboration and the ability to create private/public partnerships with state, community and nonprofit stakeholders to produce projects of lasting value. Beginning in the 1950’s in Stamford, CT., Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has completed more than $1.5 billion of acquisition, development and redevelopment projects. Focusing on urban redevelopment over the last 20 years, the firm has acquired, developed and redeveloped in excess of 3.5 Million square feet of commercial space and thousands of multi-family units nationwide. The company is well-regarded in the industry for its commitment to the communities it operates in, its high design standards and the ability to execute complex and difficult mixed use projects. See Spinnaker's website.

President and Creative Director: Liz Ball

TFI Envision is a creative marketing and design agency and, since 1975, has been a strategic partner and creative resource for some of the most recognized brands in the world. The firm's longevity comes from consistently evolving its capabilities and focusing resources to deliver whatever it takes to meet and exceed our clients’ objectives. TFI's work includes Brand Strategy & Development; Advertising; Packaging; Promotion; Events, Digital Strategies; Corporate Communications; PR and Video. Its Focused Experience includes the following verticals: Arts & Entertainment; Automotive; Consumer Goods; Education; Finance & Insurance; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Nonprofit; Paper; Personal Care; Pharmaceutical; Technology; and Travel. Being able to express oneself through creativity of any kind is integral to our personal well being and the emotional and mental health of our community. TFI Envision is committed to supporting the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County because the organization keeps the arts and culture of Fairfield County top of mind and available to all. See TFI Envision's website, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages.
 – Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
 – Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
The Adrich Contemporary Art Museum is planning a unique fundraiser on July 6, In an Instant: Polaroids for The Aldrich. The Museum sent Polaroid cameras to 31 alumni artists and asked them to return eight photographs. The artists responded creatively with work that is fun, serious, moving, and provacative, created within the constraints of the Polaroid medium in the artists’ working spaces while sheltering in place. The works will be on sale online July 6-13, priced at $175 each, unframed. The sale will help sustain the Aldrich during the pandemic. The Museum also plans to contribute $5,000 from In an Instant to Black Art Futures Fund, a philanthropic fund that supports Black arts organizations. Learn more...
The Bruce Museum has received a significant new gift of minerals from the renowned private collection of Robert R. Wiener. The recent donation follows the gift of nearly 100 world-class minerals Wiener pledged to the Museum in 2018 and includes a number of exceptional – and exceptionally large – museum-quality specimens. Mr. Wiener is the chairman of MAXX Properties, a family-owned real estate company based in Harrison, N.Y. An Honorary Trustee of the Bruce Museum, Wiener has also made a $500,000 contribution to the Campaign for the New Bruce, the Museum’s transformative renovation and expansion project. These magnificent minerals will be permanently highlighted along with selections from the Bruce Museum’s existing collection of gems and minerals in the new Robert R. Wiener Mineral Gallery when the New Bruce opens in 2022. Learn more...
The Greenwich Art Society (GAS)has a full lineup of online courses for both children and adults this summer, starting June 26. The offerings include Storytelling through Filmmaking; the Art of Nature; Drawing from Life, Collage and Assemblage Using Mixed Media, Critique and Collaboration and more. GAS' current exhibition of Collages and Paintings by Carol Dixon, is on view through Oct. 2 at the Greenwich Hospital Garden Cafe. All works can be purchased by contacting the GAS at 203-629-1533. In addition, a Greenwich Art Society Artists in Residence program, featuring works created while artists sheltered in place, can be viewed online. (Work by Katia Streiff) Learn more...
At the annual meeting of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra held on Wed., June 10, Peter Tesei was elected board president, replacing Mary Radcliffe who has served on the board since 1972. Mary and Peter are similar in that each is an exceptionally dedicated public servant, Mary through music and Peter in politics. Peter was first elected to public office at age 18 and served six terms as Greenwich First Selectman. Each is emblematic of the fabric that makes Greenwich such a vibrant community: Peter a fifth generation Greenwich resident, and Mary, a conservatory trained musician born in Hungary who fled to the US during World War II.  
Congratulations to INTEMPO, the recipient of a multi-year PlayUSA grant from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. As a grantee and returning partner, INTEMPO joins 16 other organizations from across the U.S. as part of a national network of music-education innovators. PlayUSA grantees will receive funding as well as consultations with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute staff, professional development for teachers, access to online resources, and invitations to monthly webinars. In addition, an intervisitation will give PlayUSA partners a chance to come together in one national site and learn from each other's practices. Learn more...
The Lounsbury House has planned a unique fundraiser "I DO! Drive Through Renew!" Comedian Christine O'Leary will be officiating from the Lounsbury balcony as couples are chauffeured through four fun 'stations.' They will renew their vows (safely and at a distance) from the back seat of a Jeep provided by Pamby Motors. Family and friends are invited to attend and enjoy a solo performance artist courtesy of Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Couples will also receive a keepsake photo from Jane LaMotta Photography. Learn more...
Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc. (KEYS) celebrated Make Music Day with a Spring Virtual Concert and End of Year Awards Ceremony. KEYS currently has 30 music teachers providing virtual lessons to students throughout Bridgeport.  KEYS plans to continue providing lessons and camps throughout the summer.  KEYS' mission embraces equity, diversity and inclusivity, with the goal of uniting families and children and providing music instruction to as many Bridgeport schoolchildren as possible. "Music offers a grounded sense of hope regardless of socioeconomic background, gender, ethnicity, or prior learning. And we all know that music is a force that can help heal and unify the world. With hope and strong good will, together we can create a better future." Learn more...
In March when most venues were closing, Silvermine Galleries at the Silvermine Arts Center was receiving artwork from across the country for its FIBER 2020 Exhibit. To serve the artists in the exhibit, Silvermine quickly had the website team design and implement an online gallery so the exhibit could be viewed virtually. This added web presence was a huge asset and the Gallery saw immediate inquiries about artworks. These have resulted in sales for the artists, the furthest was from a collector in Texas. You can view the gallery online. Though all of the in-person programming surrounding the exhibit had to be cancelled Silvermine quickly pivoted to take the “Voices of Fiber” Pecha Kucha series online, producing videos which can be seen on YouTube. Learn More...
The Westport Country Playhouse has received five Awards of Excellence from the Connecticut Critics Circle for works produced from July 2019 through March 2020 when theaters were closed. The annual ceremony, originally scheduled for June 29, will be held later this summer as an online event. The Playhouse was recognized for its production of  “Mlima’s Tale.” Yana Birykova – Projections, Isabella Byrd – Lighting Design, Mark Lamos – Direction, and Jermaine Rowe – Actor. Separately, the Playhouse receive a $10,000 NEA grant. See full list of CT Critic's Circle Awards...

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) awarded 122 CARES Act Emergency Relief grants totaling $350,000. Grants range from $1,500 to $3,000. The Connecticut CARES Act Emergency Relief grant program was made possible with funding distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts​ from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act recognized that the non-profit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy and the creative life of our communities. See Full List of Recipients...

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture has recently adopted a Countywide Cultural Policy, the first of its kind in the nation. The Cultural Policy provides direction and guidelines for how Los Angeles County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture. The intent of the policy is to foster an organizational culture that values and celebrates arts, culture, and creativity; strengthens cultural equity and inclusion; and integrates arts and culture in LA County strategies to achieve the highest potential of communities and constituents across all aspects of civic life. "The arts have the power to provide joy, solace, and healing," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. "This policy provides guidelines to make sure that every resident in this diverse county has meaningful access to that joyous healing power." See Full Article...

Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” might not be a great idea as we all try follow social distancing guidelines. Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder,” with 150 instrumentalists and even more singers? Ditto. As the coronavirus pandemic endures, much of the attention in resuming the performing arts has been on the size and density of audiences. But symphony orchestras are often just as packed onstage as in their auditoriums. If concerts are to go forward with social distancing restrictions in place, they will have to include not just fewer listeners, but also fewer players. Schott/EAM, a publisher of contemporary composers, recently posted an inspiring list of works from its catalog appropriate for social distancing. Orchestras that are able to muster even a smattering of music in the coming months would do well to use those events as opportunities for depth and diversity — not merely as proof of bare survival. See Full NYT Story...

The COVID-19 pandemic continues its stranglehold on the nation’s arts sector. Since the first U.S. case was reported on January 20, 2020, cancellations and closings have taken place at nearly every arts organizations across the country, and nearly two-thirds of the nation’s artists are now unemployed. New research by the Small Business Administration shows that “Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation” is now the sector of the economy with highest percentage of “temporary closings” (53.3 percent of businesses surveyed). Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $6.7 billion as of June 15, 2020. Organizations also have lost 234 million admissions due to cancelled events, resulting in a $7.4 billion loss in event-related spending by audiences at local businesses (restaurants, lodging, retail). Americans for the Arts leads the three premier national studies tracking the human and financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts. See Full Report...

It probably won’t surprise you: On the whole, museums and performing arts organizations do not always succeed in engaging audiences that are racially representative of the population of the U.S., according to Colleen Dilenschneider of Know Your Own Bone.  The good news is that – with prioritization and diligence – there is a data-informed path to successfully engaging more representative audiences. But the data shows that the sector has some work to do to gain the representative engagement of all of our audience. Read full report...

Michael Kaiser is known as "the turnaround king" – so named for his role in rescuing Kansas City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theatre from fiscal calamity. He is also the man who shepherded the Kennedy Center through 9/11 and the Great Recession. In a recent webinar with heads of Austin-TX cultural organizations, he wasted no time laying out his road map for what's ahead. While arts groups may be able to open their doors and offer some programming with social distancing, audiences still may not feel comfortable enough to attend, meaning earned income will also remain low. How long, Kaiser asked, can organizations keep creating work without compensation and without burning themselves out? "Community" proved to be a key word in Kaiser's address. Whatever an arts organization chose to do should not for its own need or benefit, it needs to benefit the community. For the arts to be valued in a post-COVID world, Kaiser said, "we have to be about what we offer, how it's important, why we do this work, and how our community benefits." Read full report...

According to Colleen Dilenschneider of Know Your Own Bone, the near-term intentions to visit cultural organizations remain depressed across the U.S., with more encouraging data continuing to suggest a hopeful return to more normal behaviors within the next few months. In some states, cultural organizations were still closed last week and in other states that have reopened, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, resulting in a holding pattern in people making plans to visit cultural entities within the next month. This is especially true in the immediate near term as intentions to visit cultural organizations next week remain low across the U.S. Read full report...

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Supporting Arts grant program provides funding to support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization's operating budget. Application Deadline: Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:59 pmApply here...

The Classics for Kids Foundation believes that playing a stringed instrument can transform a child, giving them experiences and skills that can help make them more successful in life. To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its matching grant program. Through the program, grants will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations to support the incorporation of string instruments into music education programs. All instruments in the string family are supported (including guitars and ukuleles). Programs must serve children from kindergarten through grade twelve. To be eligible, applicants must have nonprofit status and be based in the United States. See the Classics for Kids Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announces the launch of the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the nationwide United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The New England Arts Resilience Fund is also supported by federal CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Fund was created in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s arts infrastructure and will support New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with recovery and planning capital for a post-pandemic future. The New England Arts Resilience Fund will provide approximately 50 non-matching grants, generally in the range of $10-$75k, with potential for a small number of grants up to $100,000. The fund prioritizes organizations, communities, populations and art forms that have historically had less access to major financial resources for sustainability and seeks in particular to support organizations that are led by and deeply engage communities of color. Also to be eligible you have to have been a NEFA grantee in the past.  Deadline June 30. Apply here...

Connecticut Humanities is re-granting a total of $470,000 in CARES Act funding. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and no match is required (maximum amount of funding that can be requested is based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants may be used for general operating expenses only (such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment). The third round deadline is July 1, 2020. Award notifications are made approximately two weeks following a deadline.  Apply here...

Connecticut Humanities is offering Quick Grants up to $4,999, through a streamlined application process --only one month from application to award notification. Quick Grants continue to help organizations create small-scale humanities programs that have big impacts on their communities. For the July 6, and August 7, 2020, COVID-19 Quick Grant application deadlines, organizations are asked to submit grants for projects that address ways that they can best serve their community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact CTH Manager of Grants and Programs Scott Wands to discuss your project idea or if you have any questionsMore information...

The global pandemic struck as Broadway was experiencing one of its largest boom periods in history. With the stage going dark, Crain’s gathers with top producers virtually to learn how the industry is innovating during this time. What you will learn in this webinar: How will major performing arts institutions such as Lincoln Center and Roundabout Theatre shift their programming for people who are now homebound? How will the industry adapt to broadcast shows digitally to continue engaging with fans? How have productions become too costly that a much needed reset is needed? Sign up...   

COVID-19 HAS turned the world upside down. Now, we’re all figuring out how to adapt our marketing strategies for a digital-first world. A world where in-person events aren’t possible, but you have to remain connected. A world where your marketing can’t stop, no matter the time zone, country, budget or circumstances. Join ON24 for VIRTUALIZED, a special live online event designed to prepare you for our digital-first future. Kicking off with a special live keynote webinar featuring leading experts in webinar and experiential marketing, it’s followed by a five-part on-demand webinar certification course that will teach you how to build amazing digital experiences for your audience that engage across the entire visitor journey. Sign up...   

Join Pro Bono Partnership for a complimentary webinar hosted by Robinson & Cole LLP in collaboration with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven regarding the legal challenges that Connecticut nonprofits may face when reopening. The speaker will also review six important questions that many nonprofits should be asking when it comes to implementing a return to work plan, ranging from having a reopening plan, to safety precautions, workplace protections, and planning for a possible resurgence. Speaker: Matthew T. Miklave, Esq., Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP.  Register here...

Public Health researchers and leaders, Drs. Sten Vermund and Krystal Pollitt, will offer arts organizations, venues, staff and boards science-based guidance, share finding of site visits to and with several venues statewide including the Florence Griswold Museum, Mark Twain House, CT Historical Society, The Stowe House, and numerous outdoor venues. This state-wide convening offers clarity, practical scientific advice, and an opportunity for you to ask questions related to risk-reduction strategies for Outdoor Venues, Audience/Visitor Safety & Museums. A Shoreline Arts Alliance webinar.

The Newport Music Festival seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and exceptional leader to join us as our Executive Director to lead the organization into our next era of success and recognition. The Newport Music Festival (NMF) has played a significant cultural role in Rhode Island since its inception in 1969. The Festival has featured some of the greatest international artists of the past 52 years and produced over 2000 concerts in a myriad of venues throughout Newport and surrounding communities. The Executive Director is the organization’s full-time leader. S/he is responsible for the supervision and direction of the NMF’s administrative operations and is responsible for developing NMF’s artistic vision. The Executive Director will play a prominent public role in the vibrant community of Newport, RI. Full job description...

A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut (ACT) seeks a full-time Patron Services Manager. This role is highly visible and interacts with patrons, sponsors, creative teams, producers and actors. Responsibilities include Box Office Management providing exceptional customer service to patrons, and House Management, responsible for overall patron experience during events. Email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and professional references to Heather Porter, General Manager,  Full job description...

Norwalk Public Schools is seeking a highly motivated and inspiring theater teacher, with experience in learner-centered and culturally-responsive practices. This position requires the ability to create and implement daily curriculum, to develop a strong theatre program that is artistically rigorous, and to celebrate the integration of the arts, all of which is grounded in the development of ensemble. The theatre teacher will teach theatre and be responsible for showcasing (performing arts) student work. Qualifications include Ability to communicate in Spanish; Expertise in virtual learning and the ability to support students with virtual learning tools and technologies; Knowledge and use of assessment and diagnostic strategies in the arts; Minimum 3 years of successful teaching experience and a Master's Degree.  Full job description...

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. seeks a Director of Finance to lead the strategic direction, management and execution of its financial operations during a uniquely important time in its 32 year history. In addition to addressing the immediate financial challenges due to COVID-19, the Aquarium is currently undertaking major capital projects, and further is envisioning significant expansion of its education programs and conservation initiatives on behalf of the region and Long Island Sound, a nationally recognized ecosystem. The Director of Finance plays a central role in the overall success of the Aquarium, with the responsibility of managing business and financial strategies and practices to successfully fulfill the Aquarium’s ambitious mission, conduct the activities and programs hosted by the Aquarium, and achieve plans for future growth and expansion. Full job description...
June 29: CT Office of the Arts Supporting Arts Grant Deadline
June 30: Classics for Kids Foundation: Stringed Instruments Matching Grants

July 1: ProBono Partnership Webinar - Legal Considerations for Reopening
July 1: CT Humanities Cares Act Relief Funding Deadline
July 6: CT Humanities Quick Grants Deadline

August 7: CT Humanities Quick Grants Deadline

Awesome Foundation: $1,000 Awesome Project Grants
CT Office of the Arts Arts Access grants

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