Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - March 17, 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
March 17, 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
If you missed our monthly broadcast interview show, Spotlight on Arts & Culture, on Who Cares About Public Art? you can hear it on the podcast available here. Hear about artist Holly Danger's work with digital video in public spaces, artist Cris Dam's murals in Berlin, his sister's coffee bar in Stamford, and elsewhere, and Susan Wallerstein's work with WPA murals, the Norwalk Housing Authority, public sculpture inventories - and much more!
Your opportunity to nominate an Artist, Citizen, Corporation, Educator, and/or Nonprofit for our Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards, has just been extended through Fri. March 23. Don't forget! Please let us know your thoughts about who you believe has made the most significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, or has best supported the arts and culture sector through volunteerism and/or patronage. These awards are 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. Click here to make your nominations. Deadline: March 23.
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Founding Directors: Katie Diamond and Daniel Levine

A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) of Connecticut is a brand-new theatre that will take over the famous Schlumberger auditorium in Ridgefield, adding to the community’s anticipated cultural center that will span 30 acres of the former Schlumberger property. Produced and led by two accomplished theater professionals, ACT will present limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, as well as world premiere plays and musicals by the next generation of writers and composers. The theater company is expected to produce four shows per year. In addition to fully produced, main stage productions, the producers will launch youth education classes, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. Proximity to New York City gives access to world class talent in the theater industry. In addition, there are many accomplished theater professionals (including several working Broadway actors) living in Ridgefield. ACT intends to utilize the talents of residents and neighbors to bring a professional theater to Ridgefield. First show: look out for Mamma Mia - coming in June. See ACT's short video introduction, website, and Facebook page.


Owner: Gilles Clement
Director: Dianne Niklaus

Gilles Clement Gallery located on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, is the second contemporary art gallery opened by Gilles and Aida Clement, the innovative couple behind the award winning interior design firm, Gilles Clement Designs (formerly known as House of Clement.) After the great success of the first gallery, established in 2014 in Westport, a larger and more prominent gallery became essential. The Greenwich gallery features an impressive array of up-and-coming American and international artists, as well as more established names. With a passionate emphasis on Pop Art and Street Art, Gilles Clement also offers curatorial in-home services for the new collector or the avid lifelong enthusiast. The gallery, and its renowned curator, offers a carefully crafted selection of contemporary art, setting a new standard outside of New York City. Clement’s visionary mix of today’s best talents creates a rare opportunity for his collectors or for the novice to access a unique collection which has made the Clement name an essential destination for art connoisseurs. See the Gilles Clement website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.

Board Chair: Denise Susalka
Contact Liaison: Beth Schneider

The Wilton Arts Council (WAC) is the official arts agency for the Town of Wilton. A membership-driven organization, the Council's priorities include broadening participation in the arts throughout Wilton and surrounding Fairfield County communities, and strengthening the place of the arts in the community. WAC is a non-profit, totally volunteer organization, dedicated to furthering education, entertainment and enlightenment in the Wilton area. Its objectives include: increasing the level of participation in the arts by Wilton residents of all ages - including in writing, acting, crafts, painting, photography, film, music, sculpture, dance and more; fostering a sense of community among the arts and cultural organizations in the town, and among the artists who live, work, teach, show, and perform in Wilton; working with the Wilton school system and other organizations that have promoted and presented the arts; encouraging the Wilton business community, town government and other institutions to sponsor and participate in artistic activities; serving as a source of information and communication among all groups and individuals involved with the arts in Wilton; and effectively liaise with art councils and organizations on town, state and national levels. FOCUS ’18, WAC’s annual photography exhibition, is on display at the Wilton Library through March 29, 2018. FOCUS ’18 includes 233 photos from 142 photographers aged 5 to 90. The FOCUS series is in its 20th year; open to all, it is judged in three categories: adult, high-school, and youth (up through 8th grade). See the Wilton Arts Council’s website for more details about FOCUS ’18, including the listing of winners.

Norwalk Now is a collaborative marketing organization comprised of local Norwalk restaurants, shops, and attractions that have come together to promote all of the great things Norwalk has to offer and to energize the community. Through an active web site and event calendar, as well as multiple social media platforms, an exciting Norwalk Now event series, and outreach throughout the New England-Metropolitan New York areas, Norwalk Now is the heartbeat of this thriving coastal community. See Norwalk Now's website, Facebook and Instagram pages and Twitter feed. Under the management of Norwalk Now, we present the following 8 restaurant members of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

Bar Sugo is where modern Italian meets peasant food: an Italian gastropub concept with lots of bonuses including 6 different types of meatballs, house made pastas and pizzas! Bar Sugo is unique in that it utilizes produce from local farms and keeps a fresh and “Italian mindset” when it comes to utilizing each product to its fullest potential without masking its truest flavor. See Bar Sugo's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Beach House SoNo, on North Water Street, is a sailing and coastal inspired restaurant located across the street from the Norwalk River, Maritime Aquarium, and the Norwalk Seaport Association. Nautically themed and ocean blue, guests enter into a convivial bar area lined with high-top dining tables. Here, market-fresh fish takes center stage. See Beach House SoNo's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

El Segundo has taken everyone by surprise by its success. Global street food, the original “fast food”, and graffiti, an original art form, come together under one roof to create an edgy and active cityscape complete with concrete roadway floors and industrial décor. A sister eatery to that of SoNo’s anchor restaurant and gathering spot, The Spread, El Segundo offers a mash-up of cross cultural cuisine and quirky ornamentation. See the El Segundo website, and Facebook page.


There’s no denying America’s love affair with red meat, pork fat, mash, and hops – a.k.a. burgers, bacon, bourbon and beer. This unabashed line-up gets its due at SoNo’s newest gastro bar, Killer B, taking everyone’s favorite food and drink and instead of just including a few of these items within a larger menu, has centered the entire menu around the four Bs, pushing the envelope, embracing the sheer decadence of it all. Visit them at 80 Washington Street, South Norwalk. See the Killer B website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The Brothers O’Neill opened O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day of 1999 presenting the very best that Irish pub culture has to offer. Taking their cues from one of Dublin’s oldest and respected pubs in Ireland, The Brian Boru in Glasnevin, the Brothers O’Neill, and their inviting team has won the hearts of many in search of a warm welcoming environment, good company, great food, and great drink with true Irish hospitality. See O'Neill's website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.


Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint on the Wall Street waterfront is bourbon laced, chicken fried, home grown, rockabilly restaurant and music venue at its best. “Eat, Drink, Boogie, and Repeat!” has long been the mantra of spirited restaurateur Greer Fredericks, a driving force within the Fairfield County restaurant and nightlife scene, and most well-known for bringing low-country cuisine to Norwalk in the form of pub grub with a southern flare. See Peaches website  Facebook and Instagram  pages, and Twitter feed.

On North Main Street, The Spread is the realization of the collective dream of four life-long restaurant employees coming together into one cohesive unit to share with guests their love and passion for food, drink and good times. Bartending for most of their combined 80+ years in the industry, owners Andrey Cortes, Chris Hickey, Chris Rasile, and Shawn Longyear had paths that crossed throughout their years in the restaurant biz. Personally and professionally, the group forged a bond between the partners that has culminated in the October 2012 opening of the Spread. Executive Chef Carlos Baez, a true “chef’s chef”, having honed his culinary skills from years of cooking in some of Fairfield County’s most intrepid restaurants, pours his creativity into The Spread’s ever-evolving menu. See The Spread's website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.

On the corner of Washington Street and Water Street, Washington Prime captures the energy of a modern-day eating and drinking well, both on the inside and from the surrounding waterfront neighborhood. The steakhouse-centric menu is Americana with cross-cultural influences. Steaks are USDA Prime Certified and aged before being placed in a 900-degree specialized broiler, allowing for the true Chicago steakhouse char. Market-fresh fish, adventurous small plates, and hearty steakhouse sides round out this innovative land and sea menu. See Washington Prime's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The Bruce Museum has received a very important fossil collection, assembled over 50 years, from Nicholas G. McDonald, a paleontological expert who has published on the Triassic and Jurassic Periods, including Window into the Jurassic World. Science curator at the Bruce, Daniel Ksepka, said this would transform the Museum's fossil collection and make it an important research resource. “The fact that the Bruce has plans to expand its science galleries," said McDonald and will have space for these fossils to be put on exhibit, was the clincher. I want the fossils to stay in Connecticut, to serve as a repository for research." More...
The Discovery Museum has a new leader: former Bridgeport Mayor and State Senator Bill Finch. "I’ve always been a big fan of the Discovery Museum," he said. Growing up nearby, he visited the museum as a child and has taken all four of his sons there. Finch was hired after an extensive search process during which the Museum board emphasized that community partnerships with local institutions and fundraising experience were key factors. Board Chairman Tom Vos commented "Bill’s a great fit. He has extensive experience promoting science, technology, and engineering education programs across the State. His significant relationships and fundraising experience will help secure the resources necessary to give more kids access to exciting, hands-on learning opportunities, that in turn, help prepare them in subject areas critical to obtaining tomorrow’s jobs." In addition to leading the Museum, Finch will retain his position as visiting climate fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany.
International Hildreth Meière Association, based in Stamford, is celebrating the District of Columbia's Municipal Center being added to DC's Inventory of Historic Sites, largely because of terra cotta friezes by Meière and Waylande Gregory. Meière’s work is now included in 17 designated historic landmarks. Ten are currently on the National Register of Historic Places. At right, a physician and nurse give medical aid to a family, part of Health and Welfare, Hildreth Meière’s eighty-one-foot Art Deco frieze in glazed terra cotta, commissioned in 1941 by the Works Progress Administration. Click for complete image.
KEYS  (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides free music instrument instruction to Bridgeport students, welcomes Darien resident Bill Durkin to its Board of Directors. Mr. Durkin is Managing Partner of the law firm Diserio Martin O’Connor & Castiglioni, LLP, specializing in corporate law and commercial real estate. Past President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and member of the Association’s Board of Directors, he previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brunswick School, Greenwich, and was a trustee of the Darien Library and Stamford Symphony.
Suzuki Music School of Westport  has announced that  Dr. Rafael Videira, on the school's viola and violin faculty, has been appointed to the position of conductor of the Prelude Orchestra at the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Dr. Videira was appointed conductor for the Norwalk Youth Symphony's Jr. Strings group in September and will assume his new role conducting both groups with immediate effect, for this upcoming, third concert cycle in May.
Congratulations to Troy Art Services for winning, in its 20th year of business, the 2018 Family Owned Business Award presented by Westfair Communications, the Fairfield & Westchester County Business Journals. Twenty family-owned businesses from Fairfield and Westchester counties were honored  Feb. 27th. and awarded the 2018 Family Owned Business. More than 200 attendees gathered for the ceremony, held in White Plains, NY. At right Ava, Denise and Troy.
Turnaround Arts/Bridgeport Public Schools announced a new Local Program Director for the program in September: Alicia Robinson. Filling Tania Kelley's shoes is no easy feat but Alicia is doing it with passion and years of preparation. With a Master's degree in Music Education, she was music specialist at Roosevelt School for 8 years, and an arts integration specialist for Bridgeport Schools 2013-2016, and won the prestigious Beard Award for teaching excellence in 2016. She both oversees all arts programming for Bridgeport Schools and oversees arts integration and implementation at the five Turnaround Arts Bridgeport Schools: Barnum, Hall, Hallen, Roosevelt, and Tisdale. Recently profiled in The HuffPost, Alicia was at the Kennedy Center this past Sunday with a team from Bridgeport performing in the National Turnaround Arts Talent Show. Alicia gave a rousing description of the impact of the arts and its potential for changing Bridgeport. Video above highly recommended.
The Westport Country Playhouse was not alone in mourning the passing of Howard Aibel (1929-2018) but it felt the loss particularly strongly. Howard supported the arts community widely and deeply. At the Playhouse he served actively on its Board of Trustees since 2005, most recently as Vice Chair. In February, WCP renamed the campus as “The Howard J. Aibel Theater Center at Westport Country Playhouse” in recognition of his generous $3 million gift. Howard was a lawyer, conservationist, philanthropist, and arts advocate. More 
The Weston Historical Society announced that Marianne Frisch, a 31-year Weston native, is its new Executive Director. Frisch comes to the Society after a long career in museum exhibition and curation, which began at The Museum of Modern Art. She spent 14 years at The Reader’s Digest Association maintaining and curating its 8,000-piece collection of artworks, furniture, textiles, decorative arts and related archives. She has also worked as Development Coordinator for Redding's Mark Twain Library and was the Director of the CWJ Classic Automobile Museum in Bernardsville, NJ. Recently, she has led press and promotion initiatives for art, automobile and business organizations.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently released figures from a study that showed that in 2015 the US arts and culture sector contributed $763.6 billion to the nation’s economy. That's 4.2% of the US economy (almost as much as the food and agriculture industry) and  more than the entire GDP of Switzerland. The American arts sector has a trade surplus of $20 billion - and of course movies and TV help to tip the scales (remember Black Panther alone has already earned almost $1 billion). Jointly produced by the BEA and the NEA, The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACSPA) tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit. Nationally, the arts have trended positively, with an average growth rate of 2.6% (2012-2015) and of 4.9% (2014-2015). The fastest growing industries are web streaming and web publishing, performing arts presenting, design, and architectural services.   Consumers spent $31.6 billion on admissions to performing arts events, $1 billion more than projected. The report includes the role of specific industries in each state. The NEA also has a graphic, Arts Economies and Employment giving state-level estimates of arts and cultural value added, employment, and compensation derived from the report (see graphic above). In 2015, the arts were estimated to have added $9 billion of value (a 3.5% share) to Connecticut's economy, have paid $4.7 billion in wages and other compensation, and employed 57,326 people. See Hyperallergic article.

The CT Office of the Arts (COA) has released a report, Art is Power, on a series of three community discussions it organized, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The subjects of the discussions were: Cultural Equity, Access, and Inclusion, Artists in the Workforce, and Bridging Artists and Military Communities. The conversations "were curated with key stakeholders from the arts, community members and professionals." The main thrust for the Office of the Arts was to understand what needs to change in the "current ecosystem of support to address changing economic conditions and demographics." Key findings included: 
Inclusion: lack of access (due to transportation, financial, language or other barriers) is an obstacle for many in viewing, learning, and participating in arts activity. Solutions included collaborating with the Department of Transportation, installing art in untraditional locations, and bringing the arts to where people are. 
Workforce: Participants identified a lack of awareness about the range of careers within the arts, and felt our proximity to New York took many potential arts workers away from our region. As a result of suggestions that COA invest in a paid internship program, the Office has launched an Arts Workforce Initiative to provide opportunities for students and emerging professionals, and has already selected 12 interns that it has matched with CT arts organizations.
Military: Focusing on promoting healing, empowerment and understanding through the arts, the discussion underscored the importance of engagement, listening, and building support systems to help veterans cultivate artistic endeavors. COA is now exploring funding possibilities and strategies to help foster the arts and military relationship within the State.

The first annual Make Music Connecticut, a wild and wonderful mix of over 250 free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music, Make Music Connecticut takes place in 10 Connecticut cities and regions. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part. You can sign up at, by May 21, 2018, or why not sign up in Bridgeport, Fairfield or Stamford through Cultural Alliance member organizations who are organizing the day in those towns.  In BRIDGEPORT, sign up here through City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport Art Trail, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District and WPKN 89.5FM. In FAIRFIELD, sign up through the Fairfield Theatre Company, which is organizing both performers and venues. In STAMFORD, Music Day is being coordinated by Stamford Downtown: sign up as a performer or as a venueIt's not too late: businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit these website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations. A full schedule of events will be posted at on June 1, 2018. Remember the deadline to sign up is May 21.

The national arts community as a whole, and Americans for the Arts in particular, mourns the loss of arts advocate extraordinaire, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who died this past Friday, March 16. She was elected to Congress in 1986 and was a fierce advocate for the arts and arts education and co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus for 23 years. Congresswoman Slaughter received the Congressional Arts Leadership Award in 1998 from Americans for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and every year she rallied thousands of arts advocates to speak to their Members of Congress about the value and importance of the arts. With what she described as a fire in her belly, Louise inspired everyone from art students in high school and heads of major cultural institutions to nationally recognized artists, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kerry Washington. “It has been my honor to stand with Louise Slaughter on over 100 occasions in the last 23 years as she fought for arts support while she chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. “I’m not sure there has ever been, or will be, an arts advocate who has more tenacity, fight, humor, and spirit of generosity than Louise Slaughter." Louise’s rousing speeches to arts advocates at Arts Advocacy Day can be viewed here: Arts Advocacy Day 2013, Arts Advocacy Day 2014, and Arts Advocacy Day 2015

Jacob’s Pillow, the renowned dance center, located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience at the National Dance Presenters Forum to be held at Jacob's Pillow, July 11-15. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and festival performance tickets. The week is designed to: 
● Strengthen curatorial practice in dance;
● Discuss critical issues facing dance;
● Explore and share audience engagement strategies;
● Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development; and
● Strengthen professional networks.
The Forum experience will take the shape of a learning cohort, wherein participants, facilitators, presenters, and virtual panelists will interrogate and contribute perspectives on the evolving state of 21st-century dance presenting. The cohort will use the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities identified through recent initiatives and reports as launching points for discussion and reflection. Apply here. Applications are 
due by March 28.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is seeking applications for its inaugural professional development fellowships. The fellowships are intended to be used for a professional activity that will advance the successful recipient’s career. The activity should be a learning opportunity that is not currently available or reimbursable from the recipient’s employer and should provide the recipient with experiences or skills that will enhance their historic preservation work in Connecticut. Attendance at conferences or workshops, tuition, field schools, consulting/ coaching fees for training activities, and software training are examples of eligible activities. Connecticut residents who are currently engaged in historic preservation or a related field, either through employment or education, are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to emerging and mid-career professionals. The amount of the fellowship awards are dependent on the cost of the professional development activity. At least two fellowships will be awarded for amounts up to $2,500. To apply, please complete the application here and email it to mailto: by April 27, 2018. The fellowships will be announced at SHPO’s second annual statewide conference on May 16, 2018 at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill. Successful recipients will be notified in advance.
Looking to find a way to improve your organization's cash flow? Have a large number of small donors? Looking to improve your donor retention rates? Looking for ways to upgrade your donors to give more or to give more often? AFP Master Trainer, Erica Waasdorp, President of A Direct Solution, will walk you through the steps to set up such a system, develop a strategy, approaches to cultivation and more. This is an AFP live webinar, streamed in to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield Countym 761 Main Avenue, Entrance E, Suite 114, Norwalk. Free for members; $25 for intended members pay here.
"Exodus of young people! Retail apocalypse!" We hear phrases like this all the time, but are they real? How can we tell? CT Main Street Center presents Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Data Engagement Specialist, with the CT Data Collaborative, giving an introductory session on data literacy, helping participants expand their data literacy, critically assess data we encounter every day and collect useful information that will help create a compelling case for Main Street. Friday, March 23, 9-11:00 am, CT Main Street Center Headquarters, 410 Sheldon Street, Hartford. Register here. Free.
The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance is offering a two-day workshop (either in the classroom or online), where you can learn to craft successful grant applications to increase your organizations’ 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. At Post University, Waterbury, 8am-4:30pm Early Bird Discount by March 27: $200 (members); $300 (non-members). Details here. Register.
On Wed. March 28, the #CTPlaces Coalition partners with the New England Museum Association for Advocacy Day in Hartford, illustrating the importance of public investment in Connecticut humanities, libraries, museums, history, and preservation organizations. Advocate for our common cause and let your representatives know what matters to you! RSVP to attend. Invite your legislators to attend too, and spread the word using #CTPlaces
11 AM-11:15 AM: Welcome and Remarks in Hearing Room 1A, Legislative Office Building
11:15 AM-1 PM: “Make Your Case; Make a Difference” Advocates’ Tips & Legislative Update
1 PM: Letter Writing Campaign
2 PM-4 PM: Open Visit with Your Legislators
4 PM- 6 PM: Advocacy Happy Hour with NEMA and Drinking About Museums – Hartford (Please register separately for the evening event))

The third annual Connecticut Arts Day 2018 will take place on April 25, 2018. Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state. The day will include performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. The theme for 2018 is Resiliency! Connecticut Arts Day 2018 will be held at Hartford Stage, Upward Hartford and Hartford Hilton. Stay tuned for more details!
Coming Up...
March 28: #CTPLACES Advocacy Day, Hartford.
April 25: CT Arts Day, Hartford
May 21: SHPO Conference, Rocky Hill, CT #CTSHPO18

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has launched its 2018 Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI), designed to provide internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. Twenty-eight (28) individuals will be placed with selected host organizations for a ten-week, paid internship June 4, through August 17, 2018. See the FY2017 AWI Brochure
Questions? Email Adriane Jefferson or call 860-500-2328.
To be eligible for an AWI Internship, individuals must:
  • Be a Connecticut resident 
  • Demonstrate a financial need 
  • Align with COA’s READI Framework 
  • Have availability to successfully complete the program: June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018
  • Specialize in or wish to grow professionally in the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university OR be an emerging arts professional (for the "40 and Under" Category)
  • Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (for the "Veterans in the Arts" Category)
Apply for an AWI Internship HERE.
Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018

Reporting Requirements:
Interns will be required to submit a monthly report of their internship experience, including their work duties and internship milestones. All interns must have at least one in-person check-in and at least one monthly phone call with a COA staff member. Interns will be required to attend a professional development session provided by COA.


To be eligible as an AWI Host Organization, an organization must:
  • Be a not-for-profit Connecticut arts/cultural organization
  • Be able to provide an internship opportunity within: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
  • Be able to provide a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity 
  • Be in alignment with and display an understanding of COA's READI Framework
  • Be able to accommodate an intern or interns from June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018
  • Be committed to ensuring that the intern or interns complete(s) the required 250 hours
Apply TO BE an AWI Host organization HERE.
Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018

Reporting Requirements:
An AWI Host Organization will be required to submit a narrative explaining the duties and projects that the intern completed, a work schedule/timesheet that will serve as documentation that the intern completed the required 250 hours, a financial summary showing payment to intern, and supplemental documentation.


Music Mountain, a beautiful and serene chamber music center in the foothills of the Berkshires, is America’s longest running chamber music festival and the oldest performing arts institution in Connecticut. Conceived and managed by Jacques Gordon, one of the great violinists of the 20th century, its significance is that it is the only summer concert and educational institution devoted primarily to the string quartet, as it has been since its founding in 1930. Music Mountain seeks  a Festival Manager who works with Music Mountain's Board of Managers and Artistic Director to present exceptional performances, sponsor educational workshops given by leading performers, and achieve financial results. Activities include: marketing and sales, Box Office management, staffing and systems support, facility readiness, support of educational programs, video production, patron and community relations, supervision of summer interns, and works with world renowned musicians. The Festival Manager with the Board, is responsible for marketing and fund raising, and assisting the Artistic Director in the details of the next Summer's Festival.  Job requirements: S/He must be available full-time from May 1 to September 30, on site at the campus in Falls Village, CT, and present at every concert. Concert days include every Saturday and Sunday, and occasionally mid-week. S/He may work at the location of his/her choice during the rest of the year. Attendance at monthly Board meetings is required throughout the year. Housing on the Music Mountain campus is provided year-round. Prerequisites: Excellent people skills; computer skills, in particular database utilization and graphics design; video production; financial tools; organization and problem-solving skills; creativity. Send letter of interest and resume to Mrs. Kathy Herald-Marlowe, Vice President & Treasurer, 38 Keeler Road, Sharon, CT 06069 or email:

The Visitor Center/Design Store Associate is the first point of contact for visitors to The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Reporting directly to the Manager of the Visitor Center and Design Store, the Associate also interacts closely with the Business Manager and the Manager of Interpretation & Education. This post is responsible for providing initial orientation and excellent client service for all visitors before and after tours and is required to provide interpretation and understanding of design objects in our carefully curated Design Store. Processing retail sales and completing ticket transactions in person and on the phone in a courteous and professional manner. Candidate must demonstrate a collaborative, positive, supportive spirit, while working with all staff members to provide a seamless, warm, welcoming experience for all visitors that exceeds expectations. Other duties include: daily opening and closing of register and Visitor Center; maintenance of visual displays, ensure all supplies and inventory is well stocked keeping store neat and orderly at all times (some lifting is required for restocking and inventory adjustments); communicating with Design Store manager when products are running low; providing assistance during special events and exhibitions; FedEx labeling, packing and shipping to customers, filling online web store orders. This is a part time- seasonal position averaging 16- 32 hours weekly. Requires availability Thursday through Monday from mid/late April to January,including weekends, holidays, and some evenings. Ideal candidate will have: a degree in an arts related field, i.e. art history, architecture, design, museum studies; outstanding verbal communication skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment with flexibility and poise; experience with computers and POS systems; experience working in a professional retail or museum environment; must possess a valid driver’s license. Please send resume and cover letter to:
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Executive Director
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Thereapist
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March 15: NEH: Infrastructure Challenge Grants Application Deadline
March 28: Jacob's Pillow Presenters Forum Participation: Application Deadline

April 20: CT Humanities: CT Book Awards Submission Deadline
April 24: NEA Challenge America Application Deadline (register by March 21)
April 27: State Historic Preservation Office Professional Development Fellowships: Application Deadline

May 21: Deadline for signing up as musician or venue for Make Music Connecticut

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

July 12: NEA: ArtWorks Application Deadline
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