Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - May 13 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
May 13, 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
Tickets are now available for our 3rd annual Arts & Cultural Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast, Wed. June 6, 7:30-9am at the Shore and Country Club, Norwalk. James Naughton is our master of ceremonies and Robin Tauck, business leader and philanthropist (at right), is our keynote speaker. Our honorees this year are: Dennis Bradbury (Citizen Award); Valerie Cooper (Corporate Award); Megan Bonneau McCool (Artist Award); New England Dance Theater (Nonprofit Award); and Jim Royle (Educator Award). A special President's award is being made to the Family of Burt Chernowin recognition of the powerful impact he made on Fairfield County’s arts and culture community. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is grateful to the generous ACE Award event platinum sponsors: United Capital  Financial Life Management, Cohen & Wolf, and Hobbs, Inc., gold sponsor, Studio2pt0, LLC, and media sponsor Moffly Media, and applauds their dedication to the vibrant arts and culture community in Fairfield County. Individual breakfast tickets cost $75 and are available now at
NEXT SPOTLIGHT: ACE Awardees: What Drives Them?
On Mon. May 14 at noon, join three of our six Arts & Cultural Empowerment (ACE) award winners in our monthly Spotlight on Arts & Culture interview show. Listen to the stories of Dennis Bradbury  (Citizen Award),  Megan Bonneau McCool (Artist Award) and Jim Royle  (Educator Award) in 2018 ACE Award Winners: What Drives Them? What drives these arts leaders in their indefatigable work that inspires others? This is our regular  Spotlight on Arts & Culture interview show, the 2nd Monday of each month, at noon  on 89.5FM. Catch podcasts of recent shows on Creating a Sustainable Future, Who Cares About Public ArtCreative Placemaking and Adger Cowans.
The Fairfield County Preservation Network, a program of The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, presents "Saving Landscapes - Buildings and All,"  Monday, May 21 at Norwalk Historical Society's Norwalk Town House, Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street. The meeting will explore conservationists and preservationists have worked collaboratively to attempt to save and restore landscapes and their buildings and create newly energized places. Brief presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, will give an overview of land trusts, how they operate, and the opportunities for working together with preservationists and preservation groups. Dale Bertoldi, President of the Wintonbury Land Trust, will briefly discuss purchase the purchase of the Hawk Hill Preserve in Bloomfield, and FCPN Steering Committee member Laurie Heiss will present other examples in which land trust organizations, preservationists and towns have worked together to save and revive properties that include important historical landscapes and their buildings. All are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, click here.
SAVORCITY, a monthly tour of Bridgeport restaurants, food, art, and music, showcasing the culinary and cultural delights of Connecticut’s most diverse city, launched at Ruuthai's Kitchen in the West End to great applause (see Facebook imagesand video). The next stop on the tour is May 23, 6-9pm at Bereket Turkish Cuisine, serving “The most delicious Turkish I've ever had! Homemade, so flavorful and plentiful." Paintings by Susan Taylor Murray will be displayed. Musicians to be announced. BYOB! Reserve your seat here!

A Creative Business Member
Principals: Alex Gunuey, Amy Kalafa is the first solar-powered video production company in the State of Connecticut. Committed to conserving precious resources, including energy, time and funding, A-Ray produces television series, documentaries, video for social media campaigns, advertising, training and fundraising. Started by Amy Kalafa more than 30 years ago in New York City, and now in Fairfield County, A-Ray was joined in 2004 by Amy's partner, Alex Gunuey. As a writer, producer, editor and independent documentary filmmaker for over 30 years, Amy has worked in every genre and style. Her independent documentary, Two Angry Moms, a film about creating sustainable school food systems, was featured in major national media including Good Morning America, NPR, the New York Times and the cover of USA Today. Amy has won film festival awards, Telly Awards, the Connecticut Vision Award and has been nominated for Peabody, Emmy and Cable Ace awards. She holds a Lectureship in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and a B.A. with Honors in Semiotics and Film from Brown University. Amy's partner, Alex Gunuey spent 17 years as the chief editor for the New York bureau of France 2. covering electoral campaigns, political and economic summits, sporting events, concerts and exhibitions. Balancing this, Alex  edited videos and feature documentaries for Yoko Ono, Rony Bird and other talents, and his independent art videos from this period are in the collection of the Pompidou Center (Beaubourg) museum of modern art in Paris. In 2011, Alex and Amy’s work was honored by 4 Telly Awards for their productions for MXtv, a green-themed cable channel. In 2012 they produced a 13-part series about clean and sustainable energy, “Our Stories” for Constellation, which won three Telly Awards. See A-Ray TV's website


A Creative Business Member

Dedicated to reviving the lost art of sewing, and providing fabulous birthday parties, Sew Create and Celebrate was founded in 2008 by Moregan Q. Zale, aka "Miss Moregan," after a long career in fashion sewing and home interiors. Most of the projects in studio were designed by her. P. J. Schimmel, specializes in keeping the scissors sharp and fixing the sewing machines. Miss Moregan's partner for 36 years, PJ has now taken over operations.  Also helping out with her skills and expertise is C. Delari Johnston, a freelance theatrical costumer, with a wide background in teaching, design, sewing and crafts. She has a B.A. in Costume Design from SUNY. In addition to learning to create their own things, several students have created short- or long-term businesses - some as young as 8, with the skills they learned at Sew Create and Collaborate. For instance, take a look at the website for Pinocchios friends - soft dolls made from children's drawings. That young entrepreneur developed her desired sewing skills, developed at Sew Create and Collaborate, into a fulfilling business. Check out the year-round and summertime classes. These includGirl Scout troop sewing, and After School Enrichment programs, which Sew Create and Celebrate can take to your location, as well as Birthday Parties, also at your location. See Sew Create and Celebrate's website

Priest-in-Charge: Rev. Katy Piazza

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on Lyons Plains Road, Weston, was built in 1845, as the result of a split in the membership of the Episcopal Church at Aspetuck corners (Easton). While some wanted the church built much farther east, Hanford Nichols, and his neighbor Walter Treadwell took matters into their own hands and built the church on donated land near their homes on Lyons Plains Road. Emmanuel is famous for its Family Fairlaunched in 1907, by The Ladies Sewing Society, as they hulled gallons of strawberries for shortcake to sell to fairgoers. Always a highpoint of Weston life, the Fair has been held every year, except for 1919, due to a 'flu epidemic. The 112th Family Fair is coming up this September, and will include the ever popular, "Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Connecticut" contest. The Fair is famous for its camaraderie and for the joy it brings to the volunteers who run it, and those who attend it (see article on the Fair in The Weston Forum). A new tradition started in 2014 with The Arts Bloom in Weston, an art show and auction, featuring paintings, sketches, photographs, sculptures, and fine crafts, reflecting Weston’s heritage as a welcoming community for artists, and benefiting local charities. This year's Arts Bloom takes place June 1. The church has a new, beautiful and capacious Parish Hall, opened in 2013. The hall holds 277 people standing, 180 seated, and 131 sitting around tables. The Rev. Katharine "Katy" Piazza became the new priest-in-charge in 2015, taking over from the Rev. Rob Ross, who had retired. She has lived in Weston for the past seven years, growing up and attending college and grad. school in Ohio, and then serving in Pawling and Larchmont, N.Y.  Other church staff are Stephanie Larsen, the Church Administrator who has been at her job since 2009 andSteve Lewis, Director of Music at Emmanuel since 1978. Steve is also currently Dean of the Fairfield West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. See Emmanuel Episcopal Church's website, and Facebook page.

A Creative Business Member

The Drawing Room Design Boutique, Gallery and Café, was first founded as a design boutique in Cos Cob in 2004. Design students together at Syracuse, Michael and Kenleigh Larock both entered Manhattan's advertising world on graduation. Kenleigh soon began pursuing her passion for food and design, and trained in decorative painting and faux finishing, while Michael became fascinated with web design. In 1999 they founded Larock Studios, a decorative painting business, and began working as design consultants for their clients, "trans- forming the ordinary in to the extraordinary." In 2004, their dreams came true with the opening of The Drawing Boutique, which they filled with home accessories, ranging from luxurious pillows, to antique furniture, jewelry and gifts. The The Drawing Room Café followed in 2005 - a European style eatery, which has developed its own coffee and espresso blends, roasted specifically for the café, as well as offering a wide variety of high quality loose tea. With their growing interest in opening a gallery, Michael and Kenleigh then moved their design boutique into a new, larger space in a bordering property, and the Gallery was created in 2012, occupying the space adjoining the café. The gallery features bi-monthly exhibits from local, national and international artists, and regularly hosts opening receptions, Artist Talks, and Artists’ Table Dinners. The dinners are a collaboration between two chefs who choose one work of art from each exhibiting artist in the current show, and then create a culinary interpretation of that work on the plate. They are inspired by color, shape, texture and concept, in each of their courses, and the result is always stunning. Artists frequently shown include CAFC members David Dunlop (see his show Rhythmic Transitions up through June 30) and Lori Glavin. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration (see form here). See The Drawing Room website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Pinterest pages
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The Bridgeport Public Library is holding a public forum this Monday, May 14 at the North Branch Library (3455 Madison Ave), 6:30 to 8pm, to help in its selection of the next Bridgeport City Librarian. The topic for the forum is: “A Vision for a 21st Century Bridgeport Library” and the four finalists for the position will be in attendance. Each of the four finalists will speak on this topic for ten minutes and then sit as a panel. Jobeth and Dan Bradbury from the library search firm of Bradbury Miller Associates will serve as moderators and take questions from the audience. 
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $3,475 grant from Fairfield University’s Center for Faith & Public Life to support the Zoo’s RIZE program, or Research, Internships and Zoo Education. RIZE was developed by Zoo staff members Jim Knox, education curator; Rob Tomas, associate curator; and Ashley Byun, Fairfield University associate professor of biology. The award recognizes the success and growth of the six-year-old partnership between Fairfield University and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, and the ways in which it has enhanced student learning, contributed research to the field, and led to positive outcomes for the Zoo and the animal communities served. The grant was awarded at a ceremony for the Partnership for Social Change event at the University’s Kelley Center. More...
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is the proud owner of Jennings Beach, Fairfield Day to Night (above; click for larger image) by the internationally-acclaimed photographer Stephen Wilkes.  Generously commissioned and donated by the Saft family in memory of former Fairfield Museum board member Marcia Saft, the photograph captures a full magical day on Fairfield’s beach. “Stephen Wilkes is an internationally-renowned photographer who has captured the world’s most iconic sites,” noted Fairfield Museum executive director Michael Jehle. “With Jennings Beach, Fairfield, our town has been elevated to stardom in the art world.” Visitors to the Museum can view the original large-scale photograph in the Fairfield Museum’s Jacky Durrell Meeting Hall through June 3. A limited edition of signed photographic prints of Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night as well as posters and notecards of this extraordinary image, are now available exclusively through the Fairfield Museum Shop. Above right, photographer Stephen Wilkes, Bette Wilkes, Stephen Saft and Michael Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum. —Photo by Marilyn Roos, Big Picture Photography. Click for larger image.
New Paradigm Theatre (NPT) is presenting its first collaboration with New York City Children’s Theatre (NYCCT), a 20-year-old nonprofit, whose Middle School Playwriting Competition is designed to give blossoming young playwrights in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut middle schools a platform to find their voice while exploring the issues that affect their lives. As the Grand Prize, New Paradigm and NYCCT will produce a staged reading of the plays, performed by professional actors and New Paradigm Theatre youth on Theatre Row on May 14th and with local Broadway pros and NPT youth at Pequot Library in CT on May 20Show-cased are local Connecticut youth from NPT, Sydney Maher, Jaden Bonfietti, Aimme Turcotte, Ajibola “Keeme” Tajudeen, Dereje Tarrant, Jimi Wright with Jennifer Beveridge directing in Connecticut.  
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University is delighted to announce that it has been awarded three separate Expeditions grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). The first grant will support tour planning for Montreal based dancer and performing artist Fredérick Gravel (at right), who in a two-week residency with his artistic collaborators will meet with potential New England presenters in their own communities, creating Gravel’s new work set to premier in 2019. Other grants include support for the presentation of Ain Gordon with Josh Quillen for “Radicals in Miniature,” paying homage to fringe icons who impacted late 20th-century alternative culture in New York; and support for the presentation of the dance troupe Keigwin + Company, featuring Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott in a performance of “Places Please!”
The Westport Country Playhouse has been awarded a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the autumn production of Matthew Greene’s “Thousand Pines,” a world premiere from the Playhouse’s New Works Circle Initiative.  Running from Oct. 30 through Nov. 17, it will be directed by Austin Pendleton. The play will bring the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage. Set six months after a student brought a gun to Thousand Pines Junior High School and killed his classmates, it shows the families of the children who died struggling with their need for answers and closure. "The support of the NEA is vital to all that we do at the Playhouse and is especially crucial when it comes to producing new work that can be artistically and financially risky,” said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. 

Please join an important initiative created by the CT Arts Alliance with Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education to stimulate discussion and awareness about the role of the arts and culture in our communities and to put arts and culture on the agenda for all elected officials. Create the Vote CT is a new nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office. Create the Vote CT has been created as a vehicle for organizations, businesses, and individuals to raise arts and culture in the conversation around elections. Create the Vote will provide the tools to:
Educate candidates about arts and culture
Educate voters about arts and culture
Tell the story of arts and culture and the impact we have on the state.
• Strengthen the creative community in CT.
• Join the Create the Vote mailing list to receive news, information, and updates
• Like and follow CT Arts Alliance on Facebook and on Twitter 
• Share the News with #CreateTheVoteCT
• Use your Arts Voice: Ask the candidates questions about arts and culture. Raise your hand, tweet and email the candidates, and post questions to their Facebook pages about their positions on arts, culture and creativity.
Co-Sponsors agree to:
• Allow CAA to name your organization on Create the Vote CT materials: webpage, social media, press releases, op-eds, etc;
• Commit to being an active arts partner and leader in raising awareness and encouraging participation in Create the Vote CT by urging people to participate in Create the Vote CT;
• Use your organization's resources and platform to advance the mission of Create the Vote CT through your communication channels: e-blasts, newsletters, website, programs, social media, and at events).

See current co-sponsors. Click here to become a co-sponsor.


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded 15 grants to arts organizations in Connecticut, totaling over $1 million. Congratulations to our members Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County and Westport Country Playhouse for their awards. The list of all 15 CT grantees recipients and their grants are as follows:
Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Art Works – Arts Education, Bridgeport, $10,000
• Hill-Stead Museum, Art Works — Literature, Farmington, $10,000
• Connecticut Historical Society, Art Works — Folk & Traditional Arts, Hartford, $30,000
• Connecticut Historical Society, Art Works — Folk & Traditional Arts, Hartford, $25,000
• Connecticut State Office of the Arts, Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Partnerships (State & Regional), Hartford, $730,400
• HartBeat Ensemble, Art Works — Theater, Hartford, $10,000
• Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Art Works — Music, Hartford, $15,500
• Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc., Art Works — Music, Litchfield, $10,000
• Wesleyan University, Art Works — Dance, Middletown, $25,000
• Artspace, Inc., Our Town — Design, New Haven, $75,000
• Connecticut Players Foundation, Inc., Art Works — Theater, New Haven, $10,000
• Elm Shakespeare Company, Art Works — Theater, New Haven, $15,000
• Music Haven, Inc., Art Works — Arts Education, New Haven, $25,000
• Pilobolus, Inc., Art Works — Dance, Washington Depot, $10,000
Westport County Playhouse, Inc., Art Works — Theater, Westport, $15,000
The complete list of all the grants sorted by city and state and brief project descriptions for each award are available here.


Through project-based funding for creative placemaking, the NEA Our Town program seeks to support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects  engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). The application deadline for Our Town is August 9, 2018 (earlier than past years!).This round will support creative placemaking projects that start on or after July 1, 2019 in two categories: Place-Based Projects. Through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support, these projects contribute to improved quality of life in local communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Knowledge Building ProjectsThese projects build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. These grants are available to arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership, policy, or university-based organizations. These projects require a partnership that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and/or exchange. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
Webinars: June 20: How to Apply 
June 27: Tips and Tricks.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will offer a second round of its new Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants, with an application deadline of August 1NEH announced the new grant program, designed to create and sustain humanities infrastructure, in January. Under this program, cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, archives, colleges and universities, scholarly associations, and historic sites are eligible to receive up to $500,000 for projects that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability. These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, may be used toward capital expenditures such as construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, sustaining digital scholarly infrastructure, and preservation and conservation of humanities collections.
NEH’s first Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant awards will be announced in August. However, in response to marked demand for infrastructure support, the agency will offer the program for a second time in 2018. Updated application guidelines will be posted online this month. “For decades, NEH has played a vital role in ,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “These new grants expand the NEH's role in helping build the humanities infrastructure of the United States by leveraging federal dollars to spur increased private investment in our nation’s libraries, museums, and cultural centers to ensure the long-term health and growth of these institutions. The result will be greater access to historical, cultural, and educational resources for all Americans.”  The application deadline for the second round of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants is August 1, 2018. Please direct questions about grant proposals to or 202-606-8309. 
Coming Up...
May 21: SHPO Conference, Rocky Hill, CT #CTSHPO18
June 4: CLHO Conference, CCSU
Oct 12-14: Connecticut Book Awards: Westport Library

The Wallace Foundation – an independent, national, New York-based philanthropy seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone.  In each of its focus areas – Arts, Education Leadership, and Learning and Enrichment – it seeks to identify one or more significant questions whose answers are not known but which, if known, could help propel progress more broadly. The Director of Arts leads the design, development, implementation and management of the Foundation’s initiatives in the arts and shares responsibility for contributing to strategic planning, and policy and organizational development in the achievement of the Foundation’s mission. Responsibilities include: Lead an interdisciplinary team in the design, development and implementation of strategies and systems to support the Foundation’s mission in the arts. Foster and ensure integration of program, research and communications perspectives and ideas to achieve the Foundation’s goals. Actively engage in and contribute to the strategic thinking and planning for the Foundation’s overall approach to grantmaking and knowledge development. Manage the work of grantees, contractors and partners. Cultivate relationships with policy makers, practitioners, thought leaders, etc., to advance the goals of the Foundation’s initiatives. Working with the Director of Research and the Director of Communications, contribute to the development of appropriate knowledge development and dissemination strategies to further the Foundation’s overall initiative goals. For complete job description, click here.

Silvermine Arts Center seeks a part-time Gallery Associate (Wednesday through Friday 11:00 – 5:00pm; may also include occasional Saturday or Sunday). Responsibilities include: Daily Gallery Operation: Staff front desk; greet visitors to the gallery; handle telephone, email inquiries, and answer visitors’ questions; count and keep a record of the number of daily visitors to the gallery; ensure constant stock of school catalogs and current exhibition postcards at front desk; maintain gallery space and gallery kitchen so that it is neat and clean at all times; close gallery at end of day ensuring alarm system is activated. Gift Shop: Organize and periodically change display of merchandise to encourage more sales; restock and order gift shop supplies; develop and prepare shop for sales events. Accounting: Reconcile sales receipts and cash drawer daily. Inventory: Maintain gift shop consignment records; update shop inventory from sales records; make sure all consignment paperwork and blank sales receipts are stocked. Art Sales: Write up purchases for customers and complete monetary transactions including preparing invoices; answer questions about artwork and the artists, make copies of biographical data, and contact artists to bring in artwork for an interested party after an exhibition is over; oversee the pickup and packing of sold artwork. Exhibitions: Oversee the purchasing of all gallery and opening reception supplies; attend opening receptions, as needed; post all exhibition, call for entry and lecture postings on community calendars; oversee artwork receiving and pick up. Miscellaneous:
Oversee Facebook and Instagram posts, as needed; assist with other gallery tasks and projects as assigned by the Gallery DirectorValued: Non-Profit employment experience; office administration experience; art background helpful. Contact: Roger Mudre, Gallery Director.
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May 14: IMLS, Activating Community Opportunities: Application Deadline
May 21: Deadline for signing up as musician or venue for Make Music Connecticut
May 23: Common Field: Field Grants Application Deadline

June c1: CT Humanities Quick Grant Application Deadline
June c1: CT Humanities Fake News: Is it Real? Grant Application Deadline
June c6: CT Office of the Arts: Project Grants Application Deadline
June c6: CT Office of the Arts: Arts Learning Grants Application Deadline
June 20: NEA Our Town - How to Apply Webinar
June 20: NEA: Register/renew registration for July 12 ArtWorks deadline
June 20: CT Office of the Arts: Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
June 27: CT Office of the Arts: Supporting Arts Grants Application Deadline
June 27: NEA Our Town - Tips & Tricks Application Webinar

July c6: CT Humanities Quick Grant Application Deadline
July c6: CT Humanities Fake News: Is it Real? Grant Application Deadline
July 12: NEA: ArtWorks Application 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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