Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - October 27, 2018

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and 
Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
October 27, 2018
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of  more than 600 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
185 of our members have created profiles on our new integrated Cultural Alliance+FCBuzz website. Time is running out and is scheduled to disappear this weekend. Go to and register on our new website. Use the email address you use to sign on to the old (call us if you are unsure what address that is) - or else you will be charged. You will need a nice description of your organization together with 3 images: a square logo, a 1600x430 pixel hero image (like the ones above and below) and a smaller 510x260 pixel "reference image." Sneak a peek. Download instructions here. Call 203-212-6894 or email if you get stuck.
Registration is open for the next SavorCity  event in Bridgeport. Join us and enjoy the culinary hidden gems of the most diverse city in Connecticut. As part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, SavorCity visits EAT NOODLE on Fri Nov. 9 for extended Happy Hour, 5-8pm. Our visit is next-door to The Bijou and its 8pm performance of Latin AmericaNA, a show featuring and curated by Rick Reyes. EAT NOODLE has brought a bustling clientele to downtown Bridgeport and a 4.5 star YELP rating! Enjoy appetizers, a light meal and amazing cocktails. Also artwork by Cris Dam and music by Rick Reyes. Sponsored by Hatch 130.

Rector: The Rev’d Curtis Farr
Director of Music: John Abdenour 

St. Paul's, located on Fairfield’s historic Town Green since 1856, strives to engage deeply in social justice issues, connecting the realities of modern life to our rich tradition, and being a community of hope in the midst of an anxious world. All are welcome!

St. Paul's music ministry, grounded in the Anglican choral tradition, includes a 40-voice choir consisting of treble boys and girls who sing together with an ensemble of skilled, professional and volunteer altos, tenors, and basses. The choir has appeared throughout the state of Connecticut, in churches in New York City, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and has toured Great Britain five times, most recently in 2016. The St. Paul’s Choir strives to provide an enriching and engaging musical education for children in kindergarten through high school. Members of the choir have found it to be a wonderfully stabilizing and organizing influence on their lives, a haven from the pressures and stresses of school life, a place where they are accepted and celebrated. Most would describe the choir as a second family. In addition to weekly choral services, St. Paul's celebrates the transformative power of music by offering concerts throughout the year.  See St. Paul's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
– Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
– Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho hosted part two of a Conservation in Connecticut 
discussion, at the Fairfield Library last week, started in June 2018 by the Bruce Museum. Also on the panel were the Zoo’s Education Curator Jim Knox, Tim Walsh, Bruce Museum collection manager; Patrick Comins, executive director of The Connecticut Audubon Society; Stacey Marcell, arborist and owner of Northeast Horticultural Services; and Jenny Dickson, supervising wildlife biologist at CT DEEP/Wildlife Diversity and Outreach Program. See the Ten Actions to Take to help conservation in Connecticut, recommended by the panelists. More...
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) has announced that Kimberly Henrikson has been appointed Executive Director after served as Interim Executive Director since 2017 for the Center. Kimberly's involvement in prior years with CCP includes having been a member of the Board of Directors and committee member for Center initiatives. In addition to her role at CCP, Kim is the current President of the Print Club of New York and the editor for the newsletter for the International Print Club Societies. During her professional career, she has been the owner of a local art advisory business and held a senior position at Artstor, a non-profit organization that archives and distributes digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences. Kim received her BA in Art History from Penn State University for which she serves as President of the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Board.
City Lights Gallery was one of 13 groups that won an Artspace New Haven City-Wide Open Studios commission for an exhibit on the theme of Wellbeing. City Light's submission was its travelling exhibit, BOOBs that addresses Breast Cancer Awareness Month and responds to a variety of feminist issues and protesting racial and social injustice. The works seek to examine the breast in many contexts, such as age, gender, body image, race, and healthcare and includes the work of local artists. The show will be seen in an empty building attached to the Yale School of Nursing and numerous Institutes connecting health science, cultural heritage, energy, and the environment at Yale’s West Campus, which straddles West Haven and Orange. More...
The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras (GBYO) is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Both new hires are orchestra directors in the Fairfield Public Schools. Lynda Smyth, of Bethel, was recently named Symphony Orchestra Conductor. She is also Orchestra Director at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Gjorgj Kroqi, of Cheshire, was recently named Cello and Bass Coach for the 2018-2019 season. He is Orchestra Director at Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield and also teaches at The Taft School in Watertown, CT. More...
Westport Country Playhouse will present a series of free community events, surrounding its world-premiere drama, Thousand Pines (Oct. 30-Nov. 17) bringing the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse, with support from CT Humanities. A panel on “Art and Gun Violence” will feature playwright Matthew Greene, Mary Himes and Helen Klisser During of #UNLOAD on Mon. Oct. 29. A discussion with Linda Rost, from the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network, is set for Fri. Nov. 2. A Sunday Symposium with Dr. Firmin DeBrabander, of Maryland Institute College of Art and author of Do Guns Make us Free?, is scheduled for Sun. Nov. 4, after the 3 p.m. performance. A panel discussion on dealing with loss and fighting for change in response to gun violence, will take place Sun. Nov. 11, after the 3 p.m. performance. Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, associate professor of legal studies at Quinnipiac University, will be interviewed by Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director, on the constitutional context of gun laws in the U.S. and internationally, on Wed. Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. During the run of Thousand Pines, there will be an art exhibition, #UNLOAD:  Taking Aim, presented by #UNLOAD and the Artists Collective of Westport, in the White Barn Center, Nov. 3-Nov. 17There will be post-show salons at selected performances where patrons can discuss the play and its themes in the Smilow Lounge on the mezzanine level.

Resources and advice are a plenty in this voting season. On the national front, Americans for the Arts has released its Congressional Arts Report Card with an overall view of funding and support within Congress for the arts - and ranking on all members of Congress for their support of key arts initiatives. The CT delegation gets two thumbs up across the board - but see what issues still need to be pushed. 

For the arts in CT, the Connecticut Arts Alliance's Create the Vote encourages us to read what the gubernatorial candidates have to say about the arts. See the questionnaire sent to all candidates and click here to read their responses on how they would support the arts in CT.  More specifically see how the gubernatorial candidates respond to the question of how important the arts are in education

More generally the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance) is asking us all to email our local legislative candidates as nonprofit employees to stress the issues that are key to us. Remind your colleagues to register to vote: registration online is open until Oct 30: Register here.  And lastly
It's important for everyone in the nonprofit community to vote on November 6. Share the above URL <> to encourage others to pledge or download some Pledge to Vote cards here.

The Connecticut Office of Tourism is reporting success in using a new marketing measurement tool that shows the economic impact that marketing investment is having in driving visitors to the state. Arrivalist uses cell phone data to capture how many consumers view our ads or social media posts on their smart phones—which is how 75% of our marketing is viewed today. Then, using phone location data, we can see how many more ad-viewers arrived in the state (not counting those shown to come in regularly) than those who did not see the ads. This shows the impact of ad messages in bringing people to visit, stay and spend money in Connecticut who may not have come here otherwise. CoT says the results confirm that its marketing is working:
● CT's primary target audience in NYC who viewed our messaging visited Connecticut 6.4 times more than those not exposed.
● And those people stayed in Connecticut 3.5 times longer.
● For every $1 Connecticut invested in paid media for tourism marketing, the state received an estimated $14 in state and local taxes from marketing-influenced travelers who would not have otherwise visited. You can review these and other facts in the Office of Tourism's  7 Reasons to Enhance Funding for Tourism Marketing. The Office encourages you to share it with whoever can help get the message to the state legislature. 
FUNDING AND OPPORTUNITIES                         

With a philosophy that playing a stringed instrument can transform a child, giving them experiences and skills that can help make them more successful in life, the Classics for Kids Foundation empowers  young people to shape their futures through music, helps build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provides grants for the purchase of high-quality instruments. To that end, matching grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations that incorporate fine instruments in their music programs. To be eligible, public or private schools and nonprofit organizations must demonstrate need and a commitment to raising matching funds. Through Classics for Kids grants to strings programs, we also strengthen community support for music education. Our matching grants inspire local philanthropy and deeper, long-lasting connections with that local support. Read the story of a California community that created a stringed instrument program with incredible results for students, families and the community. See a list of current grants. f you have questions about the instrument grant program, please contact CFKF Executive/Artistic Director Michael Reynolds at 508-740-8331 or at Make your application here.  Deadline December 31.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management offers support to individuals, organizations, and, in collaboration with foundations ad governments, to communities of organizations around the world. To advance this mission, the Institute is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program, which provides intensive training in arts and cultural management, artistic planning, marketing, fundraising, evaluation, and finance for mid-career arts managers over a three-year periodThe program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the U.S. and around the world through a competitive application process. Fellows attend a four-week residency in Washington, D.C., each summer for three consecutive years and receive ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies. Fellows will receive air and ground transportation; lodging during the fellowship; a per diem to cover living expenses; and program materials. Applicants must have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization; currently serve as an executive or department head with decision-making authority; and have an excellent command of business English, orally and written. In addition, applicants must be able to commit to the full term of the fellowship. Letters of Intent must be received no later than December 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by January 25, 2019. Details here. Apply here.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                            

The Center for Nonprofits and the Master of Public Administration program at Sacred Heart University are jointly presenting a free one-day conference, From Surviving to Thriving: Navigating Today's Management and Financial Challenges. Join other senior nonprofit leaders to discuss the strategies that nonprofits must implement to survive and thrive in today's environment. The keynote for the conference will be delivered by Amy Houston Professor of Management at Columbia University and former head of management and administrative operations at the Robin Hood Foundation. She is at the forefront of innovative thinking about the management of nonprofits. The conference is free, by invitation only and will be held Fri. Nov. 2, at Sacred Heart university from 8am to 2pm. Registration is now open: register here.

FCCF announces Fairfield County's Giving Day 2019. Our region's biggest philanthropic event will be back for a sixth year Feb. 28, 2019. Key things to know:
1. Nonprofit registration goes live on November 1. Just visit If you sign-up by December 1st, your organization will have the chance to win a $1,000 grant. 
2. Join the Giving Day free Launch Webinar on November 5. Learn how to register your organization on the new giving platform (GiveGab), and the many new features that will help you raise funds on Giving Day. Register here.
3. Upgrade your digital marketing skills  with FCCF's Digital Marketing Skills series, organized with the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. $50 for each workshop. The first is Nov. 1Nonprofit Website 3.0. Here you will learn: the essential principles of creating a third-generation website; three critical homepage mistakes nonprofits make; how nonprofit websites can improve driving online donations; how mobile has transformed basic elements of web design; how to get a Google AdWords Grant to bring in the right clients, donors and advocates to your webpage. Register here.
Professional Development Events Coming Up...
Oct. 30: NEFA's Idea Swap, Worcester, MA
Nov. 1-3: Culture/Shift, Albuquerque
Nov. 2: From Surviving to Thriving, Sacred Heart University (details t.b.a.)
Nov. 13: In Conversation: The Role of Arts Organizations, Yale Center for British Art

The New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and to one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. N-YHS is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York. The New-York Historical Society is looking for an Associate Exhibition Designer to design exhibitions and design projects in collaboration with curators, graphic designers, and conservators. Education: A Bachelor’s degree in exhibition design, industrial design, or display design preferred. Experience includes: a minimum of 5 years’ history and art exhibition design experience in a museum setting; a minimum of 5 years’ experience in CAD knowledge, rough sketching ability and model making; must be proficient in Vectorworks, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Mac environments. 3D rendering skills and knowledge conservation standards and practices are a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong time management and multitasking skills; can handle multiple responsibilities and projects with competing priorities and deadlines. Responsibilities include: Organizing data, sketching, technical drawings, and making scale models for upcoming temporary exhibitions; drafting using Vectorworks, clipping object photos using Photoshop and in Adobe Illustrator; draft and detail drawings for in-house fabrication; create elevations for art handlers to install artwork; detail drawings for bid documents to send to outside fabricators. For consideration please send a cover letter and resume to: 

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development is recruiting for an Arts & Culture Administrator position. This is a unique management position suitable for a creative individual who has a passion for the arts, culture or preserving the historic assets of Connecticut.  The incumbent is accountable for strengthening the state's cultural and historic-preservation community to foster the awareness and growth of Connecticut's historic and cultural assets in support of other agency initiatives that will promote economic and community development. Duties will include: Oversee over $70 million dollars of annual funding; manage the operation of four state museums; manage the State Historic Preservation Office; manage the Office of the Arts; finish the Sandy Disaster Recovery effort relating to historic preservation (an additional $5 million of funding over the past 5 years); manage place-making and innovation efforts, combining economic development with art/culture in our urban areas; oversee grants and tax credit programs and manage relationships with state and federal stakeholders. Travel is required. Experience required includes: Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of arts and culture; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to successfully coordinate arts and culture projects; ability to facilitate cooperation and partnership between various stakeholders. Ten years of professional experience in arts and culture program management. This position is located at 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. It is full time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, however, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.  Apply here. Candidates should choose the "resume tab" to attach a resume with their submission. Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation to support their qualification(s), for example: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Katonah, NY, seeks a House Manager who serves as the primary point of contact for all visitors to Caramoor, is responsible for providing the highest level of customer service, and the proper setup of multiple performance venues. Caramoor is open year-round, with many events held on nights and weekends. Responsibilities include: providing all visitors with the highest level of customer service; overseeing the entry and seating of all visitors in a timely manner; working with the Box Office Manager on audience needs; supervising the audience throughout the performance and enforcing venue policies and safety procedures. Qualifications include: Two+ plus years of arts/events production, arts/events administration or related experience. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a related field a plus. Command of MS Office Word and Excel; the ability to manage a group of volunteers with integrity and mutual respect, and to motivate, and inspire trust and confidence with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds and levels of experience; a professional attitude and ability to work well with the public to navigate different personality types among stakeholders including seasonal staff, visitors, VIP donors, artists, senior management team & Board of Trustees. Complete job description here.  Please submit your cover letter and resume to with “House Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls.


The Wadsworth Atheneum is currently inviting applications for the position of Curatorial Administrator and Assistant. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including managing contacts and correspondence; providing trustee committee support; budget tracking; assisting with the coordination of didactic materials and exhibition documentation; writing and editing curatorial-related copy; and occasional collection research. Attention to detail, follow-through and the ability to collegially problem-solve are key attributes. The successful candidate will have attained a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in art, art history or museum studies. Master’s level study is desirable. Three (3) to five (5) years administrative experience or two (2) years of museum experience couple with strong administrative skills is required. Candidates who have work experience (paid or intern) in an arts institution will move to the top of the list for consideration. The Wadsworth is a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply. For prompt consideration, please email a cover letter (which must include your salary requirements) and resume to this email address.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Development Director
Fairfield County's Community Foundation: Manager, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Mattatuck Museum of Art: Executive Assistant to the Director
New Britain Youth Museum: Executive Director

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Oct. 30: APAP: Cultural Exchange Fund Application Deadline

Nov. c2: CT Humanities Project Planning and Project Implementation Application Deadline
Nov. c2: CT Humanities Capacity Building Grants Application Deadline
Nov. 17: NEFA Dance Presentation Grants: Application Deadline (Theatre Grants on a rolling deadline) 

Dec. c1: DeVos Institute: Arts Management Fellowships Letter of Intent Deadline
Dec. c7: CT Humanities Quick Grants Application Deadline
Dec. 31: Classics for Kids Musical Instrument Grant Application Deadline
Dec. 31: 1772 Foundation/CT Trust: Preservation Matching Grants LOI Deadline
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