Subject: Organizations' Newsletter - Sept. 20, 2019

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News and Opportunities for the Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
September 7, 2019
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. 
REGI panelists (l to r): Marti Etter, Alicia Cobb, Mark Barnhart, René Soto and Joel Martin, with David Green

The reviewers for the FY20 Regional Initiative (REGI) grant awards, for applicants in the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) region, met at our office Mon. Aug. 26 to discuss and make their recommendations for proposals to be funded. This is the fifth year these regional grants have been funded by the CT Office of the Arts (COA). The grants ($1,000-$4,000) are designed to encourage local, collaborative, innovative arts projects that really engage a local community. They are administered by all nine of the Regional Service Organizations that work in partnership with COA. Applicants apply centrally to COA, which then sends the proposals to the respective RSOs. Each RSO selects its reviewers and organizes a panel review session. The reviewers for our region were: Mark Barnhart, Director of Community & Economic Development, Fairfield; Alicia Cobb, artist; Marti Etter, Executive Director, Ballet School of Stamford; Joel Martin, musician and composer; and René Soto, artist and gallery owner. The panel made its funding recommendations, which will be presented to the Connecticut Arts Council Sept. 9. Announcements are expected to be made by the middle of the month.
Tune in next Mon. Sept 9 at noon to the next program in our live interview series on WPKN 89.5FM, Spotlight on Arts & CultureThe show will bring the director of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the ArtsPeter van Heerden, into the spotlight. Approaching his fifth anniversary leading the region's flagship performing arts center, Peter has brought an unprecedented international flair and perspective to this institution. A South African performance artist, with a Master's in Performing Arts from the University of Cape Town, he created the ERF 81 Cultural Collective, focusing on the culture and heritage of contemporary South Africa, before moving with his wife to Westport, where he then ran the Westport Arts Center for 4 years. What difference has his international perspective brought to the arts of Fairfield County? How is the Quick's program impacting the community, and issues - from gun violence to the health and wellbeing of our veterans, to an awareness of the wealth disparity among our population? Get to know Peter, and the answers to some of these questions by tuning in Mon. Sept 9 to WPKN 89.5FM, noon till 1pm.
All those working in arts and culture venues are encouraged to sign up for a free ADA Principles & Practice Workshop at Stepping Stones Museum for Children on Tues. Oct. 1. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is partnering with The Connecticut Office of the Arts and its 8 sister Regional Service Organizations to present a series of six parallel workshops across the state that will focus on the concepts and terminology of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Workshop presenter, Elanah Sherman, has worked in the disability rights movement for some 25 years as community organizer, advocate, and ADA trainer. Each workshop will include a different panel of local individuals with disabilities who will share their experiences attending and participating in the arts. In our region the panelists are Alan Gunzberg, Amy Oestreicher and Jamie PetroneTo attend this workshop, REGISTER HERE. You can find information workshops in other locations throughout the state here.
David Green, The Cultural Alliance's Director of Programs, Membership and Marketing, has been accepted onto Americans for the Arts' Artists at the Community Development Table Local Arts Agency Training Program. The Program was developed to "deepen the capacity at the local level to pursue arts-based solutions to community development and delivers direct and indirect educational trainings and resources that are needed to encourage deeper, varied, and sustained partnerships among artists, arts leaders, and other sectors with the common goal of addressing community issues." David will go on a two-day training in Oakland, CA, Oct. 25-26 designed as a "train-the-trainer" opportunity to learn how to train local artists and arts leaders on how to engage in arts-based solutions to community development needs. Americans for the Arts provides a small $500 stipend to offset travel and hotel costs.
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Ballet School of Stamford at Chelsea Piers, Stamford - Dance Studios and classroom space. Column-free, Air-conditioned, Heated, Barres, Mirrors. Available by day or hour. (Meeting, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot, Audition, Class, Special Event, Rehearsal, Performance)
AMFAB Art Studio Share Available, Bridgeport.   1000 sq ft of open studio space available to share. 16' ceilings, entire wall of windows facing north. Neat and organized. Individual, textile artist/designer, acrylic painter, watercolorist, mixed media artist, preferred. No use of materials emitting toxic fumes allowed. Mostly furnished. (Studio Art, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot)
Viva Dance & Fitness Center, West Haven
Two-floor building with two dance studios. 
2900 sq.ft. Available for small parties, dance classes, or rehearsal space. (Exhibition, Meeting, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot, Audition, Class, Special Event, Rehearsal, Performance)

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Executive Director: Kyle Silver
Co-Artistic Director: Stephanie Hazard
Co-Artistic Director: Andrea Lynn Green

The brand new Greenwich Theatre Company (GTC) has been fostered by Kyle Silver, the executive director of the Arch Street Greenwich Teen Center and several other founding members. The cast of the inaugural production of God of Carnage are all members of the Theatre Artists Workshop's theatrical community, founded by Keir Dullea, originally in Westport and now in Norwalk. Kyle has run the Teen Center for 22 years (the longest-running teen center in the country) and is also executive director of this new enterprise. A filmmaker himself, Kyle has worked as assistant to the Coen Brothers on The Hudsucker Proxy, and worked in casting for the WB television series Dawson’s Creek. Under his leadership, Arch Street has achieved record attendance and drawn top-notch performers. With plans to become a non-profit regional theater, GTC will be operating in the interim under the umbrella of the Teen Center, with plans to employ Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) contracts. The mission of the Theatre is "to inspire empathy by telling the stories of our shared human experience." It plans to do this by: offering high quality professional theater experiences, focusing on the human stories that shape our world; fostering new works as well as staging contemporary and classic plays unconventionally, in its unique, non-traditional space that lends itself to exploratory, innovative staging; developing community educational opportunities in conjunction with the Teen Center, further exploring the work on stage, including special performances and programs for students and teachers; dedicating a part of each season to a New Works Festival, to discover, support, and present new and emerging playwrights; and inspiring the community’s young people to explore their creativity and build empathy through storytelling. GTC's educational programing will offer students the opportunity to perform in an annual outdoor summer Shakespeare production, in the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, in conjunction with The Arch Street Teen Center, led by experienced industry professionals. The Theatre intends to become a member of The New England Theatre Conference, drawing from the artistic resources of Greenwich, and surrounding communities, including actors, playwrights, and directors from Greenwich and across New England. Its first season opened Sept 5 with the the 2009 Tony Award-Winning God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. The cast includes Stephanie Hazard (New Canaan), Mike Boland* (Fairfield), Wynter Kullman* (Westport) and Jason Peck* (Ridgefield). 

Founder: Dee Dee Colabella

Ridgefield's RPAC Arts Center & Academy is officially slated to open Sept. 17 with a Grand Opening & Reception planned for Thurs. Sept. 19, 6-9pm. RPAC is an art studio, a gallery and a school: the result of a lifelong dream of Dee Dee Colabella, who says art has played a consistently important role in her young professional career. Colabella, who recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from Western Connecticut State University, has long had the goal of creating a community where artists could create, receive instruction from MFA-certified teachers, take part in community events such as critique groups, receive continuing education on topics including marketing one’s art, and have the ability to showcase their art in a gallery with a prime, Main Street address. "I had this vision of this place that would help people get ready for arts school but also help them find a career in the arts," Colabella, who’s lived in Ridgefield since 2004, told The Ridgefield Press. "Continuing education, private and semi-private work spaces, studio space to display and hang your work in, and a gallery storefront to sell it — I thought why not tie it all into one space?”  Finding available space on Main Street, Ridgefield, with gallery space nearby, was key. "That’s when I began to see it all come together,” she said. As of writing, four of the six private resident artist spaces, as well as eight of the 15 semi-private spaces, are available. Among the current resident artists are Cultural Alliance artist members Daniel Wade Barrett and Jim Malloy. Membership gives 24/7 access to studio space, security, storage, easels, disposal, state-of-the-art computer room, wifi, and use of common areas. Private and semi-private workspaces are available. The goal of RPAC Academy is to create a comprehensive preparatory program for both higher art education and career readiness. Qualified instructors are ready to help working artists, emerging artists and students become studio artists, illustrators and graphic designers. At the same time, the gallery is integral to the program: "We believe that an arts education should be about giving artists an opportunity to sell their work," Colabella said. "The right education teaches artists how to make this a career, not just to fine tune skills. Getting into galleries is very difficult. That’s why we wanted to create a gallery to showcase artists’ work. It’s a huge benefit to have a gallery to show your work in, and that’s what artists get with us." See RPAC's website, Facebook and Instagram pages. (Thanks to the Ridgefield Free Press for contributions to this profile.)
The Barnum Museum was featured on a CBS This Morning - Saturday segment aired Sat. Sept. 7, during the 8am show. Anchor, Jeff Glor and the CBS crew came to the Museum to interview Robert Wilson, author of the new book, BARNUM - An American Life, and toured the building and collections. This new detailed biography by American Scholar editor Wilson has been well reviewed as showing Barnum "as a complex and versatile businessman, undeserving of the shady showman caricature that’s been painted of him." Barnum Museum executive director, Kathleen Maher commented that seven hours of filming might only be a six-minute feature, but that they are thrilled that the Barnum story has national recognition! Look for its YouTube showing.
Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District launched its new website at a "Colorful Conversation," August 22. The site not only features the assets of Downtown Bridgeport but also promotes the goals of its Colorful Bridgeport campaign that "celebrates the diversity and beauty of Downtown Bridgeport's vibrant overlapping forms, shapes and colors that intersect through its people, streets, people and places." Said ED Lauren Vincent: "We needed a new web presence to reflect the beauty and diversity [of Downtown] while making helpful information easily accessible to those who want to live, work and create here. See the website here. More...
Shelton's Center Stage Theatre's Education Center has opened registration for its fall classes, which is now housed in the same location as the theater at 54 Grove St. For new center Artistic/ Executive Director Martin Scott Marchitto, this is a dream come true as he has been pushing for the education center’s relocation since he accepted the position earlier this year. New, larger classrooms are just down the hall from a professionally equipped scene and costume shop, which has allowed Education Director Gina Scarpa (winner of our 2019 ACE Award for Educator) the opportunity to expand the technical theater classes to include set, prop and costume construction and design. The wig room (at right) is for teaching hair, wig and make-up design. Students will experience firsthand what it takes to put on a large-scale production. Children can also be a part of the coming Center Stage Youth Theatre seasonthat includes 101 Dalmations, Our Town, James and the Giant Peach, Hairspray and two teen workshops. “For more than four decades, the Scarpa family had been at the forefront of theater education,” said Marchitto. “Here at the new Center Stage Education Center, children and teens grow as performers and as people — and have a great time in the process.
City Lights Gallery has chosen to honor the  9/11 Patriots Day Day of Service (as initiated by President George W. Bush) by putting out a call for volunteers for a garden clean-up of the landmark Painted Steps by Cultural Alliance member artist Liz Squillace at Bridgeport's Broad and Elm Streets. This little Downtown arts anchor is comprised of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, City Lights Gallery and Bridgeport Art Trail headquarters, City Lights Vintage Pop-Up and the landmark Painted Steps by Liz Squillace. The Painted Steps are a popular selfie location. The patio area is a welcoming gathering spot. City Lights puts out colorful tables and chairs for public use. Bridgeport artist Carlos Davila has offered to lend a sculpture to the Broad St Steps garden area. There are 2 other companion pieces that can be commissioned to complete a small forest of sculptures to complement the art on the steps. City Lights ED Suzanne Kachmar said they are preparing the area so that the final segment of stairs can be painted under the direction of Liz Squillace. Activity is planned for 12:30-3:30pm, 9/11. To help, contact
The Fairfield Museum and History Centerhas received three Connecticut Humanities grants support upcoming exhibitions and strategic planning. One was for planning the Speak Up! Speak Out! exhibition, scheduled for July 2020 - January 2021, to celebrate and explore the history of citizens’ advocacy in the Fairfield region, and the role social activism plays in our communities. The second grant will fund several phases of the museum’s strategic planning process, including working with leading museum consultants to set priorities for future programs and exhibits, and establish  frameworks to guide the next decade of FMHC’s growth and success. The third grant funded improvements to the Museum’s popular Creating Community exhibition (see photo above), including a key section on immigration and migration to Fairfield in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Newly installed parts of the exhibition include rare photographs and artifacts from the Fairfield Museum’s collections, and multi-generational photographs from an African-American family that has lived in Fairfield since 1870.
The Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) recently received a generous grant of $2,000 from the IBM Community Grants Program to support KTM&HC’s full-day, immersive school programs. The IBM Community Grant was awarded in recognition of the extraordinary volunteer services of IBM former employees Beth Hancock, Charles Pankenier, Patricia Linnon, and John Somma over the past year at KTM&HC. The funds received will support Title 1 students’ participation in KTM&HC’s full-day, immersive, curriculum-aligned programs developed in partnership with teachers for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. The IBM Community Grants Program recognizes and encourages the involvement of IBM employees and retirees who generously volunteer their time and expertise in their local communities. At right, Hildegard Grob (left), Executive Director, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, with Charles Pankenier and Beth Hancock.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum  received a grant in the amount of $1,000 from The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation in support of the Museum’s Great Gatsby Tea. Proceeds from the Tea will benefit the Museum’s educational and cultural programs. Trustee Kim Morque and LMMM Executive Director Susan Gilgore received the grant donation from Deborah Olsen Robertson, M&T Bank’s Vice President, Senior Commercial Real Estate Lender. “At M&T Bank, we believe that when our communities succeed we all succeed,” said Robertson. “We are pleased to support the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, and their work to enhance the cultural vibrancy of our community.” 
Twelve members of Sacred Heart University’s Dance Company traveled to Italy recently to participate in World Dance Movement—The International Festival, concluding with a performance under the stars alongside elite dancers from more than 25 countries. The festival’s mission is to build connections between dance and diverse cultures that inspire and transform dancers around the world. Sacred Heart’s dancers trained and performed choreography from an unparalleled international faculty, featuring: Bruno Colinet, Elias Lazaridis, Medhi Walerski, Igal Perry and Macia Del Prete. For five days, each dancer attended three professional choreographic workshops—six hours of intense training per day. Finally, they performed the choreography in an evening event on an outdoor stage at Castellana Grotte, Piazzale Aneli. More...
As the Westport Arts Center begins its new chapter as MoCA Westport, local leaders recently got a first-hand view. Westport's First Selectman, James Marpe, Second Selectman Jennifer Tooker and Norwalk's Mayor, Harry Rilling, all toured the new space at 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport. The visitors, outfitted with hard hats as construction reaches its final stages, were offered a view into the two expansive galleries, the multi-functional educational studios where The Academy curriculum will be run, the Members Lounge, a MoCA Bookstore and Gift Shop, as well as outdoor terrace with adjacent kitchen from which all events will be run in exclusive partnership with Selden Catering. MoCA Westport opens to the public Sept. 22 with celebrations and a ribbon cutting at 1pm. Central to the opening is the inaugural presentation of two seminal works by prolific artist Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room 'Where the Lights in My Heart Go' and Narcissus Garden.  More...
Westport Country Playhouse and The Westport Library are partnering to present a free screening of the documentary, “When Lambs Become Lions,” directed by Jon Kasbe, about the illicit ivory market in Kenya. The screening will be at the Westport Library’s Komansky Room (Mon. Sept. 16, 7p.m.) and is presented in conjunction with the Playhouse’s October production of Mlima’s Tale, a powerful, theatrical fable, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, about a magnificent Kenyan elephant named Mlima hunted for his coveted ivory tusks. “I was swept away by this stunning documentary,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. “ Watching it took me into the very heart of the play I’m directing now, the extraordinary Mlima’s Tale.” This project is supported in part by CT Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Westport Historical Society (WHS)'s ED, Ramin Ganeshram, writes in the WHS blog on lessons learned fro the recent spate of awards the society, and Ramin herself, have received for their   2018/19 exhibition Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport. The exhibit told the story of the significant contributions, achieve-ments and struggles, of black Westporters to the town from its 17th century settlement as enslaved people through to the present time. By examining our colonial New England town, we were able to tell a story that resonates nationwide. As she and board chair Sara Krasne recently visited Philadelphia to accept the Award of Excellence from the American Association of State and Local History, Ramin writes "what was most awe-inspiring was being in the same company as museums across the country doing excellent work unearthing the hidden histories of a wider group of Americans than ever before—women, people of color, LGBTQ Americans and differently abled individuals." She feels the recognition as part of a new wave in which cultural organizations "are re-examining the past in a holistic way, using primary source material and rigorous research to tell those stories that have been erased." Other awards for this exhibit have included the Connecticut League of History Organizations' Award of Merit and a nomination by Congressman Jim Himes for a national award from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Ramin also personally received the New England Museum Association Award for Excellence in the field, and was named a Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellow at the Munson Institute of Mystic Seaport this past summer. But she says: "The greatest reward has been the environment we’ve built at WHS through support and teamwork of our staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council Members." Congratulations to all.
The Connecticut Office of Tourism invites you to send your literature depicting Connecticut’s great places to visit, dine, shop and stay to the Connecticut Tourism Booth, at this year’s Big E. This family-friendly event starting September 13th through the 29th will feature delicious food, live musical performances, and more.  There is no cost to display your literature at the Connecticut Tourism Booth.  You can ship brochures anytime, or hand deliver them Sept 4-13, 9am-3pm. For specific information about how to deliver your material click here.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. This work may be achieved through projects at various phases of maturity (exploring, piloting, scaling, or enhancing). Each award under this program will support one of the following three goals: Promote Lifelong Learning; Build Capacity; or Increase Public Access. Each application must designate one of four funding categories: Planning Grants; National Forum Grants (convene experts and stakeholders to help explore current or emerging issues or opportunities); Project Grants (educating the next generation of library and archives professionals); Research in Service to Practice Grants (investigation of key questions relevant to library or archival professional practice). Your application must designate one of three project categories: Lifelong LearningCommunity Catalyst; National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives.  Applicants are advised to contact a team member whose portfolio most closely aligns with your proposal (see contacts here). Preliminary 2-page proposal due Sept 27. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the second phase. See Notice of Funding Opportunity here.

The National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) supports projects that enhance the quality of library and archival services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or collaborative approaches that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. The benefits of projects funded in this program must not be limited to the local community but also advance national practice. Projects focused on preserving or providing access to a particular collection or set of collections cannot be supported. Similarly, the program cannot support the digitization of content or pre-digitization activities such as inventorying collections. Proposals that focus on education and training of library and archives professionals should be submitted to the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian ProgramIndicators of successful projects are: National Impact (expanding the boundaries within which libraries and archives operate); Current Significance (addressing a critical issue or opportunity for libraries and archives, build-ing on current strategic initiatives, knowledge, and agendas); Strategic Collaborations (establish/deepen strategic relationships both inside and outside of the library and archival fields); and Demonst-rated Expertise (show understanding of the current state of and gaps in relevant theory and practice). See Notice of Funding Opportunity here.
A 2019 Ruegg Grant Award of $10,000 went to Aspetuck land trust to help sponsor its “Green Corridor: Saugatuck to Shore” program, focusing on “Westport: A Model of Change.”

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club. The Westport Woman's Club is currently accepting grant proposals for 2019-2020 from Fairfield County non-profit organizations. Grant requests for projects that will make a continuing difference in the community may be in the form of funds, or a one-time use of the Westport Woman's Clubhouse for an event. Grants are considered each year to deserving organizations in education, health and safety-related programs and in the arts.  This past spring, the Westport Woman’s Club awarded community service grants to 34 Fairfield County non-profit organizations. Click here for a list of organizations receiving grants in May 2019. Click here to download a Grant Application Form.

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. This program has five project categories: Collections Care and Public Access; Data, Analysis, and Assessment; Digital Platforms and Applications; Diversity and Inclusion; Professional Develop-ment. Potential applicants are advised to view a pre-recorded webinar: Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2020,  for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Indicators of successful projects in the NLG for Museums program are: Broad Impact (potential for far-reaching impact beyond the institution); In-depth Knowledge (reflects a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge); Innovative Approach (employs novel approaches to the project area to strengthen museum services); Collaborative Process: (includes audience, stakeholders, and/or other partners to demonstrate broad need); and Shared Results (generates results that can be widely used, or replicated).  See Notice of Funding Opportunity here.

The Connecticut Main Street Center   (CMSC) aims to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut’s Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities. Its staff works with dedicated stakeholders including city employees, business owners and volunteers to help craft inviting, vibrant downtowns. On Oct. 2 in Hartford and Oct. 3 in Stamford, CMSC is organizing two parallel one-day conferences aimed at exploring and sharing information and instigating conversation about the latest tools and resources to help downtown businesses create unforgettable experiences for today’s demanding shoppers. Retail in the Age of Disruption will create a forum for a discussion about what communities can do to activate first-floor commercial space in light of competition from online sales. Speakers will include a keynote from Robert Gibbs of the Gibbs Planning Group, Larisa Ortiz of Streetsense, and a local expert panel. In Stamford, the conference will take place Oct. 3, 9:30-3:30pm at The Ferguson LibraryRegistration is $65 and includes a networking continental breakfast and lunch.
The conversation will continue afterward offsite. Register here.

In a post on the Guidestar blog, Six Things Your Board Needs to Know about Fundraising, Andy Robinson, author of How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone declares that the number one request he gets from nonprofits is board fundraising training. His six abbreviated tips are:
1. Fundraising Isn't Complicated: Robinson remembers a mentor's words: "All the knowledge about fundraising can be summed up in 10 words: ask ’em, thank ’em, ask ’em again, thank ’em again."  The key is passion for the mission.
2. Fundraising Isn't Begging: Donors give money, but get the chance to be involved in your work: it's an exchange of value.
3. There's Plenty of Money To Go Around: A typical donor family supports 5 to 10 organizations per year, and many contributors support 10+ charities annually.
4. Before Asking, Give Money Yourself: There’s karma in fundraising, and if you’re not giving, you’re not getting. 
5. Asking in Person is Best: Talking with prospects allows you to learn how their interests dovetail with yours and show them your passion for the cause. Donors give 5 to 10 times more in person than online.
6. Show Gratitude in a Thoughtful Way. Find ways of building a bridge of thanks between the people who benefit from your work and those who pay for it.

See the entire article here.
Professional Development Events Coming Up
Sept. 21: Regional Dance Development Initiative, New England Now, Info Meeting, Wesleyan University
Sept 26: NEMA Workshop: Understanding Repatriation and Restitution, Providence
Oct. 3: CT Main Streets: Retail in the Age of Disruption, Ferguson Library, Stamford
Oct. 30: New England Foundation for the Arts, Idea Swap. Worcester, MA

Silvermine Arts Center seeks an Assistant School Director for the School of Art. This full-time management position provides an excellent growth opportunity at a prominent, award-winning art school with nearly 100 years history and over 4,000 annual registrations year-round. The School of Art provides year-round courses designed for full and part-time students of all ages and levels, from beginners to professional artists. The Assistant School Director will work with the public, students and teachers and be the face of the School. It is critical that the individual have strong interpersonal and communication skills, maintain a positive attitude with a friendly, patient demeanor and be able to adapt to various customer situations. The Assistant School Director provides support for the School Director in all aspects of managing the daily operations of the school. This role requires excellent computer skills and experience working with online application software systems. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, have exceptional organizational skills, and be comfortable with numbers and financial information. They must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision and have the ability to prioritize tasks to maintain smooth operations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Education Administr-ationmaintain and oversee ASAP online registration system in all capacities; prepare updates for the website for school and class information, photos and event announce-ments; maintain relevant current mailing lists; assist School Director with creation of course catalogs; work with school faculty to obtain class descriptions and other relevant information to be published; develop and prepare analytical reports as requested; work directly with Silvermine faculty as needed; regarding enrollments, updating bio and images for website, ordering supplies, supply lists, studio set-up, attendance and any updates regarding their classes. School Registrationassist students in selection of courses based upon interest, availability and skill level; perform registrar duties, such as registration, selection of courses, attendance, transfers and cancellation. Financial responsibilities: process student’s payments, gift certificates, discounts, credits and scholarships. Candidate will work closely with School financial manager to record financial transactions. Marketing and Social Media: oversee all school marketing content; design and create advertisements, press releases; coordinate and oversee off-campus events; assist and attend yearly events: Open House, Draw Until You Drop, Tag Sale, Halloween Party, Holiday Sale, Benefits, Student and Faculty Exhibitions. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree preferred; minimum of 5 years non-profit professional office experience; Advanced Microsoft Office (Excel, Word & Powerpoint) and Adobe Photoshop/ InDesign skills. Experience using ASAP, Education Administration Software (online registration, class management, billing & payment processing, and reporting & analytics) is highly advantageous. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm and some weekends. Must be highly detail-oriented, organized and motivated with a positive attitude; proven capacity to apply independent judgment in planning, prioritizing, and organizing multiple tasks in a diversified workload; a team player comfortable with collaborative work environment; strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization; demons-rated excellence in written and oral communication, including proofreading and editing; an art background is helpful. To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Applicants must include cover letter. No phone calls.

Mill River Park Collaborative is seeking a part-time talented fund raising professional to join its development team to help manage and expand the organization’s foundation and corporate efforts, capitalizing on opportunities to upgrade gifts, and developing new funding relationships through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation grantors. Reporting to the Director of Development the fundraiser will work in a collaborative office environment with highly motivated staff who share a passion for people and nature, and who bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their non-profit work. The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate program strategy frameworks into compelling proposals and impact reports for institutional funders. This is currently a part- time/consulting position with a flexible schedule. Main Responsibilitiesdevelop and implement strategies to identify, engage, secure, and steward private, corporate, and government funding via grants; conduct prospecting including on-line resources, networking, and professional organizations that support events related to the Park’s environmental, educational, and community building activities; write and submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI), proposals, reports and other documents necessary to submit and obtain grant funding; work closely with both the Development and Program Director to ensure that appropriate Park activities correlate to funding prospects; track grants through their full process; submission, acquisition, acknowledgement, implementation, report; submit timely and well-researched and well-written grant applications, including writing, editing, proofing and preparing supporting documentation; draft solicitation and stewardship letters and materials for major institutional donors; inform Director of Development of awarded foundation grants or government contracts, deliverables, and reporting requirements and deadlines; manage and draft acknowledgments when grants are awarded, and funding is received; ensure compliance with grant requirements, including reporting requirements, and compiling needed materials for grant applications such as narratives, budgets and supporting materials; spearhead institutional funder cultivation and stewardship, including the scheduling of meetings, preparation of compelling correspondence; maintain an accurate grants calendar, tracking grant deliverables and timelines; work on other special projects as time allows and as assigned by the Director of Development.
Skills and RequirementsBachelor’s degree; 3-5 years of grant writing and development experience; strong writer with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals; ability to quickly synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities; outstanding written communication skills, including experience writing proposals, concept papers, reports, donor cultivation materials; strong research skills, preferably with funders, using tools such as the Foundation Center Directory; detail-oriented with strong project manage-ment skills in planning, prioritizing, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment; experience and comfort with budgets and quantitative data is preferred; excellent research, analytical, and communications skills; ability to work independently and as a team member; enthusiastic commitment to the goals and values of the organization. Technology Skills: Altru, Google Suite and Microsoft Suite.
Interest in parks, urban sustainability/ ecology, environmental education/justice, and community driven arts programs. To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and writing sample to Only those whose applicants being considered will be contacted.

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, a growing organization, seeks an experienced, results-oriented grant writer to sustain existing relationships with funders and identify and pursue new funding sources. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to present a compelling case to grant-making organizations, track the status of applications and associated projects, and report on the results and impact of grant-funded projects to ensure funders’ enthusiasm for continued support. To apply, send an e-mail with subject line “Grant Writer,” cover letter and resume to, including descriptions of specific, recent grant achievements.

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Greenwich Arts Council: Office Administrator
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Pantochino Productions: P/T Production Stage Manager
Sept. 18: CT Office of the Arts: Arte-Accesible Grants Application Deadline.
Sept. 19: Connecticut Collections: Due Date to Submit to be part of 2020 Cohort
Sept. 20: Levitt Foundation: AMP Your City Music Series Grants - Application Deadline
Sept. 27: Arts for Learning Cultural Arts Expo, Fairfield Woods Middle School
Sept. 27: IMLS: The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program - Application Deadline
Sept. 27: IMLS: National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program - Application Deadline 

Oct. c1: GKV Foundation, Big Idea Letter of Interest Due
Oct. c4: CT Humanities Quick Grant Applications Deadline
Oct. 31: Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Philanthropic Arts/Education Application Deadline
Oct. 31: Westport Woman's Club: Community Grant Program - Application Deadline

Nov. c2: CT Humanities Planning and Implementation Grant Application Deadline
Nov. 15: IMLS: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums - Application Deadline
Nov. 15: IMLS: National Leadership Grants for Museums - Application Deadline 

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