Past News & Events


Contact: JENNIFER BANGSER, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ATt

Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or 203-256-2329.

 

November 12, 2013

Executive Director Announces Resignation

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June 17, 2013

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Receives New State Funding

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May 20,2013

Making a Living as an Artist Workshop - June Registration

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March 28, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens the New Cultural Alliance
of Fairfield County Office

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March 11, 2013

Upcoming Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Feb. 18, 2013

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Relocates to Norwalk

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Feb. 5, 2013
Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Director of Development

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January 15, 2013
Fairfield County Community Foundation Grant Keeps Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (FC)Buzz’ing
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Nov. 20, 2012

Actor James Naughton Speaks Out on the Impact of the
Arts in Fairfield County

 

James Naughton, director, theater, film and television actor and arts advocate on behalf of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, recently spoke at the Westport Rotary's monthly luncheon. Mr. Naughton spoke to the group about the arts as a vital industry in Fairfield County, weaving personal stories and tales from the stage to give color to the facts and figures cited in the report. (Read more)

 

Sept. 20 - 23, 2012

StamfordLights Festival Weekend

 

Stamford’s neighborhoods will unite this weekend to celebrate life in Stamford and to welcome a brand new state-funded art installation to the City’s landscape. The Stamford community has rallied around the initiative, and from September 20th to September 23rd multiple neighborhood organizations have coordinated their celebrations to coincide with the official StamfordLights lighting ceremony, creating an incredible weekend of events. For event details visit this link.

 

 

June 13, 2012

Today the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County announced the national and Fairfield County results of Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a national research study conducted by Americans for the Arts, America's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The study evaluates the impact spending, by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences, has on the economy. Read more

 

June 4, 2012

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County was presented with a Pineapple Award at the Connecticut Conference on Tourism. The award was in the category Tourism Ambassador,' which recognizes an organization that consistently supports tourism with value added contributions. The Cultural Alliance was a nominee in the Western Tourism District. Read more

 

May 29, 2012

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on two new Creative Placemaking initiatives taking place in Bridgeport. Come and learn about two projects that will use the arts as a catalyst for economic development and community engagement. The meeting will be on June 11, 2012, 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Registration is not required. Read more

 

May 7, 2012

On Monday, April 30th Denise DiGrigoli Amuso, co-founder of Troy Fine Art Services Inc., shared marketing tips with a packed house of artists who came to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's workshop, Savvy, Seen & Sold! The event, part of a series of artist workshops, was co-sponsored with the Norwalk Arts Commission, and was held at Norwalk City Hall. Read more

 

April 9, 2012

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and other members of a Bridgeport Creative Placemaking Consortium, including the City of Bridgeport, Downtown Special Services District (DSSD), the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council (BACC), Read's Artspace, and City Lights Gallery, are pleased to announce that they have received a Creative Placemaking Pilot Grant of $150,000 from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development's Office of the Arts. Read more

 

March 21, 2012

Join FCBuzz Goes Live on April 14th at the Westport Country Playhouse for Community Day 2012. The Playhouse, located at 25 Powers Court in Westport, will open its doors and invite members of the community to take a peek behind the curtain with backstage tours, production displays, and special insight into their 2012 Season. Read more

 

February 16, 2012

Join FCBuzz Goes Live on March 8th at the Avon Theatre to view a selection of award-winning French language short films from around the globe. The Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, CT, in partnership with The Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT, will be hosting a reception at 6:30pm, and film screening at 7:30pm, to celebrate La Francophonie (the French-speaking world). Read more

 

 

February 1, 2012

Join FCBuzz Goes Live on February 8th at Sacred Heart University for the opening reception of their new exhibit, Human Solidarity - Polish Solidarnosc. FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among many of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will be at this opening reception in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center on February 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Read more

 

 

January 11, 2012

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The funding is for operational support that will sustain the current service programs and initiatives of the organization. These include managing and growing the use of FCBuzz.org, a regional collaborative marketing Web site containing a cultural calendar, searchable cultural directories, artist profiles, and job and networking opportunities, among other features. Read more

 

January 4, 2012

Elisabeth (Liz) Morten of Fairfield was elected president of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's board of directors at a recent annual meeting. Ms. Morten succeeds Fritz Jellinghaus, who served as president since July of 2010. Read more

 

January 2, 2012

If you enjoy movies, then you won't want to miss this month's FCBuzz Goes Live event at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts where you can hear Rex Reed, film critic and former co-host of the syndicated television show, "At The Movies" present his lecture, 'Hollywood Notebook: Glory or Gory?' This event takes place at 3pm on Sunday, January 29th. Read more

 

November 21, 2011

Fairfield County arts and cultural leaders, supporters and board trustees came together at the second annual Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Trustee Network Forum. The widely attended event focused on the impact of the proposed cap on charitable deductions and featured Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras, and Doug White, former Academic Director of the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University and current Chief Philanthropic Advisor for the Ambassadors for Philanthropy. Read more

 

October 31, 2011

 

A Message to Board Trustees of Cultural Organizations
Throughout Fairfield County

Please join Fairfield County arts and cultural leaders, supporters and board trustees for the annual Trustee Network Forum on Sunday, November 13 at 4 pm.  Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras, and Doug White, academic director of the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University will discuss what the proposed cap on charitable deductions could mean for you, your organization and your community. Read more

 

October 10, 2011

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and the Fairfield Arts Center invite all visual artists to a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Artists will learn how to properly photograph their artwork. This session will cover the importance of lighting, formatting, and how to upload images onto a computer. Read more

 

October 3, 2011

 

Join FCBuzz Goes Live on October 15th at the Ridgefield Cultural Festival for an exciting day of live entertainment, art exhibitions, and fun. The festival boasts a rich tapestry of performances on multiple stages by artists in music, dance, theater, storytelling, and celebrates the visual arts. Read more

August 29, 2011

 

On Wednesday, September 21 author Brian Reich will discuss "How to Adapt When Everything Around You is Changing: A Nonprofit Organization Survival Guide" at the Westport Country Playhouse. This event will provide essential strategies the nonprofit community can use to take advantage of rapidly changing technologies and new communication techniques in our uber-connected society. Read more

 

Reserve your space at this event by visiting this link.

 

June 8, 2011

 

On June 16 The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Salutes 40 Business Professionals
Under Age 40 Who Have Achieved Distinction As Leaders In Their Fields. Read more

 

June 6, 2011

 

Join FCBuzz Goes Live At The Westport Historical Society's Hidden Garden Tour
& Marketplace on June 12! FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among many of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will be at the event, which responds to rising interest in Westport's past as a farming community, and complements the Westport Historical Society's new
"Back to Our Roots" exhibit. Read more

May 25, 2011

 

Join FCBuzz Goes Live for a fantastic, adults-only fundraiser at Connecticut's
Beardsley Zoo's Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari, featuring food from local restaurants plus the latest in wine and beer selections. FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among many of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will be at the event, which will be held on June 4th. Read more

May 16, 2011

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is proud to announce that it has partnered with WPKN to help spread the word about the many exciting cultural events held throughout Fairfield county. Each Monday afternoon at 4:55pm WPKN listeners are treated to a five minute 'FCBuzz segment' providing upcoming arts and culture highlights around Fairfield County. Read more

May 5, 2011

 

Come enjoy diverse student films from all over the world! Join FCBuzz Goes Live on Saturday, May 14th at the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF). FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among many of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will be at the festival, which will be held at the Fairfield Community Theater Plaza. Read more

April 19, 2011

 

Come to an artist workshop that provides real-life insight, inspiration and actionable advice for successful small business ownership! You're invited to an Artist Workshop designed to offer inspiration while revealing the secrets to success. Come to hear Jane Pollak, author of the book Soul Proprietor, 101 Lessons From A Lifestyle Entrepreneur, share her wisdom as she journeyed from remote craft fairs to an invitation to the White House. Read more

 

March 29, 2011

 

FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among several of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations, is hosting an exhibition opening and reception on Thursday April 7 at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 299 West Avenue in Norwalk. Come enjoy the show, Printed by Master Printers, an exhibition that surveys recent prints from collaborative printmaking studios around the United States. Read More

March 7, 2011

 

FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among some of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations, is hosting an afternoon of family fun at the Westport County Playhouse. Come to Playhouse Community Day on Saturday, March 19 from 1pm-5pm where your entire family will enjoy backstage tours and family activities. Read More

Feb 3, 2011

 

FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among thirteen of Fairfield County's best cultural organizations, is hosting an evening of enjoyment at the Fairfield Arts Center's opening of the exhibit Seriously Whimsical, on February 25th from 6pm to 8pm. Read More

 

Jan. 21, 2011

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is thrilled to announce that it has officially joined Americans for the Arts' latest national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. This important research project will quantify the economic impact of the arts and culture industry in Fairfield County. Read More

Dec. 13, 2010

 

FCBuzz Goes Live, a collaborative project among eleven of Fairfield County’s best cultural organizations, is showcasing an afternoon of enjoyment at the opening reception for Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s winter exhibits on Sunday, January 9th 2011. Read More

Dec. 6, 2010

 

Are you looking for something fun to do during the holidays? The kids are
home from school and friends and family will be in town, if you need entertainment there is one place to visit: FCBuzz.org. Read more

July 2010

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation and $10,000 from a donor-advised fund at FCCF. Read More

 

FCBuzz Goes Live at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Read More

June 2010

 

FCBuzz Goes Live at the Westport Country Playhouse. Read More

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County participated with the Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Arts Council in announcing June 2010 as "Fairfield Arts Month". Read More

May 2010

 

The first FCBuzz Goes Live event will be held on Saturday, May 8 at the Westport Youth Film Festival. Read More

April 2010

 

Washington DC—More than 550 arts advocates from across the country

attended National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington DC on April 12th and 13th.

Ryan Odinak, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and

Board Director of the CT Arts Alliance attended to represent the region and the

State of CT. Read More


February 2010

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Launches Collaborative Website to
Give Audiences a Snapshot of the Region’s Wealth of Arts and Culture Read More

September 2009

Launch of new regional events calendar: FCBuzz.org

July 1, 2009

CAFC celebrates one year anniversary and welcomes new Board members.

March 2009

CAFC receives Fairfield County Community Foundation grant.
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Receives Grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation March 18, 2009- The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The funding is for operational support that will sustain the current service programs and initiatives of the organization. These include launching and managing a new regional collaborative marketing Web site containing a cultural calendar, searchable cultural directories, artist profiles, and job and networking opportunities among other features. The grant will also support building constituent relationships among the two hundred plus nonprofit organizations and managing organization services. The support of The Fairfield County Community Foundation is an important building block in strengthening the organization which was launched last year to serve the fifteen towns of lower Fairfield County. CAFC Board President Janice Martin stated, "This funding will help us to move forward with building the Cultural Alliance, delivering services to cultural organizations and artists and acting as an advocate for these constituents. We are extremely grateful for this support at a very timely juncture." The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. For more information, visit http://www.fccfoundation.org

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County mission is to advocate for arts and cultural organizations and artists by promoting participation in arts and cultural activities, building organizational and professional expertise, integrating the cultural sector into regional economic development strategies, and encouraging equitable access to cultural opportunities and education. For more information contact Ryan Odinak, Executive Director, by calling (203) 256-2329, emailing info@CulturalAllianceFC.org, or visiting the website at CulturalAllianceFC.org


March 16, 2009
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Kicks-off Marketing Roundtable

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) held its first Marketing Roundtable for cultural organizations. The goal of CAFC's marketing roundtable is to assist its members with marketing by promoting cooperative professional relationships. The forum provides informative presentations and encourages cross promotion of events, sharing ideas, and collaboration on marketing strategies and initiatives. "Partnering with other cultural organizations in the community is beneficial for all. We look forward to working together to market Fairfield County as a premier cultural destination." said Sarah McCall, Director of Marketing and Communications, Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Pamela Davis, Executive Director of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center also in Norwalk said "Silvermine Guild Arts Center is excited about the prospects of collaborative marketing and promotion with other members of the Cultural Alliance. The opportunity to pool our talents and efforts will have many positive outcomes." The Fairfield Theater Company, in Fairfield, was the site of the first Marketing Roundtable. Twenty-four representatives from 16 cultural organizations listened to a presentation on the benefits of New Haven's Regional Marketing Roundtable and Marketing Network given by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven's, Executive Director, Cindy Clair. An enthusiastic exchange of ideas and a discussion on the benefits collaborative advertising and promotions in Fairfield County followed the presentation. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum hosted the second CAFC Marketing Roundtable with speaker Donna Haynes, Manager of Promotional Partnerships at Metro-North. Ms. Haynes discussed with the group opportunities to offer "One-Day Getaways" promoted through with Metro-North. The third marketing roundtable will take place April 14 at The Quick Center at Fairfield University in Fairfield. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County mission is to advocate for arts and cultural organizations and artists by promoting participation in arts and cultural activities, building organizational and professional expertise, integrating the cultural sector into regional economic development strategies,and encouraging equitable access to

cultural opportunities and education. For more information contact Ryan Odinak, Executive Director, by calling (203) 256-2329, emailing info@CulturalAllianceFC.org, or visiting the website at CulturalAllianceFC.org

January 2009

Marketing Roundtable launched. Workshop series for artists and not-for-profit organizations launched.

November 2008

Artist Mentorship Program Launched.

 

October 23, 2008

Creative Conversation hosted by CAFC as part of Arts and Humanities Month Celebration, an initiative of Americans for the Arts. 5:30-7:30pm at 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, CT in the Fairfield Arts Council Gallery Artists and Arts/Cultural Organizations and Interested Citizens invited This informal gathering will offer an opportunity to network and discover shared visions for a strong cultural community.


July 1, 2008

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is launched!

August 1, 2009 Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Celebrates First Anniversary

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC), an organization located in downtown Fairfield, celebrates its first anniversary this month. CAFC was created to provide a cohesive voice for the arts and culture community and to support and mentor the rich variety of artists and cultural non-profits in Fairfield County. CAFC

Photo by Liz Wachsler

CAFC President Janice Martin (right) and Executive Director Ryan Odinak, celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

has already made a significant impact in its first year with a number of its programs: The Artist Mentorship Project- a short-term mentoring service, matches artists with an artist mentor who helps expand creativity, or offers advice on the business of art. Terri Smith, Director of Visual Arts at Westport Arts Center, said of her experience as an artist mentor: "It is fun to troubleshoot with an artist who is curious and wants to stretch their practice. Regardless of where an artist is in his or her development, it is important to dialogue and brainstorm."

 

To assist non-profit organizations, CAFC has created the Peer Advisory Network, in partnership with the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism. The program works with leaders from around the state to keep members informed about issues affecting them and provides weekly communications on professional resources and opportunities. Fostering cooperative working relationships among the over 200 cultural nonprofits in the area is an important role for CAFC. With this in mind, in January, CAFC launched a regional Marketing Roundtable and it has been well received and appreciated by the non-profit community, with members stating the ability to pool resources being a key benefit:

 

Silvermine Guild Arts Center is excited about the prospects of collaborative marketing and promotion with other members of the Cultural Alliance. The opportunity to pool our talents and efforts will have many positive outcomes" said Pamela Davis, Executive Director of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Another shared benefit of the Marketing Roundtable is its focus on Fairfield County as a cultural destination to visit: "Partnering with other cultural organizations in the community is beneficial for all. We look forward to working together to market Fairfield County as a premier cultural destination." said Sarah McCall, Director of Marketing and Communications, Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. The CAFC launched its membership drive in March and within its first three months has affiliated 31 organizations including: Westport Country Playhouse, Fairfield Theater Company/Klein Auditorium, and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Many more organizations have joined and the membership list is expected to grow exponentially over the coming year. Ryan Odinak, Executive Director:, "It has been exciting year for us, to be part of establishing the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. This is a model that has proven beneficial in regions around the State and around the country. The time, perhaps not the best economically, was right in all other aspects."

 

CAFC President Janice Martin added, "Reaching this one year anniversary milestone is very gratifying. It's the culmination of several years of research and community planning. The CAFC was created in response to what the artists and organizations in Coastal Fairfield County told us they needed. This very successful first year creates a solid foundation on which this organization can build."

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Funding is provided in part by the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism and the Fairfield County Community Foundation, as well as CAFC member artists, organizations and municipalities and foundation, business and individual donors. For more information, please contact Ryan Odinak, Executive Director at 203-256-2329 or email info@culturalallianceFC.org. To make a donation or become a member visit our Web site at www.culturalalliancefc.org Photo Caption: CAFC President Janice Martin (right) and Executive Director Ryan Odinak, celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Not pictured: Board Members Gillian Anderson, Valerie

Cooper, Mary Scott Himes, Gregg Dancho, Adrienne Farrar Hou‘l, Fritz Jellinghaus, Nancy Freiler, Kim A. Healey, Catherine Sidor, Lawrence Roy Thompson, R. Patrick Morrow, Robbin Zella

 

 

 

 

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Receives Grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation March 18, 2009- The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The funding is for operational support that will sustain the current service programs and initiatives of the organization. These include launching and managing a new regional collaborative marketing Web site containing a cultural calendar, searchable cultural directories, artist profiles, and job and networking opportunities among other features. The grant will also support building constituent relationships among the two hundred plus nonprofit organizations and managing organization services. The support of The Fairfield County Community Foundation is an important building block in strengthening the organization which was launched last year to serve the fifteen towns of lower Fairfield County. CAFC Board President Janice Martin stated, "This funding will help us to move forward with building the Cultural Alliance, delivering services to cultural organizations and artists and acting as an advocate for these constituents. We are extremely grateful for this support at a very timely juncture." The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. For more information, visit http://www.fccfoundation.org

 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County mission is to advocate for arts and cultural organizations and artists by promoting participation in arts and cultural activities, building organizational and professional expertise, integrating the cultural sector into regional economic development strategies, and encouraging equitable access to cultural opportunities and education. For more information contact Ryan Odinak, Executive Director, by calling (203) 256-2329, emailing info@CulturalAllianceFC.org, or visiting the website at CulturalAllianceFC.org



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