Whew – This has certainly been a challenging year!

And, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has continued its mission helping promote, support, and connect artists, cultural organizations, and creative businesses across coastal Fairfield County. To continue with the same energy and determination, we need your help this year’s end. Please donate to our year-end appeal here.

Due to the pandemic, we have had to pivot and provide support to our more than 550 members virtually.

Since March, we’ve held weekly community calls and professional development webinars about ways to continue to do business.

FCBuzzEvents is at the core of what we do at CAFC. Despite the pandemic restrictions, we urge our members to develop digital programs and we continue to create and send out our E-Buzz for free to over 3,500 people each week – without interruption.

In addition, our E-Buzz weekly selection of top-picks from the FCBuzzEvents website are broadcast everyday on WPKN radio.

We have also continued to broadcast our popular monthly “Spotlight on Arts & Culture” interview show on WPKN. See this link to our Spotlight webpage with all the shows: https://culturalalliancefc.org/resources/spotlight-on-arts-culture/

Early in the COVID lockdown, we held a “Virtual Innovation Challenge” contest for the most innovative use of digital media by artists. The winners, Trace Burroughs, Adelka Polak and Joseph Dermody, will be showing their work early next year with Beechwood Arts & Innovation.

We produced a series of public conversations and workshops for our members in response to the racism and inequity that was highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and we made a commitment to addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all our endeavors.

We recently hosted an online forum of local state legislators – 18 of whom committed to actively support the arts and culture industry – an economic driver for our county and our state’s recovery. Those on the program were State Senator Tony Hwang, State Senator William Haskell, State Senator Alex Kasser, Michelle Lapine McCabe, State Representative David Rutigliano and M. Patrizia Zuccaro. We followed up with a “Spotlight” radio show with four re-elected legislators in November (hear it here).

In the words of Liz Shapiro, Director of the CT Office of the Arts, “CAFC is a strong and valued member of statewide arts organizations that we partner with to ensure that every person in Connecticut is touched by the arts.”

Please see the link for a video message from Liz Shapiro: https://bit.ly/cafcLizShapiro

In order for us to provide you with the outstanding programs we present on a regular basis, we need the financial support of all who participate.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR APPEAL! We depend on you to fulfill our mission and we are committed to continuing to serve the community by connecting artists, cultural organizations, and creative businesses to each other and to their public.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the arts and culture. We hope you will support us once again as we look to a renewed year of celebrating the arts and culture in Fairfield County!

YOUR GIFT MAY BE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Please consult your tax advisor for guidance.