The following is a listing of our Programs and Initiatives for 2023:

QUARTERLY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NETWORK MEETINGS

The following Executive Director meetings are scheduled for 2023:

MAR 15: Fundraising Strategies with Jackie Downing, Senior Director of Grantmaking at the Greater New Haven Community Foundation

JUN 21: Membership and Subscription Models – What is Working?

SEP 20: Cultural Organizations Fair

DEC 13: Collaboration/Marketing Success Stories

Dates subject to change

QUARTERLY MARKETING NETWORK ROUNDTABLES

The Following Marketing Network roundtables are scheduled for 2023:

FEB 22: CT Office of Tourism: Noelle Stevenson will share how members can work more closely with the CTVisit tourism website.

MAY 24: Google Analytics 4 Intro with Google consultant Sixcia Devine

AUG 23: Post-COVID Demographics

NOV 15: Social Media Fair

Dates subject to change

EDN AND MARKETING COLLABORATIVE JOINT SESSION: COMING SOON

PRESERVATION NETWORK CONVENING

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES NETWORK MEETING

NEW! COMMUNITY THEATRE NETWORK MEETING: JAN 20TH

LARGE CONVENINGS

JAN 18 CT Arts Hero Awards, Hartford (Celebrating Fairfield County Arts Hero Maricarmen Godoy of Norwalk) Free & open to the public

JUN 14 ACE AWARDS Breakfast

WORKSHOPS

A variety of subjects in response to needs, or in collaboration with others are held throughout the year.

In April, CAFC will be co-hosting a meeting in the series “Legal Workshops for Creatives,” organized by the CT Office of the Arts and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in April, in Bridgeport.

WEBINARS

We will shortly be including a webinar run by the CT Data Collective on basic data collection issues.

ON-GOING PROGRAMS & COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE 

Collective Action For Equity (CAFE)

Formerly known as CAARI: Collective Action Against Racism & Inequality, this initiative was created by CAFC with direct input and feedback from our members, to respond collectively and meaningfully to racism, racial violence, and the ramifications of bias in our individual and organizational lives.

A series of working sessions, or workshops, began Sept. 17, 2020, to assist participants move from personal reflection, through mutual learning, peer and professional support, and the achievement of specific, self-determined action that measurably eliminates the pervasive racism and inequities in our personal and organizational lives and activities.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is very grateful to the Lundberg Family Foundation for its support, and to funds from the Connecticut Office of the Arts that were able to be used to make this important initiative possible. CAFE RESOURCES

Funding Booster 

Open meetings the first Wednesday of each month with development consultant Jessic Morozowich, who reviews current grants opportunities, answers questions, and offers one-on-one consultations with individual. The following meetings are scheduled for 2023:

JAN 4: Regional Funders

FEB 1: Grantwriting 101

MAR 1: NEA Workshop “Can’t get an NEA Grant if you Don’t Apply”  

APR 5: Funding panel with banks

MAY 3: Monthly Drop-In (Theme TBD)

JUN 7: Monthly Drop-In (Theme TBD)

Dates subject to change

Data Task Force 

Began in January 2022 in response to members’ concerns about funders’ increasing demands for data that didn’t necessarily correspond with organizations’ own data needs. The three initial objectives of the group were: to educate ourselves about data – useful for funders and the group; to find a shareable software data collection tool that is flexible/modular and can allow us to gather and present data in as unified but flexible a way as possible.; to find professional assistance – a consultant to assist us in understanding, interpreting, and presenting the data we have. The group has met 12 times on Zoom, including meeting with Liz Shapiro (CT Office of Arts) and Scott Wands (CT Humanities), and has had two demonstrations of the Apricot data collection software. These meetings will continue as needed.

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