Be Connected

Explore a Peer Network or Community of Practice

The CAFC network is an ever-expanding circle of of creatives and creative organizations, inviting you to explore new intersections and create partnerships. CAFC gatherings are designed to extend your creative circle. We offer the following Peer Groups and Communities of Practice as places of connection:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NETWORK

Quarterly professional development meetings for the 120+ executive directors of our member organizations focus on annually-themed topics. Respected for the relevance of their program, these meetings are also valued for the networking and camaraderie they provide, where the leaders of our cultural institutions and smaller organizations can share their experiences and get to know one another.

MARKETING NETWORK
Quarterly professional development meetings for marketing professionals and executive directors, typically inviting outside expert speakers to share their expertise and advice. These meetings are also valued for the networking and camaraderie they provide.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY PRESERVATION NETWORK
An informal network created to connect organizations, professionals, and individuals who are dedicated to preserving the historic character of our region. The network offers an email listserv for members to quickly communicate ideas, seek and offer assistance, share information and discuss preservation challenges and successes in the region. Members meet three times a year to learn about resources and opportunities, exchange experiences, and discuss current issues pertinent to the preservation and continued economic development of Fairfield County.

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES NETWORK

ARTIST NETWORK

NEW! COMMUNITY THEATRE NETWORK

COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR EQUITY (CAFE; originally Collective Action Against Racial Inequity) was created as a series of evolving public meetings, workshops and discussion groups in response to members’ request that we work collectively against the racism apparent in our lives, our work and our organizations. Our current regular discussion group will continue to meet every 6 weeks, as we also expand this activity to partner with other groups such as FCCF, Norwalk ACTS and others.

FUNDING BOOSTER Open meetings the first Wednesday of each month with development consultant Jessica Morozowich, who reviews current grants opportunities, answers questions, and offers one-on-one consultations with individual.

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; 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.

It’s my connection with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County that gave me the ongoing confidence and trust in my work to comfortably – and proudly – be able to say that I’m an artist.

Put yourself out there. (Your people are waiting.)