Subject: $35,000 Allocated to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County from the CT Office of the Arts to Re-Grant in Fairfield County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 21, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329

 $35,000 Allocated to the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County from the CT Office of the Arts to Re-Grant in Fairfield County

Norwalk, CT (July 21, 2016)The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) is pleased to announce that $35,000 has been allocated to the organization from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), to be re-granted to applicants, within Fairfield County. These funds are allocated from the COA's Regional Initiative Grant program (REGI), and are awarded with a range from $1,000 to $4,000. The grants are designed for small projects that support access to the creative process and/or creative experience, especially those projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within community. The deadline for applications is July 29, 2016. Further details and information about the guidelines can be found here: http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/lib/cct/REGI_Guidelines2.pdf

In Feburary of 2016, CAFC held an information session in support of the COA's announcement of state funding opportunities for the 2017 Fiscal year. The session was held at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children, in Norwalk, where artists, representatives from cultural organizations, libraries, schools, and municipalities were in attendance. Similar to the process undertaken for the The FY2016 REGI Grant applications, CAFC will select a panel of individuals, who represent the geography and cultural activity in the region, to review the grant applications. It is expected that grant awards will be announced late in the summer. 

David Green, who manages CAFC's participation in the REGi Grant process, stated, "This is a wonderful opportunity for us at the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County to bring some state money into our local region. These grants, though small, have already proved in the past to have tremendous impact by bringing together artists, cultural nonprofits, schools and other community organizations to collaborate on projects that show the impact that making art together can have on the lives of our citizens, young and old.” 

The FY2016 REGI grant awardees located in the region which CAFC serves were BackCountry Jazz (Greenwich, with a project serving the Bridgeport Public Schools); Connecticut Chamber Choir (Trumbull); James S. Curiale School (Bridgeport); Greenwich Alliance for Education (Greenwich); Jay Misencik (Bridgeport); JIB Productions (Westport); The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Co-op (Bridgeport); and Stratford Academy PTSA (Stratford).
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The mission of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is to support the cultural organizations, artists, individuals and creative businesses, of the region, by providing promotion, services, and advocacy. Fairfield County’s premier arts & culture organization works to build partnerships in the arts and culture sector and to promote a unified arts and cultural brand for Fairfield County – FCBuzz. For more information, visit www.culturalalliancefc.org or call 203-256- 2329.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the Office of the Arts invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members. Through its programs and services, the Office of the Arts connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state
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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, 
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or 203.256.2329
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