Subject: A Strong Stand For the Arts in Connecticut: CT ARTS DAY 2017 at the State Capital


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 8, 2017

Media Contact:
J
ennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.
org

The Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with the state’s nine Regional Arts Organizations, including The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, presents an annual Arts Day, CT Arts Day 2017, to celebrate Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and to reaffirm the role the arts play in our state.
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Norwalk, CT - On March 2, 2017, the Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership, with the state’s nine Regional Arts Organizations*, including the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, presents an annual Arts Day to celebrate Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and to reaffirm the role the arts play in our state.

CT Arts Day 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol in Hartford. The theme of this year’s event is Moving Forward: Connecting Cultural and Creative Industries. The day will include networking opportunities, workshops, performances, and interactive opportunities to share #CTARTS17 stories. All are invited to join in on this opportunity to support the arts in the State of Connecticut; Participants are asked to register Here 
 
There is an impressive roster of speakers from within Connecticut - and from around the country:

Remarks by State leader, Including Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Representative Matt Ritter, Majority Leader, Connecticut House of Representatives
Representative Themis Klarides, Minority Leader, Connecticut House of Representatives
Representative Toni E. Walker, Connecticut House of Representatives
Representative Caroline Simmons, Connecticut House of Representatives
Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr., Connecticut State Senate
Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture,
Fritz Jellinghaus, Chair, Conn. Council and Conn,Arts Council Foundation
Amy Wynn, President, Connecticut Arts Alliance

Remarks by Regional and National leaders:
Pam Breaux, Chief Executive Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Cathy Edwards, Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts
Andi Mathis, State & Regional Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

Remarks by Connecticut Arts Day Honorary Chair:
Jock Reynolds, Artist and Museum Director of the Yale University School of Art.

Special Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, Founding Directors, Land Art Generator Initiative

Panel Discussions (which attendees can register for):
The Art of Advocacy
The Arts And...The Impact of Cross Sector Collaborations

KEYNOTE SPEECH:
Laura Callanan: The founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, a national collaboration connecting artists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs to create more opportunities for artists to deliver social impact at scale. Laura was appointed Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2014. As Scholar in Residence at UC-Berkeley/Haas School of Business Laura authored three business school case studies featuring artist social entrepreneurs. She was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship and invited as a Visiting Scholar to the American Academy in Rome to continue this work. As a visiting fellow, Laura edited the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s 2015 Community Development Investment Review on the topic of creative placemaking. Laura was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company, a Senior Adviser at the United Nations Development Programme, Executive Director of The Prospect Hill Foundation, and Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE DAY!
Pamela Z - composer/performer and media artist
WAR STORIES: A Veterans Project
A production by Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts

*The nine regional arts organizations in Connecticut are: Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region,  Northwest Connecticut Arts CouncilNorthwest Connecticut Arts Council, Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Windham Arts, Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition.
Keynote Speaker: Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab
Pamela Z - Composer/Performer and Media Artist (More here)
Special Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, Founding Directors, Land Art Generator Initiative

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has over 500 members, comprised of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, creative businesses, artists, libraries and municipalities. The mission of the organization is to support its membership - and the arts and cultural sector of Fairfield County - by providing marketing, capacity building services, and advocacy. CAFC maintains the region’s most comprehensive online event calendar for all things arts & culture, www.FCBuzz.org

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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, 
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or 203.256.2329
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is supported, in part, by:
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