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CCT Arts Division February eNewsletter

February 2005


  1. Message from An-Ming Truxes, Arts Division Director

  2. Agency News

      -     2005 Culture and Tourism Partnership Grants Available
-     Novelist Wally Lamb Speaks at 2005 Artist Fellowship Awards Ceremony
-     Your Participation Needed for Annual Economic Impact Survey
-     CCT Office Welcomes Four Fellows

   III.       Regional/National News

                  -     Congressman Christopher Shays to receive 2005 Congressional Arts Leadership Award
      -     CCT Commissioner Ann Sheffer Chairs National Arts Action Fund
      -     Connecticut Arts Groups Receive $217,000 in NEA Grants
      -     2004 Coming Up Taller Awards Recognize Outstanding Programs in Connecticut
      -     NEFA Releases Latest Economic Impact Report
      -     NEFA Selects Wesleyan Center for the Arts as Hub Site for National Dance Project

   IV.  Grant Opportunities

                  -     NEA FY06 Grant Guidelines Now Available
                  -     Coming Up Taller Seeks 2005 Nomination

  V.    Workshop Opportunities

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  I.  Message from An-Ming Truxes, Arts Division Director

Welcome to the Arts Division’s inaugural e-newsletter, a monthly bulletin that will provide updates on Arts Division programs and activities, as well as other state, regional, and national arts news and opportunities.

We would like to begin this first issue by offering two congratulations.  First, to Congressman Christopher Shays who will receive the 2005 Congressional Arts Leadership award from the Americans for the Arts on Arts Advocacy Day, March 15, 2005, in Washington D.C.  And, second, congratulations to Commission on Culture & Tourism commissioner Ann Sheffer who was recently appointed chairwoman of the National Arts Action Fund.  Please see below for more details.

We are delighted to announce that on February 18, 2005, the Commission on Culture & Tourism welcomed two familiar faces onto our staff: Amy Goldbas, Arts in Education (AIE) Program Manager, and Bonnie Koba, AIE Program Associate.  Many of you know Amy and Bonnie as the former co-directors of our successful Higher-Order Thinking (HOT) Schools program.  Their new responsibilities go beyond HOT Schools to include a broad range of arts education programs and services for teaching artists, arts organizations, schools, and community groups.  We are excited about establishing an arts education department that will assess constituent needs and develop responsive CCT programs to meet these needs.  The Commission has a long-standing commitment to “advancing the arts as an essential element of schooling and lifelong learning.”

In other staffing areas, we have begun a search for a community development coordinator to replace Maryann Ott who left the Commission on January 14. 

Finally, we would like to acknowledge Augie Augustine, our 2005 Public Information Fellow, for helping with the design, format, and contents of this e-newsletter.  He is also assisting with the Arts Division’s section of CCT’s newly launched interim website:


  II. Agency News


The Commission on Culture & Tourism is pleased to announce the availability of 2005 Culture and Tourism Partnership Grants designed to encourage innovative partnerships among culture and tourism entities.

The partnership grants support projects or initiatives that engage partners outside of the applicant’s discipline or traditional program area.  Successful projects can combine history, arts, heritage, humanities, film and/or tourism activities with the goal of benefiting Connecticut communities by improving the quality of life or generating economic return.  The lead applicant must be a non-profit organization, but applicants may partner with non-profit or for-profit entities.

Applicants may apply for up to $3,000.  Grant funds must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis.  Funded activities must take place between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006.

For application and guidelines, please go to the homepage of the new CCT interim website:    The online copy includes PDF and Microsoft Word versions of the guidelines and application form, as well as a budget form in Microsoft Excel.

Application deadline is April 8, 2005.  The Commission will use a simplified application and fast track review process to expedite the grant program.  

An informational grant workshop will be held on March 4, 2005 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Commission’s offices at 755 Main Street in Hartford.  For more information, contact Mary Donohue at 860-566-3005 (x 323) or


On January 27, 2005, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism awarded twenty-seven artist fellowships to artists from across the state.  The Artist Fellowship program supports the artistic development of Connecticut artists and enables them to devote substantial time to the creation of new work.

Novelist Wally Lamb was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony held in the CCT Gallery.  A former Artist Fellowship recipient, Mr. Lamb shared his early experiences as a writer and spoke about the significance of the 1988 Commission grant on his development as an artist.  Mr. Lamb’s novels, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were #1 New York Times bestsellers, New York Times Book Review “Notable Books of the Year,” and Oprah’s Book Club selections.

State Representative Denise Merrill of Mansfield and Representative Elizabeth Ritter of Waterford joined us in celebrating the award recipients.

{Hon. Denise Merrill (center), House Appropriations Committee Chair, and Jennifer Aniskovich, CCT Executive Director, present a $5,000 music composition grant to Jimmy Greene of Hartford.}
Hon. Denise Merrill (center), House Appropriations Committee Chair, and Jennifer Aniskovich, CCT Executive Director, present a $5,000 music composition grant to Jimmy Greene of Hartford.  (Photo by Augie Augustine)

{CCT Executive Director Jennifer Aniskovich (left) with Somaly Hay (center), winner of a $2,500 grant (for choreography), and Elizabeth Ritter, State Representative.}
CCT Executive Director Jennifer Aniskovich (left) with Somaly Hay (center), winner of a $2,500 grant (for choreography), and Elizabeth Ritter, State Representative.  (Photo by Augie Augustine)

For more ceremony photos, click here:

Grants in the amount of $2,500 and $5,000 were awarded in the categories of fiction, poetry, playwriting, choreography, music composition and film/video.  The Artist Fellowship program which awards grants on an alternating annual basis will recognize visual arts disciplines next year.

The awards ceremony was followed by a gallery opening featuring the work of four artists: multi-media artist Christine Altman, photographer Peter Bosco, painter Brad Guarino, and sculptor Ruth Kristoff.

FY05 Artist Fellowship Recipients (Listed by Hometown)


John Surowiecki




Tom Hazuka




Karen R. Young




Tonya Kelly



East Haven

Mary Ann Tirone Smith




Julius P. Williams

Music Composition



Brian Field

Music Composition



Kenneth Steen

Music Composition



Deborah A Goffe




Jimmy Greene

Music Composition


Mansfield Center

Carlton W. Molette




Lee T. Mcquillan

Music Composition



Christopher Montgomery

Music Composition


New Haven

Ahree Lee



New Haven

Adele Myers



New Haven

Nancy Kuhl



New Haven

Daniel W. Smith

Music Composition


New Milford

Ben Coccio




Jackie Martino

Music Composition



Cortney Davis




Michael R. Mcguire




Raouf Mama



Washington Depot

Jonathan Wolken




Somaly Hay




Frederick Kipp




Anthony Deaton




Penelope V. Pelizzon




Attention non-profit organizations!   The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the New England Foundation for the Arts need you to respond to the 2005 cultural economic impact survey.  This survey is being conducted through the New England Cultural Database (NECD), a regional data warehouse that tracks economic and descriptive information about creative sector businesses and organizations.  The NECD provides cultural organizations, funders, artists, legislators and the public with a wealth of information to support analysis, advocacy and policy development for the creative sector of New England.

By responding, your organization will be accurately represented in economic impact statistics NEFA publishes for cultural policy and funding advocacy.  As a token of our thanks for your survey response, you will gain immediate access to a comprehensive, online media contact tool that will help you reach newspaper, television, and radio outlets across New England.

To access the online survey, go to and click on "ANNUAL SURVEY.”  The deadline has been extended to March 15, 2005.


In January 2005, CCT welcomed four new fellows to its office: MikaelAugie” Augustine, Christina Blakemore, Tamara Dimitri, and Heidi Hamilton.

Mikael (Augie) Augustine is the 2005 Public Information Fellow.  He is assisting with the development, coordination, and dissemination of arts information services.  Augie graduated with a BA in graphic design from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2002.  During his time at ECSU, he worked as graphic designer, writer, and editor for the college newspaper.  He was recruited to join the University/Media Relations office as a student webmaster and graphic designer.

Christina Blakemore is the 2005 Visual Arts Fellow. She is working in the areas of public art, exhibition/collection management, and slide bank maintenance.  Christina graduated with a BFA in printmaking from the Hartford Art School in 2003.  She has worked as a digital cartographer and has served as a volunteer press assistant at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk.   She has also worked in the admissions office of the Hartford Art School.

Tamara Dimitri is the 2005 Art In Public Spaces Fellow. She is working in the areas of site specific project planning, prospective writing, and competition management for an active national program.  Tamara earned a masters degree in sculpture from Cornell University (2004) and a BFA from Arizona State University (2001).  She was selected by the Phoenix Arts Commission for a mentorship in public art and has worked with a public artist through the design, fabrication, and installation phases of a project.

Heidi Hamilton is the 2005 Film Fellow.  She is assisting the Film Division in assessing the size and competitiveness of Connecticut's media production industry among U.S. states, and researching legislative initiatives to grow the media industry in CT.  She will also assist in reaching out to the state film and media community.  Heidi earned a law degree from U.C. Berkeley, Boalth Hall School of Law ('82). She is licensed in New York. While in Connecticut she has worked in the area of public policy and entertainment law. Over the past three years she volunteered with Film Fest New Haven selecting feature and children's films.


  III.  Regional/National News


Americans for the Arts will present the 2005 Award for Congressional Arts Leadership to Congressman Christopher Shays on Arts Advocacy Day on March 15.  As co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Representative Shays has been a highly visible, eloquent, and effective leader.  In 2004, he received a grade of A+ on the Americans for the Arts Action Fund Congressional Arts Report Card, having compiled a perfect record of arts support.

Arts Advocacy Day is an annual event organized by the Americans for the Arts to provide grassroots advocates the opportunity to educate members of Congress and shape federal arts policy.  Arts Advocacy Day will take place March 14-15, 2005, at the Jurys Washington Hotel in Washington, DC, and will feature training workshops, the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and the national convening on Capitol Hill.  Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be Nancy Hanks speaker.  For further information and to register, go to


Commission on Culture and Tourism commissioner Ann Sheffer (Westport) was recently appointed chairwoman of the national Arts Action Fund.  Launched in November 2004 by the Americans for the Arts, the Arts Action Fund is a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit membership organization whose purpose is to build a national constituency of citizens to champion public support for the arts and arts education.  The immediate goal is to enlist and mobilize 100,000 citizen activists to help ensure that arts-friendly public policies are adopted at the federal, state, and local levels.

The creation of the Arts Action Fund is part of the long-term strategic plan of Americans for the Arts.  After receiving $120 million gift from pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly in late 2002, Americans for the Arts surveyed thousands of its members and stakeholders to guide the future direction of the organization.  Over the next five years, the Arts Action Fund will invest $5 million in programs and marketing focusing on arts education and advocacy.

"The Arts Action Fund's efforts will help us make the case for our programs in Connecticut, and give state and local arts activists (as well as private citizens who care about the arts) the tools to advocate for arts funding.  It enhances our efforts for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and I urge everyone who cares about the arts to join!" says Ann Sheffer.

{Ann Sheffer (right) introduces Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse.}
Ann Sheffer (right) introduces Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse. This photo is featured in a full-page article about Sheffer, chair of the national Arts Action Fund, in a recent Americans for the Arts Artslink newsletter.

To see an online reprint of the Artslink article in pdf form, click here:

For more information about the Arts Action Fund, visit, or call toll-free: 1-866-471-ARTS (2787).


Congratulations to the thirteen recipients of the 2005 National Endowment for the Arts grant awards.  There were ten awards in the categories of Access to Artistic Excellence and Literature Fellowships totaling $187,000 and three Challenge America Fast Track Grants totaling $30,000.


         Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities, Danbury, CT
         $12,000 for concert tours featuring period instruments.

         Connecticut Choral Artists, Inc., New Britain, CT
         $10,000 for a 2005 concert series focusing on architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

         Connecticut Players Foundation, Inc., New Haven, CT
         $20,000 for the production of Travesties, a play by Tom Stoppard.

         Cording, Robert K. , Woodstock, CT
         $20,000 for a creative writing fellowship.

Curbstone Press, Inc., Willimantic, CT
$30,000 for translation, publication, and promotion of contemporary,
poetry and fiction.

de Jager, Marjolijn, Stamford, CT
$10,000 for the translation from Dutch of The School by the Sea by Huub Beursken.

Hartford Stage Company, Inc., Hartford, CT
$35,000 for its production of the play, The Cook, by Eduardo Machado.

         Pilobolus, Inc.. Washington Depot, CT
         $10,000 for a new dance theater piece by choreographer Michael Tracy.

         Real Art Ways, Inc., Hartford, CT
         $30,000 for an exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists.

         Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
         10,000 for its Breaking Ground Dance Series.


Chamber Music PLUS, Inc., Hartford, CT
$10,000 for the Heritage Enrichment Program of performances celebrating African and Latin heritage.

Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Inc., Hartford, CT
$10,000 for the production and promotion of the Guitar Under The Stars Festival.

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT
$10,000 for performances, workshops, and master classes related to the classical arts of 


Congratulations to the Windham and New London ConnCAP Programs of Eastern Connecticut State University for winning one of the ten $10,000 Coming Up Taller Awards (2004) from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  The ConnCAP programs provide youth from New London and Windham school districts summer residential experiences and year-round after-school tutoring.

Congratulations to Music and Arts Center for Humanity’s Cultural Alternatives Program and Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program for being selected among the 50 outstanding Coming Up Taller Award semi-finalists. 

The Coming Up Taller Awards program is currently seeking nominations for 2005.  For additional information, go to


New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) just released the latest economic impact report entitled New England’s Creative Economy, the Non-Profit Sector: 2002.  The previous two studies were for 1996 and 2000.

The new data shows that in 2002, the arts, cultural, and humanities industry in Connecticut, as measured by 2,260 organizations:

  • Spent a total of $773.1 million
  • Received $789.9 million in income
  • Collected and/or paid $32.4 million in federal payroll taxes and 0.9 million in state sales tax
  • Had combined net assets of $2.4 billion

In 2002, the total economic impact of the state’s cultural organizations, including indirect and induced spending, is estimated at $892.9 million.

The New England’s Creative Economy, the Non-Profit Sector: 2002 report is available on the NEFA website at .  The chapter on Connecticut is on pp. 23-29.


Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, directed by Pamela Tatge, was recently selected as one of 10 Hub Sites for the National Dance Project (NDP), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.  NDP Hub Sites are U.S.-based presenting organizations, represented by individuals with extensive knowledge of the dance field who have demonstrated leadership in developing new dance work in their communities.  The Hub Sites and NDP Advisors oversee all activities of  NDP which provides a national system of support for contemporary dance by funding the production and distribution  of dance works.

Hub Sites meet three times a year with National Dance Project Advisors to review proposals, make funding recommendations, and discuss program policy. 

To learn more about the National Dance Project, go to

  IV. Grant Opportunites


The National Endowment for the Arts' FY 2006 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines are now available for several fields/disciplines. Grants for Arts Projects represents the primary funding opportunity for organizations. Within each of the fields/disciplines, organizations may apply through one of the following categories:

Access to Artistic Excellence                             (Due March 14 and August 15 2005)
Challenge America Fast-Track Grants                (Due June 1, 2005)
Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth        (Due June 14, 2005)

For more information, go to

NOTE:  The NEA no longer distributes printed guidelines and application forms.  The new FY 2006 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines are only available online.


The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for its 2005 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize the accomplishments of after-school and out-of-school programs and activities across the country. With its $10,000 award, Coming Up Taller also assists organizations, furthers knowledge, and encourages development of future programs.

Nomination forms are available at the Coming Up Taller Web site at or contact the President's Committee at 202-682-5409 for more information. A list of the 2004 winners can also be found at the Coming Up Taller Web site as well.

Deadline: Nominations must be postmarked by March 24, 2005.


Creative Capital Foundation is accepting applications for project-based grants to individual artists working in the performing arts and emerging fields.  Interested artists must submit proposals using an Inquiry Form (first step in the new application process).  For more information, visit:

Deadline:  March 15, 2005.

  V. Workshop Opportunites

CCT presents “Outlook 2005,” a series of free workshops in collaboration with the five Tourism Regions, to assist in the development of 2005 plans.  The program is designed for museums, theaters, historic sites, heritage organizations, arts groups, tourism attractions, shopping and dining establishments, and the hospitality industry (including inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and campgrounds.)

The workshop topics include CCT Strategic Plan and Priorities, Understanding the Legislative Process, Strategic Marketing Plan for Tourism (including key research findings), and Cooperative Marketing Opportunities.

Thursday, March 3 (alternate snow date: Friday, March 4)

Thomaston Opera House
158 Main St, Thomaston
9 am – 12:30 pm

Hosted by Northwestern Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau
RSVP: (860) 567-4506, or email

Tuesday, March 8 (alternate snow date: Wednesday, March 9)

Courtyard Marriott
136 Marsh Hill Rd, Orange
9 am – 12:30 pm

Hosted by Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau
RSVP: (203) 777-8550

(In case of inclement weather, call (860) 270-8088 after 6:30 a.m. on the day of your workshop to confirm time and place.)