CCT: November/December 2007



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Welcome to Culture & Tourism News.

On April 9, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) will honor the recipients of the 2008 Governorís Awards for Excellence in Culture & Tourism and 2008 Distinguished Advocates. The celebration will be held in the atrium at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Governorís Awards for Excellence in Culture & Tourism honor Connecticutís most accomplished Connecticut residents for their lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions in the fields of performing, visual or literary arts; film, video or digital media; history, heritage or historic preservation; and tourism. Distinguished Advocates Awards recognize the exemplary contributions of volunteers in the arts, film, historic preservation and tourism in Connecticut. 

CCT is currently seeking nominations for both awards. Guidelines and nomination forms for the Governorís Awards for Excellence in Culture & Tourism and Distinguished Advocates may be found at http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=2162&Q=302178&CCTNAV_GID=1605. The nomination deadline is January 30.

Mark your calendar for April 9 to join us for the festivities!

Cordially,

Karen Senich
Acting Executive Director

March/April 2007
May/June 2007
July/August 2007
Marketing Grant Funds Available

Free International Marketing Workshops January 8 to 10

Discover New Englandís 13th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace

Post Your Special Deals for Free on CTvisit.com




Amy Freidman Joins the Arts Division Staff Artist Commissioned

for Major Public Art Project
Save the Date! HOT Schools

Informational Session - January 15, 2008
Coming Soon! New

Arts in Education Grant Opportunity


And More...
 

{History} Harvesting History at the Whitfield Museum

Historic Restoration Fund Helps Restore South Park United Methodist Church

Oswin Wells Memorial Gets a Facelift

 
George Norfleet Appointed as Film Division Sr. Program Associate




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Marketing Grant Funds Available

Over the next six weeks, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) will distribute approximately $1 million in matching marketing grants to qualified applicants. With the application deadline fast approaching, we encourage you to determine if your organization qualifies to be part of the program. Please visit www.cultureandtourism.org to download guidelines and a detailed application from the home page.

An initiative to extend current state and regional marketing efforts, the grant program is open to arts, history and heritage, film and tourism entities. Grants may be used for new and innovative marketing projects, strategic planning, market research, billboard advertising and newspaper/online advertising. All grant recipients must match grant funds. Grants cannot be matched with state or federal funds.

With an application deadline of December 21, the Challenge Grants will provide matching funds to non-profits for new and innovative marketing projects or expansion of current projects. Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Rena Calcaterra at Rena.Calcaterra@ct.gov.

With a rolling application deadline up to January 8, the Co-operative Grants will subsidize specific marketing partnerships with CCT efforts that include planning, research, billboard and newspaper advertising. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and selection of qualified applicants will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until all marketing grant funds are allocated. Questions about this grant should be directed to Barbara Cieplak at Barbara.Cieplak@ct.gov.

Free International Marketing Workshops Jan. 8 to 10
Workshops to Reveal Secrets to Attracting Overseas Travelers

With the British Pound and Euro stronger than the U.S. dollar, Europeans are increasing their travel to New England for its historic charm, rich arts and cultural scene, attractions and scenic beauty.

To capitalize on this trend and draw international visitors to Connecticut, the Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT), in collaboration with the five tourism regions, is helping members of the stateís tourism industry tap into this market with free International Marketing 101 workshops from January 8 and 10. The workshops will be held at five locations throughout the state.

Sue Norrington-Davies, the new managing director of Discover New England (DNE), will lead the workshops on attracting international travelers to attractions, lodging properties, transportation services and Chambers of Commerce. Discover New England is the official regional marketing alliance led by the six New England state tourism office directors.

Attendees will also learn about the upcoming opportunity to meet and do business with international tour operators during Discover New Englandís 13th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace in April 2008 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale.

The free International Marketing 101 workshops will be hosted by each tourism region. Click here to to find a location near you.

For more information on these workshops, please contact Richard Emonds at (860) 256-2746.

Discover New Englandís 13th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace
Early Bird Registration Deadline is January 15

This spring, Connecticut will welcome international tour operators anxious to meet members of New Englandís tourism industry and see what the state has to offer during Discover New Englandís 13th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace on April 14 to 16 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale.

The summit, hosted by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism with the Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau, includes one-on-one business meetings with tourism operators; seminars on current travel trends in the British, Irish and German markets; a workshop on working with the international market; and opportunities for networking with more than 50 VIP tour operators from Europe, industry colleagues and state tourism staff and directors. More than 250 tourism industry members from New England will attend the three-day event.

Cost: Before January 15, $395; after January 15, $450. Please visit www.discovernewengland.org/summit.html for additional details on Discover New Englandís 13th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace and event registration.

Post Your Special Deals for Free on CTvisit.com

Take advantage of reaching the more than two million visitors to CTvisit.com by becoming a CTvisit.com partner today. The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism provides a free service through which any organization that has a listing placed in the Connecticut Vacation Guide may post their special deals or packages online. We provide simple forms at http://partners.CTvisit.com that can be completed online for both registration and submitting your specials information.

You may post the following types of information:

  • Special reduced rates (e.g. 2-for-1, 15 percent off, second day admission free)
  • Discounts
  • Overnight packages that include lodging and area attractions

Note: Discounts for stand-alone events are not listed as specials. These can be listed under special events and are posted through Calendar Editor Jean Hebert at (860) 256.2739 or Jean.Hebert@ct.gov.


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Amy Freidman Joins the Arts Division Staff

On November 9, the Arts Division was delighted to welcome Amy Freidman as program associate in Arts in Education. She will manage the Creative Collaboration grant program, Poetry Out Loud, the new Early Learning grant program and other areas in the Arts in Education department.

Amy comes to CCT from AMS Planning and Research in Fairfield, where she worked since January 2003. Previously, she was at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she oversaw its artist-in-residence program and the New Jersey Early Learning WolfTrap program. Prior to joining the NJPAC, Amy attended Harvard University, where she earned a Master of Education degree with a concentration in arts in education. She has also worked for the PARTNERS education program at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

Amy can be reached at (860) 256-2729 or amy.freidman@ct.gov.

Artist Commissioned for Major Public Art Project

Barton Rubenstein, a nationally-known sculptor, has been selected to create and install an exterior water sculpture project at the University of Connecticut satellite campus in Waterbury as part of the stateís Art in Public Spaces program.

Rubenstein is recognized for his ability to integrate water into his artwork with striking success. He has created several large-scale water and kinetic sculpture projects throughout the nation. His work can be seen at the Jewish Community Center and the Millennium Building in Washington D.C., the Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, Utah, and the University of Central Florida in Orlando, among other locations.

His proposed work, titled ďSynergy,Ē is comprised of six stainless steel sculptures, each representing a human form. When viewed from afar, they appear similar, but closer inspection reveals unique attributes, shapes, orientations and flowing water patterns. The continuous movement of water over reflective surfaces will cause the sculpturesí ďpersonalitiesĒ to change, depending on weather conditions and time of day. The works are designed to be elegant and dramatic with and without water, during both warm and cold seasons Ė even when ice may form across surfaces.

Barton Rubensteinís proposal was chosen by a combined committee of users of the university facility and arts professionals. His work will become part of a collection of more than 360 artworks commissioned through the Art in Public Spaces program and installed at 100 public locations.

Save the Date! HOT Schools Informational Session Ė January 15, 2008

The Commission on Culture & Tourism will be accepting applications for new Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools in February. The Higher Order Thinking Schools program, established in 1994, works with select Connecticut schools to promote teaching and learning in, about and through the arts in a democratic setting.

The Higher Order Thinking approach to teaching and learning has emerged during the past 14 years through a strong network of HOT Schools serving more than 24,000 students in 41 Connecticut public schools from all congressional districts. HOT Schools has enjoyed national recognition for its holistic approach to school change through the arts. The program has developed numerous innovative strategies that expand arts learning opportunities for children.

Interested schools can learn about the application process and the benefits and requirements of HOT Schools by attending an informational session on Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. in the new Commission on Culture & Tourism office, located at One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford.

To register for the HOT Schools information session, contact Arts in Education Program Manager Bonnie Koba at bonnie.koba@ct.gov.

Coming Soon! New Arts in Education Grant Opportunity

Guidelines and applications will soon be available on the CCT Web site for Arts Beyond, a new arts in education grant program. Arts Beyond will support new or expanded programming that takes place beyond traditional school hours for early learning and underserved youth.

Eligible applicants include non-profit arts organizations, early learning centers, community groups, schools and colleges and universities whose work includes an arts focus. CCT will award two to five grants in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for early learning programs and a similar number of grants for underserved youth programs.

The application deadline is February 4, 2008 for activities that take place between May 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

For more information on the Arts Beyond program, contact Arts in Education Program Manager Bonnie Koba at bonnie.koba@ct.gov.

Spotlight on Artist Fellowship Recipients

The Commission on Culture & Tourismís Artist Fellowship program provides monetary support designed to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticutís finest creative artists. The program allows artists to devote full attention to the creation of new work and to further their careers. Grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000 or $2,500.

Discipline categories for Artist Fellowships alternate each year. Awards to visual artists who applied this past September will be announced in January 2008. Applications for artists working in choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry will be due next September.

This newsletter spotlights eight artists who received artist fellowships in the Music Composition category in 2007.

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Harvesting History at the Whitfield Museum

More than 300 visitors traveled back to the 17th century at the Henry Whitfield Museum in Guilford during Thanksgiving weekend. Costumed interpreters described what life was like nearly 400 years ago, including how people dressed and what they ate (Notice the dried and salted cod hanging from the fireplace lintel in the photo). Visitors also had the opportunity to sample some of the foods eaten by Native Americans and colonists. Pemmican elicited the most comments. The museumís version was beef jerky, but Native Americans traditionally ate dried deer meat. Squash, sunflower seeds, walnuts, popcorn, cornbread, pumpkin pie and apple cider were also served.

Historic Restoration Fund Helps Restore South Park United Methodist Church

The South Park United Methodist Church, located at 75 Main St. in Hartford, began serving the community in 1874, after the congregation built the Gothic Revival building of brownstone and brick topped with a polychrome slate steeple. A matching grant from the Commission on Culture & Tourismís Historic Restoration Fund helped the most recent owners, The South Park Inn, Inc., restore the steeple and continue to serve the community.

Since 1984, The South Park Inn has been providing supportive housing and services to homeless adults. With its recent restoration, the building will continue to enhance the neighborhood and help preserve its historical character.

Funding for the Commission's Historic Restoration Fund and the Endangered Building Fund is provided by the State of Connecticut under the Community Investment Act. Grant awards have ranged from $10,000 to $200,000. All awards are matched on a one-to-one cash basis by the recipients. All projects must follow the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interiorís Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Oswin Welles Memorial Gets a Facelift

The Oswin Welles Memorial, located in Hartfordís historic Cedar Hill Cemetery, is an impressive presence of sculpted bronze and cut granite, thanks to its recent restoration by conservators. Using funding, in part from the Commission on Culture & Tourism, the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation hired conservators from ConservArt LLC to give the monument a new lease on life. The careful removal of corrosion and pollutants has revitalized the monumentís color and subtle detailing, restoring it as a landmark in a picturesque landscape.

Funding for the Commission's Historic Restoration Fund and the Endangered Building Fund is provided by the State of Connecticut under the Community Investment Act. Grant awards have ranged from $10,000 to $200,000. All awards are matched on a one-to-one cash basis by the recipients. All projects must follow the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interiorís Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.



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George Norfleet Appointed As Film Division Sr. Program Associate

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) is proud to announce the addition of George Norfleet as senior program associate within the Film Division. George brings with him 15 years of experience in advertising and film production. He joined the staff on October 15 and administers the state's Digital Media & Motion Picture Tax Credit Program, through which production companies can earn a 30 percent tax credit on expenditures incurred in the state.

After making the transition from commercial production to feature film work, George worked as a location manager, then moved on to production management. He has worked with many of Hollywoodís top directors and producers, including Jonathan Demme, James Ivory and the late Ismail Merchant, Neil Jordan, John Singleton, Barry Sonnenfeld, Oprah Winfrey and Dick Wolf.

George Norfleetís addition to the staff will assist the Commissionís Film Division in continuing to fulfill its role in promoting the state's Digital Media & Motion Picture Tax Credit Program and supporting the growth of Connecticut's economically promising film industry.