CCT: Arts Council Members

Connecticut Arts Council

The Connecticut Arts Council is established within the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) by Public Act 13-247 . The Council includes thirteen (13) volunteer members appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders for a maximum of two (2) three or four year terms. The Council consists of eleven voting members and two members who serve in an ex officio, non-voting capacity. It is tasked with fostering and supporting the arts and establishing and managing a non-profit foundation, the Connecticut Arts Council Foundation. The Council relies on staff support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.  

Fritz Jellinghaus, Chair
{Headshot of Fritz} As a consultant, senior executive and board member, Fritz Jellinghaus has had a 40-year career fundraising for leading arts, cultural and educational organizations, as well as advising major corporations on corporate social responsibility and cultural marketing. Jellinghaus is currently Vice President of Development at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme. Prior to joining the College, he was Director of Leadership Giving at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. He was the founder and president of several consulting businesses, including Jellinghaus & Associates, Inc., a New York City and Chester, Connecticut, marketing/fundraising consulting firm that developed and promoted alliances between business and cultural/educational organizations. He is President Emeritus of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and a member of the steering committee to establish the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, he was a three-term appointee of the Connecticut Speaker of the House to the state Commission on the Arts. He has been a board member of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Science Center of Connecticut, the Palm Beach County Cultural Task Force, and the and the Westport Arts Center.

Mimsi Coleman - Image & bio pending

Mary DeCroce
{Mary DeCroce} Mary DeCroce is primarily a visual artist with a passion to connect the public to the Arts through public art installation. She has enjoyed a long career as a large scale muralist, acrylic painter, mosaic artist and Art teacher.  Among her many public art installations, her  work includes  a mural on a 40’ farm silo for East Granby’s Parks and Recreation Department, a 150’ mural honoring Sandy Hook and a 60’ mural illustrating the history of Southington. Her work has been featured locally and statewide by newspaper coverage, radio and television. She is the founder and president of Southington Community Cultural Arts and is currently raising funds to renovate a historical building in Southington, CT into a thriving Arts Center to service Central CT.  She is also a member of Southington Arts Council, Southington Arts and Crafts Association and the New Britain Arts Alliance and is the creator and organizer of Harvest the Arts an annual Art Festival in Southington, CT.

Jan Dilenschneider- Image & bio pending

Philip Eliasoph
{Photo of Phillp Eliasoph} Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D. is Professor of Visual & Performing Arts at Fairfield University where he founded the program in Art History in 1975. His prize-winning dissertation, Paul Cadmus: Life &Work, was the first pioneering study of an American master who was overlooked partly due to overtly and unapologetically homo-erotic imagery. Eliasoph is a leading expert on American art movements from the WPA through the Vietnam era publishing monographic books, exhibition catalogues and critiques. He was Educational Advisor to PBS for the Art of the Western World broadcast series as well has winning awards for art documentary films. Eliasoph founded the Town of Fairfield Arts Council and is an active community figure as founder and on-stage moderator for the University’s Open Visions Forum town hall public affairs series, bringing world renowned notables, opinion-makers, authors, and artists into lively, spontaneous conversations.

Jimmy Greene

{Photo of Jimmy Green} Saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator, Jimmy Greene was born in Hartford, Connecticut and from a very young age he exhibited a God-given affinity for music.  His parents started him on alto saxophone at age 6, he formed his first quintet while in high school, and began composing music soon thereafter.  The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide.  In addition to his nine (9) solo recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on over 70 albums as a sideman and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composer Octet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and many others.  Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University.

Karen Osbrey - Image & bio pending

Lisa Scails
{Headshot of Lisa Scails} Lisa Scails has served as Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, since August 2007. The Cultural Alliance, based in Danbury CT, is a regional arts organization and a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.  Previously, Ms. Scails worked as a civil rights leader, consultant, and project director. She is a past President of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches and Chairman of NAACP’s Northeast Region. Ms. Scails has solid credentials in the areas of advocacy, community development, strategic planning, and development of special projects. She has received local, state, and national recognition for her body of work, including a recipient of Western Connecticut State University’s Centennial Award for Excellence. Ms. Scails lives in Bethel, CT for 20+ years and raised three children, Ryan, Paige, and Morgan.

Amy Wynn
{Photo of Amy Wynn}

Ms. Wynn holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and a MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College CUNY. She is currently the executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. In addition, her career included: the national search consulting firm serving non-profit arts and education clients; director of administration and general manager for Dance Theatre of Harlem; director of marketing, public relations and outreach for the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University where she also taught Arts Management for undergraduates as an adjunct faculty member. Amy is a Peer Advisor for DECD's Connecticut Office of the Arts. She serves on the boards of the Connecticut Arts Alliance and the Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation.

Ted Yudain

{Photo of Ted Yudain} Ted Yudain is a practicing attorney and actor. First appointed to the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in the late 1990’s, he served at various times as its treasurer and its vice-chair. After the commission’s merger with the commissions on tourism, history, culture and film, he served as chair of the Arts Committee, a post he continued until the committee’s replacement by the Connecticut Arts Council. He has served on the boards, and as president, of non-profit theater organizations, and currently chairs the board of a non-profit theatre in Stamford. He resides in Stamford with his actress wife.

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