Connecticut's Department of Economic & Community Development/Office of the Arts (COA)†has expanded its Peer Advisor Network (PAN) program, a flexible, short-term consulting service designed to match nonprofit arts and cultural groups with peer advisors. COA is partnering with the NW CT Arts Council and four other local arts agencies throughout the state to help promote, administer and broaden the reach of the programís services.† For more information about PAN, click HERE.
This is the first publication of its kind in CT.† If you would like to download it, you can click on the link in the above title; it is over 125 pages, so downloading will require patience.† For more information about this new directory, click HERE.
The CT Office of the Arts (COA) expanded its Peer Advisor Network (PAN) program, a flexible, short-term consulting service designed to match nonprofit arts and cultural groups with peer advisors. COA is partnering with the NW CT Arts Council and four other local arts agencies throughout the state to help promote, administer and broaden the reach of the programís services.
Peer advisors are seasoned Connecticut professionals selected and trained by COA to provide consultation to organizations with a variety of issues and needs, such as developing board and staff, strategic planning, fundraising, managing finances, leadership transitions, facilities planning, starting a nonprofit, and community cultural development. The expanded PAN program now benefits from a statewide roster of 30 peer advisors that includes executive directors, marketing and development experts, business consultants, educators and artists.
More than†90 organizations have already benefited from working with a peer advisor under the PAN program, including the Anglican Singers, artists-in-residence at St. James Episcopal Church in New London.† They consulted a peer advisor in August 2006 to deal with a loss of volunteer leadership and the need to plan for paid staffing. The peer advisor helped the organization prepare and conduct their first-ever planning retreat. The Anglican Singers successfully completed an inaugural plan and budget and have since hired their first paid director.† In another Peer Advisor assignment, a peer advisor worked with the Orange Arts & Cultural Committee to improve its organizational structure, review its mission and programs and plan a cultural assessment.† The Committee completed their community-based assessment with great success.
Through the Peer Advisor Network, cultural organizations can receive from a half-day (4 hours) to two days (16 hours) of direct consulting services. The COA subsidizes two thirds of the advisor fee.
The five local arts agencies serving as regional PAN offices are:†the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council based in Torrington, Fairfield Arts Council, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Shoreline Arts Alliance in Guilford and the Windham Arts Center in Willimantic.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Councilís assigned areas of service for the Peer Advisor Network program are: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Watertown, Winchester, and Woodbury.
Interested organizations should contact their regional office (see†FLYER below for additional geographic lists for CT) and must submit an†application to one of the five PAN regional offices. There are no application deadlines; applications are reviewed year-round. Regional PAN offices, with support from the Commission, review requests and are responsible for assigning appropriate peer advisors.
Download any of the following forms involved in this program:
The first Directory of Connecticut Authors and Literary Venues
is now available in print and online as the result of a partnership between Connecticut Muse and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.††The publication is made possible in part by a Partnership grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
This Directory features over 400 listed authors, along with sections devoted to literary venues and events, publishers, publications, literary services, writers groups, writing retreats, writing programs, literary landmarks, and booksellers. The author listings include those writers who have published at least one book since 2000.
The only publication of its kind, it is a resource for librarians, teachers and anyone interested in engaging local Connecticut authors for book discussions, writing workshops and other literary events, such as poetry festivals, writers' conferences and author facilitated book discussions.† The Directory also provides useful information for practicing writers.†
The Directory is available for free and will be available through any of the five tourism districts, and through Connecticut Muse, the principal partner for the project.† Copies of the Directory will be distributed to arts councils, libraries, schools, bookstores, other literary venues.† It will also be downloadable through the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (click HERE
)†and at www.connecticutmuse.com
. Contact Patricia DíAscoli at Connecticut Muse to request a mailed copy (860) 354-6488 or Pfdasc@aol.com.