Note new date!
Make Music Day will return to Connecticut on June 21, 2019!

If you are interested in administering a Make Music Day program in your area, please register now to attend an informational meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 1 pm at the Connecticut Office of the Arts' offices at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford. Only people who complete the survey below will be placed on the attendees list.
Make Music Day made its Connecticut debut in 2018 with an incredible 528 free musical performances at 224 locations across the state, from Long Island Sound to the hills in the North. Twelve (12) regional partners, brought together by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, coordinated the music-filled, open-to-all, state-wide event! Watch the clip from New 12 Connecticut !
Creative Conversations is a professional development series being offered by the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) that will focus on five (5) strategic initiatives (listed below). COA will convene a session(s) focused on each initiative, each designed in various formats including invitation-only meetings, open registration sessions, fishbowl-style conversations, workshops, and panel presentations.

The five (5) strategic initiatives are:

READI: Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion - COA’s framework to actively engage and support all members of our communities, and guides all programmatic and investment decisions. Session(s) will delve into what READI and READI for investment means.

Accessibility:  A commitment to arts-based programs and services across the state that are accessible to populations with disabilities and to better serve Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability.

Arts Learning: A commitment to advance learning in, about, and through the arts through its established Continuum of Practice . Sessions will focus on best practices and brainstorming plans for implementation opportunities.

Arts Workforce: Building a landscape across Connecticut filled with a thriving and sustainable Arts Workforce. The first session - Building Up Connecticut's Art Workforce will be held on November 30 at 10 am at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Register here . Future sessions will focus on Mid-level Careers, Creative Aging, and Non-profit Organizations.

Arts & Economic Impact:   How can we better collect and use the data to tell our stories to our target audience? Session(s) will focus on statistics and numbers as valuable assets for the arts industry and how the data supports anecdotal experiences.

About Creative Conversations
A program of Americans for the Arts , Creative Conversations   g ather community leaders to discuss local arts, culture, and creativity to generate partnerships and increased energy around the grassroots movement to elevate the arts in America. COA will use the Creative Conversations' collaborative dialogue to shape future programming and professional development offerings. 
Building Up Connecticut's Art Workforce: Young Creative Professionals & Creative Start Ups  is part of COA's Creative Conversations series.

This will be a fishbowl-style conversation focused on building the landscape for a thriving and sustainable Arts Workforce which supports young creatives and startup businesses. Attendees will hear from creative professionals as they discuss the work they have done to create pathways and opportunities for their peers. Join as they discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions! Also, attendees will get a special preview of the R.E.A.D.I. Now video s eries!

November 30, 2018
10 am
Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford CT
Future Creative Conversations on Arts Workforce
Coming in 2019, Arts Workforce Creative Conversations will include Mid-level Careers, Creative Aging, and Non-profit Organizations. With the recent success of the Arts Workforce Initiative Program, COA will use these Creative Conversations to learn how it can expand its programming and/or encourage other arts workforce collaborations in the field.
R.E.A.D.I. Now is a video series of intimate master classes by young creative professionals in Connecticut who are making an impact and blazing a trail for their generation and future generations.

The first set of R.E.A.D.I. Now videos will premiere on November 30, 2018 and will feature Kolton Harris , Creative Director of the Writers Block Ink; Brea Simone , The Connector of Dots and event planner; Anthony Valentine , Creator and Editor of Kulture Magazine; Meghan McGee , Office of the Arts' intern; and Marisol Credle , producer and host of Mission Mindset.

Check out the R.E.A.D.I. Now promo video !
 On December 12, 2018 at Sea Tea Comedy Theater , COA will present its first R.E.A.D.I. Talks , a 1:1 in-depth conversation with World Touring DJ and Radio Personality DJ Meechie .

The discussion will be moderated by Brea Simone and will tap into Meechie's insight on the current stance in the industry, how artists can grow, and what they may be currently doing wrong in their career. Due to high demand, this event is at capacity. Stay tuned for future R.E.A.D.I. Talks events!

About R.E.A.D.I. Talks
R.E.A.D.I. Talks is part of COA's professional development specifically designed for young creative professionals who are seeking a career in the arts & entertainment industry. 
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COA's arts program associate Rhonda Olisky attended the Americans for the Arts' National Arts Marketing Project conference in Se attle, WA from November 9 - November 12.

The conference focused on three core themes:
You:  What new skill(s) do I need to learn to be effective in my individual career?
Your World:   What information does the field need to navigate the current environment?
Your Future: What is our collective vision for the future, and how do we reach it?
The 2019 National Arts Marketing Project Conference will take place November 15 - 18, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to making services and programs open and accessible to all persons, with and without disabilities, and to all individuals regardless of language.

The  ARTE-accesible  ( Spanish, pronounced Ar Teh Ock Seh See Blehgrant program  supports proposals that enhance program offerings and provide greater participation in and understanding of the arts by people of all abilities.

Eligible Applicants:
  • Connecticut Arts Organizations
  • Connecticut Municipal Art Departments

Applicants may request $500 - $3,000 to support:

  • Program and service offerings to improve the experience for audience of all abilities, such as language translations, safe space, screen reader capability, mobility services, etc.
  • Staff training and internal resource support to carry out accessible programs and services, such as emergency preparedness planning to evacuate individuals with disabilities and customer service training.
  • Support career development of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability.

Guidelines:  PDF

Application Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018

Grant Notification: Mid-February 2019

Funding Period: March 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019

Do you have a creative economy project/initiative that leverages local creativity and cross-sector partnerships to address social, economic, and cultural issues in communities? If so, consider being a presenter at the 2019 Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)!

The New England Foundation for the Arts is currently seeking submissions for presenters for their Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) to be held June 6 & 7, 2019 in Montpelier, Vermont.

Past presentations have included: pop-up creative businesses, cultural plans, cultural districts, cultural policy and zoning, downtown events, impact research, space development, and workforce development.

Click here for more information.

Email questions to

Submit your initiative for consideration today!

The submission deadline is December 20, 2018. Individuals selected to present will be notified in early February 2019.

Note: The Connecticut Office of the Arts may offer financial assistance to Connecticut-based individuals selected to present.
Wishing you a Thanksgiving that brings you happiness, warm memories and bright moments! We are thankful for your support!

Elizabeth Shapiro, Interim Director of Culture
& the COA Team:
Tamara Dimitri
Adriane Jefferson
Bonnie Koba
Rhonda F. Olisky
Lourdes "Lu" Rivera
Jane Schneider