Local & State Resources
The Visual Artist Resource Guide includes a variety of opportunities and resources available to Connecticut artists. The Visual Artist Resource Guide was created for the Taking Care of Business - Career Strategies for Visual Artists workshop series and was prepared by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of resources. Inclusion in this guide does not constitute an endorsement by the Commission on Culture & Tourism of any individual, organization, web site or content contained therein.
The Accessibility page includes accessibility resources for arts organizations and information for artists with disabilities.
Alliance of Artists Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artistsí communities and residencies ó a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.
American Association of Museums
The American Association of Museums is the only organization representing the entire scope of museums and professionals and non-paid staff who work for and with museums. Every type of museum is represented including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.
Arts Career Project
The Arts Career Project is a website on art careers, schools, and artistic professional growth. The site is the top ranked site on Google for "art careers".
Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. Arts Education Partnership partners with federal arts and education agencies, state departments of education, state arts agencies, national arts and education organizations, and arts and education collaboratives at the state and local level.
Arts Extension Service
The Arts Extension Service (AES) connects arts and communities with learning. AES is a national, nonprofit arts service organization, a program of the Division of Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is an international association representing nonprofit and for-profit performing arts organizations. Its website provides advocacy updates and tools, professional development and networking resources such as listservs and a job bank.
Community Arts Network
The Community Arts Network project promotes information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based arts.
The Connecticut Arts Alliance was established to ensure that the arts are central to life in Connecticut. The CAA works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, increase funding for the arts, and influence public funding and actions that affect the arts. The CAA strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all the ways they improve our lives.
Creative Capital was founded in 1999 to support artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative ideas, drawing on venture capital concepts to provide funding, counsel and career development services. It is the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process, supporting projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, Performing and Visual Arts.
Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of dance artists, administrators, and organizations. By providing services and national leadership, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation, education, and performance.
The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nationís leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
Grantmakers in the Arts
Grantmakers in the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization of foundations, corporate giving programs and nonprofit organizations that make arts grants and welcome public sector grant maker as affiliate members.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Since opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has continued its efforts to fulfill John F. Kennedyís visionópresenting the greatest performers and performances from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education.
Arts Education ToolKit
League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras leads, encourages and supports America's orchestras while communicating the vitality and value of orchestras and the music they perform. The League strives to stimulate the exchange of ideas and practices, promote innovation and foster unity across the orchestra field. The League delivers meaningful information, learning and leadership opportunities, grass-roots advocacy and other services to its diverse membership.
National Arts Strategies
National Arts Strategies has been a key contributor to capacity building in the arts and culture sector. Their initial focus on financial capacity building, from 1983 to 2002, was realized through a national network of stabilization programs. The successful legacy of this work includes a now standard focus on balance sheet strategy and asset-building in arts and cultural organizations, the universal use of liquidity measurements as a metric for organizational health, and the incorporation of capitalization initiatives as a priority in funder driven programs across the United States.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nationís state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAAís mission is to advance and promote a meaningful role for arts in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the United States. NASAA empowers state arts agencies through strategic assistance that fosters leadership, enhances planning and decision making and increases resources.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture is the nationís leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. In addition to program, guideline and application information, the site includes interviews, a visual art gallery, a writerís corner, features on artists and art organizations, resources by art form, links to online federal government information and services and field reports.
New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals collaborates with the arts agencies of the New England states, other organizations, and individuals to advance the field of the artist-educator, increase access to quality professional development, develop a regional network and support a community of teaching artists.
New England Foundation for the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts' mission is to creatively support the movement of people, ideas and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and communities, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the regionís creative sector.
- Matchbook - New Englandís online cultural marketplace that sparks connections between artists, presenters, and communities.
- New England States Touring - New England States Touring provides support to nonprofit organizations based in New England for community-related activities by select New England performing artists from outside of the presenter's state.
- CultureCount - New Englandís cultural database to find cultural organizations and artists.
New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts' (NYFA) mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA was established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to facilitate the development of the individual artist throughout the state. NYFA's ability to provide Fiscal Sponsorship to individual artists and emerging organizations was established in 1976, and NYFA currently sponsors more than 368 Artists' Projects and 52 Emerging Organizations, in addition to supporting many others through its core programs.
The Benefits of Music Education
It is important for students to have an education in the arts. While most would not challenge the fact that kids should have an arts education however in reality time and funding greatly influence the inclusion of arts in education. Many times when budget cuts need to be made, the first departments to suffer are the art departments including music education. Music programs in schools have been proven to help children in substantial ways. The benefits of music education include success in developing intelligence, school, life, and society.
Theatre Communications Groups
Theatre Communications Groups (TCG) is the national organization for the American theatre that fosters communication among professionals, communities and university theatres. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through our conferences, events, research and communications and grants. TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.
VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability
VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power in people with disabilities.
Miscellaneous Arts Resources
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Historic Preservation/History/HumanitiesAdvisory Council on Historic PreservationThe Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
American Association of Museums
AAM is the only organization representing the entire scope of museums and professionals and non-paid staff who work for and with museums. Every type of museum is represented including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.
American Association for State and Local History
The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.
The mission of Heritage Preservation is to preserve the nationís heritage for future generations through innovative leadership, education, and programs. Heritage Preservation is working to save the objects that embody our history, partnering with conservators, museums, civic groups, and concerned individuals across the nation who care about preserving our past.
Institute of Museum & Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nationís 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.
Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program helps maintain and improve operations through a confidential, consultative process. They provide guidance in meeting priorities and goals and understanding how your museum compares to standards and best practices.
National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the District of Columbia. It acts as a communications vehicle among the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO) and their staffs and represents the SHPOs with federal agencies and national preservation organizations.
National Park Service
Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities.
New England Museum Association The mission of the New England Museum Association (NEMA) is to strengthen member museums and museums in the region. To achieve this mission, NEMA fosters communication and ethical conduct; provides professional development; promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community.
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
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American Automobile Association
For over 100 years, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has served its members on the road and around the world. AAA offers extensive services with cars and driving, travel, insurance, banking and loan needs.
Destination Marketing Association International
As the worldís largest and most reliable resource for official destination marketing organizations, with offices in North America and Europe, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of over 2,800 professionals from nearly 650 destination marketing organizations in over 30 countries. DMAI provides its members with professionals, industry partners, students & educators with the most cutting-edge educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing benefits available worldwide.
Discover New England
Organization of six New England state travel directors for the purpose of cooperatively promoting Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries' goal is to enhance the international competitiveness of the United States travel and tourism industry and increase its exports, thereby creating U.S. employment and economic growth.
Travel and Tourism Research Association
The Travel and Tourism Research Association facilitates access to numerous sources of information to support your research efforts, educations members in research, marketing and planning skills through publications, conferences and networking, encourages professional development and recognizes research and marketing excellence through its awards program, creates opportunities to interact with your peers throughout the industry, fosters development of travel and tourism research and related curricula in institutes of higher education and promotes the development and application of professional research in the travel and tourism industry.
U.S Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association is a non-profit trade organization that represents and speaks for the common interests of the $740 billion U.S. travel industry. Its mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
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Local & State Resources
CTvisit.com - Connecticut's Official Tourism website
If ever you wanted to travel back in time, now is your chance. As one of Americaís oldest states, Connecticut has a deep and fascinating history. Explore the lives of past inventors, war heroes, authors, poets and key leaders in African American history (to name only a few) Ė no time machine necessary!
Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media
The Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media is the statewide contact for motion pictures, television and digital media production and serves as liaison between production companies, state agencies, municipalities, production facilities, local crew and vendors.
Connecticut Freedom Trail
In recognizing the importance to Connecticut of numerous sites in the state that are associated with the heritage and movement towards freedom of its African American citizens, the Connecticut General Assembly in 1995 authorized that these locations be developed into a Freedom Trail. Included on the trail are buildings reported to have been used on the Underground Railroad, sites associated with the Amistad case of 1839-1842, and gravesites, monuments, homes, and other structures that represent the concept of freedom so cherished in the American mind.
Connecticut Humanities Council
The Connecticut Humanities Council is a public foundation incorporated in 1973 as a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to provide opportunities for all the people of Connecticut to rediscover the joy of lifelong learning, to see themselves in the full context of their history and heritage, and to explore the infinite varieties of human thought and experience contained in our literature and expressed in our arts that give shape and direction to our lives.
Heritage Resource Center
Connecticut Heritage Gateway
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to preserving the state's historic architecture, streetscapes, urban neighborhoods and country landscapes.
Connecticut Main Street Center
The Connecticut Main Street Center is the state's leading resource for cities and towns seeking to comprehensively revitalize their "main street" districts. They provide solutions to help Connecticut's main streets once more become thriving centers of commercial and social activity.
Connecticut Archaeology Center
The Connecticut Archaeology Center, located at University of Connecticut in Storrs, is evolving to serve a variety of audiences - federal, state and town officials, professional and amateur archaeologists, academics, graduate and undergraduate students, K-12 educators, community groups, and the general public - with a variety of tools and services including professional training, research resources, university teaching, professional publications, public and school programming, exhibits, educational kits and internet resources.
State of Connecticut has three tourism regions.
Connecticut Lodging Association
The Connecticut Lodging Association (CLA) is the state affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is the only industry trade association of Connecticutís $2.7 billion lodging industry, representing the interests of more than 200 hotel and industry suppliers in Connecticut. Founded in 1904, CLA supports its members by providing ongoing representation at the legislature and governmental agencies, by providing educational support and by brokering strategic partnerships.
Connecticut Restaurant Association
The Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) has been a vital part of the state's hospitality industry since 1973. CRA speaks for nearly 600 hospitality professionals who serve their guests in over 1,000 locations throughout Connecticut. The CRA works closely with the Connecticut Lodging Association and the Connecticut General Assembly to accomplish its work for the membership.
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve.
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is a statewide association of grantmakers and the hub of philanthropy in Connecticut. As a nonprofit organization, the Council is dedicated to providing members with the highest quality programs, resources and services, networking opportunities, and insight and news about grantmaking and philanthropy.
State of Connecticut Governor's Page
The supreme executive power of the State is vested by the Constitution in the Governor. The Governor (1) provides the executive direction and supervision over the Executive Branch including 55,000 employees; (2) appoints agency/department commissioners, members of boards and commissions, trustees and other officials; (3) presents a two-year budget package to the General Assembly; and (4) approves or vetoes legislation approved by both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly.
State of Connecticut Lieutenant Governor's Page
The Lieutenant Governor is the elected constitutional officer who is charged with succeeding the Governor in the event of the Governorís death, resignation, refusal to serve or removal from office during the term; operating the state government during the Governorís absence from the state; and presiding over the State Senate and casting the tie-breaking vote when the Senate is equally divided.
State of Connecticut
Within its compact borders, Connecticut has forested hills, new urban skylines, shoreline beaches, white-steeple colonial churches, and historic village greens. There are classic Ivy League schools, modern expressways, great corporate offices, and small farms. Connecticut is a thriving center of business, as well as a vacation land. It is both a New England state, and suburban to New York City.
The Connecticut General Assembly
The Connecticut General Assembly is the legislative branch of State Government. The General Assembly, which is made up of the House of Representatives (151 members) and the Senate (36 members), enacts laws dealing with the collection and allocation of funds, public welfare, the environment, education, public works, civil and criminal law and other matters.
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