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February 15, 2017 e-newsletter 
In this week's e-newsletter:
The Writers Circle                                                   Isaac Newton's Little Apple Circus
Technical Support Workshop Series                       Dinosaur Days at the Peabody
Arts Day at the Capitol                                            Modern Dance Classes
Exhibits                                                                   Artwork Critique
Stories of a New America                                       Artist Survey
Music                                                                      Call for Entries
Film                                                                         Milton Fisher Scholarship
Literary Events
The Writers Circle is an Arts Council program created in partnership with the Institute Library to develop and support Greater New Haven’s growing community of writers. The Writers Circle encourages its members to improve their craft and share their work through write-ins, guest lectures with working writers, workshops, and readings. We host events at the Arts Council, 70 Audubon Street, at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, and other partner locations. We are excited about our Writers Circle Series for 2017!
February 23rd: Lunch & Learn at the Arts Council for Greater New Haven from 12pm-2pm
March 11th: Write-in with Daisy Abreu from 11am-2pm
April 19th: In conversation, an evening with a local author from 6pm-8pm
May 25th: Lunch & Learn at the Art Council for Greater New Haven from 12pm-2pm
June 10th: Write-in with Daisy Abreu from 11am-2pm
September 13th: In conversation, an evening with a local author from 6pm-8pm
October 26th: Lunch & Learn at the Art Council for Greater New Haven from 12pm-2pm
November 11th: Write-in with Daisy Abreu from 11am-2pm
December 12th: Open Mic from 6pm-8pm
You can purchase tickets to these events by clicking HERE
The Arts Council presents a Technical Support Workshop Series for artists and arts organizations which will include topics such as tax preperation, financial planning, promotion, grants and more. March will consist of two workshops on budgets and financial planning with Suneet Talpade, a business financial consultant with Accounts Management, a tax and bookkeeping firm in Berlin, CT.
How To Do a Grant Budget: Learn the ins and outs of creating a budget for your grant
Wednesday, March 1st, 5:30-7:30pm

Arts Council Conference Room, 70 Audubon Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven
$5 members, $15 non-members
Light refreshments will be served
Register online here
Financial Literacy Workshop: Learn the importance of understanding and interpreting financial data to better plan for the future
Wednesday, March 8th, 12:30-2:30pm

Arts Council Conference Room, 70 Audubon Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven
$5 members, $15 non-members
Light refreshments will be served
Register online here
The Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with the state’s nine Regional Arts Organizations, including The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, presents an annual Arts Day to celebrate Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and to reaffirm the role the arts play in our state.
CT Arts Day 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol in Hartford.
The theme of this year’s event is Moving Forward: Connecting Cultural and Creative Industries. The day will include networking opportunities, workshops, performances, and interactive opportunities to share your #CTARTS17 stories.
Join us for this opportunity to support the arts in the great State of Connecticut. Let us know when you register by emailing and we will provide you with a bright green AC emblem to display your commitment to the arts in our community and to The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. We hope to see you there!
Artwork by Jennifer McCandless
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Narrative Abstracts, at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center. Narrative Abstracts brings together six artists who, through their respective mediums, combine abstract visual elements with representational imagery, weaving narratives about personal, cultural and global issues. The participating artists are Lani Asuncion, Loren Britton, Megan Craig, Phyllis Crowley, Jennifer McCandless & Polly Allison Shindler.
The Arts Council will host an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception will feature resident artists talks, 2-2:30 p.m. with Peter Hunt and Estelle Glasser, and Narrative Abstracts Artist Talks, 2:30-3 p.m. with Megan Craig and Loren Britton.
The exhibition, curated by Debbie Hesse, will be on view to the public through April 28, 2017, at the gallery located at 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
For more information about Narrative Abstracts and Perspectives...The Gallery at Whitney Center or to become an Arts Council member, please visit The Arts Council website at or email or call (203) 772-2788.
Soul Expressions
Soul de Cuba Cafe creates space to showcase local artists.  This is one of the many ways that we engage with you, New Haven!
Join us on February 21st from 5pm - 7pm for a reception with Aileen Ishmael. Drink Specials, Wine & Snacks!   Art available for purchase. Aileen's work will remain on display until February 28th! 
Words from the Artist: When I create a work of art, I want my audience to be drawn in by the beauty of a piece. Their impression once they are up close and personal, is something else entirely.  They might find more beauty, or a message that might be thought-provoking. Whatever you find, I hope it leaves a lasting impression.  My name is Aileen Ishmael and I am a mixed media artist
Soul de Cuba Cafe, 283 Crown Street, New Haven
Little Rock, Robert Lisak
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.
“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.
Stories of a New America: A Staged Reading by The Ensemble of Collective Consciousness Theatre
Directed by Jenny Nelson
Feb. 16-18, 2017 
At Collective Consciousness Theatre, Erector Square, 315 Peck Street, New Haven
In a partnership with IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), CCT developed this play through interviews with more than 100 refugees who have resettled, because of civil unrest in their homeland, in New Haven. Capturing their hopes, fears, past and present, this production is brought to life by six multilingual artists playing more than two dozen roles. This unique play that features diverse stories from Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba and the Congo has already been recognized in the local and national media as a “powerful, original work relevant to the world today.”
Each evening will feature a post show panel discussion with IRIS staff and members of our community. Buy tickets for this very timely play today at The proceeds from this staged reading will go to support a school tour of the full production throughout Connecticut during March and April. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students.
Yale University alum, Perry So, will guest conduct Orchestra New England (O.N.E.) in “A Night of Firsts: an Opera, a Debut, a Premiere”
Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm
, United Church on the Green, 270 Temple Street
Making his O.N.E. debut, internationally-touring conductor Perry So will present Igor Stravinsky’s one-act chamber opera Renard, featuring four members of the Yale Opera program; dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1770 opera Les Boreades ;Edgar Varese’s emotional and colorful Octandre; and a world premiere performance of Connecticut composer Joseph Russo’s New England Portrait.
Tickets: $20 General Admission; $35 premium seating; $5 students at the door. Visit or call 203-777-4690.
The Second Movement: A New (Haven) Concert Series
Saturday, February 18th, 7:30 PM
Lyric Hall
827 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT
Suggested Donation: $20/$10
For more information:
Colors play a special role in our global culture.  People may identify themselves to the world by the colors of their nation’s flag, while the entire LGBTQ community uses the rainbow as a symbol of solidarity in its inherent diversity. As musicians, we also use the concept of color more often than any other non-aural sense to convey the music to our audience. This concert, our first in historic Lyric Hall, will feature the subtle hues of Claude Debussy, the playful pastels of Francis Poulenc, and the stark primaries of Robert Muczynski.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Guest drummer Aly Tatchöl Camara
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents the family-friendly Anansi the Spider
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00pm
Davis Street School – New Haven
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00pm
Shelton Intermediate School – Shelton
Featuring: Rich Clymer, trumpet; Scott Cranston, trombone; William Braun, piano; Aly Tatchöl Camara, drums; George McTyre and Cheri Brooks; actors
Tickets: Free Admission; No prior registration required

Best Video Fim & Cultural Center
1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
Mondays, 7:15pm; $7. Short intro followed by optional discussion afterward. A ballot will be provided and a prize given to the person with the most winners.
February 20: ARRIVAL – When gigantic spaceships touch down around the world, linguistic professor (Amy Adams) races against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrials, taking a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. “Epic and intimate.” (Christopher Orr, The Atlantic) “This deeply thoughtful, profoundly compassionate sci-fi movie beautifully mixes realism with a sense of wonder.” (Common Sense Media) The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

The Institute Library Presents The Difficult to Name Reading Series in New Haven
Featuring readings and performances by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Saul Fussiner, Sam Huber, Sonya Huber, Sophfronia Scott, Sophia Veltfort, & Alex Werrell
Hosted by Ryan Sartor
Yusef Komunyakaa, Poetry Reading
Thursday, February 23, 4:00 PM
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Louisiana Writers Award. About his work, the poet Toi Derricotte wrote for the Kenyon Review, “[Yusef Komunyakaa] takes on the most complex moral issues, the most harrowing ugly subjects of our American life. His voice, whether it embodies the specific experiences of a black man, a soldier in Vietnam, or a child, is universal. It shows us in ever deeper ways what it is to be human.” The Beinecke Library acquired the papers of Yusef Komunyakaa in 2014.
ARTFARM will be presenting the public premiere of its newest touring performance – Isaac Newton’s Little Apple Circus – on Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm. The performance will take place at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown.
This 50 minute performance introduces the basics of Classical Mechanics through the skills, spectacle and comedy of circus. Sir Isaac Newton is initially appalled that his one man show has been crashed by the 17th century French physicist Emilie du Chatelet, but he begrudgingly shares the stage with her and the two quickly discover that two great minds are better than one. Through acrobatics, comedy, juggling, balancing, plate spinning and lots of audience interaction, Isaac and Emilie share the fundamental physics concepts that are at play in the circus. All ages will be entertained and maybe even educated a little, and young people will be introduced to one of the great, but little known, scientists of all time, Emilie du Chatelet.
Isaac Newton’s Little Apple Circus has been touring elementary and middle schools throughout Connecticut for the past year, but this is the first public performance of the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $20 per family and can be reserved at Ticket sales will support circus programming for young people at Oddfellows.
Saturday, February 18, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, February 19, noon to 4pm

Puppet Show each day!
Free with Museum admission, membership or Yale ID
Join us for our annual celebration of paleontology and dinosaurs. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family, including our famous fossil dig and an extensive fossil touch table. In the Great Hall of Dinosaurs under a towering, 150-million-year-old Brontosaurus, meet with Museum experts to learn interesting facts about dinosaur anatomy, feathers, coloration, habits and more. Visit "Dinosaurs in Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx," a new exhibition about the small, feathered dinosaur that is the earliest link between extinct dinosaurs and living birds. For more info, visit THIS LINK

Adults of all ages welcome - beginning and intermediate levels
ANNIE SAILER STUDIO, Building 2, 1st Flr,  Studio D, Erector Square, 315 Peck St., New Haven;
Talcott Ridge by William Simpson, oil
A critique of selected works, currently on exhibit in the Madison Art Society's 42nd Annual Show, will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  William Simpson, an oil painter and drawer of large scale charcoal works will offer comments and constructive criticism providing learning opportunities for artists and non artists alike.
The critique will take place in the community room at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  Mr. Simpson will also select the recipient of the Madison Art Society Critic's Choice Award from the 122 artworks on exhibit.
William Simpson is an oil painting instructor at the West Hartford Art League and the Windsor Art Center. He is represented by Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA. The public is invited to the critique and to see the show. The artworks can also be viewed during the library's regular hours until February 25, 2017.

Hull's Art Supply & Framing is reaching out to you today to tell you about an exciting initiative in the world of fine art. We are partnering with a major manufacturer of fine art supplies, on a market research study with artists like you. Through this study, our partner hopes to learn more about artist likes and dislikes related to the supplies currently available in the marketplace, as well as awareness and usage of various products.
A 3rd party marketing research firm, KS&R (, is conducting a 10-15 minute online survey over the next few weeks.  All respondents who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of three chances to win a $250.00 HULL'S Art Supply And Framing Gift Certificate.  People who participate in these online surveys indicate that they really enjoy the experience (and the chance to win $250 towards art supplies is an added bonus!).
If you are interested in learning more, please click the link below where you will find a series of questions to determine if you qualify for the study. Those who qualify will go directly into the survey.
If you have questions about the survey, please email:
Art League of New Britain Call for Entries 
7th Annual Juried Photo Show
Juried for Entry and Prizes
March 10-March 26, 2017
Juror: Ben Barker, Photographer/instructor, Ethel Walker School, Simsbury

Carriage Barn Arts Center Call for Entries
Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2017

More info at:
2017 Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Applications due: April 30, 2017
We offer up to $20,000 (up to $5000 per year for four years) We are seeking applications from students who have created and implemented an original, innovative project and who can explain its impact. Eligibility rules,
online application, answers to frequently asked questions and information about previous winners can be found oline at
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