Meet Our Members: Sally Rogers

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


Sally Rogers began her career as a full-time touring musician in 1979, after encouragement from Stan Rogers, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter.  That was followed by an invitation from Garrison Keillor to appear on A Prairie Home Companion.  She appeared more than a dozen times on that show, which launched her performing career.  Her travels have since taken her to Europe, China, Hungary and Poland, England and Scotland, and across the United States.

Sally has released thirteen albums, not including several collaborative projects with other artists. Her first album, The Unclaimed Pint, has stood the test of time and continues to be a big seller. Her songs are included in the Unitarian Hymnal, the Quaker songbook, Rise Up Singing, Rise Again and both national music textbook series. Several of her songs are considered to be folk music classics.

Although much of Rogers’ time is spent teaching music in the public schools and being an artist-in-residence these days, she continues to perform in concerts as opportunities arise.  Her gorgeous singing voice, boundless energy and good humor are welcomed from coast to coast.

PHOTO: (l-r) Sally Rogers with her dulcimer, and with husband and musical partner, Howie Bursen.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!

Meet Our Members: La Grua Center

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


La Grua Center is a small nonprofit cultural center—open to all—offering a wide variety of concerts, talks, and art exhibitions in a welcoming space with distinctive acoustics located in Stonington Borough. It is also a beautiful rental venue for classes, meetings, celebrations, and other community gatherings.

Their signature monthly series of Saturday afternoon concerts of classical and early music, and world-ethnic-folk music is called Music Matters. These curated concerts allow people in our community to experience live acoustic music in an intimate setting, in an ambience that invites musicians to communicate with immediacy and warmth. 

On Our Minds and The World Comes to La Grua talk series present speakers who share their expertise in current events, world affairs, journalism, the economy, environment, health, and more. The abundance of cultural resources in our region allows us to enjoy conversations with artists, authors, producers, and historians in our Behind the Curtain, Local Treasures, and Good Stories Well Told series.


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!

Meet Our Members: Out Film CT

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


Since 1987 (originally as AlteRnaTiveS) Out Film CT has entertained, educated, and promoted community through the exhibition of LGBTQ film. A volunteer, nonprofit cultural organization, Out Film CT is dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBTQ cinema and other theatrical events throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival. The event this year will be held on May 29 through June 6.

Connecticut’s longest-running film festival, now celebrating its 33rd season, holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate, and rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBTQ community unique.

Out Film CT also presents the monthly Queer Thursdays (usually shown on the second Thursday of each month) film series in partnership with Cinestudio, located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford.

To learn more, visit OutFilmCT.org.

PHOTO CREDITS: Cinestudio doorway: Helder Mira, The Trinity Reporter. Cinestudio seats: Shane Engstrom, Out Film CT Festival Director/President.


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Meet Our Members: The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture

Connecticut Arts Alliance continues a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun in 2019, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut to collectively raise our voice and increase recognition of the important role the arts play in building and inspiring an equitable, vibrant, and connected Connecticut.


The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, an independently incorporated and managed not-for-profit organization located in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, owns and exhibits a vital collection of nearly 7,000 works of art, artifacts, and popular culture objects that document the experience, expressions, and history of people of African descent in America.

Its latest exhibit, Freedom & Fragility, by guest curator Amy Sailor, is now on view through June 21.

Freedom, 1863-2020….Are we there yet?

The promise of “Freedom” for all, though a cornerstone of American values, remains largely fraught to this day. While the Union’s victory over the Confederacy would secure the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States, African Americans continued to face recurring challenges aimed at preserving the former racial hierarchy.

Resiliency would characterize the struggle of the African diaspora who survived the middle passage and earned their freedom in the United States of America. In the works of artists Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence, and Sheila Pree Bright is an enduring spirit that portrays the challenges and risks African Americans face in exercising their rights. Despite new liberties given to the formerly enslaved and their descendants, the notion of freedom in America is fragile, as continued struggles towards equity define the Black experience.

See the exhibition, join the conversations! Learn more at www.amistadcenter.org.

PHOTO: Eartha Kitt by Philipe Halsman – 1954 – Gelatin Silver Print


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Member today!

A Year of Accomplishments with CAA

Connecticut began 2019 with the inauguration of Governor Ned Lamont following an election in which CAA’s Create the Vote CT campaign encouraged candidates and voters to consider the impact of arts and culture on our towns and cities, schools, and economy. As a result of CAA’s efforts, the new Governor formed an Arts, Culture and Tourism Transition Policy Committee to present recommendations to his incoming administration.

Also this year, CAA kicked off its first membership campaign to support the organization and the arts and culture community throughout our state. By the end of the year, 60 Charter Members had joined CAA. The membership represents 25 towns and cities throughout Connecticut, all eight counties, and the artistic disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, and arts education.

In March, CAA led a delegation of Connecticut artists, arts administrators, and advocates to Washington, D.C. for the Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts. Our group visited the offices of both Senators and all five Representatives to advocate for increased funding for the NEA and arts-related legislation.

Connecticut’s own Arts, Culture and Tourism Advocacy Day was held in April, and over two hundred arts and tourism advocates attended. Among the accomplishments of the day, a unanimous vote to change the name of the legislative Tourism Caucus to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus was a significant achievement for our industry.

In May, CAA hosted a reception for members and guests following Connecticut Arts Day , which was organized and operated by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, in New Haven. The day included special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.

As Connecticut’s legislative session ended in June, CAA updated its members on General Assembly accomplishments . Calls to action and Federal legislative updates continued through the summer, and CAA published out-of-session advocacy tips in the fall.

Throughout the year, a significant project for CAA has been the development of a Strategic Plan. The plan’s actions—which include increasing fundraising, hiring a full-time executive director, changing the make-up of the board of directors, upgrading databases, developing state-wide educational campaigns, and establishing a sustainable business model—are aimed at positioning Connecticut Arts Alliance to ensure that the arts are valued as fundamental components of a vibrant, healthy, connected, and equitable Connecticut!

Meet Our Members: The Wadsworth Atheneum

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

Founded in 1842 with a vision for infusing art into the American experience, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity through Modernism as well as American art from the 1600s through today. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, opening its doors to the public in 1844.

The Wadsworth Atheneum has paved the way for encyclopedic museums across the country, presenting engaging and groundbreaking exhibitions that explore every era of art history while consistently being at the forefront of collecting works by diverse artists. Today, visitors to the Wadsworth galleries find captivating and innovative programs mining the iconic holdings and offering new stories that illustrate the breadth and quality of the collection.

Highlights include the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts; world-renowned Baroque and Surrealist paintings; an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes; European and American Impressionist paintings; Modernist masterpieces; the Serge Lifar collecton of Ballets Russes drawings and costumes; the George A. Gay collection of prints; the Wallace Nutting collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts; the Samuel Colt firearms collection; costumes and textiles; African American art and artifacts; and contemporary art.


CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Meet Our Members: Artreach

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

Artreach, an Arts & Health Agency based in Norwich, has been supporting mental health and wellness through the creative and performing arts since 1985. Second Step Players comedy troupe has been a mainstay since the company’s inception, and the group performs original sketch comedy about mental health issues throughout Connecticut and in tours around the country.

The Players touring performances reach audiences from all walks of life: providers of mental health services, students in nursing and psychology programs, family members, and other people who have experienced psychiatric issues. Other programs include Artreach Heals Coffeehouse, Comedy Alchemy stand-up comedy troupe, artistic development programs, and wellness programs.

The Artreach community is supportive and fun. Artreach’s innovative approaches to wellness use the creative arts to help adults who have experienced psychiatric disorders achieve sustainable recovery. Performing educational theater and stand-up comedy locally and nationally enables Artreach to touch the hearts of audience members.


CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Meet Our Members: Greater New Britain Arts Alliance

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

The Greater New Britain Arts Alliance promotes the creative, performing, and visual arts in New Britain, Berlin, Newington, Plainville, and Southington. The Arts Alliance provides a unified voice for arts organizations, serves as a catalyst for arts-related collaborations, nurtures individual creative abilities, and advocates the arts as vital to the economic health and quality of life in the region.

Its website and weekly Happening Here newsletter promotes events and performances in the region.

GNBAA also operates the STOCKMAN Gallery, a staffed gallery space where artists’ work can be experienced and marketed.


CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Meet Our Members: Thrown Stone Theatre Company

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

Thrown Stone Theatre Company in Ridgefield presents new and reimagined plays that spark reflection, emotion, and conversation. The company cultivates artists and audiences through opportunity, education, and mentorship, emphasizing new work and unconventional approaches to repertoire. They are committed to integrity, inclusiveness, and using technology to serve the region with theater of distinction.

The company members of Thrown Stone believe that work is inseparable from the place where it grows. They honor and celebrate local character, culture, and history. All theater is site-specific, and Thrown Stone will highlight local facilities and resources in our productions.

Thrown Stone is named after an allegory by the 17th-century philosopher, Benedict de Spinoza. Opposing Descartes’ conception of free will, he argued that like thrown stones, we are set in motion by “the impulsion of an external cause” and are “necessarily determined by some external cause to exist and operate in a fixed and determinate manner.” It also sounds cool. Read more on the company’s About page.


CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

Meet Our Members: Rowayton Arts Center

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) has been a community cultural hub providing an accessible environment for the exchange of arts-related ideas. RAC’s open and airy building on the scenic banks of the Five Mile River is the setting for exhibits and receptions, along with classes and workshops for artists at all levels, attracting participants and visitors from the area and beyond. RAC now has more than 200 members, including nationally-recognized professionals, talented amateurs, beginners, and non-artists from Fairfield County and beyond.

RAC is dedicated to providing access to the arts through opportunity, education and outreach. RAC’s programs are supported by membership dues, class and workshop fees, commissions on sales, state grants, and donations from generous individuals, foundations, and civic-minded businesses.

Moving beyond our own membership, RAC reaches out to the community through arts-related activities, sometimes in cooperation with other organizations such as local libraries, historical societies, schools, environmental groups and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Each June, RAC invites everyone to join in a community plein-air painting competition and show with an opening reception that features live music and refreshments.


CAA is Connecticut’s ONLY statewide arts advocacy organization. If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!