Thursday, February 18, 2016

Job Opportunity - Full Time Graphic Designer

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Graphic Designer, Marketing/eCommerce

Graphic Designer, Marketing/eCommerce

February 13, 2016 - March 31, 2016, 12:00 am - 6:00 am

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Melissa & Doug, Wilton

Melissa & Doug, a leading children’s toy company, is looking for a talented Graphic Designer to join their team. This role will report directly to the Chief Marketing Officer while also working under the Creative Director, when applicable.
Candidates should have excellent design skills and a sense of whimsy that is applicable to children’s products. Our timeless children’s products are geared to the specialty and mass markets, and include toys, arts and crafts, activity books, puzzles and games.
This designer will support and drive the visual aesthetic for the Melissa & Doug brand worldwide (including style guide extensions and “brand look and feel”). You should have a strong graphic eye and be able to style for photo shoots and video production. You will be creating marketing and promotional materials (inserts, new product launch assets, print ads, and retail POS) in addition to web assets (email, display banners, content within video assets, site content) for, and therefore should have a good sense of UX/UI for eCommerce site creative. Lastly, you should be a self-motivator with lots of enthusiasm and ability to work on high visibility projects under tight deadlines.
Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
  • Communicate with marketing and eCommerce teams on design briefs, to set the stage and marketing objective(s) for asset creation
  • Design marketing, promotion, and eCommerce assets across the marketing mix, including Point of Sale and Public Relations
  • Assist with in-house photo and video shoots
  • Edit and format product imagery for placement on our website, e-mail campaigns, and in advertising materials
  • Work with copy editing, photography, videography and the product design team throughout the process, if applicable
  • Manage your own project prioritization and work plan to ensure “go live” and insertion dates are met, consistently
Specific Skills
  • BFA or equivalent degree in Graphic Design required
  • 5+ years of experience in graphic design
  • Ui/Ux Design for desktop & iOS mobile devices
  • Experience in designing for eCommerce (including UX/UI design) and digital performance marketing channels
  • Advanced command of full Adobe Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Knowledge of print production and an understanding of its limitations.
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a PC-based environment
About Melissa & Doug
Melissa & Doug toys are designed to nurture creativity and imagination. From classic wooden toys to creative crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug's products inspire exploration and enrich children's lives in a way that's as engaging as playtime itself!
Since the Company's founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative children’s products with a commitment to uncompromising quality, safety, service and value. Well-designed, durable playthings should be accessible to all, and Melissa & Doug strives to foster wonder and a lifelong love of learning in children throughout the world.
Please send a resume and a portfolio sample (PDF format only. 5MB maximum size).
This position is full-time and located at our office in Wilton, CT.
NOTE: Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US in order to apply.
Benefits include: 
Generous compensation, medical, 401K, flexible spending plans, significant employee discounts.
Job Type: Full-time
Required experience:
  • Graphic Design: 5 years
Required education:
  • Bachelor's

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Grants for Artists

Grants Information Session
Mon. Feb. 29, 2016
2pm - 4pm
Stepping Stones Museum
for Children
303 West Ave., Norwalk
RSVP here to attend
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has announced four state-wide funding opportunities with an Intent-to-Submit deadline of March 15. The grants are as follows: 
FY2017 ARTS & COMMUNITY IMPACT Project Grants - New or adapted arts-based projects that create meaningful relationships with non-arts stakeholders and connect intrinsic values of the arts to identifiable community need. $5,000-10,000; $10,000-20,000.
FY2017 ARTS LEARNING Project Grants - Arts in education-based projects that engage partners to advance teaching and learning in the arts, through quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences in a community setting. $5,000-20,000.
FY2017 PUBLIC ART Community Project Grants - Provides funding for community based public art projects. $5,000-$20,000
FY2017 Supporting Arts in Place (operating support) - Predominantly unrestricted operating support determined via funding calculations primarily generated from organizational data.
• FY2017 Regional Initiative Grants ($1,000-$4,000) will also be discussed. The deadline for the Regional Initiative grants is July 29, 2016.
Click on titles above for further information on each grant line. See Grants-At-a-Glance one-sheet explanation and comparison of all grants. For the first four grant types above, an Intent to Submit must be filed by March 15, using COA’s on-line e-granting portal accessible here. Applicants must create an account, or sign in. 
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has organized a 
Grants Information Session at 
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 
303 West Ave., Norwalk
Monday February 29, 2-4pm
RSVP here in order to attend.
Questions? Call 203-256-2329 or email here
If you cannot attend, you will be welcome at sessions presented by other Designated Regional Service Organizations. Currently other sessions are as follows:
Northwest CT Arts Council
Thursday, February 25th 9am
82 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Register here.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
Thursday, February 25th 1:00 – 3:00 PM
@287 Gallery & Meeting Place, 287 Main Street, Danbury
Register here

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Friday, February 26th at 10:00am
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Third Floor Conference Room, 70 Audubon St., New Haven. For more information call: (203) 772-2788

Additional sessions will be announced here once they become available. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Auditions for Musicals at Richter

Musicals at Richter's 2016 Season
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Put On Your Sunday Clothes and prepare to get Footloose and fancy free….now in Technicolor!

Directed by Bradford Blake
June 10th _ 25th
“It Only Takes A Moment” to fall in love with this Broadway classic about professional meddler and matchmaker Dolly Levi! “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” and join the Musicals at Richter family as they open their 2016 Season with Hello, Dolly! We are thrilled to have former MAR Artistic Director, Bradford Blake, put his own spin on the show before it makes its Broadway comeback in 2017.  Get your tickets “Before the Parade Passes By!

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Directed by Matthew Farina
July 1st – 16th
If you’ve been “Holding Out For a Hero” your wait is over! “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Ren McCormick as he proves to his new town that “Dancing Is Not a Crime.”  We are excited to have MAR alumni Matthew Farina back this year after his fantastic directorial debut last season with Hairspray. “Can You Find it in Your Heart” to support another rocking musical here at Richter?

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Directed by Jane Matson
July 22nd – August 6th 
Before you “Close Every Door” open your closet and take out your most colorful ensemble.  “Any Dream Will Do” as we follow  “Jacob and Sons,” particularly his favorite Joseph throughout this epic, multicolored musical. We are honored to welcome back Alumni Jane Matson to Musicals at Richter who is looking forward to closing our season with this large than life musical parable.   “Go Go Go Joseph” and  buy your tickets!

Season Auditions 
Thursday, March 24:
 7-9pm (Open Call)
Friday, March 25: 
7-9pm (Open Call)
Saturday, March 26: 
10-1pm (kids), 
1:30-4pm (Open Call)
Sunday, April 3 

Additional auditions available by appointment. Please mail 
Audition details to follow

Call to artists!

Artists are invited to Submit Applications

The nonprofit Friends of the Ives will present the first “Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. This two-day event will feature a wide variety of high-quality original works and a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Food and live music, along with art classes, demonstrations and children’s events also will be included. The event will be rain or shine.
The jurying and application system will be digital. Jurors will view the artists’ work and accompanying descriptions in a self-paced environment, taking the time needed to accurately evaluate each application.
Artists are invited to submit applications at beginning Monday, Feb. 1. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 1. The cost is $25 to apply. A program directory and the Ives website will showcase each artist’s work and provide artist contact information.
Ives Concert Park is the ideal location to host this event that seeks to advance the visual arts in Western Connecticut by providing increased visibility for artists. The long term goal of the Art at Ives Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show is to expand awareness of the arts and enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region for years to come.
The Ives’ lush oasis of natural beauty on Danbury’s west side hosts world-renowned artists in a wide variety of music and theater genres. The venue pays tribute to its storied roots in classical music while acknowledging the ongoing evolution of the art of live performance. With entertainment that ranges from enlightening to awe-inspiring, the Ives reflects the diverse multicultural community in which it resides; embracing the unique attributes that the artists and patrons bring to the site. A common love of the arts and the beauty of nature bring fans to the grounds. Shared experiences at the Ives create the fabric of our community.
The Ives has partnered with the Western Connecticut State University Department of Art, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Brookfield Craft Center to develop this event.  For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Call to artists!

State Arts Grants 2017 Information Session

Thursday, February 25   1:00 - 3:00 PM


287 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810


Get familiar with State Arts Grants!
Better determine which is the best fit!
Letter of intent required by March 15
  • Arts & Community Impact Project Grants
  • Arts Learning Project Grants 
  • Public Art Community Project Grants
  • Regional Initiative Arts Project Grants (letter of intent is not required)
  • Supporting Arts in Place Grants
We strongly encourage you to attend if you have an interest in applying. Applies to representatives from arts organizations, municipal art departments, artists, arts programs of 501c-3 non-arts organizations, Pre K-12 schools and PTO's, venues that present arts programming - all welcome!    REGISTER

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

David Skora

David writes, "If all artists made the kind of art that tries to please everyone what you get is a boring vanilla world made up of automatons and sheep. A lot of conceptual art is challenging to look at and think about and a lot of it is crap.....this happens with everything else, Art, Music, Literature, Theater, Dance, etc. To get to the great stuff in Art, Music, Literature, Theater, Dance, etc. you have to explore all options, by experimenting and making the work challenging. Beloved artists like Van Gogh were thought in their time to be worthless and terrible. would you throw away a Van Gogh today? It's all perspective. Sure a lot of the conceptual art is shit but after going to a museum or gallery and seeing and experiencing art what do you remember seeing? probably the conceptual art that pissed you digs into your skin and makes you look at your self differently (a lot of people don't like that and want to play it safe all the time)...and that is the point of art.... hopefully to look at yourself and your world differently. on the other hand, if you don't like looking at challenging art you can always buy the poster of a kitty hanging on a bar with the words "hang in there baby" buy that poster and stick it up on your wall, tune your radio to top golden oldies station, sit back with a cup of warm milk and enjoy your boring life."