Northeast Region Roundtables
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) recently announced that the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition will serve as the Designated Regional Service Organization for towns in Windham and Tolland Counties beginning in January 2021.
COA partners with Designated Regional Service Organizations (DRSO) that serve as local field offices to constituents and citizens. It is well understood that a variety of arts and culture entities working collaboratively across communities can spur a vibrant and robust creative economy. This statewide network of service providers plays a key role that is mutually beneficial to the state’s citizens, the creative economy and the regional arts and cultural infrastructure.
The towns in the Windham and Tolland Counties to now be served by the Cultural Coalition are Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Stafford, Sterling, Thompson, Union, Willimantic, Willington, Windham and Woodstock.
Over the next 12-18 months, as part of a strategic process, the Cultural Coalition will meet with artists, arts and cultural businesses, community organizations, municipal leaders and economic development agencies located in/or serving the towns in their region. Monthly public round tables will be hosted virtually to gather information, to hear from constituents and to provide information to respond to the needs of Northeastern Connecticut’s creative sector.
Monthly Roundtables Schedule (all virtual via zoom, times TBA)
Feb 25 at Noon (12pm) – Info Session on NER DRSO (goals, timeline, opportunities, Q&A) REGISTER
Mar 25 – Individual artists input session
April 29 – Update from SCCC and input from community
May 27 – Public input session
June 24 – Topic TBA
July 29 – Topic TBA
Aug 26 – Topic TBA
Sept 23 – Topic TBA
Oct 28 – Topic TBA
Nov 18 (due to Thanksgiving) – Topic TBA
Dec No Meeting – Final Recommendations outlined
Become a Northeast Region Contact
The Cultural Coalition and the Office of the Arts encourages registering as a Northeast Region contact. By doing so, you are providing the Cultural Coalition with basic information to better serve you. The Cultural Coalition will:
- Invite you to attend its programs, round table/stakeholder conversations, events and other activities.
- Add you to a monthly e-newsletter list and you will receive communications with other relevant information.
- Advocate for the arts, cultural and creative sector in Northeastern Connecticut.
A registration form specifically for the Northeast Connecticut region can be found HERE.