Virtual Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition meeting for the arts, cultural and creative community



Please join us for a virtual Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition meeting for our region’s arts, cultural and creative community, registered partners and interested stakeholders to hear the latest updates and information about covid-19 response and relief. Open to the public.

Introduction & Brief Update from the Cultural Coalition – Wendy Bury, Executive Director

Featured Guests:

  • Liz Shapiro, State Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums – Office of the Arts/Department of Economic & Community Development 
    • Updates from COA, relevant sector news and current & upcoming grants
  • Matt Pugliese, Associate Director & Matt Nemeth, Business Advisor – CT Small Business Development Center/SBA
    • Updates about SBA relief programs (EIDL, PPP, etc.) and Q&A with your questions

Wednesday, April 29 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To register to attend, click HERE.
Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation with the zoom meeting link and password.

Have questions for Liz, Matt or Matt? Please send any specific questions for any of the presenters in advance and by 5 pm on Tuesday, 4/28  to Deb Mathiasen at

CT Office of the Arts (COA) – Works to inspire a culture of creativity in Connecticut by supporting arts making and arts participation for all people. COA
Elizabeth Shapiro – Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums
In this position, she oversees the operation of the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the State Historic Preservation Office. Shapiro spent six years as the Executive Director of the Connecticut League of History Organizations, the professional networking and support organization for volunteers and professionals working in public history in Connecticut.

CT Small Business Development Center – Provides professional, confidential, no-cost business advising, and COVID-19 advising on Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other SBA programs.
Matt Pugliese – Associate Director
“Matt Pugliese has spent his career working in the performing arts, community development, and higher education. Prior to joining the CT Small Business Development Center, he served as Executive Producer and Managing Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre at UCONN-Storrs and as Executive Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre in Middletown, CT. He taught Financial Management in UCONN’s MFA in Arts Administration degree program.”
Matt Nemeth – Business Advisor
“My background as a musician and music industry entrepreneur led me to CTSBDC. The opportunity to help others cultivate their business is the cornerstone of entrepreneurial spirit and I’m honored to help my community thrive.”

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