What we care about

              ABOUT US

The Cultural Alliance connects with artists, creative entrepreneurs, arts and cultural organizations and we provide support to them. We engage the public, businesses, and government leaders  to advance the arts and integrate creativity in communities.

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Small Business

Find out how we provide support for creative small businesses to grow and prosper.

DEI and social justice

Social Justice

Learn why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Social Justice is at the core of everything we do.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Fact: when you partner with local cultural and arts organizations, you impact the entire community.

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Regional Marketing

Looking to contribute to a social and vibrant community? Let’s work together to get the word out. 

              ABOUT US

Meet our team

whose work allows us to advance our vision and to stay relevant.

STAFF

Lisa Scails
Lisa Scails

Executive Director

Lisa joined the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in 2007 with a background in civil rights, social service, and as a small business entrepreneur. Scails currently serves as a member of the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts; a member of the Western Connecticut Economic Develop District Advisory group; and an active partner with the CT Office of the Arts through the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson

Program Coordinator

Artist and Social Justice advocate, Tiffany is passionate about the BIPOC community and all the intersections related to equity and justice. She is our guru behind our Walk in Their Shoes programming and resources. An artists and equity minded spirit helping us to lead on issues of equity and justice.

Barbara Cirella

Barbara Cirella

Web Content

Barbara is our news content guru.  She’s the one keeping up with all the news to share on our website related to arts and culture. We’re very lucky to have her!

Lisa D'Amico

Lisa D'Amico

Curator

A curator with fifteen years experience, Lisa is the curator for “Color Blind” an online art exhibition presented during spring of 2021. Lisa has featured the work of artists from many places across the globe.

Amy Salerno

Amy Salerno

Curator

Amy is the curator for Nestings and Migration – an Accessible Art project with Aquila’s Nest Vineyards.  A graduate of the SVA Graduate Art Education program and fifteen years of teaching experience.  We love Amy’s “give back” spirit.

Felicia Paduano

Felicia Paduano

Event Coordinator

Felicia helps out with events. She’s an event coordinating ninja and manages the most involved programs seemlessly and always with a smile. Felicia is a busy lady with her many volunteer projects.  Glad to have some of her time!

Danielle Kayal

Danielle Kayal

People and Systems Consultant

Danielle has many talents centered on human resource development. She’s an analyst and expert on the use of the technology to increase efficiency. We’re lucky she likes us!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors are our behind-the-scene Gurus. Expertise, committee work, ambassadors, and fundraising, all while working tirelessly to adopt sound, ethical governance.  

Lew Wallace

Lew Wallace

Chair, Board of Director

Lew is the founder of the Cultural Alliance and It was his brain child that began our story and lead us here today. Lew is the Director with CommonFund, an investment management firm in Wilton.
Dawn Kaam

Dawn Kaam

Vice Chair, Board of Director

Dawn is a real estate agent but dance and horticulture, especially orchids 😉 are her creative passions. She helps with outreach. Dawn is a Realtor for William Pitt Sotheby’s.
Paul Steinmetz

Paul Steinmetz

Secretary, Board of Director

Paul is the Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs with Western Connecticut State University.  He is our liasion with WCSU and helps us with grants, events, and PR for the Alliance.
Paula Woodhouse

Paula Woodhouse

Treasurer, Board of Director

Paula’s financial expertise expands our resources to help creative entreprenurs and nonprofits.  Paula is a Commercial Lender at Savings Bank of Danbury and  responsible for managing a commercial loan portfolio including developing and maintaining business lending relationships.

Emily Anne Carney

Emily Anne Carney

Board of Director

Emily is a professional writer and adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University. She assists with grants, fundraising and community outreach.

Dennis Daugherty

Dennis Daugherty

Board of Director

Dennis is Chairman of the Western CT Chapter of SCORE, a national service organization. He also sits on the Legislative Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

Andrea Gartner

Andrea Gartner

Board of Director

Andrea is the owner of Pour Me Cafe, Danbury.  She is passionate about revitalizing Danbury’s urban core to create a cultural, artistic, and prosperous place.
Vicki Taylor-Bloch

Vicki Taylor-Bloch

Board of Director

Vicki is not only an interior design genius, but she also brings over 17 years as a supporter and community activist of local non-profit organizations. Vicki is a strategist and knows how to get things done!

We are supported by public funding, corporate and private contributions, and by our members.

We Thank Our Contributors

              GIVING HELPS OUR MISSION

Major Supporters

Foundation Sponsor

People’s United Bank

Engraved Products

MAP

RMedia

Art Angels

Neil and Lisi Marcus
Lew and Rosemarie Wallace

Unifier Sponsor

Steve and Lauren Greenberg

Fairfield County Bank

Savings Bank of Danbury

Union Savings Bank

Western Connecticut State University

 

Allied Sponsor

Dennis Daugherty

Savings Bank of Danbury

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

Lew Wallace

Seventy 2 Architects

Coldwell Banker Commercial

 

Healing Sponsor

Norman Urquhart

Hancock Hall

Cynthia Merkle

REI Property Management

CityCenter Danbury

At Home Design

 

Supporter Sponsor

Dawn Reshen-Doty

Kate Conetta

Thamer Rushaidat

June Baldyga

Barbara Bernstein

 

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