The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is a newly minted State Affiliate of the AIR Institute – a training program for individuals who will serve as facilitators to advance creative community solutions.

COA would like to welcome Connecticut's first cohort of facilitators who will participate in the AIR Certified Facilitator Training this fall.

 First Name
 Last Name
 Town / City
 Kia  Baird
 Gales Ferry
 Kai  Belton  Middletown
 Razul  Branch  Bridgeport
 Thalia  Castro
 Jessica  Cerullo  Stongington
 Valerie A.
 Cooper  Stamford
 Melanie  Faranello  West Hartford
 Jose  Feliciano  Newington
 Virginia  Flood  Hartford
 Bethany  Frasco  Torrington
 Nicolas  Gonzales  Stamford
 Maybeth  Morales-Davis  Waterbury
 Summer  Payne  North Haven
 Heather  Pontonio  Bethel
 Eve  Wolftrand  Torrington

CT AIR Facilitators will work as a cohort under the auspices of COA to facilitate workshops across the state that are community-driven and that focus on helping municipalities build their local creative economy using the AIR program strategy to achieve their goals. Learn more about the AIR Institute method at https://www.airinstitute.org.  You may review an AIR Institute presentation HERE.

CT AIR Facilitators:

  • Will receive training at no charge and receive a stipend to participate.

  • Must commit to facilitating a minimum number of workshops each year.

  • Will work in communities as independent contractors.

  • Must have flexible schedules that can accommodate workshops based on community need.

  • Will be compensated for their work as AIR facilitators when working under the direction of the CT Office of the Arts at a minimum rate of $1000 per community facilitation.

  • Are not prohibited from providing AIR facilitation on a volunteer basis for communities (service without pay).

Communities that hire CT AIR Facilitators for their workshops will pay $1000 per facilitator plus travel and lodging (as required) for facilitation of a SHIFT Workshop. Note: in most circumstances, facilitators will work in pairs.

Communities may apply for funding from COA to host workshops.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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