Arts for Learning Staff

Eileen Carpinella

Eileen M. Carpinella

Executive Director, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Eileen is in her third decade of serving as Arts for Learning Connecticut’s ED. Prior to joining Young Audiences in 1995, Eileen founded and served as the Director of an innovative elementary school after-school arts program. In addition to working for the U.S. Government for over ten years, Ms. Carpinella is a visual artist—in specializing in textile design and mixed media collage.

As an artist, educator and administrator, Eileen brings invaluable experience and multiple perspectives to the leadership and day-to-day operational integrity of Arts For Learning Connecticut. — Read more

Mike Kachuba

Mike Kachuba

Associate Director, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Over the course of his professional life, Mike has been a zoologist, serving at other times as a science teacher, as well as a teaching artist. Mike is also a multi-instrumental musician and performer.

Mike’s eclectic career uniquely qualifies him to address the diverse needs of the students, educators, disabled citizens and other members of the communities that AFLCT serves, statewide. — Read more

Loraine Brown

Loraine Brown

Program Manager, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Loraine has worked with AFLCT since 1998. In her capacity,
Loraine programs AFLCT’s more than 100 participating artists and performing groups into communities throughout the state. Additionally, Loraine is responsible for the planning and management of two major AFLCT Artist Showcases, annually.

Loraine plays an integral role in bringing a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines into schools, community & senior centers, and other venues statewide, encompassing both the performing and applied arts—ranging from Music, Dance, Storytelling, Visual Arts and Theatre, to Science, Photography & Videography and more. Read more

Meghann Eckenhoff-Nuzzo

Meghann Eckenhoff-Nuzzo

Administrative Assistant, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Meghann’s primary responsibility is generating contracts between Arts for Learning Connecticut, its participating artists and performers, and the performance venues served by AFLCT—including schools, libraries, senior and community centers, etc. She contracts over 1,200 AFLCT performances, annually—while ensuring that agreements are properly executed and returned in a timely manner, then filed for future reference.

Meghann brings extraordinary depth of experience in arts-related operations to AFLCT, having worked in key positions with Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman School of Music—among other renowned performing arts organizations. Read more

Julie Lister

Julie Lister

Development Director, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Julie is responsible for writing grant applications and the organization’s fundraising efforts in the communities it serves throughout the state.

Having been actively engaged in the arts since in her youth, Julie is passionate about helping to bring creative learning opportunities to people of all ages, throughout the state of Connecticut. Read more

Craig Norton

Craig Norton

Why is Craig’s picture in color? Because he’s also an AFLCT Artist!

Documentation & Evaluation Specialist, Arts For Learning Connecticut – Craig is responsible for overseeing and documenting the efficacy of AFLCT’s grant-funded programming, residencies and other services. Generally, grant makers seek data on how well the programming, etc. that they’re funding is being received, and its impact on the students, curriculum and communities served. Craig interviews and surveys the students, educators and other parties involved to provide grant makers with detailed, useful feedback.

Being a long-time AFLCT Artist, himself, Craig also documents grant-funded AFLCT programming through his artful photography and videography—tangible proof of our programming’s positive impact on communities throughout the state. Read more