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HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART RECEIVES $15,000 GRANT
BRIDGEPORT – The Housatonic Museum of Art has received a $15,000
grant for its student Peer Docent program.
The grant, offered by the Fairfield County Community Foundation,
will support the popular after-school program that brings middle and
high school students to the Museum to be trained to conduct student
tours of Housatonic’s art collection. The prospective docents
are given an introduction to art and art history, and are taught how
to look at art critically.
In addition to learning the specifics of the Housatonic collection,
student docents visit museums throughout the state. At the end of the
program, they offer guided tours of the art collection to their classmates,
sharing what they have learned through their training.
A benefit of the program, which is also supported with funds from
Target, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the Werth Family
Foundation, is that the training provides student docents with visual
and analytical skills that will assist them in all areas of study.
The Housatonic Museum of Art is located on the campus of Housatonic
Community College in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-97
(Exit 27) and Rte 8 (Exit 1), two blocks from the Arena at Harbor Yard.
About the Housatonic Museum of Art
The Museum has one of the most significant collections of any two-year
college in the country and includes works by master artists such as
Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. Both art enthusiasts and
casual observers have the rare opportunity to engage daily with original
works of art and artifacts on continuous display throughout the College
and campus grounds. The Museum also presents lectures, programs and
changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries for the HCC students
and the community at large, serving as a rich cultural resource for
the Greater Bridgeport area.
About The Fairfield County Community Foundation
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community
and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout
Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations
can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The
community foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services
and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues.
It is in compliance with the Council of Foundations’ national
standards for community foundations. The Fairfield County Community
Foundation merged with the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation in January
2008. The merged foundation’s net assets approach $150 million.
The combined history includes over $90 million in grantmaking to nonprofits
in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.