July 7 2014

For immediate release:
Contact: rzella@hcc.commnet.edu, 203-332-5052 or lviscardi@hcc.commnet.edu

Astoria Park Residents’ Art Therapy Program Exhibition

Bridgeport, CT- The Housatonic Museum of Art presents Astoria Park Residents’ Art Therapy Program Exhibition, a selection of oil paintings on view in Beacon Hall’s Community Gallery (3rd floor), Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., from July 1 – August 22, 2014 with a reception for the artists Thursday, July 31st from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, free and open to the public. Beacon Hall is open Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 11 pm. For further information, visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call 203-332-5052.

The weekly therapeutic art program offered at Astoria Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center located near the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport’s south-end is designed to give its residents an opportunity to be involved in a creative visual activity which renews their sense of accomplishment while building self-esteem. Residents also enjoy the natural therapeutic benefits of the painting experience. The class is taught by Leonardo Franco, Art Therapist and art educator. Each year, a new selection of art work is chosen to be printed on note cards and Astoria Park’s yearly calendar. Proceeds from the sales of the note cards and calendars benefit the resident Art Therapy program.

Astoria Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 135 bed skilled nursing facility that offers quality 24 hour nursing, rehabilitative and other care services for short term recovery and long term care, is located at 725 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. For more information about Astoria Park, visit the website, www.astoriapark.com.

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection contains over 5000 works of art spanning ancient through modern times and is one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the Northeast. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Target, Inc., and other individual donors. If you are interested in supporting HMA exhibitions and programs by donating to the Housatonic Community College Foundation, contact the Museum at www.HousatonicMuseum.org.