News Release
JULY 26, 2011

Contact: Maureen Dowdle 203-332-5078 or Robbin Zella 203-332-5052
For immediate release

Fairfield County Community Foundation Grant To Housatonic Community College
Funds will Support the Housatonic Museum of Art

BRIDGEPORT - Paul Antinozzi, President of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc., has announced that the Fairfield County Community Foundation has given a competitive grant of $20,000 to support the Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA).

The grant will provide support for the full-time position of a curator/collections manager at the Museum.

Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, says, “Having a curator on our staff gives us the opportunity to grow the Museum, provide more educational resources to students, artists, and the greater Bridgeport community and increase our outreach.”

The Museum collection includes over 4,000 objects with examples from ancient Greece, Egypt, China and substantial African art. The core of the collection is comprised of works from 1945 to the present with important examples by modern and contemporary artists.

 Karen Brown, Fairfield County Community Foundation Vice President of Programs, says, “The Housatonic Museum of Art is a significant asset and cultural source for Bridgeport and Fairfield County. Increasing its educational and outreach efforts is important. We look forward to the positive impact of these expanded programs at the HMA.”

About 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 Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $123 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

About the Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. The College provides convenient and affordable post-secondary training and life-long learning to those in the Bridgeport area. For more information,   

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at:

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.