Aug. 30, 2013

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Fairfield County Community Foundation
Awards Grant to HCC

BRIDGEPORT - The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded Housatonic Community College $15,000 to support its peer docent program with the Bridgeport Public Schools.

Entering its fourteenth year, the HMA Peer Docent Program introduces students to art and art history, teaches them to look at art critically, and ultimately provides them with an opportunity to develop visual, analytical, and leadership skills that will assist them across the academic disciplines and throughout their lifetimes. With its arts enrichment emphasis, the Program teaches Bridgeport students to become “experts” about several works and present their knowledge to their classmates during guided tours.

The focus of this year’s HMA Peer Docent Program will be on architecture with an examination of historic and noteworthy Bridgeport structures, urban planning and preservation, as well as on architectural drawings and prints in HMA’s permanent collection that will be on view in the Community Gallery from September 9 through October 25, 2013.

For the first time, HMA will be partnering with another cultural agency, the Glass House, New Canaan, CT. The author of From Salt House to Glasshouse, published through the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, will present her book to students and introduce them to the modern architecture, landscape and art, and the legacy of Philip Johnson, architect and Connecticut resident.

“We’re delighted to receive this generous measure of support for the program,” said HCC Director of Institutional Advancement Christopher Carollo. “It’s through programs like these that students learn to understand and appreciate art at an early age. It’s through the generosity of organizations like the Fairfield County Community Foundation that Housatonic is able to offer such a program.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation joins the Connecticut Commission on Tourism, the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation, and the Werth Family Foundation in supporting the program.