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‘Summer at the Art Museum’ at USJ in West Hartford Gets CT Humanities Grant

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Summer at the Art Museum, USJ, recently received funding through CT Humanities .


The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford was recently awarded a grant of $1,000 from Connecticut Humanities to support participation in the CT Summer at the Museum initiative.

The program invites Connecticut children ages 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult to visit participating museums free of charge from July 1 through Sept., 2023. Funding for the initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

While admission to the Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph is always free of charge, the 2023 grant will support family-friendly guides and activities designed to provide engaging multi-generational experiences in the Museum’s galleries and among the many sculptures on the University’s West Hartford campus. Last year’s CT Summer at the Museum grant enabled the Art Museum to offer activities in the galleries, but this year’s new Campus Sculpture Project will provide additional opportunities for children and adults to interact with works of art in the natural surroundings of campus, home to native plant species and many birds and small animals.

A visit to a museum provides a special opportunity that can positively impact mental health, demonstrably improve learning outcomes among children and youth, and offer positive activities and outlets in many of the neighborhoods, towns, and cities that we serve. As children and students missed out on more than two years of group and school visits to our institutions as part of hands-on, interactive learning, the CT Summer at the Museum Program gives these children and students a chance to experience our institutions and benefit from our programs, activities, and exhibitions.

The Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph, an AAM accredited institution, is located in Bruyette Athenaeum on the University’s main campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford. The Museum presents regular exhibitions drawn from its permanent collections as well as loanexhibitions of historic art or of contemporary work by artists of national and international prominence. Public open hours are Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.usj.edu/artmuseum.

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