I am pleased to lead the 2013 Annual Giving Campaign for the Mattatuck Museum. My connection with the museum goes back many years through both my family’s various associations and my personal commitment to the former Women’s Committee.
In recent years I have continued financial support but have not been as personally active with the museum as I had been. That all changed last spring when I learned of the appointment of the museum’s dynamic new director, Robert Burns. When I saw the photo of him leaning out the museum window above the green in the local paper, I knew that something had dramatically changed at the museum. In less than a year I’ve witnessed the transformation of our beloved local museum into a first-rate American Art and History Museum presenting excellent exhibits and programs.
- In the past year the museum staff has reinstalled the Early American and Modern painting galleries to include works never before on public display as well as new gifts and acquisitions.
- The museum presented nine new changing art exhibits, four new history exhibits and two new installations in the new roof-top sculpture area.
- In addition to the many programs presented to correspond with the new exhibits, the museum offered First Thursday Jazz, TGI Third Thursday concerts, readings, lectures, book-signings, bus tours, and walking tours.
- More than 4,000 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students visited the museum’s interactive history exhibit and an additional 4,000 students took part in the afterschool and summer programs.
The new energy at the museum has not only excited my imagination about the future of the Mattatuck, it has been a catalyst to reengage me in the work of the museum.
The Mattatuck Museum’s reputation and reach is clearly expanding beyond our region and will serve to shine a positive light on our community and its rich history. Yet the Mattatuck is still our museum, supported by members and donors like you and me. I encourage you to make a tax deductible donation today to show your support and join me soon at the museum.
Barbara C. Munger
Annual Giving Campaign Chair