The Bristol Press – Bysiewicz, region officials visit New Britain Museum of American Art to highlight state’s Summer at the Museum program
NEW BRITAIN — The New Britain Museum of American Art welcomed Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and state officials to the museum on Monday morning to highlight the state’s Summer at the Museum program.
“We are thrilled to participate in the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program, which allows us to welcome hundreds of families back to our beautiful museum this summer,” said Maureen O-Shea, AANB Director of Education. .
In addition to Bysiewicz, State Representative William Petit and State Senator Rick Lopes attended.
“This museum is one of the first in America to collect only American art. So this is the place to come, and thanks to the Summer at the Museum program, which we launched last year, families across the state have the opportunity to bring their kids for free all summer long,” Bysiewicz said.
Free admission for all Connecticut children ages 18 and under accompanied by a Connecticut resident adult began July 1 and will continue through Labor Day, September 5. Those interested can make reservations and get tickets online or get tickets in person. .
“Visitors are encouraged to make reservations online because it’s such a popular place and we have museums across the state doing the same thing that accommodate our families, especially children,” Bysiewicz said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for children to come and experience art and culture.”
Bysiewicz pointed to the 30 Americans exhibit which is currently on display until October 30, where the conference was being held. It features works by some of the most important artists of the past four decades, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas and Kehinde Wiley. His favorite work was Portraits of Quanikah by Mickalene Thomas.
“People talk to me all the time about going to Boston or New York and I say ‘have you been to the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Hill-Stead, The Griswold?’ There are many places in Connecticut,” Petit said. “And you can spend half the day here at the museum, visit Walnut Hill Park, the garden at the top, and go to Angelo’s for great Italian food. It’s a perfect day.
Some museums offer reduced admission, free admission or free admission on certain days of the week for seniors, Petit added.
“It was very interesting to learn that this museum hosted 500 families last summer,” Bysiewicz said. “Many museums across the state have had a similar experience and we’ve heard from so many families whose children have enjoyed and learned at the beautiful museums, so we’re happy to be able to bring this program back this summer. Summer is the perfect time to come see the art.
The Summer at the Museum program was started by Governor Ned Lamont and his administration as part of their mission to teach and occupy children through the summer and recoup some of the learning lost during the pandemic.
“The Governor and I had this program to get kids and their parents to go to museums, but also places like Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Norwalk Aquarium for free with adults,” Bysiewicz said. “And we hope that while families are enjoying these places, they will also take the opportunity to explore the city and discover wonderful cultural treasures that we have in our state and hopefully support our small businesses.”
The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is made possible through covid-19 recovery funding the state receives from the American Rescue Plan Act.
You can visit the Department of Economic and Community Development website at portal.ct.gov/decd for a list of participating museums and to apply for the child tax credit.