The Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire’s premier art museum, will receive a grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to fund elementary school visits. This year, the Foundation will contribute $20,500, a more than 25% expansion over last year. The increased funding will allow 800 more Manchester students the opportunity to access our outstanding collection of European and American art and wide-ranging special exhibitions. Lincoln Financial Foundation has funded the program for eight years.
“Our strong partnership with Lincoln Financial Foundation has a remarkable effect on students in the area,” said Alan Chong, director and CEO. “Through our tours, we support the importance of art and design in school curricula using an engaging, multi-disciplinary approach. Moreover, Lincoln Financial allows us to target schools and areas that do not normally have access to programs like this.”
“Exposure to the arts, integrated with school curriculum goals, can make an enormous difference in the educational outlook for children, particularly those facing challenges at home or in the classroom,” said Byron Champlin, local Lincoln Financial Foundation program officer. “Lincoln Foundation is excited to partner with the Currier Museum of Art in expanding this best-in-class school visit program.”
With the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation, the Currier Museum brought 2,357 elementary school students to the museum free of charge in 2016, including 1,107 fifth-graders from all 14 Manchester elementary schools. Nearly 900 fourth-graders from Nashua visited from 10 schools in the district. For the first time, Concord fourth-graders took part in this program, and 367 students from all five Concord area elementary schools enjoyed a free visit to the museum.
Museum staff tailor tours to create links to Common Core standards (highlighting literacy, inquiry, and understanding). Currier educators help teachers select an appropriate tour theme, connect that theme to their class work, and offer help to arrange field trips to the museum. Innovations keep this program’s learning objectives aligned with teacher and district needs, which allows the museum to serve more students in the most relevant and effective ways possible.
About the Currier Museum of Art
The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to a respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture, including works by Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and O’Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy engaging exhibitions, dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a shop and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. The Currier Museum welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs; we are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification for most public programs. For more information, visit currier.org.
The Museum also owns the Zimmerman House, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, which preserves its original furnishings and art. The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, master classes and intensive workshops for all ages.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services, and economic/workforce development.