It takes you... to help us create exhibitions of substance, present outstanding public programming, offer over 40 fine arts classes in the newly opened Manes Center, engage 15,000 students and their teachers through school group tours and teacher workshops, and expand access to the arts for individuals with autism, memory loss and other special needs.
It takes you… and your generosity. We depend on you and our community of supporters who donate to our Annual Appeal. By making a gift to our Annual Appeal, you are supporting the day-to-day activities that push our mission forward: to bring the joy of art to everyone.
We are pleased to announce the return of a $50,000 Challenge Grant from Board member Sharon Cuchel and her husband Dr. Steven Cuchel. Dr. and Mrs. Cuchel, loyal supporters of the Museum, hope for every dollar they contribute, another dollar will be raised. Please help us double their $50,000 donation. All donations received by December 31 will help us meet the Cuchel’s generous challenge.
Susan recently enrolled in our Docent Training Program. Our Docent Program is made up of 53 dynamic volunteers dedicated to lifelong learning in the arts. Museum educators prepare training and reference materials and offer ongoing education opportunities such as field trips, hands-on activities, and tours. Docents must attend weekly workshops with our director, curators and educators to prepare for daily exhibition tours. All told, docents undertake over one-hundred hours of training annually.
Henrietta has been a volunteer at the Museum for twenty-five years. This year, she celebrated her 107th birthday and she still works at the Museum two days a week! The Museum’s Volunteer Program is essential to our operations. We rely on over 200 volunteers who donate their time and talents to assist with everything from phones, events, bulk mailings, greeting and admitting visitors, retail sales, and more. In turn, our volunteers get to socialize, learn something new, enjoy insider tours, and make life-long friends.
Addison, age 6, and her family come to the Museum most Sundays. They enjoy the tours and art making activities. Each week, our Museum Educators offer a new project using different art making strategies and referencing different artists. Family Sundays are designed to bring together generations (grandparents, parents, and children of all ages) to bond through art making. Projects are designed to enhance art vocabulary and expand the idea of what art can be.
Theo, age 8, is enrolled in the Mind Crafting class running at The Manes Education Center. Inspired by video games and movies, Theo enjoys creating three-dimensional worlds and story lines for his original characters. With its art-making classrooms and Gallery, The Manes Education Center furthers the Museum’s dedication to improving access to arts learning experiences and building an appreciation and demand for the arts. Over 400 children and adults are enrolled in 60 art classes and we are now able to present an additional 3 exhibitions annually in its gallery.
Marilyn Turtz, Art Teacher, Port Washington’s South Salem Elementary School. Marilyn brings her first and fifth graders to the Museum as part of our School Tour Program. For some of her students, it is their very first visit to a museum or cultural institution of any kind. Port Washington is one of over a hundred partnerships the Museum has with schools. The Museum welcomes over 15,000 school children and teachers every year.
“The Museum is where we gather with others to experience the best of what human culture has to offer. We can show students reproductions, but there is nothing like being in the presence of an actual object created by the artist’s hand. The more of these kinds of experiences we can provide for our students, the more we can enhance their aspiration for self-expression, personal achievement, and cultural understanding.”
—Marilyn Turtz, Art Teacher
Gavin, age 16, is enrolled in Art Compass, a workshop series for teens and young adults with autism that provides hands on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Participants explore different methods of art making/design and learn how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life.
“Art was Gavin’s first means of communication. Now, with the help of the Museum’s Art Therapist, he is introduced to all different mediums and styles and has expanded his repertoire. This helps children with expressive concerns by giving them an outlet to communicate their feelings.”
—Sheila Bluni, Parent
Lisa Craig and Melanie Raymundo, Glen Cove Adult Day Program, Director and Coordinator. Each month, they bring fifteen individuals with Alzheimer’s to the Museum. One of several Access Programs, Conversations in the Galleries is designed to reach individuals with memory loss and other special needs.
“Your ‘Conversations in the Galleries’ program has become a highlight in the lives of our seniors, most of whom have no other opportunity to visit a museum. The docents’ love for the artwork is simply infectious, and we so enjoy the responses they can elicit from our group. This trip always leaves our group stimulated, exhilarated, and full of conversation on the bus ride home.” —Lisa Craig and Melanie Raymundo, Glen Cove Adult Day Program