Fairfield Museum seeks $4,915 in CTH funding to support the creation of a new, 35-week-long exhibition on the history of Columbia Records in Bridgeport, CT. Columbia Records revolutionized popular music’s impact on American culture by bringing diverse, affordable and accessible recorded music into American homes. The company was a technological and marketing innovator, and its growth embodied the struggles of Connecticut’s unionization and workers rights movements in early 20th centuries.
COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.
Funds are used to develop a distance learning platform in partnership with Fairfield Public Schools (FPS) and technology company CultureConnect. The platform will host two online content modules for FPS 3rd and 5th grades, using regional history, supporting FPS curriculum, and aligning to social studies standards.
Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Funding will allow Fairfield Museum to revamp the immigration section of their semi-permanent Creating Community exhibition. Installed in 2014, Creating Community is the Museums central history exhibition; attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year and serving as a vital curriculum resource for school programming. The exhibition’s immigration section will be updated to improve the visitor experience, better support curriculum standards, and incorporate more recent research. The museum is open daily.
Funding will support The Fairfield Museum (FMHC) in planning for an inspirational and provocative new exhibition and related public programs titled Speak Up! which is scheduled for July 2, 2020 – January 18, 2021. Speak Up! will celebrate and explore the history of citizens advocacy in southwestern CT and the vital role that social activism plays in our communities. The exhibition will focus on 6-8 profiles of contemporary people who have made a difference through their activism in civic and political issues in the greater Fairfield-Bridgeport area (i.e. environmental, school, tax, political reform, anti-corruption, housing, voting rights, and other issues). Through photographs and interview excerpts, individuals who are involved in local activism from different political perspectives will share what spurred them to become active on public issues and what they have learned about making change.
Fairfield Museum is beginning a new strategic planning effort that will help chart the Museum?s next decade of growth and success.
Fairfield Museum proposes a series of programs about navigating contemporary and historic issues and events in the news designed for educators, high school students, and the general public. The programs will build upon successful existing collaborations with schools, non-profit organizations, and universities to encourage broader civic participation among the next generation of informed citizens.
This series of graphic novel-style panels designed by Kirk Manley will tell the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the Revolutionary War. The exhibition (on view May 17-October 1, 2018) will explore the motivations and interactions of members of the spy ring, bringing to life the risks that they took to secure and transmit intelligence.
This exhibit (on view August 16, 2018-February 10, 2019) examines the history and social impact of early 20th century fashion and its relationship to the women’s movement in the 1920s. Programs, such as lectures and workshops, will also be held in the evenings.
A symposium that brings together regional scholars, authors, museums, historical societies and community members to discuss the importance of the coastline and seas to our understanding of the region’s history, culture, ecology, and identity. Long Island Sound and regional maritime zones are the primary focus, but given the global nature of the sea, oceanic connections to other regions will also be considered. Held at Mystic Seaport and Enders Island in Mystic, September 14-16, 2018.