Farnsworth receives Bank of America Grant in support of school program

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the museum’s school busing program for underserved Maine schools. This is the sixth consecutive year that the museum has received this support.

“This busing program grant enables schools and schoolchildren most in need of important arts education to come to the Farnsworth, where they discover that learning can be fun, exciting and profound,” notes Farnsworth Director of Education Roger A. Dell. “At the museum, arts education staff, highly trained docents, and professional artists are on hand to deliver object-based arts instruction, tours and hands-on gallery activities to our young visitors.”

The museum also announces its participation in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program in 2014. On the first full weekend of every month, admission to the Farnsworth is free to all Bank of America cardholders upon presentation of their card. The museum has been part of this program since 2006, admitting over 6,000 cardholders free of charge.

The Farnsworth has been a vital anchor institution in Rockland, Maine, since 1948, due in part to its long history of serving K-12 schools throughout the state. With this grant, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation joins the Farnsworth Art Museum in playing leading roles in advancing economic and cultural vibrancy in the Rockland community.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its WyethCenter features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

Bank of America places its philanthropic focus on three areas vital to local economies: community development (housing), workforce development/education (jobs), and critical needs (hunger). As part of its commitment to community development, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation also recognizes organizations and initiatives that contribute to the vitality and livability of communities.