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April Director’s Message

Dear Friends,
Volunteers at the Wadsworth Atheneum take many forms–our Board of Trustees through committee membership, those who host guests and tour groups in our galleries, or participants in our auxiliary groups. April presents an opportunity to formally recognize all of our museum helpers (National Volunteer Week is April 15-21) and the vital roles they play within our institution. On your next visit, consider how different an experience it would be without such a supportive volunteer corps.

If you’ve ever visited the museum as part of a group or taken a tour, there’s a good chance a docent helped enrich your experience. The Docent Council at the Wadsworth Atheneum is a dedicated group of nearly 100 highly trained educators, and together they led more than 1,700 tours of our collections and special exhibitions last year. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Docent Council in 1968. The Docent Council is giving back by sponsoring three free public lectures, and through more than 50 visits to libraries, senior centers, and other gathering places to tell communities all over the state about our museum.

Fine Art & Flowers will enliven the museum for its 37th year from April 27-29, with floral designers from across New England creating arrangements inspired by masterworks in our collection. An annual fundraiser, Fine Art & Flowers is prepared and presented by the Women’s Committee, another outstanding support group. Our thanks for the boundless time and talent required to bring this delightful event to life.

Volunteers also staff our Information Desks, engage visitors of all ages during Second Saturdays programs and Community Days, and much more. If you are a Wadsworth Atheneum volunteer, thank you for your invaluable efforts. And make sure to visit the Museum Shop during National Volunteer Week to receive a discount on your purchases.

There are countless ways to contribute to the vitality of this institution, and none go unnoticed. Later this month you will receive an appeal for contributions to the Annual Fund, which provides critical unrestricted operating support for the museum. Please consider the impact of your donations–your generosity makes everything from studio classes for kids to groundbreaking exhibitions possible. And please, save the date for the museum’s biggest celebration of philanthropy, the Splendor Gala, when it once again returns to 600 Main Street on Saturday, September 29, 2018.  

With gratitude for your continued support,

Thomas J. Loughman
Director and CEO