Stoddard Family Foundation Donation

The Guilford Art Center has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Stoddard Family Foundation, which will be used to support its school, gallery, and educational outreach programs.

Donor contributions are vital to the Center to, continue to provide its many programs, says executive director Maureen Belden. “We are thrilled and grateful to have received such a high-level gift from the Stoddard Family Foundation, and hope it may inspire others in their support of the arts.”

The non-profit Guilford Art Center was established in 1967 to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, experience their cultural and historical diversity, and appreciate the process and product of creative work. Since that time, it has become a vital part of the shoreline community and culture, serving as the most comprehensive art organization, and including the largest exhibition space, between New Haven and Old Lyme.

The Art Center’s school annually serves over 2,000 students, from preschool-aged through senior citizens. Approximately 350 classes, including ceramics, jewelry, weaving, glass, drawing and painting, blacksmithing and stone carving, are taught, while instructors also work in the community, with schools, after school programs, and senior citizen programs, and offer periodic free workshops and an annual Open Arts Day. The gallery is open seven days a week, free of charge.

Pam Stoddard, of Guilford, is a member of the board of directors of Guilford Art Center and helps steward her family’s Foundation. She has taken classes at the Center for close to 25 years, with a particular penchant for pottery and fiber, and volunteers at events such as Craft Expo. The Stoddard Family Foundation has a wide focus for giving, with an important emphasis on being able to help local charitable organizations. “There are so many worthy organizations and being able to make a difference locally is very important to us,” Stoddard says. “The Art Center is extremely vital to the cultural life of the shoreline and we are pleased to be able to help support their programs in our community.”

For more information contact the Guilford Art Center at (203) 453-5947.