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Anonymous Gift Supports Museum's Educational Outreach

Story posted August 22, 2007

A generous gift by a member of the Class of 1975 serves to strengthen a number of educational programs offered by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The contribution will serve to purchase one or more laptop computers and projectors for use by the Museum staff for visits to schools. It provides financial stipends for Bowdoin student interns working in the Museum and helps cover design and printing costs for a new educational brochure targeting students in grades K-12.

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The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, says when she was a student at Bowdoin she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to mentor a young girl from the community. They would spend hours contemplating paintings in the Museum, which became a safe haven from the girl's turbulent home life.

"It opened her eyes and showed her there was a world outside Brunswick, Maine, and that it was full of possibilities," says the donor. She says the experience of seeing the little girl blossom served as an inspiration to help the Museum reach out to school children across the state.

"The gift acknowledges the importance of the Museum's resources and collections to the community as well as the College," says Katy Kline, the Museum's director. "It will allow the Museum to enhance its programs in and for the public schools throughout the state and to improve educational opportunities through its Web site."

Outreach efforts include taking the Museum experience on the road to elementary schools in the Greater Brunswick area as well as those in Augusta, Freeport, Waterville and Winslow. Students get the chance to touch and feel samples of artifacts and see pictures from the permanent collection as they learn what the Museum — and an actual visit &mdash have to offer.

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