Libraries are Avenues to Art

Today’s post is brought to us by Bill, Head of Adult Services.

Why is art so important to individuals and society?

  • We use art to create and express ourselves.
  • Art is a part of our culture and reflects the society in which it was created.
  • We become more mindful when we create and view art – it allows us to slow down in a fast-paced world, increasing our self-awareness.
  • Art encourages critical thinking as we interpret what we see and then communicate our thoughts to others.
  • Art has no language barriers – it is a universal form of communication regardless of one’s culture.
  • Art can inspire, please  and motivate us, and influence our daily lives. It makes us think and feel in new ways.

Public Libraries are a great place to experience art and artists for free. From art books, concerts, exhibits, and programs, your public library brings many different forms of art to the community.

Art speaks to individuals in many different ways. To that end, we are hosting a community art discussion with the Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury on Monday, December 16, 2:00 p.m.   The museum is looking to engage area residents in discussions based upon some of its exhibitions. Valerie Rodgers, Lead Museum Educator, will present this discussion using images of paintings, artworks, archival photographs and more!

Have you ever visited the Mattatuck Museum lately? Cheshire residents can check out a museum pass which gives two adults and accompanying children free admission. The museum exhibits American art and cultural history – with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut, using its history collections to tell the community’s stories and to collaborate with neighborhood associations, ethnic organizations and manufacturing groups.

Art is everywhere, and your library can bring it to you!

New Pass Available at Cheshire Library – Mattatuck Museum

Did you know that Cheshire Library has passes available for Cheshire residents to museums throughout Connecticut? A new addition to our collection is a pass to the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.

The Mattatuck Museum was established as the Mattatuck Historical Society in 1877 to preserve the history of that part of Connecticut “anciently known as Mattatuck” – roughly the ten town region surrounding present-day Waterbury. The Mattatuck Museum collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits American art and history with a focus on the art and cultural history of Connecticut.

An added bonus to this museum pass is that it is good at not only the Mattatck Museum, but several other museums in New England, including:

New Britain Museum Of American Art (New Britain, CT)

Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London, CT)

Bush-Holley Historic Site (Cos Cob, CT)

Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA)

Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, MA)

And more!

Plan a day trip to one of these wonderful museums this summer, and save money with a museum pass from Cheshire Library. Museum passes are available to Cheshire residents on a first-come, first-served basis.