Bruce Museum awarded major grant from Cohen Foundation

New Sunday family gallery tours, as shown above, at the Bruce Museum will be available.

New Sunday family gallery tours, as shown above, at the Bruce Museum will be available.

The Bruce Museum has received a $110,000 grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support and expand the museum’s arts education and family programs.

Specifically, the grant will support some of the Bruce Museum’s new initiatives such as family studio workshops and existing programs such as the neighborhood collaborative program for at-risk youth, as well as the esteemed lifetime of looking program for visitors with memory loss.

“The Bruce Museum is grateful to the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation for its generous support,” Suzanne Lio, Manager of Government, Foundation and Corporate Funding for the Bruce said. “In addition to helping the museum expand its award-winning programs, the grant also enables the museum to reach new audiences and develop new programming, like early literacy toddler tours, and stroller tours for parents and their children.”

Grant funds will also support the Bruce Museum’s popular exhibition-themed Family Days, presentations by art historians and scholars, and the [email protected] teen mentoring program.

“We are pleased to support the Bruce Museum’s programs that bring arts education and programming to families and young children,” said Alexandra Cohen, President of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “We hope that expanding the Bruce Museum’s programs will help foster a love of the arts by the families in our community.”

“We are delighted to have received such broad support for education from the Cohen Foundation,” Bruce Museum Executive Director Peter Sutton said. “This funding supports our ongoing efforts to serve all of our constituencies – from the very young to the very old – and offer them world-class educational programming in the arts.”

Some of the museum’s new initiatives funded directly by the grant, including stroller tours and toddler tours, have already begun. Stroller tours, which take place two Wednesdays per month from 9 to 10 a.m., are open to new moms, dads, caregivers, and their infants, offering free guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions.

Toddler tours, which are open and designed for children aged three to five and their families, are offered Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and is free with general admission. Participants do not need to pre-register for either tour.

The Bruce Museum also offers family gallery tours for children aged six to 10 and their families every Sunday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. The museum’s next family day, another initiative supported by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation’s grant to the museum, will be in support of Native American Heritage Month, and be held at the museum on Sunday, November 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information on the museum’s new youth and family programming, visit Brucemuseum.org.

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