Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fairfield Museum to co-host April 25 Coffee Hour With Fairfield Special Education PTA

The program is intended to help special needs students get involved in exhibitions

FAIRFIELD —The Fairfield Museum will act as co-host for a brainstorming coffee hour with the Fairfield Special Education PTA from 10 to 11 a.m. April 25, according to a statement.
 "The goal of the program, open to the public, will be to explore ideas that meet the needs of children with special needs and abilities and comfortably involve these children in Museum activities, according to Christine Jewell, director of education and community programs," the statement said.    

“This session is timely because The Fairfield Museum will open an ambitious local history exhibition this fall --Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past,” said Jewell, also in the statement.  “This exhibition will introduce visitors to the people and events that have created our communities over time. It will focus on elementary and middle school students, as well as family and adult visitors, with dynamic and interactive activities that will engage them in exploring the past. The exhibition is an essential step toward realizing the Fairfield Museum’s vision to use history to strengthen community and shape its future.”
Jewell also said the informal program will include a chat about how museum staff can “design strong, appealing programs for our special needs community around its exhibitions.”
 Among topics for discussion topics are:  What types of programs and resources do you need? What are your child’s strengths and interests? What goals do you have for your child when visiting the museum or participating in a museum program?  How can the Fairfield Museum create a safe and welcoming environment for you and your children?
For more information, call Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598.

The Fairfield Museum is at 370 Beach Road. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children age 5 and younger.  For more information on exhibits and upcoming programs, visit www.fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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