Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra University Museum has received a $75,000 gift payable over five years from Bethpage Federal Credit Union to launch the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations Program at the Hofstra University Museum. This program, scheduled to begin on November 16, 2012, includes learning opportunities for Museum guests of all ages, free of charge, allowing them unique ways of learning about and experiencing the 5,000 original works of art and artifacts featured in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Younger community members, ages 4 and up, and their families may participate in a backpack adventure. Upon arrival at the Museum, children receive an activity-filled backpack that helps them learn about the exciting works of art they will see in the Hofstra galleries and outdoor sculpture garden. The objects in the backpack provide tools and information that teach about diverse cultures of the world and about the countries where the works art originated. Backpack components and collection objects change throughout the year, giving returning families varied experiences. Additionally, family-focused multi-cultural performances and art-making workshops will be offered in the Museum’s galleries.
The grant also funds opportunities for adults and senior community members who want to broaden their knowledge of the art world. Participants in this aspect of the Global Explorations Program will meet 10 times each year for interactive and enjoyable hour-long Museum experiences. Sessions will be led by Kristy Caratzola, Collections Manager of the Hofstra University Museum.
“We are honored by the major support of Bethpage Federal Credit Union which will permit the Hofstra University Museum to develop and offer these unique new programs,” said Beth E. Levinthal, Hofstra University Museum Executive Director. “The Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations Program at the Hofstra University Museum facilitates diversity awareness education for all Long Islanders through the study of authentic objects from the world’s cultures.”
“We are proud to be able to support the Hofstra University Museum and the Global Explorations program which will provide free family-centered-learning opportunities to all Long Islanders,” said Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “The study and understanding of the arts and cultural diversity is very important and we are looking forward to be able to provide the resources through this program.”
For more information on the Museum’s programs and exhibitions please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website atwww.hofstra.edu/museum.
The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, a School of Engineering and Applied Science, a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, existing solely to serve its members and has experienced rapid growth in recent years to become a strong alternative to banks. Bethpage was approved for the largest federal community charter in the U.S. in 2003 and now is New York State’s largest credit union and leading community financial institution with over 205,000 members, 26 branches and 60 shared service center locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.