Bruce Museum Update, March 25

March 25, 2020

To Bruce Museum members, staff, and friends,

Let me say, on behalf of all of us here at the Bruce, I sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and in good health.

Museums are really about people. That’s one of the first things I said to you, our members and supporters, when I joined the Bruce Museum as the new Susan E. Lynch Executive Director.

I believe that now, more than ever, as we are in the midst of one of the greatest personal and national challenges any of us has experienced. The Bruce Museum exists not because of its building or collections, but for what we offer to people: a resource for education and delight; a place where you make connections and forge community; and a haven that offers hope, solace, and permanence. 

First of all: we are concerned about our community. While the Bruce Museum is a public charity and relies on member support and donations, right now we ask you to come to the aid of neighbors who are in need and to support the social agencies that are on the front lines of preserving public health and safety.  

Please use this link established by the Greenwich United Way as a local online clearinghouse to connect people who want to volunteer.

For the most up-to-date information about the community response to the coronavirus crisis, Greenwich residents should access this dedicated webpage on the Town website.

Second, I wanted to update you on what the Museum is doing. Right now, our focus is on the present—that’s because we look forward to our future together, and to welcoming you back to the Bruce Museum as soon as possible.

  • Since March 13, staff have been working remotely from home, developing online educational opportunities for the public and preparing for when we can re-open our doors.
     
  • The Bruce Museum thanks you for being part of our family of members—whose gifts provide critical funds that support the Museum’s mission. Our Membership and Development teams, along with volunteers, are connecting with members through phone calls and emails to touch base. Your thoughts on how we can best serve our community at this time are welcome and important to us.
     
  • We will be contacting members to tell them the Museum is extending annual membership to compensate for our temporary closure. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to touch base with Membership Manager Laura Freeman, at lfreeman@brucemuseum.org
     
  • Our Audience Engagement team is creating enrichment activities about Art and Science for you and your family to do at home. Look for these virtual projects on our website and social media channels. The team is also working with the Greenwich Public Schools to develop special curricula. 
     
  • Our Marketing team is working to keep you connected. On the Museum’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds, you’ll find links, stories, and resources from the global community of museums to keep you engaged, informed and, yes, entertained. 
     
  • With heavy hearts, we have decided not to hold the 33rd Bruce Museum Gala on Saturday, May 9. It may seem strange to talk about a benefit party in such challenging times—but the impactful support raised in a single day through the Gala accounts for a significant part of our annual operating budget, and is essential for all the education and engagement activities offered to the public. We plan to present a celebratory event next fall. Stay tuned. 
     
  • We have also canceled the Outdoor Crafts Festival, scheduled for May 16-17. This year’s annual gathering of acclaimed artisans from around the country would have been the 35th running. It will be back next year; the Museum is preparing to host a “virtual craft festival” with select exhibitors in mid-April.
     
  • The status of our scheduled exhibitions, programs, and events for April and beyond will be updated and shared as we continually re-evaluate when we can reopen. Please consult our website for relevant information: www.brucemuseum.org

The Bruce Museum exists to serve the people of the Fairfield-Westchester community, and we are here for the long run. As a museum of Community + Art + Science + Education, we celebrate eternal values: creativity, discovery, and the best achievements of humankind.

Thank you. Be safe, and be well!

Sincerely,

Robert Wolterstorff

The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director

Bruce Museum