- Category: Local Politics
- Published on Saturday, 28 January 2012 09:32
- Written by press release
State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) announced today the Weir Farm Art Center, a treasured art and historical site in Wilton, has been awarded a $4270 grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development (DECD).
The Weir Farm Art Center offers educational programs that fulfill its mission, to sustain and promote the legacy of J. Alden Weir, including exhibitions, lectures, art classes and the Artist in Residence program.
The Weir Farm Art Center was among the recipients of a series of grants awarded to support Connecticut’s cultural, artistic, and historic preservation organizations.
“I'm delighted that the Connecticut Department of Economic Development chose to invest in the Weir Farm Art Center," Rep. Gail Lavielle said. “This historic piece of Americana is an important part of our community, and these funds will help the advisory council achieve its goals, continuing to add to Wilton's cultural appeal, economic vitality and quality of life.”
The Weir Farm Art Center is located at 735 Nod Hill Road and was founded as the Weir Farm Heritage Trust in 1989. Named in honor of American artist J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), the Art Center is the only national park dedicated to American painting. The more than 110-acre Weir Preserve includes the former home, studio and farm of J. Alden Weir.