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July 7, 2020

Duff Announces Connecticut Humanities Grant to Stepping Stones Museum

NORWALK – Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced that Connecticut Humanities recently awarded $226,461 to 14 humanities organizations in Connecticut, including Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Stepping Stones Museum received a Project Planning and Implementation Grant of $25,000 for its “We (Heart) America!” exhibit. Project Planning and Implementation Grants support projects that help further understanding and appreciation for human history, culture, values, and beliefs.

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit, publicly supported foundation, established in 1973 through an initial planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. Gifts from private sources for CTH projects, administration and program development, State funds, and additional Federal matching funds, provide further support.

“Stepping Stones Museum is an incredible resource for children in our community,” said Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). “Through their many exhibits, programs, and camps, young children engage in experiments, projects, and learning experiences that use their imagination and spark their curiosity. I’m thrilled that this generous grant from CT Humanities will support Stepping Stones in providing children with another exhibit that encourages discovery and a love of learning.”

“Stepping Stones Museum for Children is grateful for the support of CT Humanities and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff’s office,” said Rhonda Kiest, President and CEO of the award-winning, Norwalk-based children’s museum. “This Public Presentation Planning Grant will help the museum complete the planning process for a new immersive, exhibit experience tentatively called ‘We (Heart) America!’ This exhibit will allow children to explore everyday acts of democracy, civic engagement and citizenship through carefully-developed storylines that draw from the diversity of our state and country’s perspectives, people, places and innovations. The exhibit will also serve as a statewide platform to enable our youngest community members to learn from, and about, the diversity of the American experience and gain knowledge about and a greater appreciation for civic engagement and how everyone can make positive changes in their community,” said Kiest.