The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, is a gem that holds an undeniable majesty. The sculptures that line the entrance are spectacular, and from the moment you enter, the exhibits carry you away to another time and space. They are not to be missed. I am in awe every time I visit, and I visit regularly these days.
I am also in awe of the museum’s philanthropic work. I joined the fundraising board last fall, after attending their Heart of the Arts Gala the previous spring. Once I completed my book, I had been looking to get involved with some nonprofit work. When I set this intention, I wasn’t sure exactly how it would manifest. But as soon as I got clear about my request, the universe generously supplied me with the opportunity. As a board member, I came to know about the various outreach programs the museum has made available for Manchester and the surrounding area’s communities. For one, it brings art programs to underserved populations free of charge. A new program called “Bring It!” serves new immigrants in Manchester in an after-school capacity and a new Head Start program has been sponsored. The museum offers a number of free school tour programs. And the Alzheimer’s Café gives people challenged with memory loss and their loved ones a place to gather, share, and experience art under the compassionate guidance of Megan McIntyre, the tour and volunteer manager.
The people I have gotten to know through my involvement with the Currier are passionate about bringing art to the hearts of those they serve. At a time when so many of our creative outlets are drying up, this offering becomes more precious than ever.
My experience with the museum has brought so much joy to my life. I am amazed at what gets accomplished when people are passionate about how they serve the world. If the time is right in your life, I strongly recommend finding an organization that inspires you and giving back.
If you live in New Hampshire or are driving through the area, I encourage you to make your way to the Currier. Do what you can to keep their programs alive and thriving and take time to share in the wonder this museum will bring to your life.