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Friday, April 27 News

Westport Arts Center forms new education team

The Westport Arts Center has announced the formation of a new education team made up of two education managers and a teacher for the center's special art programs for children. The education managers are Lindsay Heffernan, who joined the Westport Arts Center after five years at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, where she served as director of education and a development associate; and Sarah Kelly, who has worked at the Westport Arts Center since the summer of 2012 as an education fellow and later as an education assistant.

"With the continued growth and expansion of our education programming, we are delighted to structure a new team of skilled education managers who will lead the strategic vision of the education department and continue to strengthen the arts center's education programs," said Peter Van Heerden, the center's executive director.

The new role of Heffernan and Kelly is to work to grow and promote the arts center's extensive education department.

Heffernan graduated magna cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree in art history and a minor in creative writing. She is pursuing a master's degree in art history at Hunter College. She has also taught courses in art appreciation as an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University.

Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in art education. She has been leading the arts center's after-school art programs, summer camps, school-group visits, weekend and vacation workshops, and Family Art Days.

Also joining the education team is Sharon Chung, who will be teaching Kidscreate, for children ages 4 to 5, and Special Arts, an art class for students who may need individual attention in the classroom. Special Arts is a branch of the Westport Arts Program WAC Gives Back, which provides therapeutic arts experiences for underserved populations. Chung recently graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she created her own major, psychosocial development and art, and minored in sociology. As an undergrad, she was active in the University of Connecticut China Care Club, which focused on bringing creative and educational experiences for young adopted children.

For information, contact the Westport Arts Center at www.westportartscenter.org or 203-222-7070.