Who We Are
We serve as a locus for transdisiplinary social imagination uniting Central Connecticut State University and the New Britain Museum of American Art with broad and diverse local, regional, national and international communities. We seek to engage students through interdisciplinary collaboration to address global human issues in aesthetic and scientific celebration.
Since its inception in fall 2007, the University-Museum-Community (UMC) Collaborative has gained wide recognition as a symbol of CCSU's commitment to community engagement. At the inaugural "CCSU Night at the Museum," the signature event of the UMC collaborative, over 800 visitors to the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) were regaled with a cornucopia of electrifying artistic expressions — poems, dances, paintings, photos, videos, puzzles, songs, instrumental performances, and dramatic readings — exhibited and performed throughout the galleries, corridors, and staircases. This event marked the culmination of months of planning and collaboration among CCSU faculty and students from several disciplines, the museum, and the New Britain arts community, who had entered into an innovative partnership to provide an enhanced learning experience for students and to share that experience with the community.
Building on this initial success, an estimated 1,100 members of the community participated in the second UMC event in spring 2009, which featured a student artscompetition focused on the theme of Landscape and the Environment, as well as the construction of a Naturescape and a concert by Paul Winter.
Please join us on April 18, 2013, at the NBMAA for our fourth CCSU Night at the Museum to savor our students' artistic reflections on homelessness in New Britain and to celebrate the vibrant bond linking our University and the surrounding community of New Britain.
Carl R. Lovitt
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- The Office of the Provost
- Community Engagement Grants
- Continuing Education and Community Engagement