Endowed Lecture Series
The Stoddard Art Lecture Series
Two years ago, a donor to the Library came to us with an opportunity. A very good friend, Pat Stoddard, was celebrating a milestone birthday, and this donor wanted to make a gift to her that would speak to the kind of person she is—intelligent, curious, altruistic, artistic—a true lifelong learner. Pat and her husband, Hud, have long been friends, leaders, users, and advocates of New Canaan Library, so the donor knew that the Library was the perfect place to honor them both. This donor presented an opportunity to the Library—with an initial gift, find a way to honor both of the Stoddards (because they are a team), that will be lasting, will benefit others, will allow others to honor the Stoddards, too, and will improve the Library. Many ideas were presented, but the “a-ha moment” was the idea of an art lecture series.
It was great fun to deliver the good news that an endowment fund was started for the Stoddard Art Lecture Series. Pat and Hud were touched by the thoughtfulness and inspired by the possibilities. A committee was formed and ultimately a mission evolved: The Stoddard Art Lecture Series will enrich and broaden the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts in its various forms.
This is an endowed lecture series, meaning that once the fund reaches $50,000 from contributions by the original donor and others, the lecture series will operate into perpetuity - a lasting gift, honoring lifelong learners, benefiting others and improving the Library.
If you would like further information about making a gift to the lecture fund in honor of the Stoddards, please send an email to Susan LaPerla, or call 203-594-5007.