Way Back When... 1964
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, December 16, 2017
In 1964 Westport Public Schools educator Burt Chernow founded the Westport Public Art Collections, which entrusted to the Board of Education the mission that original art be a daily part of the educational environment of every student.
Westport Public Art Collections contain over 1,500 works of art in a broad range of media — paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, illustrations, cartoons, photographs, sculptures and murals — by notable American artists, giants of the international art world and important artists who established their homes and studios in the Westport-Weston community.
The WestPAC Committee hangs original works of art throughout Westport's school and town buildings —hallways, libraries, classrooms, lobbies, offices and conference rooms — to create visually stimulating learning and work environments.
The federal art programs of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal economic recovery plans included murals and other artwork commissioned for Westport’s town and school buildings. Today, the town of Westport is the steward of these federally owned works, most of which have been restored.
To search the collection digitally, visit https://collections.westportps.org/items/browse?collection=1.