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Currier Museum named Champion in Action

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 30. 2018 11:53PM
From left are Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire with Patricia Wiley, a parent mentor with Partnership for Drug Free Kids, Alan Chong, director of the Currier Museum and recipient of the Champion in Action in Community Arts category, Heather Thalheimer, grant writer at Easter Seals, and Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader during a ceremony for the Champion in Action awards held at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on Tuesday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Citizens Bank and the New Hampshire Union Leader announced Tuesday that the Currier Museum of Art has been named a 2018 Champion in Action in the category of community arts.

The Currier Museum of Art will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding plus media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.

“Currier Museum of Art makes world-class works of art and enrichment programs accessible to all members of the community,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. “The Currier Museum is an icon in our state, and really sets the standard for what ‘Champion’ looks like, bringing nationally recognized learning experiences to all age groups and a culturally varied audience through innovative community arts programming.”

The Currier welcomes more than 60,000 visitors each year, including over 7,000 students through school tours and more than 1,500 students through education programs.

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout New Hampshire.

“We are pleased to honor the Currier Museum of Art for their commitment to arts enrichment programming and to creatively addressing community challenges through the arts.” said Brendan McQuaid, president of the New Hampshire Union Leader, in a statement.

To date, the Champions in Action program has awarded 322 nonprofits more than $8.9 million in contributions and promotional support nationally.

“We are so honored to receive this award,” said Alan Chong, director of the Currier Museum of Art. “The possibility of working more closely with Citizens Bank and the Union Leader is something we are looking forward to. We see this as an endorsement of our programs — their support will help us expand our work in helping those in need through innovative programming. We use art to inspire, educate, and heal.”

During a check presentation held in the museum’s Winter Garden Cafe, New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid got a big laugh when he paraphrased former Vice President Joe Biden.

“What we are doing tonight is a big deal,” said McQuaid.

Currier staff are set to launch a first-of-its-kind art program aimed at helping New Hampshire residents affected by the opioid crisis next month.

“The Art of Hope” will be offered Mondays from Feb. 5 to 26, and has been created in conjunction with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids “to help families struggling with addiction by providing positive experiences in the museum’s galleries,” according to a news release.

The program is geared toward parents who have children suffering from a substance use disorder. Participants receive training from educators to support their children’s recovery through “love, listening, self-care, and the use of evidence-based skills to redirect a child’s motivations toward more positive behaviors,” according to a description of the program provided by the Currier.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from parents who have gone through similar initiatives, ready to share success stories and challenges from their own personal experiences. As a 2018 Champion in Action, the Currier will receive:

• A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;

• Media coverage from the New Hampshire Union Leader;

• Volunteer support from Citizens’ colleagues at Currier Museum of Art events;

• The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “Executive-to-Executive” mentorship with a Citizens Bank executive;

• Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Citizens Bank branches;

• Exposure on the Citizens Bank website.


For more information about the Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leaders Champions in Action program, visit

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