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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces $150,000 In Federal Funding Awarded To Mystic Aquarium

September 21, 2017
Press Release

NORWICH, CT -- Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced $150,000 of federal funding has been awarded to Mystic Aquarium. The funds, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will allow the Aquarium to create a new interactive multimedia exhibit called “Connections to Long Island Sound” which will educate the community on the importance of the Sound and its local watersheds.

“Long Island Sound is a unique resource for eastern Connecticut,” said Courtney. “A vast array of economic activities in our region ranging from recreational boating to commercial maritime transportation, shipbuilding, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval Submarine Base in Groton are all directly connected to Long Island Sound. This funding will help educate local residents and students and prepare them to keep the Sound safe and healthy for future generations.”

Dr. Stephen M. Coan, President and CEO at Mystic Aquarium, said: “We are excited to provide opportunities through this exhibit for guests to have meaningful experiences in connection to Long Island Sound. It is our goal to increase to increase public knowledge of and appreciation for Long Island Sound and its natural resources and to engage guests with the health of this critical ecosystem. Mystic Aquarium is committed to offering activities that promote the protection of our oceans and Long Island Sound in particular.”

The "Connections to Long Island Sound" exhibition will include an interactive water table, naturalistic "touch pool," digital content on kiosks and tablets, wall graphics, and a photographic gallery. Aquarium staff will work with a diverse group of partners to develop exhibition content intended to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. Surveys will be administered to primary audiences to evaluate the exhibition's ability to achieve the desired outcomes.

Museums for America (MFA) is the IMLS’ largest discretionary grant program for museums and supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.