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Construction of the Maurice Sendak Museum has begun at his Chestnut Hill Road home.  The longtime Ridgefield resident died in 2012.  The Maurice Sendak Foundation told the Ridgefield Press that the art storage building will allow for guided tours to small groups, by appointment only, to see the work of the artist and author. 

 

The Foundation is working to make the house a permanent repository for Sendak's work, and his collection of work by other artists.  Public display of art isn’t contemplated at the site because it was never intended as an exhibition space. 

 

The Foundation says a large part of Sendak's original art collection is still at his Ridgefield home. 

 

A portion of Route 7 was dedicated to Maurice Sendak this summer.  The mile-long portion of the road stretches from the intersection of Route 35, to the Danbury and Ridgefield Town line. 

 

His June 10th birthday was declared Maurice Sendak Day in Connecticut at the suggestion of the Town of Ridgefield.  A proclamation issued by Governor Dannel Malloy said that Maurice Sendak's legacy lives on through the countless lives that he has touched through his tremendous contributions to the arts.

 

Sendak earned a multitude of awards and accolades for his work, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for ‘the most distinguished American picture book for children,’ the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s book illustration, and the National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the arts in America.

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