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Blog Posts from March 2016

March 31, 2016 ET
When Chicago Children’s Museum decided to become the first museum in the state of Illinois to join Museums for All, we didn’t have the perfect cost-benefit data, or a slew of marketing slogans, or answers to all the FAQ’s. What we did have was a commitment to engage SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants and our neighbors from low-income communities throughout each stage of program planning and implementation.Read more
March 31, 2016 ET
For many Charlotte residents, a trip to Discovery Place has long been a family tradition and an occasion for shared learning and inspiration. But for many years, we have recognized that there are many families in our community who do not have the opportunity to visit our museums to engage and learn together.Read more
March 31, 2016 ET
“Really? We can come whenever the Museum is open? I can’t believe it!” A little over a year ago, these remarkable words were not commonplace at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus . They are just one example of the responses we received from guests—many of them experiencing the museum for the first time—as we stepped into uncharted territory with the launch of our SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Access Initiative.Read more
March 31, 2016 ET
The mission of the Sciencenter is to inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower. With the introduction of the Museums for All program in 2014, the Sciencenter has been able to extend this mission by removing the financial barrier for families to visit the museum.Read more
March 31, 2016 ET
As one of the newest members of the Museums for All program , the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) joined this initiative to further expand efforts already underway to reach more children and parents, especially the underserved. This program, which we joined on February 1, 2016, expanded the IMAS’s $1 admission program from Thursday nights from 4-8 p.m. to every single day.Read more
March 31, 2016 ET
Social media platforms have become a venue where serious discourse takes place, but much of this critical and ephemeral content is lost to researchers because few institutions are collecting and preserving it. Tools have surfaced that enable cultural heritage institutions to harvest and preserve the social media record at a much lower cost than was previously possible.Read more
March 24, 2016 ET
Three years ago The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania committed to the goal of enhancing the impact of our programs. One aspect of this goal was to identify underserved populations in our area and develop programs that would benefit these groups. One of the groups identified from this research was the homeschooled community.Read more
March 18, 2016 ET
During my infancy my father “taught” me how to read by placing my tiny body on the daily newspaper. As early as back then, he hoped that I would learn and appreciate the words through osmosis.Read more
March 14, 2016 ET
In sports, it's generally accepted that the home team has an advantage. So, in a city defined by its love of both sports and educational opportunities, the obvious play is to give Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) the "home team" advantage by providing hands-on learning opportunities at home.Read more
March 11, 2016 ET
We know that libraries are a trusted resource for immigrants across the country. Immigrants turn to libraries for help learning English, studying for the naturalization test, and navigating immigration forms. Another similarly trusted resource is adult educators - teachers of English as a Second Language, civics and citizenship.Read more