BENEFITING: AKRON CHILDRENS MUSEUM
I joined the Akron Children's Museum project June 2013 as their project coordinator, a volunteer position. Since graduating with my MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design in 2011, I had been looking for a museum job and hadn't dreamed of having the opportunity to work on a museum from the ground up. I managed our outreach events for the next 2 years getting the word out, as well as leading an exhibit committee to start developing the exhibits that would one day be in the museum. In January 2015, I join the board as its secertary and continued to work on outreach events, fundraisers, and exhibit development. When the city gave us the opportunity to open our Pop Up at Lock 3 last November, we had less than 2 months to put it all together. As timing would have it, I was laid off from my full time job at the same time the museum needed a manager for the Pop Up. I stepped down from the board and was given my very first museum job since graduating. I cannot put into words how I felt the day I realized this. Since the Pop Up closed in mid Febraury, the city approved our lease to stay at Lock 3, construction plans have been made, and exhibits have been developed and designed. I am so excited and honored to work for the Akron Children's Museum and with your help we will open the doors later this year!
Our goal to bring kids in and around Akron a safe, inspiring place to explore, create, imagine, and interact in an environment designed just for them is now within reach! We just need a little help from our community to make it happen. If you’ve longed for a place like this to bring your kids, grandkids, the children you care for, or if like so many others, you see the indisputable value in having a children’s museum and all it will bring to the community, know that your gift of any size will help make this a reality.
Thanks to several WILDLY generous supporters, $30,000 of the funds raised through this campaign will be matched 1:1 (so your $25 becomes $50)! The $60,000 will pay for high-quality, interactive exhibits and construction costs at our expanded Lock 3 location and will help us open our doors soon!
Check out our video on the left to learn more about the Akron Children's Museum and the impact you can have.