In December I had the incredible experience of traveling to Poland, for “Why Do We Need Children’s Museums?” a two-day conference jumpstarting the conversation around starting a children’s museum in Warsaw. The meeting was organized by the arts organization Artanimacje Association and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Six ACM member institutions sent staff to give presentations about their museums: Boston Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, London Children’s Museum, MUZEIKO – America for Bulgaria, and Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
Below please find my excerpt from the ACM blog on my experience:
Erin Hylton, former Education Programs Manager, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, presented, “Programming for Over a Century: Addressing the Needs of Children and their Families since 1899”
The meeting highlight was connecting with colleagues in Warsaw and hearing about the incredible projects they have created for children and young people in Poland. It was inspirational and illuminating to be a part of the beginning stages of the development of a children’s museum in Poland.
It was an incredible opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world in Poland, as well as hear about the work happening in children’s museums across North America and Europe. The children’s museum field is as diverse as the families and communities we serve through a variety of programs, projects and exhibitions. It was encouraging to hear how we are all working through similar questions and solutions, including teaching empathy to our family and community audiences.
Blog Link for experiences from the other colleagues: https://childrensmuseums.blog/2018/03/21/why-do-we-need-childrens-museums/
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an excellent site to visit in Charlotte, NC. With fun for the whole family, it is a must-see when you are in the Queen City. Interactive, photo worthy and engaging exhibitions fill the floors of the site with a thrilling simulation! Great spot for museum lovers, thrill seekers, car lovers and city enthusiasts.
There next event will be Easter Egg 400. Make sure you visit next time you’re there!
St. Michael’s Cathedral located in Sitka, Alaska is of the Orthodox Church of the Diocese of Alaska. As the earliest Orthodox cathedral in the New World, it was built when Alaska was in control of Russia. Since 1962 it has been a National Historic Landmark. Once you enter the church you immediately notice most of the original collection that had embellished the earlier cathedral such as Our Lady of Sitka. The display cases surrounding the chapel also contain treasures from the original chapel that was destroyed by accidental fire in 1966. Italian Roccocco design can be found on some of the doors, while the silver plated style of the eighteenth and nineteenth century can be seen in the icons of Christ the Savior and the Virgin Mary. It is a stunning experience.
Go Into the Deep with this exhibition at the Museum of Glass! It truly felt like you were exploring the deep blue seas with the transparency and vibrant colors of the ocean.