We are pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation in support of ACCESS (A.C.’s Community Enrichment and Student Support), the museum’s community outreach program. The award from the Miller Foundation gives two consecutive years of support. The first, made in 2010, also provided $10,000 to the ACCESS program.
ACCESS is our multi-faceted program designed to increase opportunities for under-served children and families to actively participate in the museum and its educational programs. By promoting hands-on learning through museum visitation and enrollment in classes, we aim to further our mission to “inspire children of all ages to learn and grow through play.”
Components of this program include shared memberships and program discounts for nonprofits and their clients, as well as for Title I schools, transportation assistance for large group visits, family shelter outreach, a spring break art program in partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share and bilingual internship opportunities.
Through this outstanding contribution, the Village invites more than 7,000 individuals to learn through play. By providing the museum’s educational resources to partner organizations the museum is not only furthering its mission but also filling a gap in educational opportunities for hundreds of local families. By promoting hands-on learning, the museum encourages children to discover new concepts and to gain confidence in their abilities as they develop to their full potential.
To learn more about the ACCESS program, contact Kassie DeMarsh , Community Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.