POTSDAM -- Original works of art were featured as the North Country Children’s Museum (NCCM) enjoyed an “art-infused” evening at the home of Dr. John Savage recently.
Founders Circle members and invited guests discussed program updates, campaign status and funding strategies for 2014. With project visuals that included proposed floor plans for the 10 interactive learning permanent exhibits, the redevelopment process for the museums’ future permanent home -- the historic Old Snell Hall in downtown Potsdam -- was presented to the group by Clarkson University President Tony Collins. The Founders Circle includes public and private funders and has, to date, secured $250,000 towards the overall project.
“We now are extending our campaign to include a ‘focus funding’ phase where, through individual conversation and project review, we match like-minded individuals to build energy and excitement for a specific space,” said Melissa Wagner Telford, who oversees project funding. Each exhibit will be funded separately, Telford said.
“I’m pleased to support the museum and their programs that provide hands-on artistic experiences,” said Savage. “Coming from a long lineage of artists and myself a sculptor, I understand how important these creative, self-directed opportunities are for children, especially here in the North Country where they are at a minimum.”
NCCM has been presenting Museum Without Walls, a travelling workshop that features a variety of hands-on arts and science programs designed for children. With experiences that support life-long learning, Museum Without Walls has become an educational resource for the community. Museum Without Walls travels throughout the community with weekly programs delivered at Clarkson University Bookstore on Market Street.
To learn more contact Telford at [email protected].
For additional general information, find the museum on Facebook or visit www.northcountrychildrensmuseum.org.