North Country Children’s Museum enjoys 'art-infused' evening at home of Potsdam doctor
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:03 am

From left: Doctors Jamie and Lisa Towle with Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University.

POTSDAM -- The North Country Children’s Museum (NCCM) recently enjoyed an “art-infused” evening at the home of Dr. John Savage.

“I’m pleased to support the museum and their programs that provide hands-on artistic experiences. 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,” says Dr. Savage.

While being surrounded by countless original works of art, NCCM’s Art Studio exhibit was featured. 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 NY - was presented to the group by Tony Collins, President/Clarkson University.

The Founders Circle includes both public and private funding 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. Each exhibit will be unique with funding, from 1 lead donor supporting the full design/fabrication/installation of an exhibit to perhaps 20 individuals who collectively ensure a space is adequately funded” explains Melissa Wagner Telford who oversees project funding.

NCCM currently presents Museum Without Walls, a travelling interactive workshop that features a variety of hands-on arts and science programs designed for children of all ages. By providing unique and interactive experiences that support life-long learning, family collaboration and overall success, Museum Without Walls has quickly become an educational resource for the community.

Museum Without Walls travels throughout the community with weekly programs delivered at Clarkson University Bookstore, 39 Elm St.

To learn more about the project and partnership opportunities, contact Melissa Wagner Telford at [email protected].

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