The remodeled children's art room in Coyote Corner upstairs in the museum is now a bright and cheery area where kids of all ages can develop their creativity by doing hands-on projects.
A group of organizations donated
Here's how Dolge describes the effort:
"We bought kid-friendly tables, chairs, bookshelves, and a small library of art-focused books along with various supplies, conscious that we needed to keep enough money to continue stocking supplies without having to affect the museum's budget."
They hope it generates more family members for the museum and that people will bring their kids to explore art in that space.
"Sara's and my shared vision was simple: create an experiential space for children to explore the world around them, "Dolge said. "Right now, we've done this with the art room. We have plans to continue that vision in the museum in other ways. We could not be more pleased with the museum's willingness and partnership on this, have been overwhelmed by the support, and really hope it is something that the community embraces."
Best of all, a group of kids provided expert advice on how to make the space useful and engaging.
It's another example of how important things get done in our community, with lots of people pitching it to make something important happen.
The museum has its share of financial challenges with the city's budget woes, but this kind of innovative programming ought to draw lots more support from the community and make its financial sustainability more viable.
If you'd like to see my video with Dolge, please log onto wenatcheeworld.com and click on videos.
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