miSci Announces Access Program for Schenectady School Children and Their Families
Museums for All to Increase Accessibility of High-Quality Museum Learning Resources
Schenectady, NY (May 24, 2022) – Today the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. miSci's participation in the program includes a collaboration with the Schenectady City School District to provide every enrolled child with a free miSci Family Membership to the Museum.
miSci will begin distribution of the Memberships at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School's International Night that will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. The school's principal, Kristin Munrett, and miSci President, Gina C. Gould, will be on hand to celebrate the collaboration and to answer questions.
"miSci is committed to welcoming all audiences and to providing children and families with access to hands-on, immersive STEAM programming designed to inspire the next generation to become scientists and their parents science-literate citizens," said miSci President Gina Gould. "We are excited to partner with Museums for All and the Schenectady schools to make this goal a reality."
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 800 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Stewart's Shops are sponsors of miSci's participation in Museums for All. Additional sponsors will be announced at a future date.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research helps libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 470 members in 50 states and 16 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.
Located in Schenectady, New York, miSci presents exhibitions, programs, and events designed with its mission in mind: to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology – past, present, and future. Home to the Challenger Learning Center and the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Museum's holdings include an archive of more than 1.6 million prints, negatives, and historic materials from the General Electric Photographic Collection, and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. Visit www.miSci.org to learn more.
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