This spring truly feels like a fresh start! It is wonderful to see in person the little smiles that have been hidden for two years! And we are making sure there are lots of reasons to smile. CMNH is once again hosting in-person performances, workshops, school groups, and summer camps. And we’re continuing to collaborate with community partners to ensure everyone has access to the Museum, regardless of their ability to pay.
We are grateful to you, and to all the supporters who have sustained us! Even as we continue to experience a 38% reduction in admission revenue, CMNH keeps moving forward to support children and families. In the past year we opened an outdoor area for messy play, created a new veterinary clinic exhibit, as well as a giant tessellation block exhibit, installed two art exhibitions, launched three new weekly drop-in programs, provided free virtual programs for Title 1, Head Start, and kindergarten classrooms, and have welcomed the return of beloved programs like Wee Ones Wednesdays and Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtime.
There is so much more to be done. Staff and Board continue to creatively think about how we can build back more efficiently to deliver more of what’s needed now, with fewer resources than in the past.
Most immediately, in 2022 we are refreshing the Cochecosystem Nature exhibit, designing a new Raceways exhibit, hosting new and favorite events including a Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes Spring Celebration (May), the NH Maker Fest (June), and Grown-up Play Date Concerts from the Patio (July & August). Later this year we will begin providing a new Family Book Club program for free to Head Start centers, informal playgroups, and programs for homeschoolers, all to support efforts to help children recover lost learning resulting from the pandemic.
We have leaned on you and appreciate your support in the past. Please consider giving to this spring appeal to help us continue to push forward! On behalf of the thousands of children who will benefit from your generosity, thank you!
In 2020 you helped...
...support families at-home learning! Museum educators created 66 videos of our most popular programs and classes, viewed for free over 33,796 times, and distributed 1,200 arts and science kits to replace in-person summer camps and library programs.
...inspire creativity and support artists and small business! The museum hosted Maker Fest virtually featuring 37 makers and workshops, and donated 150 Maker Kits to families so they could participate safely from home.
...us prepare for the museum's future! We moved forward constructing an outdoor Play Patio, using funds raised prior to the pandemic. The Play Patio will provide 1,800 square feet for messy art & science activities and gatherings.
In 2019 you helped...
...welcome 2,555 guests to the museum who paid only $1 per person admission by showing their EBT cards, all part of our Museum Access for All program.
...welcome 3,778 museum guests who received free or reduced admission thanks to the Blue Star Museum Summer Program and the Museum's Military Appreciation Program for active duty military personnel and their families.
...welcome a record breaking number of children and families into the museum - 110,600!