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Video of Steven Berlin Johnson can be accesss from the ACM Members Only site>>Bulletin Board>>InterActivity 2011.
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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CONFERENCE COMES TO HOUSTON
—Innovation is Child’s Play Drives 25th InterActivity Conference —
ARLINGTON, VA — The global children’s museum community will converge on Houston,
Texas, for the 25th Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) IinterActivity conference, May 19-
21, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Houston Hotel. Innovative informal education theory and
practice informs all sessions. Participants from the United States, Canada, China, Jordan, Mexico,
Quatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and United Kingdom will explore the vital role children’s museums
have in building children’s 21st century skills and in connecting with audiences in new ways.
Members of the media are welcome to attend plenary sessions and should contact ACM or
CMH for a conference media pass.
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THE JIM HENSON COMPANY TO ACCEPT GREAT FRIEND TO KIDS AWARD
— ACM Recognizes the Leader in Family Entertainment at InterActivity 2011 —
ARLINGTON, VA — The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to The Jim Henson Company at 9:00 a.m. on Sat, May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Houston. The Great Friend to Kids Awardis presented annually at ACM’s InterActivity conference and honors organizations and individuals that have made significant contributions to strengthening education and advancing the interests of children. The Jim Henson Company was selected for its longtime commitment to producing innovative, family programming that creatively addresses a range of topics and issues with compassion, humor and whimsy.
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BREAKING THE MUSEUM MOLD TO CREATE GLOBAL CITIZENS
— MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums Awards 21st Century
Programming at Children’s Museums —
ARLINGTON, VA — Children’s museums are innovating and redefining the traditional museum world by creating places where all kids can learn what it takes to become global citizens. The educational experiences are highly interactive, challenging whole families to step out of their comfort zone, and often don’t take place at the museum at all. After a national search for exemplary children’s museum efforts that help children develop 21st century skills, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, KidZone Museum and DuPage Children’s Museum have each been selected as 2011 MetLife Foundation & ACM Promising Practice Award recipients. Grants totaling $25,000 will be presented during an award ceremony on Thursday, May 19, at the InterActivity 2011: Innovation is Child’s Play conference in Houston, Texas.
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Innovation is Child's Play!
Thursday morning. Breakfast coffee and conversation is perculating. Suddenly a brass band appears! Follow the band to find out what's going on...
The band leads to the ballroom. Discovery Guides from the Children's Museums of Houston smile, greet, dance and ask: Are We Ready?
There's Keith Osfeld, a.k.a." Mr. O" who reveals the Are You Ready? message. CLICK image for video!
We've got to get a copy of that Are You Ready? presentation!
After thunderous applause, Tammie Kahn opens the conference and introduces Houston's mayor.
The Honorable Annise Parker welcomes nearly 800 participants who have traveled from around the world to Houston for InterActivity 2011: Innovation is Child's Play.
ACCESS VIDEO from the ACM Members Only Web site>>Bulletin Board>>InterActivity 2011
The audience takes notes!
CLICK image for more. L-R: Carol Meagher, KidZone Museum; Rhonda Kiest, Stepping Stones Museum for Children; Janet Rice Elman, ACM; Rohit Burman, MetLife Foundation; Ruth Shelly, Madison Children's Museum; Sue Broad, DuPage Children’s Museum.
L-R James Wells, Main Street Children’s Museum; LaTresa Jackson, The Discovery Science Place (Tyler, TX) Not shown: Rachel Raizola, Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
Mandy Jo Euresti, Children’s Museum of Brownsville; Angela Colton, The Woodlands Children’s Museum; Christina Seidel, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley; Lisa Chappa, The Imaginarium of South Texas.
Michael Neville, Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut; Margaret Kuhl, Children’s Discovery Center (Clinton, IA); Jennifer O’Connor, Lander Children’s Museum; Jennifer Mullix, Discovery Playhouse (Cape Giradeau, MO); Erin Pruckno, Children’s Museum of Saratoga
Fast forward Friday morning. InterActivity 2011, Day 2. Yes, the conference so far is out of this world...but Darth Vardar??!!
The audience is sure to be blown away...just not sure if it will be a literal or figurative experience...
Darth Vadar is Jane Werner! Pretty sneaky! And the connection is...Darth Vadar--Star Wars--George Lucas--Edutopia--Dr. Milton Chen, the Friday keynote speaker.
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Friday evening. Play Ground for Your Mind! Quotes from the conference evaluation to follow.
The band rocked!
"This event was well planned and a blast. The staff at this museum and the museum itself are amazing."
"What an enthusiastic staff- at the opening of the conference, and at the museum evening event. Great food there- and no lines! Loved the museum- could have used more time to see everything."
"Great food -- well set up stations (no long lines to wait!) great hospitality. loved the outdoor part. Great job. It really felt like a party."
"The staff of the museum was beyond helpful and excited about showing off their museum. I learned a lot from Cheryl, Kendara, and Mr. O. Thanks!"
"Exhibit staff was beyond excellent. I overheard so many attendees comment about them." Congratulations!
"LOVED LOVED LOVED the Children's Museum of Houston! The Museum, the store, the staff, the food, the drinks - it was a fabulous event!"
"I wish we had more time."
"The best part of being at ACM was seeing the Children's Museum of Houston. It was inspiring, as well as a great way to end the week!"
Fast forward Saturday morning. CLICK on image for more info. L-R Janet Rice Elman, executive director of ACM; Susan Hildreth, director of IMLS; and Julia Bland, ACM Board Chair and executive director of Louisiana Children's Museum.
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