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11/06/13

Association Of Children’s Museums Announces Exhibits Selected For Funding In Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series
Association of Children’s Museums to Build on Successful Learning Initiative

The Freeman Foundation (Honolulu, Hawaii) has awarded Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) up to $6 million in funding to administer the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series (FFACES), a multi-year initiative that will promote Asian cultural understanding among families and their children in the U.S.

This is the second time The Freeman Foundation has supported ACM to develop and manage a tour of Asian exhibits for U.S. children’s museums. In the previous initiative, seven exhibits were created each depicting an Asian culture including cultures from the following countries: China, Japan, Korea, Laos, and Vietnam. “Providing opportunities to learn about other cultures at a young age is an important way in which children’s museums enrich families’ lives,” explains Gail Ringel, FFACES project director. “These exhibits prepare children to function in a culturally diverse country and a globally connected world.”

“The first Asian Exhibit Initiative toured from 2004 to 2011 across the country reaching approximately five million children,” said Graeme Freeman, chair of The Freeman Foundation. “We are pleased to partner with ACM once again so that a new generation of young children will have similar opportunities to learn about East Asia, a part of the world that is ever more important to their futures.”

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04/26/13

Reimagining Children's Museums in the 21st Century
Association of Children’s Museums’ InterActivity 2013 Conference Convenes in Pittsburgh

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and Children’s Museum Pittsburgh will host InterActivity 2013: Reimagining Children’s Museums April 30-May 2 in Pittsburgh, PA. The international meeting will present an exciting slate of programs for the children’s museum field and for individuals interested in expanding their professional and personal development to better serve the learning needs of young children. The conference opens April 30 at the Byham Theater and continues at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown May 1 and 2.

InterActivity 2013 marks a major milestone in ACM’s three-year leadership project Reimagining Children’s Museums, which launched in 2012 and is supported by MetLife Foundation.

“Reimagining Children’s Museums takes its inspiration from community, design, collaboration, sustainability and change,” said Janet Rice Elman, executive director, ACM. “InterActivity 2013 is advancing the children’s museum movement by exploring ideas of what a 21st century children’s museum can be.”

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04/25/13

MetLife Foundation Awards $50,000 to Children’s Museums that Nurture Global Citizens
— MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Promising Practice Award Program Celebrates 15 Years of Impact —

Four Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) members will be celebrated as 2013 Promising Practice Award recipients. Now in its 15th year, the Promising Practice Award program recognizes U.S. and international children’s museums as essential places for nurturing children to become global citizens. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 grant, and a profile on the MetLife Foundation Research & Practice Exchange database. Accessible at www.ChildrensMuseums.org, the database provides more than 100 summaries of award-winning Promising Practices.

Additionally, one ACM children’s museum will receive a $10,000 grant to develop a Promising Practice Replication Award toolkit. Both grants are supported by MetLife Foundation and administered by ACM.

"MetLife Foundation is delighted to recognize the impact children’s museums have in preparing children to succeed in the 21st century, and in building livable communities where play and learning are accessible for all,” said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation.

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04/24/13

Eric Carle Named Great Friend To Kids
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes Children’s Book Author and Illustrator at InterActivity 2013 —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its 2013 Great Friend to Kids Award to Eric Carle on Thursday, May 2, at a 9:00 a.m. award ceremony at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh.

“Eric Carle’s artistry lies in his ability to create beautiful imaginary worlds inspired by nature that entice children to look for brilliant patterns of color, shapes and sounds. His respect for the individual child and gentle humor has inspired millions of children and adults alike,” said Janet Rice Elman, executive director, ACM.

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04/10/13

ACM Receives Support from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
— Donation to ACM is Part of $2.6 Million Granted by CVS Caremark in 2012 to Increase Access to Health Care Services and Children’s Health-Related Programs —

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announces today that it has received a $18,000 grant from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, whose purpose is to help people on their path to better health by providing funding for initiatives that support access to health care and children’s programming. ACM’s grant is part of $2.6 million in grants awarded to 66 nonprofit U.S. organizations as part of the 2012 CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grant cycle.

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02/13/13

“Let's Give Our Kids That Chance”
— Children's Museums Support President's Message to Support Early Learning —

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) strongly supports the President Obama’s focus on early learning, which he outlined in his 2013 State of the Union address last night, February 12, 2013. ACM is hopeful that despite the budget constraints confronting all federal programs, the Obama Administration will continue to support and even build on its efforts for early learning through all relevant federal agencies and programs.

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01/17/13

The Freeman Foundation Funds New Asian Culture Exhibit Series
For U.S. Children’s Museums
— Association of Children’s Museums to Build on Successful Learning Initiative —

The Freeman Foundation (Honolulu, Hawaii and New York, New York) has awarded Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) up to $5 million in funding to administer the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series (FFACES), a multi-year initiative that will promote Asian cultural understanding in U.S. children.

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10/11/12

Going Wild to Connect Children's Play to Learning in Natural Outdoor Spaces
Association of Children’s Museums and The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable Announce Good to Grow! Going Wild Grantees

 Unleashed from the field of children’s museums come plans for informal learning environments developed in harmony with local ecosystems that will transform communities and inspire new models for outdoor learning in children’s museums. Three instigators: Hands On Children’s Museum (Olympia, WA), Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (Topeka) and Madison Children’s Museum (WI) will receive a Good to Grow! Going Wild grant to bring sustainable natural spaces that promote play and learning to their communities. The grants are supported by The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable.

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10/05/12

Children's Museums Celebrate Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play 2012

Dotting the globe and shining a light on the importance of play, children’s museums are coming out strong for Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, the network’s ninth annual event dedicated to play. On Saturday, October 6, Nickelodeon’s channels and Web sites will go off-air and offline from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (all times ET/PT). In place of programming, the network will promote messages that encourage kids get up and get playing. This will be. Nearly than 70 Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) members — from Beijing to Dublin, from Baltimore to Tacoma — are hosting local Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) celebrations that support an international effort to get kids excited about healthy, active play.

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9/21/12

 ACM Receives National Leadership Grant for Research Agenda
— ACM and its Member Museums Selected for Advancing Museum Innovation —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has been awarded a $100,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). ACM and its partners will use its grant to identify and synthesize existing research about how children’s museums foster learning, both for children and families. Funds will support a national symposium to discuss this existing research and identify research needs, and to develop a field-wide agenda that guides future research efforts by children’s museums and other researchers. This project will provide a meaningful framework for ongoing research investigating how children’s museums support learning.

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6/28/12

Association of Children's Museums Recognizes Reggio Children
— International Center Accepts 2012 Great Friend to Kids Award —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has selected Reggio Children as its 2012 Great Friend to Kids Award recipient. The Great Friend to Kids Award is presented annually and honors organizations and individuals that have made significant contributions to strengthening education and advancing the interests of children.

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5/10/12

Building Global Citizens, Strenthening Local Communities
—MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Announce
2012 Promising Practice Award Winners —

Four children’s museums have been selected as winners of the 2012 Promising Practice Award, which honors the impact children’s museum have on nurturing children as global citizens. The recipients will each receive a $10,000 grant. Additionally, one museum has been selected to receive a Promising Practice Replication Award, which provides a $10,000 grant to create an online tool kit based on an award-winning practice. Both award programs are supported by MetLife Foundation and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.

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5/02/12

 Ciao, Portland!
Association of Children’s Museums Convene International Meetings
to Reimagine & Ignite The Wonder of Learning at InterActivity 2012

Nearly 700 participants from the United States, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Russian Federation and United Kingdom will explore a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of communicating, at the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) annual conference InterActivity 2012: The Wonder of Learning. Held in Portland, Oregon, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower hotel, the conference runs May 10-12, 2012, with pre- and post-conferences bookending the main event. Several children’s museums from the Pacific Northwest serve as co-hosts; Portland Children’s Museum is lead host for the conference.

 

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3/05/12

Reimagining Children’s Museums
MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums Announce Design Teams
and Three-Year Project to Position Field as Vibrant and Strong Community Anchors

What do you do when you’re overseeing one of the fastest growing cultural sectors in the United States, when your field is largely viewed as leaders in the informal learning community, and when your members create playful, interactive learning experiences that reflect their diverse communities? If you’re the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), you never stop thinking about how your sector will remain essential community anchors well into the future.

“It’s part of our field’s culture to be proactive,” said Janet Rice Elman, ACM executive director. “On the horizon, we have identified five areas — Community, Design, Collaboration, Change and Sustainability — that will fundamentally impact children’s museums and the families they serve.”

The Reimagining Children’s Museums Project is an exploration of what it means to experience a children’s museum in the 21st century. The three year leadership project is supported by MetLife Foundation.

“Building a secure future for individuals and communities is central to MetLife Foundation,” said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation president and CEO. “The Project will result in highlighting community collaboration models, providing guidance on how to positively impact children’s health and education, and offering museums design ideas as springboards for innovation.”

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12/05/11

EdVenture Children's Museum & Madison Children's Museum Among
IMLS 2011 National Medal Honorees
— Children’s Museums Earn Two Out of Five Museum Awards in 2011 Competition —

“Museums and libraries inspire us to stretch our imaginations, and play an important role in exposing Americans of all ages and backgrounds to fresh ideas. They teach our children new skills and ways of thinking, and even help to promote lifelong wellness,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a congratulatory statement issued to the winners of the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

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9/23/11

Children's Museums Join in Nickelodeon's Eighth Annual Worldwide Day of Play
Events Highlight Let’s Move! Health Initiative and Importance of Play

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is a national partner for Nickelodeon’s Eighth Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP), scheduled on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Now in its 8th year, WWDoP is an entire day dedicated to active play.

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8/25/11

Austria, China and Jordan Children's Museums Awarded for Creating Global Citizens
— MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Present First-Ever International Promising Practice Award

The international field of children’s museums is making an impact by creating global citizens through play-based learning experiences. ZOOM Kindermuseum in Vienna, Austria, has been selected as the recipient of the first-ever MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Promising Practice Award for International Children’s Museums. The Children’s Museum Jordan in Amman, Jordan, and Magic Bean House Children's Museum in Beijing, China, received honorable mention distinctions for their programming.

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5/12/11

Breaking the Museum Mold to Create Global Citizens
— MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums Awards 21st Century Programming at Children’s Museums —

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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5/10/11

The Jim Henson Company to Accept Great Friend to Kids Award
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes the Leader in Family Entertainment at InterActivity 2011: Innovation is Child’s Play —

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 Award is 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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4/21/11

International Children’s Museum Conference Comes to Houston
— Innovation is Child’s Play Drives 25th InterActivity Conference —

The global children’s museum community will converge on Houston, Texas, for the 25th Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) InterActivity 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.

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5/11/10

Children’s Museum Field Reveals a Deeper Shade of Green
— MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums' 2010 Promising Practice Award Competition Underscores Field’s Commitment to Environmental Stewardship —

What is your watershed address? Is there ever an excuse not to think locally? Can a city divert all of its solid waste from landfills? Children’s museums are working with communities to answer these questions, instilling civic pride and motivating children and families to make environmental stewardship a part of their everyday lives. Illustrating the best of these ongoing efforts are the winners of the 2010 MetLife Foundation & ACM Promising Practice Awards, which were announced Thursday, May 6, at the InterActivity 2010: Invest Early • Inspire Growth conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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5/3/10

The Race to the Top Begins at Children’s Museums
— InterActivity 2010: Invest Early • Inspire Growth Conference
Showcases Solutions that Spark Lifelong Learners —

To solve the problem of public education in America, school reform is not enough. Early learning is the foundation for lifelong learning. Children’s museums are places where children ages 0-12 learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them. The Association of Children’s Museums’ (ACM) annual meeting, InterActivity 2010: Invest Early • Inspire Growth, is hosted by the nationally recognized Minnesota Children’s Museum and runs May 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza Saint Paul–Riverfont Hotel. The conference will highlight the best education, outreach, research and exhibits that support a solid foundation for children.

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5/3/10

Search Institute to Accept Great Friend to Kids Award
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes the Global Innovator for Discovering What Children and Adolescents Need to Thrive —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to Search Institute at 9:00 a.m. on Sat, May 8, at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront Hotel. The Great Friend to Kids Award is 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. Search Institute was selected for its trailblazing, high-quality research and evaluation that deepens public knowledge of young people, what they need and how to care for and work with them effectively.

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10/14/09

Association of Children’s Museums and Members Awarded for
Connecting People to Information and Ideas

— Institute of Museum and Library Services Awards $1.4 M to Children’s Museum Field —

With less than 350 open children’s museums in the U.S., children’s museums are one of the smallest segments of the museum community. Small hands and developing minds that have an irrepressible need to play in order to learn compose the target audience for children’s museums. And yet there is nothing small in the way the children’s museums are impacting communities. Recently the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) — the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries — awarded several organizations in the children’s museum field with grants and honors totaling more than $1.4 million.

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9/22/09

Four Children’s Museums Rank Healthiest Places to Play and Learn In U.S.
— Association of Children’s Museums Designates First Crop of Good to Grow! Museums —

There is nothing funny about the rise in childhood obesity and other health concerns facing families with young children today. But there are fun ways to address some of the basic issues that contribute to children’s health. Four museums — Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, California; The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas; and Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois — have been ranked as Good to Grow! Museums by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) for making significant strides to promote health and wellness to children and families in their communities.

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5/12/09

Children with Disabilities Benefit from Play-Based Programming & Outreach
—VSA arts & ACM Recognize Children’s Museums with
Universal Design for Learning Award—

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and VSA arts announced the 2009 Universal Design for Learning Award recipients on April 30 during ACM’s annual meeting, InterActivity 2009, in Philadelphia. Three children’s museums were singled out for developing exceptional and inclusive learning standards for play-based learning experiences.

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5/12/09

Children’s Museums Awarded for Promising Practices that Provide
Measurable Impact on Communities

— MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums Direct National Competition —

Do children’s museums help children learn about themselves and the world around them? Is play regarded as a legitimate and necessary learning method for children? Are children’s museums integral in responding to the needs of communities and audiences? These questions serve as important discussion topics and criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of mission-driven children’s museums. To encourage more dialogue and sharing of best practices, MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) sponsored a national 2009 Promising Practice Award competition, challenging museums to measure the impact of their programs on children and communities. Award winners were announced April 30 at the InterActivity 2009: Declare Your Impact international conference in Philadelphia.

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4/14/09

Children’s Museums Declare Field’s Impact on Children, Families and Communities
—International Conference of Children’s Museums Convenes in Philadelphia —

In less than four decades, the children’s museum field has grown from 40 to 400 strong. The children’s museum field experienced its first real surge during the recession of the 1970s, a time when new approaches to childhood education were gaining ground, changing families patterns were emerging and a belief that investing in children leads to stronger communities spread through grassroots efforts. Today, children’s museums are widely acknowledged as favorite family destinations, trusted resources for child-centered play, learning and parenting advice, part of downtown revitalization projects and are critical partners for schools and social service organizations. Scheduled April 28-30 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, the Association of Children’s Museums’ (ACM) annual meeting — InterActivity 2009: Declare Your Impact — will explore the many ways the field impacts children, families and communities.

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4/14/09

Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Accept Great Friend to Kids Award
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes “The Positive Place for Kids”
at InterActivity 2009 —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) at its 22nd annual conference InterActivity 2009: Declare Your Impact in Philadelphia, April 28-30. BGCA was selected for its long-time commitment to helping young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Presented annually InterActivity, the award honors those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to strengthening education and advancing the interests of children.

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4/26/08

VSA arts Partnership with ACM Yields Awards and Recognition for Inclusive Learning
— Fourth Annual Universal Design for Learning Awards
Announced at InterActivity 2008 —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and VSA arts announced the 2008 Universal Design for Learning Awards recipients on April 26 during ACM’s annual meeting, InterActivity 2008, in Denver. Three children’s museums were recognized for demonstrating learning standards for inclusive hands-on learning experiences.

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4/25/08

Outdoor Play and Activity Are Key Components at Award-Winning Children’s Museums
— Tenth Annual MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums'
Promising Practice Awards Announced at InterActivity 2008 —

“Go outside and play, and don’t come in until I call you!” These words, so commonly repeated by parents and caregivers to their children decades ago, are spoken seldom these days. And the fallout of less active, outdoor play, its correlation to childhood obesity and adverse developmental behavior has been well-documented by researchers and journalists. Children’s museums, champions of informal learning through play, are making strides in connecting children to the outdoors as well as promoting fitness and healthy eating. In recognition of these promising efforts, MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) presented the 2008 Promising Practice Awards to several children’s museums on Friday, April 25, at ACM’s InterActivity 2008: Let’s Play international conference held in Denver.

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4/22/08

Dr. Joe L. Frost Named Great Friend to Kids
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes Play Scholar’s
Contributions at InterActivity 2008 —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to Joe L. Frost, Ed.D., L.H.D., Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin. ACM selected Dr. Frost for his national leadership in the education community, his groundbreaking work on children’s play and his advocacy for a child’s right to play. Dr. Frost will accept the award and provide a keynote address about the state of children’s play on Saturday, April 26, at 10:15 a.m. at Adams Mark, soon to be Sheraton, in Denver, Colorado. Media are welcome to attend the presentation.

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4/22/08

Jim Collins, Patricia S. Schroeder and Joe L. Frost Keynote at
Association of Children’s Museums’ Annual Meeting

— InterActivity 2008 Will Explore the Serious (and Not-So-Serious) Business of Play —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will convene its annual meeting InterActivity 2008: Let’s Play from April 24 through April 26, 2008, at the Sheraton, in Denver, Colorado. Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Denver, InterActivity 2008 will draw more than 700 leaders representing children’s museums in the United States and abroad. InterActivity 2008 program sessions will present the latest research on play and innovative play-based practices in museums.

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12/20/07

Introducing Goodtogrow.org: The Children’s Museum Online Healthy Weight
Resource for Families with Children

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is proud to announce www.GoodtoGrow.org, a new online destination for families with children ages 2-10 that links the children’s museum experience, home life and the broader community with compelling messages, engaging activities and accurate resources for living healthy lives, beginning with maintaining a healthy weight.

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9/19/07

Association of Children’s Museums Awarded Grant for “Growing Healthy Museums”
— Grant Will Help Fund National Leadership Initiative to
Address Childhood Overweight and Obesity Epidemic —

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) a $220,000 grant to launch a “Growing Healthy Museums” project to increase children’s museums’ institutional capacity, knowledge and skills as leaders in promoting health and wellness in their communities. ACM was one of ten organizations recognized in 2007 under the 21st Century Museum Professionals program from IMLS, the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries. The program supports leadership development and professional training in museum operations. Institutions receiving these grants will match the awards with non-federal spending.

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5/24/07

Children’s Museums Recognized for Including People of Disabilities
— Third Annual Universal Design for Learning Awards Announced at InterActivity 2007 —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and VSA arts announced its 2007 Universal Design for Learning Awards recipients on May 12 during ACM’s annual meeting, InterActivity 2007, in Chicago. Three children’s museums were recognized for demonstrating learning standards for inclusive hands-on learning experiences.

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5/21/07

Children’s Museums Recognized for Supporting Healthy Kids, Families and Communities
— Ninth Annual MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums'
Promising Practice Awards Announced at InterActivity 2007 —

Good physical and emotional health is crucial to learning and growth from birth to adulthood. Healthy attitudes and habits start at home, but families face significant barriers to making good choices. Children’s museums have the ability to bring attention to issues related to child development and to convene important discussions among community-based organizations, media partners and policy makers. In recognition of these efforts, MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) gave their 2007 Promising Practice Awards to four children’s museums on May 10, 2007, at ACM’s annual InterActivity conference held in Chicago.

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5/07/07

Head Start, Chicano Theater and IBM Featured at
Association Of Children’s Museums’ Annual Meeting

— Children’s Museums Examine Diversity Issues to Create Inclusive Museums —

The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) will convene its annual meeting InterActivity 2007: Embracing Diversity in Your Town Square from May 10 to May 12, 2007, at Chicago’s The Westin, Michigan Avenue hotel. Hosted by Chicago Children’s Museum, DuPage Children’s Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago and co-hosted by Bronzeville Children’s Museum, InterActivity 2007 will draw more than 800 leaders representing children’s museums in the United States and abroad. Conference sessions address how to create an inclusive museum — from engaging children and families to appreciate their culture and the diverse cultures of others to ensuring that museum staffs at every level reflect their diverse communities.

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5/07/07

Head Start Architects Zigler, Richmond & Caldwell to Receive Great Friend to Kids Award
— Association of Children’s Museums Hosts Moderated Discussion with Awardees at InterActivity 2007 Chicago Conference —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to three of the most influential founders of the Head Start program: Drs. Edward Zigler, Julius Richmond and Bettye Caldwell at its annual conference, InterActivity 2007. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant and outstanding contributions towards strengthening education and advancing the interests of children. ACM selected the three individuals for serving as the architects the Head Start program. Drs. Zigler, Richmond and Caldwell will accept the award on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at a plenary session beginning at 9:00 a.m. at The Westin, Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. Media are welcome to attend the presentation.

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5/25/06

Children’s Museums Awarded National 2006 MetLife Foundation and
Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Award

— Museums Lauded for Supporting Healthy Kids, Families and Communities —

Four children’s museums received top honors for their pioneering efforts to support healthy kids, families and communities and a total of $30,000 from the 2006 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Promising Practice Award competitions. The awards honor innovative management and programming practices in children’s museums, with health and wellness promotion chosen as the theme for the 2006 awards. The awards were presented on April 25 at the Association of Children’s Museums’ (ACM) annual InterActivity conference held in Boston, MA.

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5/25/06

Universal Design Award Granted to Children’s Museums
— Association of Children’s Museums and VSA arts Join Forces to
Expand Access for Play and Learning —

Dance to music from around the world; volunteer to teach young children how to write their names with a wiki stick; crawl into the driver’s seat of a real fire truck. Now try to do these activities as a child with a disability or a special need. It’s possible, thanks to the efforts of children’s museums across the United States and VSA arts state affiliate offices. In recognition of the important opportunities these partnerships have created, VSA arts and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) presented the Universal Design for Learning Awards during ACM’s annual InterActivity conference in Boston, MA.

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4/04/06

T. Berry Brazelton, Richard Louv and Joan Wallace-Benjamin Keynote at
Association of Children’s Museums Annual Meeting

— Growing Healthy Kids, Museums and Communities Drives Boston Conference —

Healthy attitudes and habits start at home, but families face significant barriers to making good choices. Community approaches are needed to create supportive, healthy environments. Noted pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, journalist Richard Louv and social activist Dr. Joan Wallace-Benjamin will speak about what is being done and what can be done to grow healthy kids, museums and communities at the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) annual conference, InterActivity 2006. Members of the media are welcome to attend the keynote sessions, which will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel beginning April 24 and concluding April 26. A schedule of sessions follows in this release.

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4/04/06

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Named Great Friend to Kids
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes Pediatrician’s Impact
on Child Development —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, the internationally known pediatrician, at its annual conference InterActivity 2006. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant and outstanding contributions towards strengthening education and advancing the interests of children. ACM selected Dr. Brazelton for his family-centered approach to child development issues and his contributions to the pediatric field. Dr. Brazelton will accept the award on Monday, April 24, 2006, at the Boston Sheraton, Massachusetts. Media are welcome to attend the presentation.

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05/23/05

Children’s Museums Awarded National 2005 MetLife Foundation and
Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Awards

— Museums Lauded for Honoring Diversity and Supporting Inclusion —

Four children’s museums received top honors for their pioneering efforts to support diversity and inclusion and a total of $30,000 from the 2005 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children’s Museums Promising Practice Award competitions. The awards honor innovative management and programming practices in children’s museums, with diversity and inclusion chosen as the theme for the 2005 awards. The Association of Children’s Museums’ (ACM) presented the awards at its annual conference InterActivity held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 28-30.

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05/17/05

Universal Design Award Granted to Children’s Museums
— Association of Children’s Museums and VSA arts Join Forces to
Expand Access for Play and Learning —

Follow a live ant colony down a flight of stairs; go horseback riding; experience the shimmering sensation of a rain stick; navigate new territory using a map. Now try to do these activities as a child with a disability or a special need. It’s possible, thanks to the efforts of children’s museums across the United States and VSA arts state affiliate offices. In recognition of the important opportunities these partnerships have created, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and VSA arts announced the awardees of the Universal Design for Learning Award at ACM’s annual conference, InterActivity, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 28-30.

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04/19/05

Informal Education Experts Discuss the Power of Family Learning
— Association of Children's Museums Convenes International InterActivity Conference
in Indianapolis, IN —

A shift in focus is in line for children’s museums, which represent the fastest growing cultural institution in the United States. Historically designed from a child-centered perspective, many children’s museums are rethinking the way they design exhibits and programs as well as the very manner that they greet their visitors. Children’s museum professionals and educators will meet in Indianapolis for InterActivity 2005, to discuss the change, which is to create museum experiences for entire the family. The annual conference of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) — InterActivity 2005 — will run April 28 to April 30, 2005. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world and a leader in family learning, will host the conference.

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04/05/05

Erikson Institute Named Great Friend to Kids
— Association of Children’s Museums Recognizes Institute’s
Impact to the Field of Early Childhood Development —

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) will present its Great Friend to Kids Award to the Erikson Institute, one of the nation’s leading graduate schools in child development, at its annual conference InterActivity 2005. The Award honors organizations and individuals who have made significant and outstanding contributions towards strengthening education and advancing the interests of children. ACM selected the Institute for its commitment to expanding the understanding of child development and to generating research that improves the way children and their families are served. Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D., president of Erikson Institute, will accept the award on behalf of the school.

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10/28/04

Found! Toys that Stimulate the Mind and Spirit of Children
— Children’s Museum Gift Shops Make Holiday Shopping a Snap with a
Selection of Traditional, One-of-a-Kind and Inventive Play Items —

From I Never Forget a Face, a memory game that depicts faces of children from all over the globe available at Madison Children’s Museum (WI); to antique paper dolls at Kern County Museum (Bakersfield, CA); to Big Top Flippity Flops, a classic domino game with a fun circus theme at Providence Children’s Museum (RI); to the innovative X Stream Internal Wing Aircraft found at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (Gulfport, MS); children’s museums across the United States offer holiday shoppers a superlative array of gifts for children.

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