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Title: Vision for South Dakota Childrens Museum and Science Center


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Vision for South Dakota Childrens Museum
and Science Center
  • Presentation to Brookings Board of Education.
    November 13, 2006.

Statistics provided by Association of Childrens
Museums www.childrensmuseums.org
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Presenters
  • Dale Larson
  • Vice President Larson Foundation
  • Lisa Svobodny
  • Marketing Manager Larson Manufacturing Company
  • Dick Dempster
  • Principal Architect Architecture Inc.

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History of Larson Family Funding and Interests
  • Recreation
  • Larson Park and Recreation Trail
  • Larson Ice Arena
  • Hillcrest Family Aquatic Center
  • Youth Programs and Child Care
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • URC Intergenerational Day Care
  • Low Cost Housing
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Donation of storm doors to various organizations

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History of Larson Family Funding and Interests
  • Programs for the Handicapped
  • Easter Seals Booth at Brookings Art Festival
  • Handicapped Child Care at URC
  • Cultural Projects
  • Performing Arts Center on SDSU Campus
  • Education of Children
  • Scholarships
  • Childrens Museum

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General Proposal for Central
  • Larson will purchase Central for 500,000
  • Larson will help build a new school by pledging
    to pay for 30 of the cost
  • The proposal is not endorsing a particular
    configuration of the elementary school system
  • The museum will be a non-profit organization with
    a board of directors, consisting of a cross
    section of community residents, with bylaws for
    long range planning including succession issues
  • The museum is intended to be a first class
    regional museum

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Childrens Museums and Science Centers
Buffalo Museum of Science Buffalo, New York
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Imagine…
  • Imagine a place full of color, light, and
    curiosity
  • A place where creativity is around every corner
  • A place where an Aha! moment is always
    happening
  • A place built of bricks and wood from the past,
    where the leaders of the future come to explore,
    invent, and play

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Excerpt taken from the Childrens Museum of
Phoenix Exhibits Snapshot
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What is a Childrens Museum?
  • A celebration of childhood
  • Provides exhibits and programs that stimulate
    curiosity and motivate learning
  • Exhibits that transcend age and experience
  • Hands-on exploration and learning which empower
    children to set their own pace

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What is a Childrens Museum?
  • Childrens museums light a creative spark for
    discovery and lifelong learning
  • Children's museums vary greatly in style, size
    and content

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What is a Science Center?
  • Foster excitement about learning
  • Simulate curiosity, creativity, and
    problem-solving
  • Hands on exhibits
  • Activities for all ages
  • Growing awareness of importance of non-school
    learning experiences in the sciences

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Childrens Museums in America
  • 1975 38 Childrens Museums in the US
  • 2006 More than 248 Childrens Museums, plus 80
    in planning and development phase
  • 14 of childrens museums are located in rural
    areas
  • 75 childrens museums are flagships in downtown
    revitalization projects
  • Only two states in the Lower 48 states that do
    not have a childrens museum Idaho and South
    Dakota

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Benefits for Children
  • Children have inherent attributes that help them
    learn
  • Curiosity
  • Keen senses
  • Active bodies
  • Enthusiasm

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For while knowledge defines all we currently know
and understand, imagination points to all we
might yet discover and create. Albert Einstein
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Benefits for Children
  • Children learn through
  • Exploring and manipulating their environment
  • Interacting with other people
  • Playing

Children need the freedom and time to play.
Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Contemporary American
Professor of Psychiatry
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Benefits for Families
  • Substantially different kind of leisure time
    activity
  • Opportunity for parents as their childrens first
    educators
  • Exhibits have unexpected elements and layers that
    intrigue grownups, too

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Benefits for the Community
  • Economic development
  • Additional visitors to our downtown area, keeping
    the area vital
  • Childrens Museums are a regional destination
  • Brings visitors in town for the Swiftel Center,
    athletic facilities, or SDSU to the downtown area
  • Educational benefits

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Cooperative Opportunities
  • SDSU
  • Early Childhood Education Department
  • Coursework
  • Gain experience
  • Other Majors
  • School field trips
  • Brookings School District
  • Regional school districts
  • Home schooled children and parents
  • After school programs

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Cooperative Opportunities
  • Community joint marketing opportunities
  • Library
  • Community Cultural Center
  • McCrory Gardens
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Prairie Repertory Theatre
  • South Dakota Art Museum
  • Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • The Brookings Art Council
  • Downtown Brookings Inc.
  • Brookings Summer Arts Festival
  • Brookings Community Theater Presents
  • Hillcrest Aquatic Center
  • Dramatic Events
  • Musical Events
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Etc. !!!

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Childrens Museum Exhibits
  • Combination of permanent and temporary exhibits
  • Evolving spaces create excitement every time
  • Generates return visitors
  • Combination of possible exhibit sources
  • Buy them from other museums
  • Rent them from other museums or organizations
  • Develop them with the help of exhibit designers
    and fabricators
  • Develop exhibits ourselves in-house

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Typical Funding Structures
  • Admissions
  • Memberships or season passes
  • Special programs and events
  • Birthday parties
  • Gift shop
  • Government sources
  • Donations, sponsorships, and fundraising
  • Larson Family will establish an endowment fund
    for future operating expenses

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Staffing Structure
  • Board of Directors
  • Museum Director
  • Permanent Staff
  • Volunteers

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Attendance Estimates
  • Estimated annual attendance 25,000
  • LaCrosse, WI attendance 40,000
  • Kearney, NE attendance 18,000
  • Easy interstate access
  • Brookings is family destination for sporting
    tournaments and cultural events
  • Renowned Early Childhood Development program at
    SDSU

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Vision for Central
  • Town Square
  • Open green space
  • Park feel gathering place
  • Destination
  • Building improvements
  • New windows
  • Add a lobby area
  • Add central air
  • Unique visual element
  • Iconic piece
  • Welcoming entrance
  • Create sense of place

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Association of Childrens Museums
  • Statistics taken from publications and articles
    provided by the Association of Childrens
    Museums, used with permission
  • Photos courtesy of the Association of Childrens
    Museums and its members
  • For more information on Childrens Museums, visit
    www.childrensmuseums.org

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Summary / Q A
Association of Childrens Museums ? 2005
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