THANK YOU CHRIS
WonderTrek Children’s Museum extends gratitude to Chris McEachron for a job well done. Chris served as the museum’s program manager for the past 18 months. He implemented the Playful Connections program that was shared at non-profits, schools and libraries. The Playful Connections program provided an opportunity to offer Pop-ups within a five count region. Approximate 4000 children participated in the WonderTrek Children’s mobile museum programs. Playful Connections was funded MN Humanities Center's committee for the Legacy Fund. At this time Chris had decided to pursue other interests. We wish him the best on this new journey.
THANK YOU SUSAN
WonderTrek Children’s would also like to recognize Susan Rioux who served as a program coordinator. She was instrumental in contacting potential partners and scheduling programs. Thanks Susan!
WonderTrek Children’s Museum recently received notice that the MN Humanities Center's committee for the Legacy Fund's competitive children's museum grant, has chosen to award WonderTrek Children’s Museum full proposal of $241,000 over an 18 months period starting January 1, 2022. A description of our new program, Playful Connections is below. This is a positive sign that the committee values our work by awarding our full request WonderTrek Children’s Museum now has funding in place to keep a consistent programmatic presence throughout the region through June 2023.
Playful Connections Project Overview
The Brainerd Lakes area is one of Minnesota's most beloved "up north" destinations. With a population of 162,000 that expands by approximately 300,000 annually, North Central Minnesota is home to a complex mix of year-round residents, second home owners, seasonal visitors, and a growing immigrant population. The area is home to both promise and challenge. WonderTrek Children's Museum and its partners envision a more connected region and state and actively works to create connections by bringing together visitors and residents from diverse backgrounds in shared experiences. To advance this vision, WonderTrek's Playful Connections will engage children and adults in program studios to help design an "up north" signature climber exhibit reflecting regional art, culture, and heritage. By bringing together diverse perspectives to share ideas in an adapted studio process, Playful Connections empowers children to lead the way to a more connected region and state through the power of play.
POSTING – WonderTrek Children Museum
POSITION/TITLE: Playful Connections Program Manager
SUPERVISOR: Museum Project Director
PART-TIME: 20 to 30 hours per week
WonderTrek Children’s Museum, an emerging museum in North Central Minnesota for children, families, and educators, is looking for a dynamic and dedicated employee to fill the role of Program Manager for its Playful Connections studio explorations programming.
This position will join the project team in developing and implementing Playful
Connections, a new 18-month regional program funded by the Minnesota Legacy, Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund. Through Playful Connections, WonderTrek will engage children and adults in play-based studio explorations to help design a signature climber experience reflecting regional art, culture, and heritage. Special attention will be paid to engaging families from a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences at WonderTrek’s studio space at the Franklin Arts Center and at remote venues through the region. Particular attention will be paid to reaching families experiencing participation barriers. By bringing together diverse perspectives to share ideas in a studio learning process adapted for WonderTrek’s audience, Playful Connections empowers children to lead the way to a more connected region and state through the power of play.
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