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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bronx BP office commits $2.8 million in funding for Bronx Children's Museum

The Office of the Bronx Borough President has announced $2.8 Million in funding towards building a Bronx Children’s Museum. While the location of the Bronx Children’s Museum is still under discussion, one location currently under consideration is the Parks Department Building J site on Exterior & East 153rd Streets. The Bronx is New York City’s youngest borough, with thirty percent of its 1.4 million residents under the age of eighteen. Yet the Bronx is the only New York City borough without a children’s museum. In 2005, Borough President Adolfo Carrion made a commitment to build a Children’s Museum in the Bronx. Since then, the Board of Directors has been established, the pilot program has been executed throughout the Borough, and 501c3 status has been gained. The Borough President proposed an interactive museum that would educate youngsters about the history and diversity of The Bronx, while also engaging and sparking their imaginations and curiosity. The Bronx Children’s Museum will foster a love of learning and help children to develop language and literacy skills.

Hope Harley, Bronx Children's Museum Board President stated, “I want to thank former Borough President Adolfo Carrion for his vision and commitment to the creation of the museum and Acting Borough President Earl Brown for his continued support and involvement. We look forward to working with the next administration to make this project a reality for the children and parents of the Bronx. This much needed capital funding will help the Bronx Children's Museum address the educational, social and cognitive development needs of our borough's children.

Bill Aguado, Executive Director of the Bronx Council on the Arts and a Bronx Children’s Museum board member stated, "Children's museums are uniquely qualified to attend to young children’s needs by providing interactive learning experiences that promote literacy, the arts, media and communications science and early childhood education. More than anything else they help children acquire important life skills. The museum will target families and children at an age when the most critical and long term effects can be achieved. The children who will visit the Bronx Children's Museum are the future of our borough and the future of New York City."

Acting Borough President Earl Brown said “The Bronx Children’s Museum will be an extraordinary addition to the borough and this allocation of $2.8 million will bring the museum one step closer to finding a permanent home. This is a great investment in the Bronx and in children throughout the city, who will one day benefit from and enjoy a long overdue children’s museum in the Bronx.”

The Borough President’s office has also secured the pro bono services of BKSK Architects to develop a conceptual design for the Bronx Children’s Museum. BKSK served as architect for the Queens Botanical Garden and also designed the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, among many other notable projects.

Those who are interested in learning more about this exciting project can become a part of the museum's e-mail list at BxCMinfo@gmail.com.

source: Bronx BP office press release

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