Message From the Executive Director

    

You may be wondering, why a children’s museum? According to the Association of Children’s Museums there are almost 400 children’s museums around the world that provide programs and exhibits that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. Children’s museums…

 

…help children develop essential skills          

…respect childhood.

…light a creative spark for discovery and lifelong learning.

…are environments where families connect in meaningful ways.

…strengthen community resources that educate and care

  for children.

…contribute to local economies.

 

And most importantly, children’s museums are fun! I hope that you will support CCM and the sponsors who are enabling us to be open.

Thank you for visiting our website.

 

Deb Ganley

Executive Director 


Our very own, Jen, was highlighted in a recent Arts Alive Newsletter -
April Arts Spotlight: Jen Pepin

 

 

Jen Pepin, a resident of the Monadnock Region since 1989, is an educational interactive installation artist for children. Pepin is The Event and Education Director at Cheshire Children's Museum, where she plans, designs and creates venues and promotional materials for events and exhibits. She consistently excites the boundless imaginations of children through her creative art style that she brings to her installations.

 

 
Her goal while creating these pieces is to use as many re-purposed items as possible to create realistic vignettes that inspire imaginative play, create a sense of place, and provide educational inspiration for both children and their families. Pepin explains, "The creative challenge is to take ordinary things and make them fun and educational for several different age groups....The goal is to give each child a little more of an understanding about a topic, but in a fun visual or tactile way." The installations are multi-faceted endeavors that explore subjects from multiple learning styles.
 
Although Pepin has always been interested in art, what might come as a surprise is that she majored in math in college. Pepin explained, "I know math is not generally considered 'fun' by a lot of people, but it can be when introduced through play. I feel we can blend left and right brain ideas to make both art and math appealing to children from an early age."  This explains Pepin's drive to teach children any subject through art, and think out-of-the-box while creating her educational installations.
 
Pepin hopes to see the arts and culture in the Monadnock Region grow and stay vital; she believes that in order to do this we need to create a rich culture that extends beyond our region's natural beauty.  Pepin feels that we must fill our region with music, visual and fine arts, award winning restaurants, outdoor spaces, and cutting edge activities in order to keep younger families here.
Pepin believes that a vibrant Children's Museum is one of the keys to the vitality of arts and culture in any region. "Each space in the museum provides a taking off point for a child's creativity. When I see a child healing a sick pet in the Veterinarian area or taking a plane ride to see kangaroos in Australia, it is an amazing feeling. Providing a safe, colorful and imaginative space for families to connect is a dream come true of which I am so grateful to be a part," explains Pepin.
 
She continuously strives to create more for her community, and plays a key role in nurturing our children's love of learning. We are proud of her work here in the Monadnock Region, and can't wait to see what she is going to create next!