Message From the Executive Director

 

2016 is a busy year for Cheshire Children’s Museum.  As of the end of October, CCM hosted over 25,000 visitors (112,800 since we opened in August 2012), as well as being the only children’s museum in the country to host The Power of Children exhibit, complete with a dramatic play series and nationally known guest speakers.

 

And it’s not over yet! We recently found out that our current space in the Colony Mill is not available for renewal. However, CCM’s landlord, Brady Sullivan Properties, was able to offer us space nearby in the Center at Keene. Cheshire Children’s Museum will be moving to the former One Stop Pet Supply space soon. Check our website and Facebook page for the closing date of our Mill location and the opening date of the Center at Keene location.

 

We are so excited about the new space—it will be on ground level, and close to restrooms and parking. We are busy planning new exhibits and the details of our move.

 

This is where we need your help! Although we’re thrilled about CCM’s new space, moving is an unexpected expense. In order to pay for our move, while maintaining our current level of quality programming and exhibits, and our commitment to providing access to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to visit, we need your support.  We are looking to raise $15,000.  Any excess funds will go toward our Healthy Kids 2017 initiative.

Please consider a gift to Cheshire Children’s Museum.  You can make your donation by clicking on the "Support" tab on the top right of this page.

 

With a grateful heart,

Deb Ganley

 


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!