Message From the Executive Director

 

Cheshire Children’s Museum is celebrating its 5th birthday!

 

Over 136,000 people have visited since we opened on August 23, 2012 in the Colony Mill Marketplace.   Earlier this year we moved into our new location at The Center at Keene.  We were able to construct additional exhibits with our larger space.  Almost 30,000 people visited in the past year!

 

There are so many people to thank – too numerous to mention everyone by name because so many members of our community have been involved.  We are very grateful for our exhibit sponsors, donors, museum members, board members and all the visitors who have come to play at the museum.  The board of directors and museum staff deserve high fives for their dedication to making the museum the best place that it can be and for the distinction of having the museum voted the best fun place for kids 5 years in a row!

 

We are fortunate to have partners in MoCo Arts and The Monadnock Humane Society who visit the museum monthly to share their mission with our visitors.  The museum also works with local social service agencies to allow their clients access to the museum when working with a caseworker.  We believe it’s important for everyone to play!

 

We are looking forward to many more birthdays as part of our wonderful community and hope that if you haven’t come to play yet, that you will very soon!

 

 

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!