This year has thrown us some curveballs, but the team behind the Bronx Children's Museum is staying strong.
The mobile attraction originally planned to open the doors of its 13,000 square-foot home this winter, but construction delays and an unpredictable spring have postponed the Mill Pond attraction's debut to 2021.
"We always have these barriers that we're trying to get across, but we're just plugging through them like the little train that could," said John Boudreau, the museum's director of marketing and communications. "We know that this is an important project."
Although the museum won't be able to physically interact with its constituents until 2021's soft opening, the team is still working with its neighbors to keep children engaged. This summer, supporters can expect the beloved Dream Big program—an artistic series featuring Bronx luminaries—to help kids envision their future. The week of August 3 and 10, Dream Big will air on BronxNet TV on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30pm. Additionally, worksheets and educator resources will be available.
Looking ahead to the new academic term, the museum intends to rework its STEAM and arts curriculum so that students will be able to take advantage of the resources virtually. By spring 2021, the staff hopes to be in the classroom with children.
Naturally, the most anticipated next step is the museum itself. (We're particularly anxious to see "The Cloud," a project with the help of Jerome LaMaar that creates a digital utopian vision of the Bronx inside a mixed-use, circular multi-media room.)
"We are so looking forward to meeting people face to face in a safe way, creating a community of members and having that open access to all of the children of the Bronx," Boudreau said.
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