The Boston Foundation has awarded $2.1 million in quarterly grants that offer broad support for arts, social initiatives in single and multi-year discretionary grants. Of the 11 grantees for the quarter, seven are receiving multi-year grant support. Awards range from $35,000 (one-year) to $365,000 (four years)
"BCM is thrilled to have this opportunity to build two-way partnerships and focus on expanding participation of children and families from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. We think of ourselves as a gateway Museum, where families often have their first museum experience. We seek to guarantee that this first experience is highly positive and results in launching a lifelong habit of participation in Boston's rich cultural life. We look forward to working with The Boston Foundation for ways to both measure and increase our impact," said Carole Charnow, President & CEO, Boston Children's Museum.
In undertaking this community work, BCM is building on decades of programs that serve Boston children and families. Most notably, BCM was among the original founders of Boston's citywide Countdown to Kindergarten program, which now has a physical home as a BCM exhibit. In the Countdown to Kindergarten classroom exhibit, families are invited to have fun practicing the many skills needed for school readiness and success. Parents and caregivers learn how they can best encourage and support their children's learning. Once at BCM, the whole family can delight in the varied interactive exhibits, from the jaw-dropping 3-story New Balance Foundation Climb, to the live professional theater, to the Art Studio, Science Playground, and more. BCM's latest exhibit is Native Voices: New England Tribal Families, which explores contemporary life for kids and families from five New England tribes.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Boston Children's Museum over the next several years. This grant is an investment in an evolving landmark institution dedicated to ensuring its exhibits and programs are relevant to all of Boston's communities and visitors. Our partnership with BCM is due in large part to their tremendous leadership. Carole Charnow and her team are passionate, adaptive and responsive leaders that are building lasting and authentic relationships with underrepresented audiences in our cultural landscape," said Boston Foundation Senior Program Officer, F. Javier Torres.
BCM has made a long-term commitment to increasing its investment in all education programs, both in the Museum and in the community to ensure that all Boston families are aware of and have access to our vibrant family learning experiences. The Boston Foundation's support is a significant recognition of the importance of our work for Boston children and families.