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Longmont Museum receives grant funding to support equitable access

Full, need-based summer camp scholarships now available

Post Date:06/14/2018 1:43 PM
The Longmont Museum has received a grant for $20,000 from the Dodge Family Fund to support a new initiative called the Equitable Access Project. The Equitable Access Project (EAP) is designed to create opportunities for impactful art and culture encounters at the Museum for children in Boulder and Weld Counties by eliminating financial barriers. It will fully subsidized tuition for summer camps for children who qualify based on need. Starting in the fall, the grant will also provide fee-free school tours for schools with high rates of free or reduced-price lunch eligibility. This new project joins an existing camp scholarship program in place at the Museum.

“The Dodge Family Fund’s support for our Equitable Access Project ensures access for students who would otherwise be financially unable to participate in our school tours and camp programs – up to as many as 1,170 students for school tours and 70 children for summer camps,” said Ann Macca, curator of education for the Longmont Museum.

Summer camps create weeklong, welcoming learning spaces to link children ages 3 to 18 with history, art, performance, culture, science, technology, and more. Need-based eligibility for scholarships follows the MIT Living Wage Calculator.

“We know these experiences are valuable to children and families because they come back year after year. We have seen campers grow up to become teen volunteers in our camps, and even return after college to lead camps of their own and mentor younger children,” said Macca. “These experiences support learning outside of school and offer opportunities for exceptional cultural encounters with an impact that can last a lifetime.”

The EAP is timely in serving Boulder County, where trends show rapidly growing income inequality, skyrocketing housing costs, and an increasingly stark divide in the amenities and opportunities available to families based on income level.

“The Longmont Museum seeks to offer the same high-quality museum experiences to all children, regardless of economic status,” said Macca. “Thanks to this funding from the Dodge Family Fund, we will be able to take the first steps toward making that vision a reality.”

The Dodge Family Fund’s mission is to improve the chances that children in families with low incomes will succeed in school and in life through funding innovative approaches to early learning.

Although the EAP is a new pilot program, school tours and summer camps have a long, successful history at the Museum. School and teacher programs provide interactive guided tours for grades Pre-K through 5 and address Colorado Model Content Standards and 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, visual literacy, scientific and numerical literacy and cross disciplinary thinking. 

To learn more about the educational opportunities at the Museum and to apply for a scholarship, visit www.longmontmusuem.org or call 303-651-8374. Summer camps run now through August 3, 2018.


LONGMONT MUSEUM
The Longmont Museum is a center for culture in Northern Colorado where people of all ages explore history, experience art, and discover new ideas through dynamic programs, exhibitions and events. Regional history, internationally-known artists, and explorations of culture are all part of the mix of exhibitions at the Longmont Museum. Permanent exhibits document the 14,000 years of human history in Longmont and the people who helped to create this community. Special exhibits in the Museum’s main gallery, Portal Gallery and Swan Atrium change several times a year. Learn more at www.longmontmuseum.org or visit us at 400 Quail Road, Longmont CO 80501.

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