LETTER FROM THE CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Over the past few months the Miami Children’s Museum has had the privilege to launch our new arts-based program, Season of the Arts, open the renovated Music Makers Studio gallery, unveil our new outreach effort to undeserved public schools, Museum in a Box as well as host a gathering for government and community leaders and the most successful gala in MCM history. All these exciting endeavors have been made possible by our generous donors, who have entrusted our institution with the responsibility to serve as our children’s first introduction to the arts, culture and science while also allowing them to play. Learning through play is at the core of everything we do and as we prepare to enter our busiest time of the year, we look forward to providing our members, local families, campers and tourists with a memorable summer full of fun learning opportunities.
I invite you all to visit us often this summer and enjoy everything we have to offer.
Until next time,
BE A KID AGAIN ANNUAL GALA & AFTER PARTY RAISES OVER $2 MILLION
On Saturday, March 11th, at Soho Studios in the arts district of Wynwood, Miami Children’s Museum thrilled more than 800 attendees at its Annual Be A Kid Again Gala “Le Grand Carnaval,” a world of unique performers, exotic cuisine and a night filled with fantasy! Over $2 million was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high end live auction. The event, emceed by journalist Shannon Hori Cogan, honored MCM Chairman of the Board, Jeff Berkowitz, for his many years of great leadership and service to the Museum.
Premier Sponsors for the event were Fairholme Foundation, Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin & Mr. Alan Potamkin. Presenting Sponsors included Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Bilzin Sumberg, Comras Company, Heidi & Jose Dans, Greenberg Traurig, Susan & Richard Lampen/Opko Health Inc., Medina Family Foundation and Terra. The event was co-chaired by Christy & David Martin and Daniela Swaebe & Michael Comras. The silent auction was curated by auction chair, Melissa Netkin and Wine Auction Chair, Steven Haas.
Guests felt like a kid again from the moment they entered “Le Grande Carnaval” at Soho Studios. The night kicked off with a not to be missed cocktail reception and extensive silent auction filled with unique pieces. Then the curtains dropped revealing the large splendidly decorated main room with aerial artists and other performing acts from The Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota. Partygoers were also treated to a tempting array of treats provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design and then danced the night away to the sounds of the Valerie Tyson Band.
The highlight event of the evening was an energetic live auction, raising nearly $200,000, featuring spectacular items including: a $10,000 Shopping Spree courtesy of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, Audi Q5 24 month lease courtesy of The Collection, Personalized Portrait by Romero Britto and once in a lifetime luxury vacations.
The celebration continued with the After Party hosted by our young professionals group, the Playmakers, and co-Chaired by Michael Berkowitz and Janet C. Moreira! Miami’s most influential emerging professionals joined with gala goers and together the party continued into the night with entertainment featuring DJ Twillo and DJ Zog along with a premium bar and late night treats. Sponsors for the After Party included Jolie & Michael Berkowitz, Felicia & Andrew Berkowitz, 13th Floor Investments, Weber Law, Janet C. Moreira / MAVEN Intellectual Property, Ironview Capital Management, 3 Pillars Events, Duffy’s Foundation, Wells Fargo, Golden Sands General Contractors, Donna Melnuk and Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A.
DONOR HIGHLIGHT: MUSEUM IN A BOX: Artrageous
Miami Children’s Museum (MCM), with the support of the Miami Marlins, Marlins Foundation, NBCUniversal Foundation, NBC 6 (WTVJ) and Telemundo 51 (WSCV), launched Museum in a Box on February 23rd at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School. This initiative is a new community satellite program that will take MCM’s immersive arts-based exhibits and programming into underserved schools in our South Florida community that are unable to visit MCM and benefit from the Museum’s educationally enriched programming that helps students develop skills required to succeed in school. The pop up exhibit will be available, at no cost, to elementary schools for three months during the school.
The ArtRageous! Exhibit educates children about the six basic elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color and texture. The second Museum in a Box Exhibit, Healthy Me is sponsored by The Children’s Trust and is currently at Milam K-8 Center in Hialeah. Healthy Me teaches children about nutrition and helps them stay active while at school.
COMMUNITY LEADERS RECEPTION
State Representative and Speaker Pro Temp Jeanette Nuñez hosted a Community Leaders and Family Reception at Miami Children’s Museum on January 29th. Guests, including City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, were invited to explore the Museum’s newly renovated galleries like our BIG PIANO and preview future renovations, while enjoying refreshments and light bites. The afternoon celebrated the past, present and future of the Museum with several of our local community leaders. Guests in attendance included Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Phyllis Smith, Council Member Roger Coriat, and Jim Haj and Stephanie Sylvestre from The Children’s Trust.
Sid the Science Kid
On Saturday, February 11th, Miami Children’s Museum opened their newest traveling exhibit: Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! In this interactive exhibit, kids join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure! This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids are able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids can use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses.
Music Makers Studio
MCM opened the newly renovated Music Makers Studio on Saturday, December 17, 2016. It showcases many interactive exhibits that share with children and their families the experience of the vast variety of instruments and musical styles and what makes them work. Made possible in part by an anonymous family foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant # MA-10-16-0213-16), the new Music Makers Studio provides children with a stimulating and interactive musical experience involving kinesthetic, auditory and visual modalities. MCM also collaborated with world renowned artist, Remo Saraceni, who has been an integral part in the development of the new Music Makers Studio. Remo is best known for inventing the Big Piano™ from the movie BIG, starring Tom Hanks and is a creator and visionary of many interactive exhibitions that connect the imagination of childhood with the technology of the future. To commemorate the opening of the Music Makers Studio, MCM partnered with New World Symphony to create special performances throughout the day that focused on learning brass instruments.
The new Music Makers Studio, located on the second floor, pulses with sound and light, incorporating eight distinctive interactive components that allow for full engagement in a variety of music-based activities. Children can explore different instruments, discover how musical sounds are made, be introduced to the concept of musical notation, collaborate with others to make music, and compose unique pieces of music. Our Musical Stairs are also an interactive addition to the exhibit and the only one of its size in the world.
SEASON OF THE ARTS
This past December, Miami Children’s Museum presented “Season of the Arts,” every Saturday during the month from 11AM – 3PM. The “Season of the Arts” series introduced children and their families to a different form of art each week. The Museum partnered with local artists and organizations such as, Xavier Cortada, New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and dancers from Miami City Ballet, in an effort to expose youth to the arts via this special programming during the holiday season. The “Season of the Arts” was made possible through a special grant given to MCM by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Want to get involved in helping us plan our Not So Scary Halloween Bash or our annual Be A Kid Again Gala? To see how you can get involved in our fundraising committees, please contact Hannah Hausman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 305-373-5437 ext.142
- Donor Appreciation Reception | May 24, 2017
- Annual Meeting of the Miami Children’s Museum Board of Directors | June 13, 2017 | 11:45 am
- Dino Island Exhibit Opening| June 17, 2017
- Downtowner Night Sponsored by the DDA | June 21, 2017
- Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash | October 15, 2017
- Something’s Brewing Presented by the PLAYMAKERS | October 27, 2017