LETTER FROM THE CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As we approach the end of the year, I am excited and grateful about all Miami Children’s Museum has been able to accomplish in 2016. From the opening of new, innovative permanent and traveling exhibits to hosting successful programs and events, we have continued to stay at the cutting edge of early childhood education initiatives. As we move full steam ahead in planning our 2017 Be a Kid Again Gala and executing our Master Plan, we ask for your continued support in ensuring we provide each child in our community with the necessary building blocks to create bright futures.
If you haven’t already, I invite you to come visit us soon and see firsthand what we have been able to accomplish together.
Until next year,
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, also 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 with an extensive silent auction filled with unique pieces. Then the curtains dropped opened 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
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 23 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 has been shown to help students develop skills required to succeed in school. The pop up exhibit will be available to elementary schools for three months at a time each during the school year at no cost.
The ArtRageous! Exhibit will educate 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 will be at Milam K-8 Center in Hialeah.
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 29. Guests were invited to explore the Museum’s newly renovated galleries 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, Ken Russel and Phyllis Smith, Council Member Roger Coriat, Frank Artiles and Jim Haj and Stephanie Sylvestre from The Children’s Trust.
Sid the Science Kid
On Saturday, February 11, Miami Children’s Museum opened their newest traveling exhibit: Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! In this interactive exhibit, kids can 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. It’s sure to be a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time! The exhibit will be open until May 14.
Music Makers Studio
Miami Children’s Museum 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.
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 kind 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.
Welcome Michael and Jolie Berkowitz!
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- Donor Appreciation Reception | May 24, 2017
- Dino Island Exhibit Opening| June 17, 2017
- Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash | October 15, 2017
- Something’s Brewing Presented by the PLAYMAKERS | October 27, 2017