Providence Children’s Museum Receives
Major Grant from The Champlin Foundations
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Champlin Foundations recently granted Providence Children’s Museum $118,640 to support a major renovation to the Museum’s Coming to Rhode Island exhibit. The reimagined exhibit, which opened in November, offers an interactive, time-traveling exploration of the state’s history, immigration and culture through stories and engaging hands-on activities that encourage empathy and respect for diversity.
One major new feature of Coming to Rhode Island is an imaginative gallery highlighting the story of John Quigley, a pre-famine Irish immigrant who helped build Fort Adams in Newport from 1831 to 1841. Families enter an immersive environment with brick and stone corridors and tunnels, don period appropriate costumes, work on the Fort’s construction crew to build walls and arches, explore what home life was like at the Fort, and investigate tools and documents of the trade from the 1800s and about the Quigley family’s history. The exhibit also has a new “Story Center,” where families explore an array of intriguing hands-on activities and resources that explore culture and diversity. The exhibit’s goals are for children and adults to develop respect for the diversity of individuals that make up their world, to understand that diversity makes communities stronger, and to build empathy for others by making personal connections to their stories.
The Champlin Foundations make direct grants for capital needs to tax-exempt organizations, with the goal of funding organizations within Rhode Island that make a great impact on a broad segment of the population so they may provide hands-on equipment and facilities to the audiences they serve. Since 1932, The Champlin Foundations have distributed nearly $535 million in grants. The Children’s Museum is grateful for The Champlin Foundations’ continued support, and for its important focus on funding organizations’ capital needs.