The University of Mississippi Museum will host free Family Activity Days for the next three years, thanks to the support of corporate sponsors and community members.
Through the 30-day Ignite Ole Miss crowdfunding campaign, the museum surpassed its goal of $6,000. Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi donated $2,000 to the program.
“I am beyond excited that we were able to reach our goal of providing free Family Days for so many children, parents and grandparents to make lasting memories in the museum for years to come,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s education curator. “We are so grateful to Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi for being such a wonderful community leader and coming forward with an amazing corporate sponsorship and also for each and every donor who supported this project.”
The UM Museum hosts Family Activity Days two or three times each semester, often based on themes from museum exhibits. Families participate in various activities and enjoy refreshments as they are led through artistic, educational experiences by education interns. Over the last few years, the program has grown tremendously. In 2014, 800 children participated in Family Activity Days.
“We want to make sure Family Activity Days are accessible for all families,” said Rebecca Phillips, museum communications coordinator.
April’s “Let’s Move!” Family Activity Day was rescheduled to the fall semester due to bad weather. At this active, outdoor event, families will make discoveries and create art as they participate in activities from the museum to Rowan Oak along the Bailey Woods Trail.
The University Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
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Courtesy UM Communications