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Stuart Haruyama
Oct 23, 2015

RISD Serves Introduces - Providence Children's Museum

Oct 23, 2015 by Stuart Haruyama

Over the coming weeks, RISD Serves will be introducing our formalized community partnerships to the RISD campus. Through these partnerships, we hope to create mutually beneficial collaborations between the participating organizations and RISD students. Current partners include:

  • AS220
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Mt. Hope Learning Center
  • CityArts for Youth

This week’s featured organization is…

The Providence Children’s Museum, located in Providence’s Jewelry District, has been a local landmark since its founding in the mid-1970’s. With a mission to celebrate learning through active play and exploration, the Museum presents hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs that explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math.

RISD’s partnership with the Providence Children’s Museum aims to bring together students, professionals, children and families in the mission of celebrating learning through active play and exploration. This includes providing volunteer and work-study opportunities for students and creating shared access to educational opportunities such as trainings, workshops, and lectures.

Fun Facts about the Children’s Museum:

  • Estrella, a 10 foot-tall chair resembling a woman, sits in the museum on the second floor. Estrella has been with the museum since its opening in the 1970’s. Since then, visitors of all ages have come to sit on her lap and be astounded and/or terrified by her grandeur.
  • The museum is guarded by Nori, a giant green dragon, whose head you can see poking over the building.
  • Waterways, the water exhibit in the museum, was recently renovated last November! The design was headed by Chris Sancomb, a RISD sculpture professor, who also works full-time at the museum.

How can you get involved?  

The Children’s Museum is currently looking for RISD students to help run the admissions desk and play exhibits. These are long-term volunteer and work-study positions that offer the opportunity to interact with children and families, while also gaining practical experience! Please contact Lillian Krieger if you are interested.

Each community partner has a Community Liaison who supports and promotes the partnership at RISD and in the wider Providence community. This year’s Community Liaison at the Providence Children’s Museum is Lillian Krieger (Industrial Design ’16). Please contact Lillian if you are interested in getting involved at the Museum.