Where we’ve been and where we’re going….
This January marked the beginning of my fifth year as Executive Director of GCM. It seems to have flown by and while it has been an up-mountain battle, a hill doesn’t begin to describe the size of our issues, we can see now as we are on the verge of realizing our dreams (or at least a modified version of them) of a bright and exciting future.
As I write this, we are less than 2 weeks away from being debt free. And without the albatross of debt on our shoulders we can look forward to expansion. Not in terms of physical space (the modified version of our dream museum) but with new exhibits and programs.
We are in the purchasing phase of KidsTowne, our interactive community for children that will feature a bank, a grocery store, a hospital , a television studio and a courtroom. Thank you so much to our sponsors for making this exhibit possible – Central Georgia Health Network, The Dozier Law Firm, North Macon Family Healthcare Associates, The ENT Center, State Bank & Trust, Francar’s Wings, and Scott’s Pharmacy. A huge thank you to the EJ Grassmann Trust for the grant that got KidsTowne started! There are still sponsorships available, please contact us if you are interested.
We are also installing The Music Factory through the generosity of The Georgia Music Hall of Fame. As sad as we were to see our neighbors close, we are thrilled to have a piece of the hall living within our walls.
Finally, a day we have waited for over 4 years for seems to be close at hand. We will be installing key pieces from Passages through Time: the history of the Creek Nation in Middle Georgia. While again this is a modified version of our dream as we will not have the space to display the entire exhibit we are excited to be able to adapt this high quality exhibit into a hand on feature applicable to our guests. Thank you to Geico and The Elam Alexander Trust for their sponsorship of this exhibit.
We will ask that you bear with us during this exciting phase as unfortunately some features will require that we close for a VERY brief time for a safe and thorough installation.
Our goal for 2012 is to create programs with more substance. We are expanding our Arts & Crafts programming to offer a weekly theme with daily activities that reinforce that theme. We are also adding Science activities on Wednesday afternoons after school where we will be building and experimenting and learning all about Science!
Keep checking back for news of our progress either through our weekly blog, our website or our facebook page!