POUGHKEEPSIE, NY / MARCH 2, 2021 - The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) has been tapped by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to kick off its new Museums Mobilize initiative, which highlights the work of museums that are offering programs to serve children and families in their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
MHCM’s Executive Director, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, will be featured in an upcoming Museums Mobilize webinar on Thursday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET, along with leaders from Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (Gulfport, MS) and the Children’s Museum of the East End (Bridgehampton, NY). This discussion will focus on how museums have stepped in to help combat local food insecurity in their respective communities during the pandemic, and how this work intersects with the core missions of their institutions.
In May 2020, at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, MHCM learned that its Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market was considered an essential business and was allowed to open its season early. The farmers market played a pivotal role in connecting Poughkeepsie residents and families with fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food at a time when the local food system was severely disrupted.
The Museums Mobilize Webinar is free and open to all – you can register here.
The Association of Children’s Museums is collecting stories of impact from ACM’s more than 300 children’s museum members around the world. “For the past year, children’s museums have created and transformed their work to continue to support children and families, in the face of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” shares ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is currently closed as a precautionary step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is now accepting vendor applications for its 2021 season, which will run May 3 though October 25. The Museum and its onsite Market are located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station, and the Walkway Elevator. For more information visit: mhcm.org