Lucy Conroy plays at the Imaginarium in Plattsburgh.
The Imaginarium Childrens museum in Plattsburgh launched its “Blast Boredom” campaign during a fun-filled press conference April 10.
“We want to blast boredom from our children and give them outlets to learn on their own terms in a creative and fun way,” said Imaginarium President Jennifer Meschinelli. “So, we ask our community to help us on this mission to blast boredom.”
The campaign was launched in part by Cardinal Public Relations, a student run organization of mainly marketing and public relations students at Plattsburgh State University. Cardinal Public Relations President Timothy Maggio said the group chose the Imaginarium because of the museum’s promotion of quality learning and education.
“By helping fund our blast boredom exhibit campaign, you can provide your children and community with a children's museum that will continuously give back to our Plattsburgh area for our quality of life, economy and education,” Meschinelli said.
The Imaginarium Children's Museum was founded by community-minded mothers and educators with a strong passion for fostering interactive inquiry and inspiring creativity in children and adults through moments of shared discovery.
“It’s not just a great value to the students and the kids, it’s a great value to the whole family,” said Marty Mannix, a Plattsburgh town councilman. “Bottom line we have much to celebrate here.”
The Imaginarium Children's Museum provides shared experiences through interpretative and interactive exhibits such as the science room, a climbing wall and a glow room with a light up table. The exhibits are made for children to touch, climb on, experiment with and learn about while having fun. By exposing adults and children to unfamiliar concepts in a non-threatening, hands-on approach, and ensuring that the museum experience is accessible to those of differing abilities and backgrounds, the children's museum creates bridges of understanding. The museum incorporates art, science, math, music, literacy and other exhibits and programs for children to experience new things in a fun and educating way, Meschinelli said.
“Children are valuable resources, especially in communities where such programs have been reduced or completely eliminated from schools and libraries due to budget constraints,” Meschinelli said.
The Imaginarium is a non-for profit organization. Meschinelli said with the help of fundraising the organization can hopefully move to a new location within the city of Plattsburgh or expand the building they currently occupy at 4709 State Route 9.
“We want to stay in Plattsburgh, this is a facility for people in the city, but we have already outgrown the space we are in,” Meschinelli said.
For more information call the Imaginarium at 324-7426 or visit their website at Imaginariumchildrensmuseum.org.
PSU Students help community
In the past Cardinal Public Relations has directed its energy to helping Hannah’s Hope Fund, a program that supports Giant Axonal Neuropathy research. Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN) is a recessively inherited condition that results in progressive nerve death. Giant Axonal Neuropathy is believed to be caused by a loss of function disorder, meaning an intracellular protein needed for long-term nerve survival either isn’t being made, or is being immediately degraded before it can perform its job. Through the help of Cardinal Public Relations, Hannah’s Hope was able to win $450,000 in the Pepsi Refresh Contest.
“Because of the this they now have resources to go to human trials for possible treatments of GAN,” Maggio said. “If we do find a cure for GAN, it will have started out with Clinton County.”
“Cardinal PR has a vision for the Imaginarium,” Maggio said. “We see the Imaginarium providing a quality learning environment and we know it can help the economy here and we want to help this non-for-profit.”
For more information about how to apply for help from Cardinal PR, contact future Cardinal PR President Bridgit Kasperski at Bridgit.Kasperski@gmail.com to submit a PR proposal.
“We like them to have specific focus when they present to us so we can see how we can help,” said Kasperski.