Published May 17, 2018
NEW YORK — The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is the newest educational initiative coming to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The grand-opening event will begin with a welcome reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by a blessing ceremony and welcome remarks by distinguished guests and community leaders at 10 a.m. The center will then open and the fifth-grade students of Public School 276 will be the first school group to experience the space. All guests will also be welcomed to explore the activities. Museum officials/project coordinators will be available for comment.
This multimillion-dollar upgrade to the museum transforms former office space into modernized educational and exhibition spaces. The content is bilingual (English and Spanish) and embraces STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and introduces young visitors to Native innovations throughout history that continue to impact modern life. Along with its youth-education mission, imagiNATIONS will also play host to teacher training and cross-cultural collaborations with Native communities through onsite and distance learning.
Media interactives, mechanical hands-on activities, handling objects and introductory texts and graphics will also stress the holistic Native American approach to innovation, critical thinking, creative problem solving and sustainability. The space’s various topical sections home in on themes of agriculture, physics, chemistry, mathematics, architecture and more.
Thursday, May 17
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Kevin Gover, National Museum of the American Indian Director
Tom Finkelpearl, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner
5th Grade Students of Public School 276
RSVP: [email protected] or (212) 390-1781
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.