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September 19, 2018

CMOO Receives $250,000 Shineman Grant For Build, Play, Grow Campaign


OSWEGO – The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Shineman Foundation for the Build, Play, Grow Campaign.

Karen Goetz and Barbara Shineman of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation present Jillian Shaver and Jenny Workman of the Children's Museum of Oswego a check for the Build, Play, Grow campaign.

Karen Goetz and Barbara Shineman of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation present Jillian Shaver and Jenny Workman of the Children’s Museum of Oswego a check for the Build, Play, Grow campaign.

The funding will be used for the design, fabrication and installation of one of CMOO’s planned signature exhibits, the Cloud Climber.

The climbing exhibit will span two floors, encourage active play and physical exercise as well as allow children to explore what it might be like to climb inside a cloud and learn about our region’s unique weather patterns.

Visitors will also be able to climb down to overlook the first floor and control various aspects of weather, such as wind, which will give power to sail boats being built by children at the water table on the first floor.

“This grant is a tremendous stepping stone as we create continued momentum for our Build, Play, Grow Campaign,” said Jillian Shaver, executive director of CMOO. “We are grateful for the commitment of the Shineman Foundation to invest in our children and our community.”

To date, the museum has raised $730,830, more than 60 percent of its Celebration Goal of $1.2 million.

The Build, Play, Grow Campaign stems from the museum’s strategic plan to expand exhibits and provide year-round learning and recreational opportunities for the benefit of children, families, educators and caregivers.

"Cloud Climber"

“Cloud Climber”

“The Shineman Foundation believes this is a wonderful opportunity for our community and we’re excited to support the museum as it develops opportunities for our children,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the
Shineman Foundation. “Together, we can significantly enhance the quality of life and educational opportunities for families in Oswego and the surrounding area. We hope the whole community rallies behind CMOO.”

The museum will host “Cocktails and Conversation” at its 7 W. Bridge St. location on August 15 at 5:30 p.m., August 23 at 7 p.m., August 28 at 2 p.m. and September 8 at 6 p.m.

All are invited to attend to learn more about CMOO’s Build, Play, Grow Campaign.

Please RSVP to [email protected] indicating the date you will attend.

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