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TACOMA: Museum’s mission is play, but it’s still a business

Letter by David R. Edwards, Tacoma on March 21, 2012 at 9:39 am | 1 Comment »
March 21, 2012 9:39 am

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma has been alive for 25 years. We are thrilled that our wonderful new location is attracting hundreds of families who see value in what we are offering their young ones.

Despite the playfulness of our mission, as Bill Virgin said in his Sunday column (TNT, 3-18), we are also a serious business. We must raise more money than we spend so we can serve children and their adults well into the future. We need money to fund daily operations and future growth.

As the first and still the only non-government owned children’s museum to have adopted a “pay as you will” model, we are encouraging visiting families to support our activities within their financial capability. Our capital and annual fund campaigns are humming along. We are grateful that the community sees value in what we do.

The children’s museum is a playful learning entity, and we are decidedly also a financial entity. We are careful stewards of our resources because we intend to be here for another 25 years and more. As a key part of the Museum District and of economic development in Tacoma – note the full parking spaces along our stretch of Pacific Avenue – we are operating to be here for the children through rain and shine.

(Edwards is on the board of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.)

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