Rutland Herald | November 30, 2012
Organizers of the Wonderfeet Children’s Museum want to establish a permanent presence, and Green Mountain Power wants to help. The utility announced Thursday it would contribute $20,000 toward the study of establishing a “destination” children’s museum in the city. Organizers say they intend to use the money as part of the local match when they apply for a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant. Rutland Creative Economy chairman Paul Gallo said that would leave $5,000 for the group to raise.
“We’ve got a couple of folks interested in supporting us,” he said. “The group has been through the infancy stage. … Over the next year we want to step up to another level.”
Conceived of within the Creative Economy group, Wonderfeet has operated out of a downtown storefront during Friday Night Live and the farmers market, offering a rotating selection of exhibits. Gallo says the group’s goal is to grow into something akin to the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, which he said would have a significant economic impact.
“I really believe a destination children’s museum would be another major piece,” he said. “People coming off Route 7 and Route 4 would be coming off looking to spend real money.”