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Rutland Business Journal | April 2013

Museum seeks home to educate, entertain children

By SARA WIDNESS

A museum without walls is looking for a permanent home in Rutland.

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum has presented interactive programming for ages three through eight for 54 hours over the past two years during Friday Night Live events in downtown Rutland. These hours, at the site of the former King’s Furniture on Center Street, drew 2,900 visitors.

Because of this success, the museum is seeking a permanent home. “People are asking where the museum will be on a permanent basis and if can it host birthday parties,” said Myra Peffer, board president.

“We really had some good response with Friday Night Live. People are aware. They want it,” Peffer said, noting that a pig roast fundraiser planned for the evening of April 30 on Wales Street is expected to boost the organization’s fundraising goals. The roast sponsors are two area businesses: Earth Waste & Metal, and Roots the Restaurant.

The museum, fostered as part of the Rutland Creative Economy’s initiatives and the Rutland Downtown Partnership, is receiving assistance from graduate accounting students at Castleton State College who are preparing a business plan for the organization. When this road map is completed this spring, the museum will have a better sense of direction.

The museum is seeking a permanent space with interactive, hands-on exhibits, said Peffer. This search is being assisted by $20,000 from Green Mountain Power (NYSE: GMP) to apply for a feasibility grant. Monies would be applied to, among others, expenses for architectural designs. A simplified-temporary space will soon open three to four days a week during this grant and design process. More…(Paywall)

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