Susan and I are proud of this community and all we have to offer. Cedar Rapids has arts, educational, and cultural programming that rivals larger cities. And I think it’s important to make sure everyone in the community has the same opportunities to take advantage of these outstanding experiences.As a board member of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), I am pleased to say that the NCSML has made a commitment to spread its educational reach far and wide to our community and neighbors. We are making the museum accessible and fun, with a goal to expose everyone to arts, culture and history and, along the way, help educate the next generation of community leaders and involved citizens. Take for example, the museum’s Free First Saturdays for Students program. In 2016, this became a monthly event. Students aged preschool through college can visit the museum for free, see the exhibits and take part in activities appealing to a wide variety of ages. We have had groups of middle schoolers venture to the museum from the area skate park to spend the day in our galleries. We’ve become an affordable, cultural Saturday afternoon date for college students. Or the Family Free Day festivals, offered twice a year—one in the summer and one the weekend of the Old World Christmas Market. On these days the NCSML pairs learning with fun and quality family time. Children hear Czech and Slovak fairy tales, learn about holiday customs, and try a folk art project. But families also make new memories:
That is why we decided to help the NCSML kickstart 2017 by raising an extra $20,000. For the first $10,000 the museum raises, we will match 100% of every gift through April 30th.
We can’t wait to contribute to this community’s success—please join us.
NCSML Board of Trustees Member
P.S. Visit NCSML.org/support to make your gift online.