The reimagined space will be staffed by education professionals and serve as a welcoming focal point for families of the Permian Basin. Its open and flexible configuration provides numerous opportunities to build a vibrant learning grid of nonprofit organizations, schools and families. The Museum’s Executive Director Lori Wesley said, “Shared experiences strengthen families; the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum will be the ideal spot for making a favorite memory or two.”
The revamped 8,000 square foot facility will allow significant expansion of the Museum’s high-demand arts activities and scheduled arts education programs. The open-concept design creates a flexible space for a long-term, cost-effective solution. The Museum can focus on evolving programs and educational equipment, rather than incurring further capital construction costs. To reduce duplicative efforts and expenses, the Museum will offer facilities and expertise in arts education for free or at low cost to other nonprofits and social services agencies, maximizing the impact of donors’ contributions.
Museum memberships currently allow for free admission to the Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum, Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium, and will include the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum. Wesley emphasized, “Museum membership matters. By joining the Museum, you allow us to provide an art educational experience for our children.”
THE FREDDA TURNER DURHAM CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IS SET TO REOPEN BY 2022.
Rendering images provided by Rhotenberry Wellen Architects.
RENOVATIONS WILL INCLUDE
Lower Sensory Gallery: Calming environment for all ages, particularly guests with special needs.
Makerspace: Drop-in space with staff-facilitated projects.
Painting Zone: Paint on transparent walls, clean and repeat.
Toddler Zone: A space where ages 0-3 years can safely explore and play.
Free Play Zone: Experiment with foam blocks, ball paths, and other artistic and mechanical objects on the floor and walls.
The Hub: A space where adults can recharge and chat.
Sea Wall: Enjoy and learn about aquatic life forms ordinarily found hundreds or thousands of miles from West Texas.
Interactive Gallery: Flexible space serving as a project studio or hosting traveling interactive exhibitions.
Sound Garden: Create music by tapping, manipulating and moving a collection of interactive sculptures.
Open Concept: Improvements allow for new courses and programs such as kindergarten readiness, summer camps, event rentals and adult art classes.