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KidSTREAM, Emerging Children's Museum, Receives Camarillo Tourism Grant
Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association pledges $50,000 to the children's museum
"The Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association clearly understands the vision for the museum, what it will do to enhance a tourist's visit to Camarillo, and what it does for the quality of life for residents," said Kristie Akl, founder and board chair of the nonprofit. "We're very grateful for their support and that of the entire community."
The term sheet specifies the agreed-upon terms of a forthcoming purchase and sale agreement for the former library building, and the rental agreement gives kidSTREAM use of the community room and front patio for hands-on, minds-on, STREAM-based exhibits and programming focused on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math.
Recent studies commissioned by kidSTREAM found that the market for the museum is regional, and the museum will give visitors to Camarillo reason to stay another day, said Gary Cushing of the Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association. "In addition, our community will realize an economic boost with the addition of jobs and the economic activity that comes with them."
The Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association is one of the first "Catalyst for Kids" donors of $25,000 or more to support kidSTREAM as an educational asset and boost the Ventura County economy. A study by Damooei Global Research found that in its building phase, kidSTREAM will generate 53 new fulltime jobs, and in its operational phase, it will support 45 fulltime jobs.
A study by ConsultEcon projects the museum will have 149,000 visitors annually, including visitors from out of the area, children on field trips and museum members.
"KidSTREAM is being designed as a regional destination. As such, it will provide academic support for future careers in high-paying STREAM professions, and it will help support the economic vitality of the community that is supporting it," Akl said.
The museum is in the early stages of a fundraising campaign to support initial capital expenditures including design and construction to convert the former Camarillo library into a first-rate children's museum of the caliber of Kidspace in Pasadena, whose executive director is working in close partnership with the kidSTREAM leadership. "We have a grand vision for kidSTREAM, and we are fortunate to have a great mentor at Kidspace," Akl said.
KidSTREAM currently operates without a building, delivering programming on the sites of partner organizations, focused on STREAM: science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math. Programs have included making glasses for safe viewing of the last solar eclipse, constructing creations from all types of cardboard and other recyclables donated by the community, art workshops in partnership with Studio Channel Islands, and a STEM carnival in partnership with California State University, Channel Islands.
KidSTREAM leaders are also working with a team of advisory board members, museum designers and consultants to develop a destination-
Founded in 2016 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, kidSTREAM's mission is to create an engaging environment for children and families to explore, play and discover; inspiring them to become critical thinkers, innovators and life-long learners. For more information, visit http://www.kidstream.org/