Arts & Culture

MCM Superheroes Share Powers of Play, Learn, Imagine and Create

Miami Children’s Museum is preparing to launch a new initiative that will help express the importance for children to PLAY, LEARN, IMAGINE and CREATE. The Museum’s in-house theatrical group has put together an ensemble of characters that embody each of these qualities. Similar to SUPERHEROES, with their bright and fancy costumes, but actually ORDINARY, each character’s mission is to share their knowledge and ability with children of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to inspire children to feel empowered by their own abilities and include their “powers” in their everyday lives. Essentially, we want to make every child feel like they can be a superhero. Once fully developed, the MCM Superheroes will go out into the community to spread the word and share their powers with children, age 8 and under, through performance, workshops and hands-on activities at public schools, public spaces, homeless shelters, community centers etc. The Superheroes use of critical thinking skills through playful, imaginative and creative artistic expression will help children hone their learning skills by teaching them to put these powers to work for them both at home and at school.

 

Our superheroes have themselves been inspired by some of history’s greatest minds.

 

Play – is the ultimate game maker, with the superhero ability to turn absolutely anything into a game. The most mundane task can be transformed into the most extraordinary and fun race, adventure, challenge or game with a little assistance from Play. “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Learn – is empowered by a thirst for learning and his superhero ability; a natural curiosity for wanting to know how, why, what, when, where. His inquisitive way of being allows Learn to explore and understand with great passion so many wonders and concepts of our world. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” - Albert Einstein

 

Imagine – shares with all around her the superhero ability to imagine the ridiculous, the funny, the strange, the weird, the unimaginable, the improbable, the wonderful, the unique, all because she can. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein

 

Create – is the engineer of the quartet. He takes the ideas of Play, Imagine and Learn and puts them together into tangible creations. He has the superhero ability to take all the pieces and fit them together into one wonderful creation, a sculpture, a machine, a plan, anything! “One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word.” – Robert A. Heinlein

 

The MCM Superheroes are an innovative approach to engaging children in effective ways to build an early foundation for lifelong learning.

Who are you?

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. In Miami, MCM is often a child’s first museum experience.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In line with numerous national studies showing the benefits of exposing young children to the arts, the MCM Superheroes stimulate and develop imagination and creativity, which, in turn help children develop critical thinking skills and strengthen problem-solving skills. Creative activity helps build focus, discipline, self-confidence, and risk-taking – essential skills for succeeding in school and in life. The fun, cool MCM Superheroes are an innovative way to have a BIG impact on LOTS of kids.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

This project addresses Education and Arts & Culture by exposing children to important concepts, through a dramatic arts performance, that will help them succeed in school and in life. Providing access to high-quality arts-based activities to more children, especially those who have some type of barrier to arts and culture experiences, makes Miami a better city for the youngest citizens, kids in the public school system and their caregivers.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Past public recognition: “Best Museum in Miami” by the Miami New Times; “Best Children’s Museum” by South Florida Parenting Magazine; Beacon Council’s Education Award, one of “Top 10 Children’s Museums in the World” by VIATOR Travel blog; referred to as “undoubtedly one of the most innovative and interesting children’s museums in America” by Foxnews.com; awarded Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2014 NOVO award recognizing MCM’s Sensory Saturday program for children affected by Autism.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Children's Museum

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