Dear Creativity Museum community,
Like many of you recently, I hugged my little one a little longer and shed a tear before sending him off to elementary school this morning. In these moments, I feel despondent and a bit lost. As someone who grew up in Buffalo, New York, these past few days have been extremely difficult. I am shattered by the tragedies across the country, from New York to Uvalde, Texas, and by the grief that hangs over the end of the school year.
But I am lucky. As the Executive Director of the Children’s Creativity Museum, I get to come to work and witness the love in families and in our communities. Our museum works to see children for who they are and our current XOXO exhibition helps them express their emotions – both good and bad. Families gather here to learn, play, build, and heal together.
We invite you to join us on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) from 10am-2pm for a special event. While our museum will not be open, we will host free activities in our courtyard so families can create chalk art and share ways to be kind to one another. Our staff looks forward to spending time with your families in Yerba Buena Gardens for some collaborative art and healing.
We want to see better days for our kids and we care about the well-being of all children. I know that WE ARE NOT ALONE in this. There are thousands of us—an ecosystem of educators, families, caregivers, policymakers, community members, and more—and together we can make change. In the days ahead, let’s commit to healing our children and our society. Let’s commit to providing support for educators and schools. Let’s join with other nonpartisan and nonprofit organizations like the American Psychological Association and Zero to Three to acknowledge how shocking it is that gun violence is now the leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents. Let’s commit to working toward systemic change where children’s well-being drives decisions in our homes, in the voting booth, and in our communities. In the days ahead, CCM will share our programming ideas with other museums around the country to give communities greater access to social-emotional learning opportunities.
In the meantime, we’ve assembled resources for how to talk with the young people in your life to help them through their sorrow and fear.
Change starts with each of us and with an understanding that all children deserve love, safety, and well-being; they deserve a chance to grow up and make our world a better place.
Carol M. Tang, Ph.D.
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