Dear CCM Community,
This Fall has started out in truly dramatic and challenging ways with news of hardships all around the world. Locally, many of you, your family, and your friends may be impacted by the North Bay fires.
Here at CCM, our staff and friends have also been directly impacted. We have current and former staff members who are from Puerto Ric0. Our museum colleagues in Houston and Sonoma have provided refuge to victims of their natural disasters. CCM staff have made personal donations to organizations in Houston, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the North Bay to help in recovery efforts.
We want CCM to be a refuge for families near and far who might need a safe place to put their guard down and be together in a positive atmosphere. During difficult times everyone, but especially children, need respite from their challenges. In particular, we hope that our current theme around construction and building healthy communities may allow for conversations between children and the adults who care for them about the months ahead.
But our efforts to provide a nurturing place for families extend all year long. While we are offering free admission for North Bay families during these fires throughout October, we provide thousands of families with free admission year-round. All active military families and those with EBT cards (for government food assistance) receive free family admission. Families may also borrow free passes to CCM from their local libraries. And over 50% of our field trips come to CCM for free, allowing us to serve about 4,000 students from under-resourced schools annually.
We are proud to play our role in supporting families and communities through these difficult times. Thank you for contributing to creating the welcoming environment here at CCM and for embracing diverse families who may need the safety and warmth that CCM is known for.
|Carol M. Tang, Ph.D.