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Sep 18

Children’s Discovery Museum Receives Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. Grants

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 10:22 AM by Wendy Long

Normal, IL – September 18, 2019 – The Children’s Discovery Museum has been awarded two grants from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF). The IPCF General Grant will help fund new programming for the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal and The Mirza Arts and Culture Grant funds the continuation of the Art Around You Program.

The Children’s Discovery Museum will provide STEAM Powered Play programming which is composed of several four-week sessions, supplementing the existing afterschool activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal (BGCBN). The programing will offer the opportunity for youth in grades K-5 to engage in meaningful hands-on activities that allow them to delve deeper into the learning process through informal educational experiences.

The Town of Normal Children’s Discovery Museum in partnership with Illinois State University Galleries will continue to offer the free, educational opportunity for children in second through fifth grade to view, discuss, and create contemporary art thanks to The Mirza Arts and Culture Grant.

From September 2019 to May 2020, a three-hour workshop will begin with an expert led gallery viewing experience at University Galleries. Then, at the Museum students will create their own artwork to explore the styles and form of art experienced at the gallery.

For more information on Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community please visit


About the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) is a tax-exempt, independent, publicly-supported philanthropic organization established and operated as a permanent collection of endowed and pass-through funds for the long-term benefit of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, and Logan Counties and adjacent areas of Tazewell, Woodford, LaSalle, Ford and Piatt Counties.  IPCF helps connect donors with those causes they wish to benefit.  It facilitates charitable giving for individuals and businesses, helps organizations with their endowment funds, serves as a fiscal agent for charitable community projects, and is a catalyst for innovative charitable solutions to meet area needs.

To learn more about the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation visit

About the Children’s Discovery Museum

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The vision is to build confidence and foster creativity in today’s youth; enhance critical thinking, communication and collaboration in tomorrow’s workforce; and inspire a more innovative approach for educating future generations.

The mission and vision are accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity and wonder.

The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation exists to support the mission and vision of the Children’s Discovery Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community at large.

To learn more about the Children’s Discovery Museum visit,,or follow @DiscoveryMuseum on Twitter.