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Children's Museum of Tacoma accepts national honor

Tacoma museum nets national honor
Business Examiner Blog
Apr 25, 2013

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be one of four Association of Children’s Museums members celebrated as 2013 Promising Practice Award recipients.

The Promising Practice Award program, according to ACM, is sponsored through a "honors excellence and provides recognition for innovative and creative practices in U.S. children's museums." The Children’s Museum of Tacoma received acclaim for its "Pay As You Will" admission policy, adopted in January of 2012 by museum leadership to respect many families' struggle to provide affordable enrichment opportunities for their children. The museum will will receive a $10,000 grant, and a profile on the MetLife Foundation Research & Practice Exchange database, accessible at

“MetLife Foundation is delighted to recognize the impact children’s museums have in preparing children to succeed in the 21st century, and in building livable communities where play and learning are accessible for all,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of the MetLife Foundation.

“Children’s museums understand that teaching global citizenship needs to begin at a young age and must involve the child’s entire community,” said Janet Rice Elman, executive director, ACM.

To help fund the program, "Pay As You Will" was sponsored by KeyBank with a lead gift of $250,000.

“As a banker, I care about economic self-sufficiency and I know that comes from education," said Steve Maxwell, president of KeyBank's South Puget Sound district. "'Pay as You Will' makes it possible for all children, even those with parents of limited means, to access the museum's resources and benefit from the power of play.”

An award ceremony is scheduled on Thursday, May 2, the final day of ACM’s InterActivity 2013: Reimagining Children’s Museums conference.  Tanya Andrews, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, will accept the award on behalf of the museum.

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