Activating an Underused Community Asset with Play

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Blue Blocks -Imagination toys are there to provide a stimulus for audiences and an interactive space for play and development of critical thought. Our purpose for activating this space was to not just include learning but also make it fun. Our approach to children learning in the museum space is that is should always involve a form of play. From a child developmental view, play allows for the growth and expansion of socialization and many other important phases. I wanted to incorporate this for our younger audiences. We wanted Blue Blocks to activate this space but also activate the imagination of our visitors. I wanted it to challenge what they do besides building a structural wall in the physical space and in their mental space.

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