Having completed a two-year pilot period to design and launch its new civic engagement educational programs, Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact has experienced such a dramatic response for its programs that the Park is reorganizing its operations in order to meet demand.
“Two years ago, we launched our flagship civics programs that teach skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and civil discourse, guiding young citizens to find their passion and make a difference,” said Morven Park Executive Director Frank Milligan. “While we’re certainly gratified by the response, quite honestly, the demand goes well beyond our initial expectations.”
Morven Park enters the 2015-16 school year with a slate of educational programs that inspire and prepare young citizens to participate, find their voices, and make an impact. In order to fulfill the growing requests for these programs, the organization’s museum educators, who present the public tours in Morven Park’s three museums, will be spending more hours working with local youth, both on-site and in the classroom. As a result, during the months that school is in session, the historic site’s museum tours will be available only on weekends.
From Sept. 1 through June 15, public tours of the Davis Mansion, the Winmill Carriage Museum, and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting will remain available on Saturdays and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Group tours may continue to be booked on weekdays with reservations made at least two weeks in advance.
“Our new programs focus on the individual’s ability to make an impact within his or her community, and we believe our own impact can be greatest by shifting our resources to better serve area students of all ages,” said Milligan.
For more information about specific programs available from the Center for Civic Impact, go to MorvenPark.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.