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February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

Before and now a year after my time serving in the US Peace Corps-South Africa I have attended a variety of programs and celebrations at the Mariposa Museum, each a distinct experience. The Mariposa Museum brings a touch of the world's cultures to a special corner of New England. It is a brilliant idea, well done at little or no cost to a large number of people. The Mariposa Museum adds another destination in a community that has several outstanding attractions. The joy of learning and warm welcome starts outside the building. Prayer flags flying over the Zen Garden next to the museum and Umbul-umbuls at the entrance beckon all to enter.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased knowledge of cultures other than mine.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have opportunities for people to listen to each other's stories, to learn and share joy, accomplishments and goals for world peace.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

Having lived in Europe for decades and experienced the advantages kids there have from their contact with other languages and culture, I was thrilled when a group of idealist country folk launched the Mariposa, opening up the whole world of cultures, colors to the kids in our region, who wouldn't otherwise have a chance to see, touch and participate in these riches. I have since seen the museum transfer not just information and experience (to all ages) but generate and excitement, a curiosity and, most importantly, a tolerance for the world outside New England. The staff and volunteers are fabulously creative and welcoming and magical things happen at the Mariposa.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

planning and participating in events, observing school classes experiencing the curriculae that we have developed together with local schools, through outreach to the community and fund-raising

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find more funding, without which the best and most creative work cannot be accomplished

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my father's work with Cambodian refugees

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Since the programs and regionally focused exhibits have been developed, we must continue to work primarily on fund-raising and a regionally expanded community outreach. We must also work on archiving of artifacts.

What is its top priority in the long run?

we hope to become a securely endowed museum of, for and by the people of the community to bring the world to our doorstep and promote tolerance for other cultures

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 13, 2010

I wish Princeton, NJ had something like this that was so accessible to families, especially children. My daughter, Lia, was excited about her two visits there and described them to others in detail. She really liked the "treasure hunt" option and I thought this was a brilliant way to engage kids and parents and make sure they reach all three floors of the museum. Being an anthopology major and a great fan of the "Please Touch" museum model, I think the Mariposa has blended a rich cultural array of artifacts with the fun of actually being able to use some of them. Lia and I spent about 45 minutes in the music gallery alone playing and musing over the variety of instruments from around the world. I particularly like the second floor space for presentations -- it's utterly peaceful and aesthetically appealing and I'm just sorry that I haven't been able to attend an event there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see above review comments.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to open a branch in Princeton, NJ!

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