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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I know the owners of Mariposa Museum personally. They have been my mentors when in comes to teaching and training. Their passion for teaching is reflected on Mariposa. I would say the museum aside from providing information and opening minds about other countries, it mainly promotes appreciation of different cultures which is very essential to young minds.

Keep up the wonderful work Lina and David!

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my own field in training

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It's good as it is

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February 27, 2011

My toddler LOVED being able to explore all of the instruments... what a memorable hands-on experience for her! And I, for one, loved all the intricate and colorful costumes... if only such beautiful ensembles were available at the local mall.

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Watching my daughter establish her first extremely positive experience at a beautiful museum.

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None.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

The Mariposa Museum is an amazing place. Just walking or driving by invites one to visit with its colorful flags. The artifacts from around the world are very representational of all cultures and demonstate the creative spirit of mankind. Its educational programs are many ,open to all and very uplifting. We are very fortunate to have this educational facility.

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I am a visitor.

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Continue on with new and educational programs

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I salute Mariposa Museum for bringing folk art, dances and music - in the community and the surrounding areas. I see that there are three ways, for instance, the MM is dealing with these - The first is to do them as the folks do them - retain their purity, simplicity, record them for posterity for what they are. The second is to embellish them, dress them up, modify and shorten them. I observed this in different dance, music, art workshop, lecture and presentation that I attended to come up with good entertainment that will be appreciated by urbanized audiences. And the third is to draw from them as do modern artists. In bringing them to the Mariposa Museum - it makes indigenous folk culture the source of modern art, dance, music and talks.

Visiting the museum brings change in me which is inevitable, I believe . As I try to integrate myself to other cultures I see changes in me and so do in other people that I met and encounter. The atmosphere and the environment started to be open, relax, friendly and trustful. Grateful for this great museum for leaving some footprints "values" in my life and others. I know that even as values change, this maybe replaced with something of equal value. By coming to this place often, I found my cultural identity that may help create great art and person in me and hopefully in others as well. With this cultural identity discovery I was able to express my universality. Thank you Mariposa Museum!

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The programs are very creative, wide in its content and scope and has long lasting effect to those who participated, volunteered and visited the MM. The programs touches not only the mind but the heart most of all. As a museum of world culture, I strongly recommend this to be supported by the community, organizations both profit and non-profit through their PRESENCE, PARTICIPATION and FUNDS to help sustain its activities and programs.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I performed a Swedish folk tale puppet show last spring, when Mariposa was hosting an exhibit of peoples of northern lands. What a beautiful, welcoming space! The exhibit brought textiles, costumes and toys that I have rarely seen, and I actively seek Scandinavian themes. The exhibit mixed displays with things children could touch, so it was very engaging. And the third floor was stocked with musical instruments of many countries that everyone could try out.
The museum strikes a great balance between lots to see and do, and a calm place to enjoy.

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experiencing their wondrous exhibits.

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help them become more well-known.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

Enter the Mariposa museum and you are surrounded by a seemingly eclectic array of objects, lots and lots of objects. You are struck by color, vibrant colors. It is almost like entering a bazaar. But your eyes are taking in something different from most museums. This is the vision and creation of people who have a profound understanding of, and appreciation for, the beauty of everyday as well as ceremonial garments, adornments, musical instruments, and a profusion of other objects from a wide range of cultures.

There are wonders and surprises in every corner, on every wall, in every display cabinet. You are invited to touch, feel, ponder, smile, exclaim. The genius of this treasure trove, beyond the visual and tactile beauty of it, is that it connects you, quite purposefully, with the people who created each item; you can explore and find out the where, the when, the why, the how of it all, through guided activities, through demonstrations, performances and ceremonies, with people familiar with or from specific cultures.

Wherever I go, I explore as many museums as possible. Museums are a passion of mine; they are also important in the work I do, which is picture research. Nowhere have I encountered a museum and an organization quite like the Mariposa, both intimate in feel and vast in its embrace of cultures. And the truly amazing part of it? It exists in a small town in a relatively rural part of southern New Hampshire. It is a testimony to the power of the vision of its creators, the dedication of its staff and supporters, and the receptivity of the public.

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The Mariposa Museum is a magnet. It serves as a welcoming venue for events like First Fridays; it plays a central role in the vibrancy of downtown Peterborough; it takes seriously its outreach to the community and to children in particular, it offers astonishingly varied programming to the general public.

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I don't feel qualified to make suggestions. I do know that this non-profit, like any of the non-profits with which I've been more closely involved (i.e. as board member), could benefit from having more funds at its disposal.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

It is said you can never really know another human being until you have walked in his or her shoes. The Mariposa Museum, unlike most others, gives children and adults that exact opportunity by providing its wonderful 'hands on', interactive experience with the clothes, musical instruments, tools, sacred objects and more that leave one truly touched by another culture and time. What a rich and unforgetable way to teach history and encourage tolerance and curiosity.

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Speaking to others who have enjoyed the museum

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increase it's profile nationally as a protoype.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

The Mariposa is an essential part of the town and of the region. It brings the World to the Monadnock region.

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What I learn about other cultures in cluding my own.

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Have more performances with ticket sold ahead.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

After stopping by Mariposa while on a vacation through New England about a year ago, our family realized the great service this museum provides for rural southern New Hampshire. For one, the museum serves as a starting point for adults who have never experienced direct, first-hand contact with a culture other than their own. Art can often serve as an attractive if not intriguing introduction into the struggles and joys of a people's daily existence. Secondly, the museum serves as an invitation to young people to expand the scope of their examination of a world they are just beginning to encounter. Bii-cultural persons who live in the area can use the museum to assist in educating their neighbors about that "other" part of the world from which they come. And lastly, the museum is a meeting place for those who share or share interest in a common heritage.
The first and last aspects above are what we personally experienced at Mariposa, since we happened to arrive on the same day that Filipino artists were exhibiting some of their work, and Filipinos from the area (surprise!) were in attendance. We were amazed that Filipinos had even settled there.
If anything, Mariposa needs more space and programs to interpret the cultures whose artifacts are on display. How timely, for example, with countries like Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia dominating the news, might Mariposa provide some context and therefore understanding of that part of the world.
We enjoyed the museum for the short time we had to visit and were overwhelmed with the volume of artifacts on display there.

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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

The Mariposa Museum brings "the world" to the Monadnock region and beyond. The ever-changing focus on different regions of the world provide a wonderful education to children and adults. The "hands-on" experience to the clothing, musical instruments, books, games, puzzles and displays from around the world greatly enhance children's school learning. The music, signing and dancing talent periodically brought to the Museum is wonderful!
The talent, skill, dedication and helpfulness that David Blair, Terry Reeves, Mose Olemik and the entire staff bring to the Mariposa Museum are a gift to so many in the community and beyond.

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When my wife and I entertain family and friends from other areas of the country, high on the agenda is a visit to the Mariposa Museum. The children love the experience!

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