Journeys In Education Inc

Rating: 4.81 stars   204 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 26 Main St Peterborough NH 03458 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

i usually work in the mariposa on saturdays. frequently children bring their parents in because they've enjoyed their experience in the 'please
touch' museum. visitors to town who 'happen' upon us are very impressed to find such a special place for themselves, for their children and grandchildren.

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

the faces of the children.

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

add more information to objects on display.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My mother founded the Mariposa Museum as a way to promote world peace, on the principle that educating children about other cultures is the best insurance for a peaceful future. A child who has dressed in a Vietnamese costume, played an African drum or become fascinated by an Indian puppet will feel a sense of connection whenever he or she hears about these places. More importantly, such children will always see the people of these countries as human beings like themselves -- and dehumanization of one's "enemy" is a prerequisite of warfare. What better way, then, to promote global citizenship, volunteerism and a respect for the many cultures that share our world, than by giving children this wonderful place to learn and play? Not everyone can afford the luxury of foreign travel -- but a visit to the Mariposa is the next best thing.

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

I have taken dance classes at the Museum, attended and performed in events, rented the space for a birthday party and brought my 8th grade students on field trips. My children (ages 3, 7 and 10) love the Museum, both specific events such as watching Tibetan monks make a sand mandala or an Indian cooking demonstration, and unscheduled free play time, especially with the musical instruments and dress-up. For grown-ups, the collection is fascinating, especially audio-guided tours of the featured exhibits.

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

I might add more labeling to explain the artifacts to browsers who don't want a guided tour or audio-guide.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Though I have not visited Mariposa Museum personally but I know for a fact that the museum does not only display artifacts from countries all over the world but it opens to varied activites like art exhibits of artists from other countries( recently from the Philippines), folk dances from other countries and other cultural presentations. These I know as I receive brochures of activities at Mariposa Museum through the mail. These rich cultural activities can help educate the people visiting the museum

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

the varied activities that they have per the brochures that I received every now and then.

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

I would continue presenting arts and cultures of other countries to allow people visiting the museum experience first hand what other countries have in terms of arts,culture and humanities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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!

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

Consider engaging a grant writer in an effort to increase funding of Museum events.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to the Mariposa Museum, and I had a GREAT experience!

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

learned around

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

change nothing...they're just on board!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been going to the Mariposa for what seems like forever. When I was in middle school, one of the required activities for all students was to do community service hours. I didn't want to do the "traditional" clean-up trash, help the elderly, etc... I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. So, I asked the Mariposa Museum if there was anything they needed help with, that I could volunteer for. The very next day I was in the Mariposa folding 100 paper cranes. It was a fun way to start off my experience. My volunteer duties soon changed from just folding paper cranes, to folding butterflies, teaching children a craft, helping around the museum, overall, just being a good volunteer. The Mariposa has helped me grow in more ways than one, and I see it change people. Watching how the children and adults go through the museum, and look at all of the beautiful wonders, it really can change a person.

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

Everything, from top to bottom. From the exhibits, to the shows, to the crafts, to everything. The Mariposa is an amazing place, and everyone should visit, even if you only have 5 minutes. It's definitely worth it!

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

Have the museum receive more money to allow for more amazing and touching experiences for everyone.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an 80 year old former farm girl from Indiana and have somehow not had much time in my life to learn about other countries and cultures. Right here in my own town, I can see artifacts from hundreds of other cultures and attend programs that focus on customs, music, dancing and art. The Mariposa is the best.

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

exploring the museum and attending programs.

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

feel bad because I like it just the way it is.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Mariposa Museum for many years now although I haven't visited it yet. We have received regular updates about the Museum through emails and through conversations with the directors so I am aware of some of the activities there. I am impressed with what Mariposa Museum is doing. As a teacher, I would have liked to have a first hand experience with the learning activities implemented in the museum. I am sure tha it is informative, interactive and fun. I believe that Mariposa Museum is a special museum which shares the culture of many nations.

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

the sharing if the Blairs

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

expand it

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands-on museum in Peterborough NH encourages children and adults to explore and engage with the history of all cultures. Quarterly culture change keeps the content fresh and increases exposure to other peoples and their ways of life. Frequent events to stimulate young and old, from crafts for children through Native American drumming, musicians and storytelling from Ghana and around the world, to gourmet catering and Scottish Whiskey tasting. Exceptionally friendly people and a warm inviting space round out this unique world journey.

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

Peterborough NH

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

Get more people to go!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None. As a volunteer the experience is always about as desirable as I can imagine.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New friends, certainly. No new skills really, but used some I haven't employed for a while.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Tired! (grin) But in a good way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I seldom get to Peterborough, but when I go I'm always attracted to the Mariposa. Like any good museum it's totally absorbing, and unlike many museums there is a lot to touch and pick up. It's a small space put to very good use with top notch exhibits.

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

Attending a fund raiser that included a Tibetan prayer flag contest and auction. What a clever idea! There were so many great entries... some by famous local artists.

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

Don't know enough about it to suggest changes. Seems brilliant the way it is.

 
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