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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Performing Arts

Mission: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Programs: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

To have a place that gives individuals the opportunity to learn about other cultures and subjects that cover many fields of knowledge is wonderful. Keep doing it! :)

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began my journey with the Mariposa museum, before it even was a museum, working with Joseph's Coat and the co-founder of the Mariposa museum, Linda Marsella. While my parents raised me with cultures from all over the world, Linda created a very special place with Joseph's Coat & the Mariposa Museum by bringing the cultures of the world to everyone else right here in the wonderful little town of Peterborough, NH. Every time I have visited with my family I am amazed and taken into a world of inspiring passion to show all cultures being together artistically, creatively, displaying great feelings of fun, joy, learning and peace. It is a great place for anyone to explore themselves and the world of people & their cultures around them. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Jessica Kaiser

Review from Guidestar

Paul234

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Board and Staff:

I am writing to thank you for your time, hospitality, and generosity when my wife and I visited your museum recently. It was certainly the highlight of our trip, which included several days in Boston and a number of visits to institutions and sites in the southern New Hampshire area.

As someone who has worked in the arts and cultural field for more than forty years and travelled a great deal, I have visited countless museums and art galleries in North America and other parts of the world. I must say that I think your museum is one of the finest I have seen. While it is not large, it is inspirational and transformative in every respect.

From the moment I set foot in your museum until the moment I left, I felt revitalized, captivated, and at home. As founder and Director of the World Culture Project - which is devoted to broadening and deepening understanding of culture and cultures throughout the world and was officially declared a World Decade of Cultural Development activity by the United Nations and UNESCO in 1989 - I was especially taken by the ability of your museum to convey so much information of vital importance about the character and value of the many diverse cultures of the world. This was achieved through attractively-displayed exhibits and creatively-presented art objects and artifacts.

An added bonus was the pleasure of seeing so many children in the museum enjoying musical instruments from the various cultures of the world and listening to well-told stories from around the world. It is always wonderful to see a museum that provides exhibitions of the highest quality and variety, as well as 'hands-on opportunities' for visitors. But when these visitors are children, especially during the middle of summer, one knows that the museum is more than fulfilling the mandate and purpose that were established for it.

I believe your museum deserves a great deal of private and public support. It is the kind of museum that should exist in every community as a result of its ability to inform and excite as well as enrich and illuminate. It should be expanded well beyond the present physical premises in my view, largely through the creation of many more outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and website activities that can reach many more people. Hopefully, governments, corporations, and foundations will respond generously to this necessity. You have a great deal to contribute, and much to create that would be of inestimable value to Peterborough, the United States, and the world at large.

With my very best wishes for every success in your future endeavors. Please don't hesitate to give my name, email address, or telephone number to people who want to talk about a museum that 'has got it right,' and deserves a great deal more financial assistance and developmental support in the years and decades ahead.

With my very best wishes and warmest regards.

D. Paul Schafer,
Director
World Culture Project
(www3.sympatico.ca/dpaulschafer)
19 Sir Gawaine Place,
Markham, Ontario
L3P 3A1
Email: dpaulschafer@sympatico.ca
Telephone: 905-471-1342

Peter H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have visited the museum on numerous organizations and have been blown away by the breadth and depth of the collections. Furthermore, the museum make the collections come alive by delivering programs that draw on each of the exhibits.
After every visit we walk out of the museum having learned something new.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It provides a unique venue of genuine concern to preserve not only the cultures of people around the world, but most all as expression of continuing passion for life and, living to be fully human, fully alive. Likewise, it reflects an embodiment of really creative and magnificent educators not only as teachers of artifacts and rare collections but most of all, of life and experience having enjoyed opportunity to share to others such valuable memories.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife (a former Board member of Mariposa) and I have been friends of the museum since we lived in the Monadnock region from 2002-2006, having returned to the U.S. from India. During that period we had the pleasure of contributing to the museum's cultural programs and providing other assistance in areas where we were competent. Our desire has always been to see this hidden gem become not so hidden and receive much wider exposure in the New England area, because of the increasing value for Americans (children and adults alike), to learn more about other cultures in the 'global village" we live in today. Mariposa's exhibits and arts programs deliver immeasurable value to visitors in that regard. Kudos and continued good wishes to the museum's director, staff and volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On the Mariposa Museum web site page one reads the following words: "When children are raised with respect and curiosity towards
other cultures, the world will know more peace and less war."
As a Dancer and Actress who works with 'Sacred Theater' performing folk tales and mythical plays using Masks from around the World, I have come to understand intimately, that powerful relationships can be established through the medium of theater, art, and culture. It is by way of relationship that we find ourselves in the world, and it is in the world of interaction that we learn to establish our self holistically, and in harmony with others. Here the importance of nurturing a healthy self in relation to 'another' is a core lesson, and one held unique amongst the vitality of the experiential 'hands on' approach. The Mariposa Museum- provides a safe, purposeful, and fun environment which invokes the imagination, and nurtures the spirit of our children. Bravo to the Mariposa for celebrating the curiosities in our differences and also the common thread in our similarities.. providing a base foundation of tolerance, flexibility, and compassion for a better future now.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of hearing about and visiting the Mariposa right from it's beginnings. I have been a constant traveler in Asia, particularly Nepal, India, Vietnam, and Thailand and have on several occasions been invited as a guest speaker at the Mariposa.
The depth of the displays, and the devotion of the staff to making cultural information and events available has been amazing to me. Following their dreams for Peace through cross cultural understanding and appreciation , the Administration has done an amazing job to so successfully bring a variety of cultures under one roof.

Review from Guidestar

Scott M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum provides a unique opportunity to residents of the Monadnock region to be exposed to a number of foreign cultures through educational programs, performances, and exhibits. The staff does an excellent job and are friendly, knowledgable, and experienced educators. The offerings are fun, interesting, and well-designed for the target age groups. I have presented there, attended events and performances, and brought school groups there, and I have always been pleased with what I have experienced.

Well done and thank you!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a musician who has been asked several times to perform at the Mariposa Museum. In addition, I have proposed (and been welcomed) events to be held at the Mariposa which have introduced the public to a variety of musical opportunities. One thing I have learned is that the Mariposa Museum has a large and enthusiastic following- people will come to their concerts because the concert is at the Mariposa, regardless of whether or not they know about the music involved. Such is the "track record" the Mariposa has established in the region- they can be counted on to provide interesting, stimulating and enjoyable experiences.
I have also had the opportunity to explore the collections presented by the museum, and am always struck by the variety, quality, and excellent presentation of items, as well as the respect for the many cultures featured. The Mariposa is a jewel in the Monadnock region of NH, and I'm proud to be able to visit and participate in its offerings!

Review from Guidestar