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JOURNEYS IN EDUCATION INC
February 28, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped set up the original exhibits and shopped for the museum store.

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