Monday, May 09, 2005

KIDSBRIDGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM SPONSORS "PEACEMAKING WITH PUPPETS" PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

As readers will recall from last Wednesday’s post, the work that a number of museums around the world are engaged in is rooted in a philosophy that advocates for the advancement of peace, social justice, civil rights, and conflict resolution initiatives.

This is certainly the case with the Kidsbridge Children’s Museum, a self-described “virtual children’s museum” in Trenton, New Jersey, and a nonprofit organization “dedicated to the celebration of human diversity”. Kidsbridge offers programs for children designed to “generate positive learning in civility, kindness, conflict resolution, mediation and anti-bullying” and to “prepare children to be successful in a global society, while instilling the time-honored values of cooperation, peaceful interaction, teamwork and leadership.”

Although at present there is no physical museum, Kidsbridge’s goal is to construct “a state-of-the-art, interactive children’s museum in Trenton to serve New Jersey and the Delaware Valley.” In the meantime, until it can achieve that dream, it sponsors programs like “Peacemaking with Puppets”, as the Trenton, New Jersey Trentonian reported this morning. “Peacemaking with Puppets” is a joint effort of the Trenton Museum Society and the Kidsbridge Children’s Museum, which introduced pupils at the Dunn Middle School, part of the Trenton Public School system, to puppet making, skit writing, and puppet performance. “Peacemaking with Puppets” was designed to foster resiliency, team-building and conflict resolution skills among the pupils who participated in this program.

These student artists will have a chance to show off their efforts and perform their work tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, in Trenton, New Jersey.

For more information on Kidsbridge and its other programs, please visit its web site.