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Feb 14

Pantagraph Article: Watch now: Why children's museums have been left out of COVID relief funding

Posted to Museum News on February 14, 2022 at 12:22 PM by Leah Rainey

NORMAL — When it comes to COVID relief and children’s museums, having enough theater seating has been the difference between getting funding and being passed over. Some Central Illinois directors are worried the problem, coupled with various other coronavirus-related capacity and loan issues, may be the difference between survival and not.

“The idea was that $15 billion would be available for these institutions that are economic drivers for their communities,” said Beth Whisman, director of the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal. “Unfortunately, the way they (Congress) wrote the grant, they eliminated a lot of medium and small museums."

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Feb 14

CI Proud: Children’s Discovery Museum hoping to reopen May 1

Posted to Museum News on February 14, 2022 at 12:22 PM by Leah Rainey

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Back in business after COVID-19 forced them to close their doors, Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum is putting the finishing touches on how to safely reopen.

For the past year, COVID-19 forced the Children’s Discovery Museum to close. But with things getting better, director of museum engagement Shelly Hanover said they are planning to reopen museum doors within the next month.

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Tag(s): COVID