Museum of American Bird Art Awarded $48,000 Grant For ‘The Nest’
Michael P. O'Connor
CANTON—Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art in Canton has been awarded a $48,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to engage young learners in a multisensory, hands-on art and design project that cultivates a stronger bond to natural systems and enhances understanding of essential STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts.
The creation of a welcoming community space where students and other visitors can create and discuss with a focus on science, the environment, and art--to be known as The Nest--is part of Mass Audubon’s commitment to lead in the growing field of STEAM education.
The project will be managed by MABA Education Manager Sean Kent and address several perceived needs in the communities the Museum serves: insufficient access to high-quality STEAM programming for many children, their families, and educators; limited resources for school districts and educators stay current with rapidly evolving changes in STEAM curricula; and the worrisome reality that too many young people still lack opportunities to forge connections to nature.
(National STEAM Day is Sunday, November 8.)
“When The Nest opens to the public, children, families, and adults will have access to cutting-edge equipment, including laser cutters and 3D printers,” Kent said, “and be able to use these amazing tools to create art inspired by nature and come up with innovative solutions to urgent environmental challenges, especially climate change.
“Arts and nature,” he stressed, “are two essential components of what makes life worth living.”
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.