Celebrating Resilience — Guest Blog: World Awareness Children's Museum
Posted: 12/29/2020 - 3-Minute Read
(Photo above taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.)
We didn't want to usher in 2021 without looking back on the remarkable ingenuity of our local business community in 2020.
During 2020, we all had to adapt. Local businesses and organizations had to learn new technology, rethink marketing strategies, navigate the PPP application process, and understand and implement new safety and sanitation protocols.
It was a year filled with challenges and ingenuity, hardships and courage, uncertainty and collaboration.
We are grateful for our business community’s ability to come together. In 2020, we truly saw how our economy is interconnected.
We asked our members to submit guest blog posts about how they had to rethink their businesses and organizations and adapt to the constant changes 2020 brought.
The following is a guest blog post submitted by World Awareness Children's Museum in Glens Falls:
Like all of us in 2020, the World Awareness Children’s Museum had to adapt to the new normal during the pandemic, and we decided to close our doors to ensure our community and staff were healthy and to stop the spread.
We brainstormed about a number of virtual initiatives we could launch that would allow families to enjoy our programming from the safety and comfort of their own home.
We developed our “Living Room Explorers” and “Crafty Corner” series, which give children the chance to learn about different countries and their cultures.
We also created our #AdirondackStrong social media plan, which was a community-driven marketing goal of getting as many local businesses to share a video of themselves giving their best-wishes to the Glens Falls community, and encouraging them to persevere through the pandemic.
After initially closing our doors in the early months of COVID, we slowly re-opened to host a small but popular number of in-person events, which we have continued to host well into winter.
Our events, like our popular “Paint & Sips," "Slime Labs," and "Storytime Fridays" have had terrific attendance and are limited to a maximum of 10 participants so that we can operate safely. Our staff has also worked tirelessly cleaning the museum to ensure everyone’s safety, and their work has been phenomenal.
We hosted our first-ever virtual “International Cuisine Dinner and Auction," which is generally our biggest annual fundraiser. This was a major pivot for us, as International Cuisine is attended in-person by 200 people annually.
In the past, International Cuisine features a variety of live and silent auction items, as well as a variety of donated food from local participating restaurants.
We were pleased with the success of our first virtual fundraiser, and we are now prepared to host more events in a COVID world.and we are not prepared to host more events in a COVID world.
The Glens Falls community has been incredibly supportive during the pandemic, and we can’t thank them enough for staying engaged with us and ensuring that we stay an important part in their children’s development. We look forward to fully opening in the future, and hope you visit soon!
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