The public is invited to help shape the new El Paso children’s museum at a free, open forum from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, February 16 in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon (across from San Jacinto Plaza).
The forum is part of a public outreach effort to ensure that the people who use the museum will have a say in it. The forum will be hosted by EPC Museum, a new nonprofit created by a coalition of local leaders to run the $19.2 million children’s museum, which was approved by voters in the City of El Paso’s 2012 Quality of Life bond election.
Representatives of Oakland, California’s Gyroscope Inc., an award-winning learning design firm, will participate in the forum. The Gyroscope team, which will handle strategic planning for the museum, also will be in El Paso next week to meet privately with various stakeholders in the museum.
Gyroscope is known around the world for its work with children’s and science museums. Its expertise includes strategic planning, learning environment design, interactive exhibition design, and architectural. Its client list includes The Thinkery in Austin, the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans and Papalote: Laboratorio Creativo in Mexico City.
EPC Museum was formed by a coalition of local leaders as part of a public-private partnership with the City of El Paso to design, build and operate the museum. The children’s museum will be built on the former Greyhound Lines maintenance facility at 201 W. Main, next to the El Paso Museum of Art in the El Paso Arts District.