Residents living in and near Johnson Houses in Manhattan won’t have to travel too far to have fun in a museum in the near future. NYCHA and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) are teaming up to create a permanent interactive exhibit and hands-on educational programs inside the new James Weldon Johnson Houses Community Center.
“Developing good reading habits and comprehension skills are absolutely invaluable in the life of a child,” said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea. “Creating partnerships like the CMOM/NYCHA Early Childhood Literacy and Health Hubs initiative that foster an early appreciation for reading is one of the most important things we can do to give our youth a strong foundation and NYCHA is grateful to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for joining us in this life-changing effort.”
|Rendering of CMOM interactive exhibit to be hosted at Johnson Houses Community Center. (Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Manhattan)|
The new exhibit will cover 2,000 square feet with up to 25 interactive stations and activity areas that will engage children through play, exploration and discovery. Programming will begin early next year, following a period of community engagement. The completed project is scheduled to open in September 2013.