Imagination District’s public campaign announcement

This was the scene at the Imagination District’s public campaign announcement in October 2019. From left to right: Chelsie Thompson (Renaissance President), Rand Smith (Renaissance Board President), Annamarie Fernyak (Imagination District Steering Committee Chair), Jason Guilliams (Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Board President), Fred Boll (Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Executive Director), Kyle Miller (Renaissance Staff), Mike Miller (Renaissance CEO), Jodie Perry (Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development President).

MANSFIELD – Little Buckeye Children’s Museum was recently announced as the winner of the Ohio Museums Association (OMA) 2019 Institutional Award of Achievement for Best Community Project for the “Imagination District.”

The OMA Awards program is an annual celebration of the outstanding achievement of Ohio museums in visual communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level.

Winners will be recognized during the Annual OMA Awards Program Ceremony, which will take place Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m., as the kick-off event for the 2020 Ohio Museums Association Virtual Conference.

Nominations for these awards are incredibly detailed. This in-depth process helps to illustrate how these institutions and individuals have gone “above and beyond” the normal call of duty to support their institution, serve their public and advance the cause of the museum community.

The Imagination District, part of an on-going collaboration with the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, is a joint venture that will provide multiple arts and education experiences and drive economic growth in Mansfield.

By the project’s completion, it is estimated the Imagination District will serve nearly 220,000 youth and their families, provide for as many as 15 full-time and 25 part-time staff, and have a total economic impact of $7.7 million.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum also took home a 2019 Silver Visual Communication Award for their brochure.

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