Our Place Community Center-
Imagination Factory Children's Museum

History

The Our Place Community Center-Imagination Factory was originated in April 2018 when Barb Reisner, Jonathan Ringel and Cherie Fila began transforming a two year dream into reality. In September, a Board of Directors was formed and in November the nonprofit 501C3 application was submitted to the IRS. On April 26, 2019, Our Place Community Center-Imagination Factory Children's Museum received a Determination Letter from the Internal Revenue Service-Department Of The Treasury with an official Employer Identification Number.

Phase 1: Action Team Planning

During the summer of 2019, the following Action Teams were formed to begin phase one implementation: Building Selection Team; Design Team; Exhibit Team and Executive Director Team.

Phase 2: Building Lease

On January 15, 2020 a 4-year building agreement lease was signed with the Iron Mountain School Board (IMPS) to occupy upper level space at 217 West Hughitt Street: 4,500 square feet with 4 rooms, an office and walkway. The Imagination Factory Children's Museum was a perfect fit for IMPS former upstairs classrooms with museum exhibits in 3 rooms and activities and meetings in 2 rooms. In addition, the IMPS agreed to provide space in the lower level for family events, trainings and education series.

Phase 3: Renovations

The Design Team decided right away to focus on IMAGINATION as the Imagination Factory Children's Museum Theme. Transforming a classroom-school environment into interactive play and creative play rooms was the objective.

Phase 4: Exhibit Placement

The 3 museum rooms were divided into 3 themes: Environment Room, Industry Room and Health Room. Each room is scheduled to have 7-10 exhibits placed specifically designed around the room theme.

Phase 5: Program Rooms

In addition to the 3 museum exhibit rooms, 3 other rooms were designated for youth and adult programs:   (1) Empowerment Room: Student leaders in grades 7-12 have space for creative projects; i.e., photography, video production, drawings, event planning . . . (2) Way To Grow Garden: a walkway with windows and sunshine for plant growing stations to promote healthy eating for everyone; (3) Store & Office: Volunteer meeting area and a place to display artwork and other items made available for all those visiting the Imagination Factory Children's Museum.

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PROGRAMS

Our Place Community Center-Imagination Factory hosts trainings, meetings, children's activities, youth leadership team projects and education series weekly and monthly. Providing family events involving children and all family members is a priority!

Children's Activities

Starting Summer 2021, the following programs and activities will be offered on SATURDAY MORNINGS for young children:

HEALTHY EATING, GARDENING, READING CIRCLES, BOOK WALKS, TYPES OF PLAY, STUFFED ANIMAL FRIENDS, DOLL TEA PARTY, MEET MY FAMILY, BRAIN FIT and more. Parents can also schedule BIRTHDAY PARTIES and other special events for children.

EDUCATION SERIES

Education Series feature presenters speaking to participants featuring important information are popular topics; i.e., parenting skills, grandparents parenting, first aid, CPR, early literacy, meeting local counselors, community resources . . .

Student Leadership Development

OPCC-IF strongly believes in supporting and promoting student leadership development. Two specific programs will be offered to local middle and high school students: EMPOWERMENT TEAM and IMPACT MENTORS.

Career Development

The Our Place Community Center Training Team has created a website that guarantees valuable information on K-12 comprehensive career development, K-12 grades. WEBSITE LINK: micareerlaunch.org