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Access for Everyone
Our Access for Everyone programs serve our community by providing a place for all children to explore, develop their intellects, and connect with other children — regardless of barriers such as financial hardship or cognitive and physical disabilities. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed.
Spring Fund Drive: April 1 – 30
Our annual spring fund drive aims to raise funds to support Access for Everyone programming, which has grown significantly since last year. (Read the press release here.)
This year, museum attendance by Access members increased 215%. Roughly one quarter of our membership base, or nearly 1,000 member families, is composed of Access Members. These Access Memberships are available for $10 to those who qualify by need, while a Family Membership for four regularly costs $125.
Though the Access for Everyone campaign looks to raise funds primarily for the museum’s most visible admission programs, these activities are part of the deeper work of reviewing and refining our whole organization’s work and process through a lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Access for Everyone programs include:
Free Family Night
On the first Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Check our calendar for upcoming dates.
$1 Access Admissions & $10 Family Access Memberships:
Subsidized admissions and memberships are made available to families using public assistance programs and families with children who have a cognitive or physical disability.
These memberships are available at the museum front desk, or by mailing a completed Membership Registration Form with payment and proof of public assistance of one of the following or other programs. Families able to pay a little more will allow us to serve more in need.
- Head Start
- Free or reduced school lunch
- Birth to 3
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Unemployment Insurance
Access for School Kids:
Reduced-price group visits for schools and organizations, based on percentage of children participating in free-and-reduced lunch programs.
A suite of free monthly workshops designed to provide creative, stimulating activities for seniors facing early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
School Age Parent Program (SAPAR):
In collaboration with Madison Metro School District, SAPAR provides tools teenage mothers need to become self-sufficient, independent members of the community—all while learning how to parent and play.
Teen Workforce Program:
Our Teen Workforce Program provides low-income, minority teens with paid positions, job skills training and professional development.
2016 Access for Everyone Sponsors
Dean & St. Mary’s
CUNA Mutual Group Foundation
Madison Community Foundation
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Robert M. & Anne W. Bolz Charitable Lead Unitrust
The Roman Candle Pizzeria
Rotary Club of Madison
Zendesk Neighbor Foundation
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
National Guardian Life Insurance Co.
W. Jerome Frautschi Charitable Lead Unitrust
Walter A. and Dorothy J. Frautschi Charitable Unitrust
Wisconsin Arts Board
Habush Habush & Rottier SC
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
John J. Frautschi Family Foundation
Madison Rotary Foundation
Wells Fargo Bank
American Transmission Company
Wisconsin Humanities Council
US Bank Foundation
To maximize participation and community involvement in these programs, MCM collaborates with numerous strategic partners, including but not limited to:
American Family Children’s Hospital & UW Health, Birth to 3, Children’s Theater Madison, Girl Scouts, Goodman Community Center, Madison Public Library, Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Salvation Army, University of Wisconsin-Madison (17+ departments), Wisconsin Historical Museum, and YWCA Madison.
To learn more about our Access for Everyone programs, please contact Dani Luckett at email@example.com or 608.354.0534.