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The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is distributing a line of newly designed Grab and Go Kits designed by students from New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts & Technology Department. Created for New Mexico children and families without access to the internet, and as a way to serve the community during the pandemic, these kits provide hands-on STEM and art-based activities for the whole family.
Using the kit themes — Paper Rivers, Rain Jar, and Solar System String -- visual communications students from the Department of Media Arts and Technology designed new, creative brand packaging and curriculum materials for the Grab and Go Kit Program.
“Sam Gallegos led the student team and played an important role in developing the logo mark, while Krislyn Padilla pitched some fun ideas for the ‘Solar System String’ lesson,” Advanced Design Practices course instructor Mariah Fox Hausman said. “This project was challenging, and I’m proud of the students’ hard work. The reward of seeing their designs reach communities in need throughout the state is not only priceless but a valuable educational experience.”
Leona Hillary, director of education, said she is grateful for the Highlands partnership and happy with the students’ work.
“It hit home on our mission of discovering the joy of learning, play and community,” Hillary said. “We are very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing pool of local talent.”
With donor support, the Children’s Museum has delivered more than 7,000 free kits to children and families across the state since March 2020. Kits have been distributed with the help of partners including:
● Keres Children’s Learning Center, Cochiti Pueblo
● Mariano Elementary, Gallup
● Northern Youth Project, Abiquiu
● Railyard Park Conservancy, Santa Fe
● Community Educators Network, Santa Fe
● City of Santa Fe Homeless Shelter: Midtown Campus, Santa Fe
● Espanola Public Schools, Homebound Services, Espanola
● Gerard's House, Santa Fe
● Santa Fe Public Libraries, All Locations
● New Mexico Autism Society
● Rio Arriba Independent Libraries, Rio Arriba County
● Rio Arriba County Health Department, Rio Arriba County
● Community Art Closet, Santa Fe Place Mall
● Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center serving families from Riberia, Questa, Taos, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.
During the next year, the Children’s Museum anticipates distributing 20,000 Grab-and-Go Kits to rural and Tribal communities throughout the state.
For more information, visit www.santafechildrensmuseum.org.
- By Hannah Hausman, Santa Fe Children's Museum