Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN) Awarded IMLS Museums for America Grant

The McAllister & Quinn nonprofit team assisted in the unique partnership between the Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN) and the Utica Children’s Museum-a New York state children’s museum/behavioral health nonprofit partnership-is working to create a new children’s museum incorporating trauma-informed universal design concepts. The project, titled Utica Children’s Museum 2.0 (Museum 2.0), will serve approximately 80,000 children and the adults who care for them in a five-county region and will be inclusive of all children-especially those who are on the autism spectrum, have experienced trauma, or live in poverty. It will provide a safe, communal space that encourages learning and play. Anticipated outcomes of Museum 2.0’s universal design focus include fully accessible building and exhibits, audience-based activities reflecting community educational needs, complete inclusion of diverse cultural/socio-economic groups, collaborative relationships with local schools, and regional portability via the Mobile Museum without Walls.