'Imagination District' Coming As Early As 2021

  • 6/20/2019 7:10:38 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Renaissance Performing Arts Association, in collaboration with the Little Buckeye Children's Museum, are working together to bring a new "Imagination District" to the Downtown Mansfield area - a project that aims to inspire local youth with creative learning opportunities and performing arts. On Thursday, project coordinators invited members of the public to see what's planned for the upcoming project, which could be finished as early as 2021.

"We began this process over three and a half years ago," said Mike Miller, CEO of the Renaissance Performing Arts Assocation. "The Renaissance built a little Ren Theater at the current Little Buckeye Museum, and ever since that point, we've started talking about collaborating on a bigger project. The building next to Theater 166 became available, and we picked it up."

The project preview featured blueprints, design mockups, and illustrations to help give visitors an idea of what to expect in the next few years after the building is revamped to become the new home of the Children's Museum.

"Little Buckeye has been looking for a new home," said Fred Boll, Executive Director of the Little Buckeye Children's Museum. "We've been growing rapidly over the past six years, and we need to expand our facility to further help child development in Richland County. It's a logical partner to partner with the Renaissance Theater. They deal with imagination, and play at the museum is about imagination. It's important to the development of children, creative thinking, lots of processes."

The Imagination District project is headed up by 15 citizens who are working to revitalize the downtown Mansfield area, strengthening the edges of the city while providing activities for families to enjoy while they visit Mansfield. The project's fundraising goal was $6 million - $1.5 million going to the Renaissance Education Center, while $4.5 million goes to the Little Buckeye Children's Museum and its exhibits.

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