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Louisiana Children’s Museum Breaks Ground in New Orleans City Park

Terry Jones | 5/24/2017, 5:34 p.m.
Kid-sized shovels were hard at work in New Orleans City Park today as the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) broke ground ...

Kid-sized shovels were hard at work in New Orleans City Park today as the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) broke ground at its new site, bringing the child-centered, family-friendly museum one step closer to reality.

The ceremonial groundbreaking was celebrated by LCM Chief Executive Officer, Julia Bland, along with Senator JP Morell, Representative Walt Leger, Louisiana Assistant Commissioner of Administration, Mark Moses, New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer, Jeff Hebert, City Park CEO, Bob Becker and LCM Capital Campaign Chair, Lizette Terral.

“Today we are breaking ground both literally and symbolically,” said Bland. “We are ready for construction to begin, but we are also celebrating the ground-breaking public/private partnerships that have come together to make a difference in the lives – and futures – of Louisiana’s youngest citizens.”

With an investment from the State of Louisiana, strategic partnerships and funds secured through private donations from 63 cities in 18 states and the District of Columbia, LCM has secured $45.5 million needed to begin the project. Major donors Boysie and Joy Bollinger, The Jaeger Foundation and Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, along with more than 330 other donors, have contributed so far to the capital campaign. The capital campaign has been led by Chair, Lizette Terral, with Co-Chairs, Nancy Marsiglia, Anne Milling and Poco Sloss.

“This new Louisiana Children’s Museum is a very important long-term investment for the State of Louisiana,” said Senator Morell. “Working together on this model for early childhood learning, we are creating an engaging place to learn and play that will open up new worlds for the children of Louisiana today and into the future.”

Bland added, “This new facility, along with our many important partnerships, will give us the environment, resources and tools to positively impact early learning and education – a critical need in Louisiana which regularly falls at the bottom of national child well-being rankings.”

Twenty-four children assisted the following VIPs and special guests in breaking ground: Bob Becker, Taylor Beery, Julia Bland, Michelle Bourg, Vince Giadina, Jeff Hebert, Walt Leger, Nancy Marsiglia, Anne and Kind Milling, JP Morrel, Mark Moses, Caroline and Bo Reilly, Paul Simoneaux, Poco Sloss, Allison Stouse, Lizette Terral and Kendall Winingder.