Portland Children's Museum: Annual Report 2016-17

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WE VALUE EXCELLENCE

What do you value? What’s most important?

At Portland Children’s Museum and its Opal School, six values guide our

work. You’ll find them on the first page of our employee handbook and

on a big sign in the Museum entrance. Most importantly, these values live

at the forefront of our brains, and serve as a filter for every decision.

On the following pages, you’ll discover our values of creativity,

playful learning, collaboration, kindness and respect, and

innovative research—with examples of how we live those values every day.

Overall, we value excellence. We believe in taking risks while seeking

continual improvement. Our commitment to empathy leads us to create

experiences for others that we would want for ourselves. We seek to

deepen our awareness and understanding of the rights of children, leading

us to pursue the excellence they deserve as citizens of our community.

In the past year, your support has made that excellence possible.

We value you as part of our family!

With gratitude,

Ruth G. Shelly

Executive Director


WE VALUE CREATIVITY

Clay Studio

Participants in our Access Play events for children experiencing

disabilities find the tactile experience of working with clay to be

particularly soothing. Families participating in our evenings for

immigrants and refugees find clay to be an intuitive medium that

bridges language barriers and brings generations together.

Indeed, all children regardless of ability or background stretch their

creative muscles in bringing to life what exists in their imaginations—

experimenting and testing ideas, failing, and trying again.

We’re committed to engaging children in these creative processes

because these skills build confident, resilient problem solvers who

will grow to change their communities and the world.

When people play,

their ideas and stories and memories

come pouring out into the world.

–River, age 8


WE VALUE PLAYFUL LEARNING

Word Play Month

Every month at the Museum revolves around a different theme, and

October is Word Play Month supported by KinderCare Education.

In the Maker Studio, Mike helps children design their own Word

Machine and sound out the word their machine emits. In Outdoor

Adventure, Emlyn leads ABC Archery as children shoot arrows at

letter targets to spell out a word. In the Field Station, Meg ladles out

letters into bowls of Alphabet Soup.

We believe one can’t learn without playing, or play without learning.

Through intentional playful activities that include art, science, and

physical movement, children strengthen neural pathways in their

developing brains.

If we got used to having challenges,

our brains would grow to the size of elephants.

–Ollie, age 9


WE VALUE KINDNESS AND RESPECT

10,000 Hands Project

When prompted to consider how to make the

world a better place, Chase, a student at Opal

School, created a project called “10,000 Hands.”

Decorated hand tracings, made by people of

all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities, illuminate

the connections between people, and celebrate

the differences.

At Portland Children’s Museum, we intentionally

cultivate empathy, a powerful tool that children

use to build bridges between people, understand

another’s complex experience, gain diverse

perspectives, and leverage relationships for

collaboration and progress.

By submitting a hand, you help us

show that everyone’s voice matters.

Every single, unique and different hand matters.

Like a community. Everyone plays a role.

–Chase, age 11

10khands.com


WE VALUE COLLABORATION

Monster Island

In our Artist Studio, children collaborate with professional artist,

Gesine Krätzner, to create deeply expressive monsters that

reveal playful, whimsical stories. Through story, children think

about the world, make sense of it, and share their questions,

perspectives, and revelations with others. Gesine brings these

stories to life in three-dimensional forms that inhabit Monster Island.

We believe that teamwork and perspective-taking prove

critical for success in school and work. By practicing

collaboration, children understand that together they

can unearth new possibilities, forge new directions, and

discover new solutions.

It’s crazy in here, but good!

–Patrick, age 6


WE VALUE INNOVATIVE RESEARCH

Summer Symposium

Each year, more than 1,000 educators from across North America and

around the world come to Opal School for professional development.

These teachers are inspired by the innovative approaches being

developed in Opal School’s classrooms: approaches that connect

learners in ways that are simultaneously personal, interpersonal, and

global. The theme of play, the arts, and democracy felt especially

significant to the 235 teacher-researchers gathered for the 17th

Annual Summer Symposium.

We believe that observation, documentation, and dissemination of best

practices in education are essential to providing a vision of what school

can and should be for the world’s increasing diversity of learners.

Feeling a part of something bigger gives me courage to persist.

–Symposium participant 2017


693

Arrows released in

Outdoor Adventure

73

Monsters in

Art Gallery

2,160

Books read at

Storytime

6,576

Nails hammered

in Maker Studio

26,437

Access visitors

279,895

Visitors

6,101

Memberships

1,307

Family Access Pass

holders


6,170

Volunteer hours

22,282

Social media

followers

14,128

Miles traveled

by Opal School to

inspire fresh ideas

147

Snow friends

made in

Clay Studio

36

Gallons of paint for

Opal School creations

328

Catapults

launched

6,772

Dancing feet

at Museum

performances


2016-17 ANNUAL FUND CONTRIBUTIONS

$100,000+

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Lemelson Foundation

$25,000–$99,9999

Fred Meyer Fund

James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation

Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of

The Oregon Community Foundation

Target Corporation

The Oregon Community Foundation

$10,000–$24,999

Ameriprise Financial

Banfield Pet Hospital

Bank of America

Columbia Sportswear Company

ESCO Foundation

Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

Oregon Arts Commission

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

The Standard

Union Pacific Foundation

$5,000–$9,999

Karen & Wei-Li Chong *

Clark Foundation

Dorothea M. Lensch Fund of

The Oregon Community Foundation

Jacqueline Rayot Olsson Charitable Foundation

Juan Young Trust

Jubitz Family Foundation

Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation

Northwest Bank

Portland General Electric

U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Don & Marian Vollum *

Wheeler Foundation

Mark & Kendall Youngblood *

$2,500–$4,999

Bank of the Cascades

Barran Liebman LLP

Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

GBD Architects, Inc.

Bill & Allyson Harris *

Al & Nancy Jubitz *

Kaiser Permanente

KinderCare Education, LLC

Julie Mancini & Dennis Bromka *

Northwest Natural

Pacific Power

Pacific Power Foundation

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Snowman Foundation +

The Benzien Family Foundation Inc. *

Stephanie Tolk & Scott Zelenka *

Samantha & Thanh Tran *

Union Bank Foundation

Union Wine Co +

Julia Warner +

Jessica & Bryan Wieden *

Wieden + Kennedy

* Dorothea Lensch Society + In-Kind donors


Thank You

$1,000–$2,499

Alyssa Aaby & Fletcher Ray *

Winona & Alan Adams *

Autzen Foundation

Sarah & Cedric Berry *

Phillip & Julie Beyl *

Ashley & Geoffrey Bingham *

The Boeing Company

Coraggio Group +

Robert Countryman *

Shawn & Jennifer DuBurg *

Durham and Bates Agencies, Inc.

Robert & Gwen Elfers *

Agustin & Alysson Enriquez *

Ron Forrester *

Joe Francis & Jennifer West *

Jessica & Brian Getman *

Bob & Polly Gravely *

Judy Graves *

Susan Haas & Jeffrey Nadler *

Bronwyn & Tyler Houston *

Beth Hutchins & Pete Skeggs *

The Jackson Foundation

Ashlyn & Patrick Johnson *

Tori Jones & Dave Nunn *

Kate & Ben Jordan-Downs *

Jason Kirtland *

Lane Realty Works

Amy & Nathan Maki

Kymberley & Stuart McCornack *

Karen Merrill *

Cole Mills *

Neil Kelly, Inc. *

Melissa Oliver-Janiak & Donald Oliver *

Pacific Continental Bank

Papé Material Handling +

David & Nicole Peterson *

Kristi & Troy Reichlein *

Christina Reyes *

Andrew Rosengarten *

Kathleen Rowlands & Bruin Rugge *

Jodi & Alexander Schoenen *

Ruth & Kevin Shelly *

Jamie & Denise Shulman *

Jeffrey & Bryn Marie Sopko *

Lara Spangler & Jim Gilmore *

Dennis & Weise Spidal *

Rob Stackhouse *

Mack & Valerie Stallcup *

Talia & Daniel Stein *

Storables +

Donna Swartz *

Kathy & Mike Swift *

Erin & David Thompson *

Iris & Ryan Tilley *

Tournant Catering +

Travel Portland

Elaine Vote & Pat Willis *

Dan & Emily Watson *

Wells Fargo Foundation

Widmer Brothers Brewing +

Trond & Amanda Williams *


$250–$999

Anonymous

Crystal & Nat Borchers +

Tom & Shalini Broderick

Julio & Stephanie Brown

Campbell Salgado Photography Studio +

George Caspar

Emily & Billie Cleek

Cogent IT

Crater Lake Distillery +

Anne & Robert DeGroot

Timothy Delaney & Kristin Valinsky

Delanie Delimont & Carl Paasche

Devereaux Dion & Mindy Clark

Gretchen & Craig Francis

Fred W. Fields of The Oregon Community Foundation

Holly Freres & David Horning

Jim Gilmore & Lara Spangler

Gray Family Fund

Hama Hama Oyster Co +

Debra Handy

John & Lucia Harrison

Will & Beth Hathaway *

Cindy & James Hill

Heather & David Howitt

IKEA Portland +

Jamie & Oliver Jeffries

Jon & Katie Justin

Kirsten & Christopher Kilchenstein

Kristine Krause & Andrew Swartz

The Kroger Co.

Thomas Kuech

Cheryl & Donna LeMay

Michael Lex & Kristin Sullivan Lex

Mayer/Reed

Moda Center +

Multnomah Wisk{e}y Library +

Hollie & Scott Nine

NW Self Storage Foundation

Olympia Provisions +

The Peterson Family Trust

Portland Thorns +

Portland Timbers +

Traci & Sean Ray

Kristin & Dean Repnik

Kathryn & Matthew Richards

Yoon & Alex Richards

Scott Valley Bank

Tiffanie Shakespeare & Carl Lerche

Shannon Pratt +

Soter Vineyards +

Sprout Pediatric Dentistry +

Sabrina & Marc Stoffregen *

Mika & Roger Thomas

Thomson Reuters

The Vintage Hotel +

Deb & Ben Walsh

Meghan Walsh & Michael Jevack *

James Watkins & Arthur Hung

Tyson Wisbrock & Effie Manos

Judiaann Woo & Gregor Halenda

Rachel & Alex Young


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

201617

Karen Chong Chair

Jessica Getman Vice Chair

Bob Gravely Secretary

David Peterson Treasurer

Kirsten Kilchenstein Officer at Large

Ron Forrester

Joe Francis

Bronwyn Houston

Adrienne Livingston

Melissa Oliver-Janiak

Kristi Reichlein

Jamie Shulman

Jeffrey Sopko

Sabrina Stoffregen

Erin Thompson

Iris Tilley

Samantha Tran

Trond Williams

Mark Youngblood

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Robert Countryman

Shawn DuBurg

Bob Elfers

Andrew Frazier

William A. Harris

Heather Howitt

Al Jubitz

Tom Kelly

Julie Mancini

Don Vollum


SOURCES OF OPERATING REVENUE

14%

3%

1%

53%

29%

Total Revenue $4,803,419

A full audit is available at

portlandcm.org/audit


OPERATING EXPENSES

2%

2% 2%

4% 2%

5%

6%

5%

7%

56%

9%

Total Expenses $4,261,071

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