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"It’s a wonderful thing to be a vehicle of learning and inspiration for so many people."
- David Hillenbrand





Lifetime learners are never on vacation from their favorite pastime. And so it was this past summer at Carnegie Museums: packs of kids at science and art camps, excitedly taking over the grounds of our facilities; tour groups taking in the sights, the history, and the ideas presented at our four museums; and families enjoying time together in places where simple conversation—about what makes a plane fly, where all the dinosaurs went, and what a contemporary artist is really saying in his art—is the order of the day.

It’s a wonderful thing to be a vehicle of learning and inspiration for so many people. In that, we
feel quite fortunate. But we also feel an incredible
sense of responsibility when we consider the many individuals who might never benefit from all that our museums have to offer.

The time to become a lifetime learner, of course, is when we are young. As the new school year begins, that fact is on the minds of teachers, school administrators, and parents everywhere. And it’s on our minds, too, as our museum educators continue to seek out creative opportunities to ensure that the spark of curiosity alive in every child doesn’t get extinguished for lack of trying.

In this issue of Carnegie magazine, you’ll read a lot about what the influence of creative arts and science programming can mean to a child. Mark Roosevelt, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, talks about it in his Face Time interview. He notes that “the worst thing to have is a child who is just disinterested and unaffected by anything in their environment, and the arts are clearly an underutilized tool to break through that indifference.” Studies have shown exactly that, as you’ll read in the feature story Crafting the Community Classroom, a report on the many meaningful collaborations between Carnegie Museums educators and Pittsburgh Public Schools. These programs aren’t just about art or science. They’re about life.

Just consider the enthusiasm of Simone Davis, a teenager from Perry Traditional Academy and “youth explorer” with the Science Center’s Science in Your Neighborhood program. “Before I started SIYN, science was just another boring subject,” she says. “Now I see science in everything—ice cream, pop, television—it’s in all the fun stuff in life.” Consider also the excitement of Garrett Sandidge, who exhibited his sculpted chair at Carnegie Museum of Art through the museum’s renowned Art Connection program. “The chance to display something in a top museum was a dream,” he says. “I love telling people I’ve exhibited at Carnegie Museums!” These are transforming experiences—the kind that last a lifetime.

You’ll read about still more transforming experiences, people, and programs in this issue of the magazine: the wonderful environmental work at our biological field station, Powdermill (our cover story); the new PPG-sponsored Science on the Road program at the Science Center; and the great work of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership, now a program of the Science Center. And as you read, you can be quite proud—because as a member of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, you help make all of this possible. For that, we thank you.


David Hillenbrand, President
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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