Playing for Our Future
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
12 – 1 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
Copper Ridge Event Venue
3597 Betty Ford Road, Murfreesboro, TN
Enjoy lunch while showing your support for the Discovery Center and education in our community! Gifts made at the luncheon provide critical support for the Discovery Center and community programs like Kids First. Your contribution shares the Museum’s unique brand of learning through play.
Outside the Lunchbox will feature:
- Delicious lunch catered by Vine Street Market
- Dynamic speaker talking about the power of play
- Networking with other leaders and change-makers in our community
- Learn about the impact that the Discovery Center makes through inclusive play initiatives
- Special video message from our 2019 honoree and star Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price. The Murfreesboro native has been a big supporter of the Discovery Center as well as many other organizations in our community, including the creation of Miracle Field in Murfreesboro, via his Project One Four Foundation.
Gifts made at the luncheon provide critical support for the Discovery Center and community programs like Kids First. Your contribution shares the Museum’s unique brand of learning through play.
Can’t attend? We hope that you will consider getting involved by making a financial gift to the Discovery Center that will help further our mission of engaging curious minds to fuel the future.
Keynote Speaker: Laura Huerta Migus (right), Executive Director, Association of Children’s Museums
Topic: Playing for Our Future. Play is the first and most complex way in which people learn. Through play we build social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills – so why isn’t play everywhere? In this presentation, we will explore the unique affordances of play and how nurturing playful communities is critical for the overall health and success of our children and future workforce.
Outside the Lunchbox is a fundraiser focused on the importance of innovation in the workplace. This year’s theme is The Power of Play. Our society tends to dismiss play for adults, but play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids. It’s vital for problem-solving and creativity-both critical skills needed in the workforce. Hear speaker Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums, talk about the power of play, meet other leaders and change-makers in your community, and learn about the impact that the Discovery Center makes through inclusive play initiatives for children, families, and students across the state.
About the Speaker
Laura Huerta Migus is the Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) in Arlington, Virginia, the world’s largest professional society promoting and advocating on behalf of children’s museums and children’s museum professionals. Throughout her career, Laura has been devoted to the growth and education of children, particularly those from underserved and under-resourced communities. Under her leadership, ACM pursues innovative and effective partnerships to leverage the power of children’s museums worldwide. In 2018, she was named as an Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and in 2016 she was recognized as a Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity by the White House. She is a noted speaker and author on topics of equity and audience-focused museum practice for institutions including the Board of Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, the U.S. Play Coalition, and various university texts. Previously, Laura served as the Director of Professional Development and Equity Initiatives at the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Inc. and also held positions at the National Multicultural Institute and the National Association for Bilingual Education. Ms. Huerta Migus earned a B.A. in Spanish from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.