Annual Report | FY 2022-2023

ANNUAL REPORT | FY 2022-2023

Letter from the Executive Director, Allison Comer

Dear Friends

As we reflect on an incredible year at Muse Knoxville, I am thrilled to share our progress and achievements. With your unwavering support and dedication, we have been able to expand our impact and continue to serve our community in meaningful ways. One of our proudest accomplishments has been the diversification of our programs and services. We understand the importance of meeting the needs of our community, and we have made significant strides in that regard. From providing childcare camps during Knox County Schools’ breaks and in-service days to offering culturally relevant nonclinical parenting sessions, we are committed to supporting families in every aspect of their lives.

Our weekly family lab programs, such as Read and Play, Little Astronauts, and more, have been a resounding success. By including these programs in our regular admission, we have made science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education accessible to a broader range of families. It brings us immense joy to see children and their parents engaging in hands-on learning experiences and witnessing the spark of curiosity ignite within them.

We are thrilled to announce that our Family Access Pass membership program has surpassed expectations, benefiting over 1,700 families. By expanding this initiative, we ensure affordable access to STEAM education for all families, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

While celebrating these achievements, we must acknowledge the challenges we face. Due to our current building’s limitations, we have had to waitlist families and regretfully turn away school groups. It is clear that we have outgrown our space and must address this issue to continue effectively serving our community.

Our primary goal now is to expand our physical capacity, creating an environment that nurtures innovation and lifelong learning. We envision Muse Knoxville as a place where every learner, young or old, can explore and thrive in STEAM education.

In conclusion, we express our deepest gratitude for your support as stakeholders of Muse Knoxville. Together, we have made remarkable

progress in expanding our impact and reaching more families. With your continued partnership, we can ensure that Muse Knoxville remains a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Muse Knoxville and the importance of inspiring and empowering all children through transformative learning experiences!

What our team and community

Accomplished This Year

Volunteers

who contributed an estimated total of 2,149 hours of work.

Free family night

visitors from 90 distinct zip codes reveling in the magic of our museum without any admission fees.

Families Enrolled

in Family Access Pass Memberships, which provide families access to our museum for $20 total.

Educators Impacted

from 52 different schools and daycares through STEAM-based professional development sessions, reaching 2,530 local students.

Workforce Internships

focusing on leadership skills for young adults through career and disability-based programming totaling 643 service hours.

Muse Apprenticeship Program

We completed our first-ever “Muse Apprenticeship Program” – a new workforce development program for middle and high school students from Knoxville’s Fulton and Austin-East communities. Muse Apprentices engaged in monthly leadership skills training, building relationships with a mentor, and completed activities that strengthened their skills in their career field of interest throughout the year in the following career categories: STEAM Careers, Marketing, Business and Education. We are so proud of our 2021-2022 Muse Apprentices and look forward to scaling this program!

Newly Updated Outdoor Spayce Playce

For more accessible play and spectacular patio events, our Outdoor Space Playce was newly renovated to help create even more amazing Muse activities for our outdoor museum experience.

Come to our location to enjoy these hands-on and interactive outdoor activities sure to keep you and your family entertained through the power of play.

Thank you to our

Corporate Sponsors

Thank you for joining us in our mission to inspire and empower all children through transformative learning experiences!

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