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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 | I cannot understand at any level why the Children’s Museum Trustees would consider, for even a moment, opening the new museum without the Museum School. I just had the time of my life “Imagining the Past Through Improvisation” with the school’s staff.

I mean it was just so refreshing watching them create drama on their feet related to the learning experiences they’ve facilitated for their students about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area the size of a continent in the Pacific Ocean that is rapidly filling up with floating plastic waste.

I looked on, throwing out ideas for scenes, as these talented people created colorful characters out of the likes of sea turtles and albatrosses and seals and jelly fish and fish that eat the jelly fish. They portrayed them as they lived freely and easily a hundred years ago, and I would laugh at the sheer daffiness in some of those moments. And then they portrayed them coping with the horrible mess that engulfs them and kills them in today’s reality. Humor gave great life to those scenes also with just enough heaviness and poignancy to get the sad story told.

And considering what I heard about the school’s students from their admiring teachers I know they will take the ideas that came from this workshop to even higher levels of creativity and uniqueness. That’s what children do in exciting learning environments.

Based on a couple of hours with such a marvelous collection of creative educators, and based on a belief  that a museum’s purpose is to study, exhibit and interpret objects that have scientific and artistic value – well, I’d say the school, if anything, should be a must for the Children’s Museum, the main feature, if you ask me. It’s a no-brainer.

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