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Campaign raises enough money for new community center, children's imagination factory in Iron Mountain

 The campaign surpassed its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by September 15, so the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program. (MEDC Website Image)
The campaign surpassed its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by September 15, so the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program. (MEDC Website Image) (WLUC)
Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT
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Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, Iron Mountain will be home to an interactive and imaginative learning center.

The campaign surpassed its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by September 15, so the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

"It really is a great way for the state of Michigan to continue promoting re-investment in our downtowns and creating those sense of place in our community, where people can gather,” said Our Place Community Center/ Imagination Factory Children's Museum Co-Director, Jonathan Ringel.

This campaign will provide the funding they need to purchase and build children’s museum exhibits creating a place where everyone belongs, all ages can gather and meet new friends and children will learn by doing.

"The most exciting part about the Imagination Factory Children's Museum really is the ability for so many in our community to come together and collaborate. I think that's really what makes things so positive in a small community,” said Ringel.

The Imagination Factory Children’s Museum will occupy the upstairs of a vacant middle school located 217 West Hughitt Street.

Their goal is to create 30 or more interactive exhibits within the space. There will also be will also have 4 rooms consisting of a children's indoor garden, a Gathering Place, and a Youth Empowerment room.

"We have been inundated with support. We love the partnerships we're creating locally. Each exhibit we're getting partnerships, so that we can really highlight what they do and they can feel a sense of ownership in our project. I think that’s extremely important,” said Our Place Community Center/ Imagination Factory Children's Museum Co-Director, Jeffery Gurchinoff.

The children’s museum is set to open in late December 2019.

Check out the now-closed Patronicity campaign

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