CASPER, Wyo.– The Nicolaysen Museum of Art in Casper said Tuesday it was preparing to reopen its “Discovery Center” after an “extensive renovation.”
An opening reception for the newly renovated space will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22. The space includes a new sensory station for young children, a theater play space built by Atlas Cabinets, drafting tables and more.
“We were so excited to have the opportunity to recreate the space in a place steeped in arts education while being fun and full of new experiences you won’t find anywhere else,” said the education curator. Nic Michelle Miller. “It’s so important to us that families in this community can be thrilled to come back to NIC!”
The Discovery Center space was renovated with funds donated through a “Back Door Donor Campaign” that began in July 2021 and has raised over $9,000. Le Nic said the name of the fundraising campaign was inspired by a small door that children can use to enter the Discovery Center space.
“The campaign was championed by local Casper moms, Kayleigh Vernon and Anessia Scott, who wanted to see generations of Casper families enjoy the unique space of the Discovery Center,” the museum said. “The Little Door Donors campaign raised over $9,000, which was matched by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund through a grant.”
The NIC Board of Trustees also approved the Discovery Center’s naming in honor of donors Doran and Nancy Boston.
“The reopening of the Discovery Center will be an ideal time to honor the Boston family and all of our incredible donors, staff and volunteers for the work they have done,” said Nic Executive Director Andy Couch. “I am grateful to our Curator of Education, Michelle Miller, throughout this project, she has shown great leadership, open-mindedness and an ability to work as a team. It’s amazing what we can accomplish as a community when we all work together.