The Cultural Facilities Grant “program provides matching grants to support capital projects for cultural facilities in Florida. Each grant is awarded by the Department of State based on the recommendation of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and funding by the Legislature.” This grant will enable the Museum to finish the state-of–the-art Creativity and Fab Labs in the new facility. Classes and camps are currently held in the temporary labs on South Main Street across from the new museum’s future site in Depot Park. Since 2012, over 4500 students ages six and up have participated in Cade Museum curriculum and events. Construction of the new facility is set to be completed in late summer 2017 with a grand opening scheduled for mid-fall. Once open, the new Creativity and Fab Labs will host students of all ages in hands-on STEAM learning in a fun and interactive space that promotes creativity.
The Creativity Lab combines hands-on science teaching modules that demonstrate a result, an invention, with aspects of history, culture, and design. This engages students not just in the what and how, but the why as well. The Fab Lab introduces students to the latest technologies (3D printers, laser cutters, robotics, coding) that can launch a passion to pursue what was once thought unattainable, while at the same time demonstrating the intrinsic value that comes with knowing how build a simple machine (hammer and nails). These classes bring to life the maker-philosophy that has the roll-up-your-sleeves creative work ethic as its founding principle. Thanks to the Cultural Facilities Grant both spaces in the new museum will be filled with state-of-the-art equipment and increased space for expanded enrollment.
The Cade Museum broke ground on the new facility in May 2016 with an estimated opening date of Fall 2017. The 21,000 sq ft museum will have interactive exhibits, programming, events, rental facilities, a gift shop and opportunities to work alongside successful inventors. To learn more, visit cademuseum.org.