The Chesapeake Children's
Museum is Born:
For five and a half years, CCM had a rent-free
home in the Festival at Riva Shopping Center in Annapolis.
Exhibits and programs evolved in response to community interest
and need. Participation continued in an increasing number of
annual festivals and collaborations grew with various agencies and
organizations - schools, scouts, churches, health centers, and
other museums. In February of 2000, the shopping center became
fully leased and the museum's space was needed for a paying
tenant. It was time to move on. The community had indeed proven
that this resource was needed and it was time to find a larger,
more secure home to continue the museum's good works.
By Spring 2000, a temporary home was found at the
Eastport Shopping Center, lasting just long enough for the next
spot to open up at Eastport Elementary School. Knowing this would
be a "summer home", the search continued.
The WYRE Building:
With the encouragement of the mayor and support from some City Council members, a lease arrangement was pursued. An inspection by the city's Permits office revealed numerous code deficiencies (including the need for a sprinkler system). These needs had to be corrected before the museum could open, so a long-term lease became an obvious requirement to attract the investment of funds and manpower to fix up the place as a lasting home for the museum. In June 2001, a long term lease was approved. Building improvements and maintenance are the responsibility of CCM in lieu of rent. The lease is up for renewal every 5 years.
After 8 months of renovations, our doors opened to the public in November 2002.
The Present and Beyond:
CCM is approved for Community Investment Tax Credits – through December 2016. For a donation of $500 or more – including materials for the renovations – an individual or business can claim 50% back on any income tax due to Maryland – that’s IN ADDITION to the regular deductions on state or IRS taxes for a charitable contribution.
To see how easy it is, go to: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/CITC.aspx
Statement of Religious Activity:
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view the CCM's statement of religious activity
The Chesapeake Children's Museum