The interactive exhibit—inspired by the PBS Wimee’s Words show featuring the popular puppet robot, Wimee - creates a place where children’s dreams can be visualized and realized in a fun, playful, and imaginative setting.
“Wimee is a beloved character who celebrates children’s voices and ideas,” said Maggie Lancaster, CEO of Play at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. “We are so excited to bring Wimee’s World to life inside the museum where tens of thousands of children will get to create their own stories, puppets, and put on their own show, just like Wimee. On behalf of the entire Museum team, we’re especially thankful to Acrisure for leading as the title sponsor of the exhibit.”
“We are excited to bring Wimee to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum to inspire all kids to see the potential of their ideas and imagination. This partnership with Acrisure and GRCM provides opportunities for our kids to dream and be the future creators and changemakers of their communities,” said Michael Hyacinthe, Chairman/President of Wimage.
As a global fintech leader, Acrisure is committed to supporting programs and efforts that advance the opportunity for young minds to use their imagination and gain exposure to technology in its various forms. With more than 14,000 employees across the world, Acrisure is also committed to positively impacting the various communities in which it operates. In West Michigan, this has included support for a variety of causes including the creation of the Acrisure Center for Innovation in Children’s Health at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
“Our partnership with the Children’s Museum and Wimee is a great example of Acrisure’s commitment not only to the region, but specifically to the youth of our community, ensuring they can be creative and have access to science, technology and the skills necessary for their future,” said Elliott Bundy, Acrisure’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer.
The exhibit will include an interactive storytelling station for kids to create and storyboard their own dreams as well as a puppet-making station that inspires kids to create their own characters. An interactive pretend set becomes the background for a make-believe broadcast, captured with a pretend camera.
Wimee’s Dreams will be on display at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum from September 2022 through September 2024.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM): The Grand Rapids Children's Museum includes hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play. The Museum is open Tuesdays from 9am-2pm for members-only and to the public Thursday from noon-7pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am-3pm. Regular admission is $10.00 per person and $9.00 for ages 65+. GRCM is a non-profit organization located at 11 Sheldon Avenue NE in downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, visit www.grcm.org. Follow us on social media Facebook / Instagram / TikTok / Twitter
Wimage: Wimage or (Words to Images) is a children's tech and media company creating fun, interactive and educational content for TV, print and digital engagements. Our portfolio of characters, including Wimee the Robot, helps to inspire kids to see the power of their ideas and their imaginations. Our PBS kids show Wimee’s Words, is an interactive show that kids help bring to life! Wimee and his friends share stories, music, and games that spark imagination, inspire creative thinking, and encourage a love of learning and trying new things. Join the educational fun every Wednesday at 4:00pm EST at www.wimee.tv. Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/wimeethrrobot /www.instagram.com/wimeetherobot
Michael Hyacinthe, CEO of Wimage, LLC, is a US Navy Seabee veteran that used his experience with wounded veterans to find creative and therapeutic outlets for them to express themselves through his non-profit, Has Heart, which has partnered with Starbucks, Home Depot, and more. This compelled him to create Wimage as a tool to also inspire and empower children to use creativity to learn and become storytellers through the Wimage app and our lovable mascot Wimee the Robot.
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Maggie Lancaster, CEO
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