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The talk of starting a children’s museum began with four friends and an idea that Muncie needed a place intentionally designed to combine interactive play and fun with learning. When the doors of the Muncie Children’s Museum opened in 1977, it was only one of thirty-nine children’s museums in the country.

In 1996 as part of an effort to spearhead revitalization in the downtown corridor, the Museum moved to the Horizon Convention Center. Since then close to 900,000 visitors from across the state and around the country have walked through our doors.

The Museum is a unique asset of our region that highlights the quality of life found in East Central Indiana. The Museum is a vital contributor to important local and regional initiatives around early education and workforce development as outlined in the Muncie Action Plan, Next Muncie Program, and Vision 2021.

MCM is honored to have played an important role in so many children’s lives over the years. We are proud to continue strengthening its role in Muncie and East Central Indiana by making long-term investments in its facilities, programs, and services.

Campaign Leadership

CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS:
Mike & Wynde Ashman
Steve & Staci Slavin
 
HONORARY CO-CHAIRS:
Dick & Elizabeth Marshall
Terry & Cheryl Walker
 
CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT TEAM: 
 
Kynda Rinker, Muncie Children’s Museum
 
Barbara Schafer, Muncie Children’s Museum
 
Ashlee Anderson, Muncie Children’s Museum
 
Kira Childers, Ontario Systems
 
Richard Crist, Whitinger Strategic Services
 
Sheena Peters, Whitinger Strategic Services
STEERING COMMITTEE:
 
Dave Bahlmann, Retired, Ball State University
 
Tonia Coulter, T&M Log Homes
 
Andrew Dawson, Muncie Power Products
 
Sandra Kelly, Retired, Ball State University
 
Walker Marsh, Cardinal Home Medical
 
Amy Yakos, Ball State University & IU Health Ball Memorial

MCM MANAGEMENT TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Kynda Rinker
 
DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITS & EDUCATION: Marcy Paul
 
BOARD PRESIDENT: Kira Childers
 
GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR: Barbara Schafer
 
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: Ashlee Anderson

MCM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT: 
Kira Childers
Ontario Systems

TREASURER: 
Andy Roberts
Estep Burkey Simmons, LLC

SECRETARY: 
Amanda Snider
John Jay & Co.

EX-OFFICIO: 
Patrick Burkey
Estep Burkey Simmons, LLC

DIRECTOR: 
Phil Boltz
Ball State University

DIRECTOR: 
Andrew Dawson
Muncie Power Products

DIRECTOR: 
Kathy Herbert
Ball State University

DIRECTOR: 
Susan Holbrook
First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors

DIRECTOR: 
Andre Mitchell
Deliverance Temple
& General Motors

DIRECTOR: 
Josh Perkins
Plant Studio Landscaping

DIRECTOR: 
Audrey Robbins
Walls Furniture Warehouse
& Ball State University

DIRECTOR: 
Jenny Smithson
Muncie Community Schools
& Delaware Blackford Special Education Cooperative

DIRECTOR: 
Amy Yakos
Ball State University 
& IU Health Ball Memorial

MCM ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

David Bahlmann

Jim Borgmann

Linn Crull

Dave Heeter

Walker Marsh

Dick Marshall

Liz Marshall

Bruce Moore

Terry Walker

Donate Today!

Muncie Children’s Museum invites you to come aboard this great adventure! Your gift will support our goal of $3 million - allowing us to provide education-rich opportunities to children through intentionally designed spaces that combine fun and free-play with skill development.