Experiencing the Power of Children at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Experiencing the Power of Children at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Power of Children entrance. Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick scaled

Aired on May 21, 2024

In this episode of World Footprints, hosts Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick share the Power of Children exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. They speak to Monica Ramsey, Director of exhibits and interactive media, as she guides them through the Power of Children: Making a Different exhibit and shares the stories of four extraordinary children who have significantly impacted the world – Ruby Bridges, Ryan White, Malala Yousafzai, and Anne Frank.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Malala Yousafzai

The Power of Children exhibit aims to inspire visitors to take action and make a difference in their communities by highlighting youth’s power and ability to overcome hatred, racism, and fear. The stories of other extraordinary children who are making a difference like climate activist Greta Thunberg are also included in the Power of Children exhibit. From its origins in 1925 to its current status as the biggest children’s museum in the world, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis continues to provide extraordinary learning experiences that transform the lives of children and families.

Monica Ramsey showing other children making a difference in the Power of Children exhibit. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Monica Ramsey showing other children making a difference in the Power of Children exhibit. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Podcast Timestamps

[2: 25]            About Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

[3: 49]            The Promise Tree.

[5: 54]            The Story of Malala Yousafzai.

[10: 05]          The Story of Ryan White.

[14: 54]           The Story of Ruby Bridges.

[17: 26]           Challenges Experienced.

[18: 44]           The Story of Anne Frank.

[21: 45]           Diverse Offering and Exhibits available at the Museum.

Notable Quotes

“It’s not about matching what they did at the scale that they did; there are so many other opportunities for you to be empowered.”

“We’re not shying away from the intense imagery. We want people to talk about it and see the gravity of this situation.”

“Everything we do across the building is to make sure that we are thinking hard and intentionally about our accessibility.”

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

  • Cutouts of protestors against Ruby Bridges. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Ruby Bridge's exhibit in the Power of Children space. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • The Promise Tree. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Anne Frank's diary. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Ryan White's room. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Malala sign in Power of Children. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

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