Assemblywoman Joyner Secures $2 Million for Youth Cultural Development with Bronx Children’s Museum

Bronx, N.Y. – Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD), along with her colleagues in the Assembly, secured funding in the final state 2015-16 budget to assist the Bronx Children’s Museum. Two million dollars in funding will be directed to the cultural and educational organization in order to support its mission to introduce new ideas and develop our Bronx children. As the only children’s museum in the borough, the Bronx Children’s Museum will expose Bronx families to the invaluable benefits of culture and the arts.

“The Bronx is a hub for diversity and culture. Future generations need to embrace this diversity while also accepting new ideas and concepts, which is why I support the Bronx Children’s Museum” said Assemblywoman Joyner. “The Bronx Children’s Museum will empower our community through offering inspirational exhibits about the Bronx, the arts and sciences, the environment and our surroundings. From explorers to scientists or chefs to musicians, this funding can help all Bronx children transport themselves with the help of museum resources and staff. Bronx children need, and deserve to dream big. The addition of a permanent cultural institution aimed at our developing youth can continue to foster these kinds of ideas.”

On April 1, Assemblywoman Joyner, along with her Assembly colleagues, passed the final state budget. The $2 million – expected to also help the Bronx community through job retention and creation – will assist the organization as it prepares its permanent location at the Kids’ Powerhouse Discovery Center (located on public park land in Mill Pond Park).

Currently, the cultural institution is an institution “without walls,” where it annually serves more than 11,000 children and their families through its mobile purple bus through temporary exhibits and ongoing after school and summer programming.

“Thanks to our local elected officials, the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx State Assembly Delegation Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz, the entire Bronx Delegation, our own Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, and of course Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie for obtaining $2 million dollars in State funding for the Bronx Children's Museum. We are now in an excellent position to ask the City for the remaining $1.7 million dollars in capital funds needed for the build-out of our permanent home,” said Carla Precht, Executive Director of the Bronx Children's Museum. “Without this funding, our building project would be delayed or possibly even suspended. The Assembly came in right at the moment we needed them the most and we are forever grateful.”

For more information, please contact Jamie Gilkey at (518) 455-5671 or Mike Giardina at (718) 538-2000.