One small decision for voters,
one giant leap for kids.
Hot Springs kids are missing out on amazing, life-changing opportunities. We can fix that without adding any new taxes.
From the depths of the Titanic to the farthest reaches of the imagination, traveling exhibits are engaging audiences across the U.S. daily. Unfortunately, these learning opportunities aren't currently available to students in Hot Springs.
The 2015 renovation by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation allowed Mid-America Science Museum to update its existing facility. While the renovation added new permanent exhibits, the Museum no longer has the capacity to house traveling exhibits like Bodies in 2008.
As a voter, you are able to make an investment to enrich kids' lives - and it won't cost you any extra money.
To serve more kids, Mid-America Science Museum plans to build a new 7,000 SF exhibit space, making it the largest science exhibit venue in the state of Arkansas.
As a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Museum will have access to several of its most popular traveling exhibits. The space will also be available to host conferences and special events.
Expansion plans also include a portable stage, ample storage, restrooms, coat check, and food prep area for catering companies.
Initial planning for the expansion has been made. When approved by voters on September 11, 2018, the anticipated completion will occur in 9-12 months with a tentative opening in Fall/Winter 2019.
As part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliate network, the Museum will have access to several of its most popular traveling exhibits. Examples of exhibits include:
"BODIES THE EXHIBITION is an exhibition showcasing human bodies that have been preserved through a process called plastination and dissected to display bodily systems."
"TITANIC THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION - Educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. Along the way visitors will learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy."
"STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME - Immerse, imagine, and create. These principles guide visitors to Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume on a unique journey through the challenges and triumphs of dressing a mythical universe."
"THE ANIMATION ACADEMY Visitors can create their own stop-motion animated short, learn about the art of storyboarding, go behind the scenes with artists and animators, and enjoy America’s largest 3D zoetrope."
BETTER FOR FAMILIES
From the depths of the ocean to the expanse of space, there is no age limit to our curiosity. Mid-America Science Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities to visitors that are exciting, memorable, and accessible.
As a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, the Museum will be able to host new exhibits that are currently unavailable anywhere else in the state.
BETTER FOR BUSINESSES
Mid-America Science Museum’s annual economic impact for the greater Hot Springs area is $14,000,000.
Special exhibits have seen an attendance increase of 20-25%. The proposed expansion will attract more visitors to both the museum as well as neighboring attractions and restaurants in Garland County.
BETTER FOR THE COMMUNITY
Community groups and educational organizations will be able to make use of this exciting new space located next to Mid-America Science Museum.
The new exhibit hall will have the flexibility to host special events and conferences in between traveling exhibitions.
No, this is not a new tax.
The money is collected via the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission. Voters must simply approve the use of the collected funds.
Mid America Science Museum is seeking a 10-year bond for $2 million to cover the construction costs of the new exhibit hall.
Currently, the Museum hopes to have a new exhibit every summer, with additional installations possibly being added throughout the year.
Special exhibits at the Museum have a proven record of success. During its "Bodies" exhibition in 2008, the Museum experienced a 20-25% increase in attendance.
The expanded space will also be available for special events, conferences, and community organizations.