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Jennifer Oxley spoke at our Annual Meeting this Fall. She's an Emmy-winning filmmaker and animator in N.Y. Twenty five years ago she was our first Apprentice. Jen showed a short film, The Music Box, that she had presented at MOMA. In the film, a young girl triggers a relay of toy parts, a robot, a slinky, marbles and dominoes to open a music box with a twirling ballerina. Inventiveness nurtured in our Workshop blossomed in that film.
Paying it Forward
Of her early years in classrooms, Jen Oxley said: I just didn't get it.
In the Museum's Workshops, she said: I could...
Well, she could do anything – build, draw, organize, lead – all skills that have served her will.
I could... Those words came back from other Apprentices we spoke to. I could... debug circuits... understand complicated instructions... mix perfect colors.... calm panicked children... speak in front of groups... know that I could count on others to help when I needed it.
Our Apprentices grow confident in their many and vastly differing gifts, and pass that spirit on to the thousands of students our projects nourish.
It's the time of year we write to thank you for all we have accomplished with our past support and to ask for your continued help. Your dollars support invention and creativity. You invest in young people eager to discover what they can do. They will refine and invest their gifts, and your gift, in others.