Circle of Learning… built by the community, for the community
2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of converting the former Heymann Grocery store into the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. The CMA founders – three moms living in Lafayette – chose 201 E. Congress St. is the Museum’s permanent home for its heritage and distinctness as an investment that continues to house the “wonders” of navigating real-world experiences in a child-sized world. More than just a building, the Museum serves as Acadiana’s “Circle of Learning,” welcoming the 3rd generation of learners through its doors. Things truly have come full circle at the CMA, and while the old adage, “it’s what on the inside that counts,” is certainly true with over 15 exhibits recently updated and 2 new exhibits opening soon, the exterior that once greeted guests is not as cheery as it was. It needs a fresh coat of paint.
For Generations to Come
Parents of the 90s’ are now the grandparents of little ones experiencing the wonder of first experiences at the CMA. Kids of the 90s’ are reliving their joyful experiences with children of their own. Things truly have come full circle at the Museum, and while the old adage, “it’s what on the inside that counts,” is certainly true with over 15 exhibits – most recently updated, and the opening of two new exhibits soon, the exterior that once greeted guests is tired.
It’s More than Looks
But the paint job the CMA is talking about will be unlike any you have seen before. As the CMA’s exterior is painted, murals made by children assisted by Acadiana’s many non-profits will grace the façade along the entryway to greet guests and share a story about our community. For over two decades the CMA has collaborated with agencies and schools that serve these children including Alice N. Boucher Elementary School, Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, Foster Friends, Healing House, Miles Perret Cancer Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Autism Society of Acadiana, and Hope for Opelousas to name a few. By involving groups of children near to our hearts in addition to a crew of professional painters, the CMA will showcase the avenues through which many children benefit from the Museum’s offerings.
Acadiana deserves a children’s museum that makes everyone swell with pride. Shining up the building’s exterior and gracing it at eye level with unique art created by our community’s children will instill in guests not only civic pride but the character and charm that is the fabric of Lafayette.