A national insurance brokerage donated $100,000 to bring popular children’s character Wimee to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
Nationwide financial technology firm and insurance brokerage Acrisure, headquartered in Grand Rapids, on Thursday, June 9, presented Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) with a check for $100,000 to bring “Wimee’s Dreams,” an exhibit based on the PBS children’s show “Wimee’s Words,” to the museum.
“Wimee’s Words” features Wimee, a robot puppet, who invites watchers to explore new words, music and games to spark a love of learning in children.
“Wimee is a beloved character who celebrates children’s voices and ideas,” said Maggie Lancaster, CEO of play at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. “We are so excited to bring ‘Wimee’s World’ to life inside the museum where tens of thousands of children will get to create their own stories, puppets and put on their own show, just like Wimee. On behalf of the entire museum team, we’re especially thankful to Acrisure for leading as the title sponsor of the exhibit.”
“Wimee’s Words” is co-produced by Kent District Library and is part of the Wimage (Words to Images) children’s tech and media company. The show comes from local creators and originated in Grand Rapids.
“Wimee’s Dreams” will be an interactive storytelling exhibit featuring puppet making and a make-believe broadcast station for children to create their own storylines.
“We are excited to bring Wimee to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to inspire all kids to see the potential of their ideas and imagination,” said Michael Hyacinthe, chair and president of Wimage.
“Our partnership with the Children’s Museum and Wimee is a great example of Acrisure’s commitment not only to the region, but specifically to the youth of our community, ensuring they can be creative and have access to science, technology and the skills necessary for their future,” said Elliott Bundy, Acrisure’s chief communications and marketing officer.
“Wimee’s Dreams” will be on display at GRCM from September 2022-24.