A museum’s impact

Michael Phillips

Written  by Liam Ulland-Joy,  Annabella Martinson, with contributions by Eleanor Grosvenor,  and Anja McBride.

When people are young there are many things that shape the adults they will become. It is often the little things that have the biggest impact; family, a favorite meal, favorite activities and the places people spent their time as a youth.

Michael Phillips, 33, who currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but who grew up in Marquette, fondly remembers the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum and how his involvement in the many youth driven programs the museum offered helped shape the person he is today. Phillips first became involved with the museum when he was in sixth grade. Phillips was one of the youth who helped design some of the museum’s exhibits as part of the Design-o-saurus program.

“I was involved in some workshops, although I didn’t physically do anything to build the exhibits, but I was involved in some workshops and provided some input, especially on the later exhibit halls, like the Incredible Journey,” Phillips said.

Phillips enjoyed the challenges of designing an exhibit.

“The process was very cool. We had a lot of thoughtful facilitators that thought about different ways kids could provide their input on what they thought would be cool,” Phillips said, adding the ability to see a thought brought to life with a physical exhibit was a special thing to…

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