The New Children’s Museum‘s popular Mass Creativity project will continue for a third year in 2015 thanks to a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project features a series of workshops held in diverse communities across San Diego County and culminates in a free all-day event at the museum in downtown San Diego. 

Designed to broaden the reach of the hands-on creativity that is a signature of the museum, the project brings art-making to audiences that might never be able to experience it.

The $30,000 grant from the national endowment comes after two years of funding by the James Irvine Foundation.

“We are grateful that the funding provided by this NEA grant will help us continue our successful Mass Creativity project for yet another year,” said Julianne Markow, executive director and CEO of the museum.

“We saw the number of participants this year more than double in comparison to 2013, with more than 3,000 San Diegans benefitting from Mass Creativity. We are eager to build on this momentum and continue providing our community with new opportunities for creativity.”

The first phase of the museum’s third annual Mass Creativity project kicks off in the spring of  2015.

The museum’s mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.