Traveling Exhibit Channels Mister Rogers' Legacy
Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.
Providing families with hands-on education and opportunities to talk about love and forgiveness is the aim of a new traveling exhibit being developed through a partnership between the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Fetzer Institute.
XOXO was designed to explore love and forgiveness through interactive experiences that inspire feelings and conversation about these and other emotions. XOXO invites visitors to:
· Hold hands with someone to illuminate a hidden message about love
· Write down a loving thought and press it into a token to keep or share
· Work together to balance on a seesaw or connect an infinite puzzle
· Draw or write what makes you angry or sad and crank it through a paper shredder
Using facial expressions, words, movement, and art making, XOXO explores what love, forgiveness, and other emotions mean to you and to others.
The XOXO exhibit is well suited to the Pittsburgh museum, an entity with a long association with legendary children’s TV host Fred Rogers. Exhibits and programs were designed using the philosophy and teachings of Mister Rogers as a guide.
Along with enabling families to have meaningful experiences and conversations about love and forgiveness, project organizers hope to gather and share a variety of perspectives on love and understanding, and to encourage each of the towns hosting the traveling exhibit to foster a community dialogue on the topics. Organizers expect hundreds of thousands of children and adults across the country to experience the work in the next few years.
Children's Museum officials believe the XOXO exhibit will provide families with another avenue for conversation and learning together about love, forgiveness, empathy, kindness, patience, and listening.
Museum partner the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, will conduct evaluations to determine the effectiveness and impact of the exhibit.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Non-Governmental Organizations.