Fact Sheet: Proposed Creative Play Museum for Children and Their Families

Overview
 Works of Vernon Grant as inspiration for a creative play museum in downtown Rock Hill with interactive exhibits and activities for children and their families
 Collaboration of City of Rock Hill, York County Government and the Culture & Heritage Museums, with concept input from York County Library, Rock Hill Schools, Arts Council of York County, Winthrop University’s Macfeat Laboratory School, York Technical College’s Early Childhood Education Program, The Early Learning Partnership; facility to be operated by the Culture & Heritage Museums
 Anticipated to draw 15,000 to 20,000 visitors annually based on conservative national trend statistics for similar facilities

Project Objectives
 Economic development downtown; permanent, year round visitor attraction with a unique retail store
 Boost early childhood education; children learn through creative play
 Memory-making experiences for children at home in York County
 Further enhance Rock Hill’s reputation as an excellent community for children and families
 Strengthens Rock Hill’s image associated with Vernon Grant as featured in local attractions such as ChristmasVille, Come See Me, Glencairn Garden and the Museum of York County

Location
 133 East Main Street; People’s Bank Building; constructed around 1906 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places
 4,420 square feet, main floor and mezzanine
 Free parking available along Main Street and in the city parking lot to the rear of the building
 In the heart of downtown, easy access from I-77 and rest of the county
 Close to City Hall’s downtown amphitheater, Central Child Development Center, Center for the Arts, York County Library, Winthrop, church preschools, Family Resource Center, downtown neighborhoods

The Wonder of Vernon Grant
 Vernon Grant collection given to the Culture & Heritage Museums by the Grant family inspires creative play
 Interactive exhibits take children “inside the picture”; children interact as part of the picture story
 Art has playful shapes, colors, landscapes; whimsical subject matter; dream like characters

Estimated project cost
 $900,000 Total; $450,000 to be requested from City of Rock Hill and $450,000 from York County over three budget years
 Includes $250,000 to purchase space; $250,000 for up fitting; $400,000 for exhibits
 Space was appraised at $900,000 in the fall of 2008; owned by Dalton Properties LLC (a partnership of Harry Dalton and Joe Lanford)
 Owners are willing to sell the space at a greatly reduced rate for this particular project to enhance quality of life and downtown development

Project completion date
 Museum should open within 18-24 months after initial funding is in place; hopefully open in time for ChristmasVille 2010

Tentative hours of operation
 Tuesday through Saturday year round; hours will be set after further consultation with downtown entities (York County Library, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council of York County, restaurants and stores, etc.) and downtown based events

Project Timing
 Strategic opportunity to reach a new audience in a new location
 Availability of a very unique space on Main Street at a greatly reduced price
 Special collaboration of city and county government
 Families will come downtown to support the local economy
 Investment in spirit and long-term health of the community

For further information, contact Ashley Barron, Culture & Heritage Museums, 803/329-2121, ext. 140