Letter to the Wonder Workshop community
Message from the Board of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum to the Manhattan Community:
On behalf of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum, we thank the Manhattan community for the outpouring of love and brotherhood that was exhibited before and after the passing of our founder, Mr. Richard Pitts. Richard was a man with much love in his heart and passion in his purpose. He connected with everyone he met. More than anything, Richard had a passion for helping children. He touched the lives of many children in our community, serving as a teacher, a mentor, a role model.
The Wonder Workshop was Richard’s dream and his life. Whether it be through providing after-school programs, summer camps, multicultural exhibits at the museum, drumming circles, or tours of the Underground Railroad history in Kansas, Richard brought the Workshop’s mission to life every day. In many ways, Richard Pitts was the Wonder Workshop.
With Richard’s passing, it is now our purpose, as the Board, to keep the Wonder Workshop moving forward. We want the Manhattan community to know that, although we have lost our founder, we have not lost his spirit. All of us at the Wonder Workshop – from Cindy Pitts to staff and Board members - are dedicated to carry on its mission of providing a safe place for children of all ages to learn about science, history, and the many cultures that are woven into our world.
We ask for your patience as we “reset” the Wonder Workshop over the summer. We are working on new exhibits (including Frida Kahlo), reorganizing our programming, and seeking new partners. It is our hope to reopen the Wonder Workshop in August with a vision for our path forward.
In the meantime, please continue to support the Wonder Workshop. Feel free to donate to our cause or send us your thoughts and ideas. We cannot thank you enough for always being there for us in the past, and we continue to need your support in the future.
We will always remember Richard Pitts for the dream he made come true. It is now up to us to keep that dream alive. With your help, we will do everything we can to build on Richard’s dream and continue to educate our children. Thank you, with peace and many blessings!
The Wonder Workshop Board:
Cindy Pitts, Interim Director
Brian Niehoff, President
Wayne Goins, Vice President
Diane Washington, Treasurer
Amanda Tross, Secretary
David Griffin, Sr.
Kari Quiton Humes