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MY Museum


To provide an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish, while both children and adults learn together through experience.

The Big Idea

There is no shortage of research supporting the benefits of bringing children to museums, encouraging curiosity and initiating lifelong learning. Exposure to hands-on exhibits encourages questions, boosts language development and sparks ideas. Family bonding is fostered, too. After an extremely successful two months at the CSUMB Center for Arts and Culture in Salinas this past summer, MY Museum is ready to take the interactive MY Town exhibit on the road. MY Town provides an environment where kids play and learn, teaching them about the world and modeling characteristics found in healthy, vibrant communities. Children hop on bikes and travel through “town” while learning traffic and bike safety skills. Books are available to foster reading and language development, available for families to take home. There is a makerspace, where interdisciplinary learning, inquiry, risk-taking, crafting, tinkering and creativity are encouraged. The Building Zone also has a spot as an incredible play system for unlocking children’s creative spirit through design. MY Town hopes to visit South County in 2020.

Thank you for creating this special place for the kiddos in Salinas! I’m so sad it is temporary, but grateful our kids got the chance to enjoy it during the summer.

- Elizabeth Finley

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.