By supporting The Muse Knoxville, your organization can help provide our region with a resource for early-childhood education and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) enrichment, and help make East Tennessee a great place to live, work and do business.
Read The Muse Knoxville Annual Report to understand more about the impacts made in FY 2015-2016.
Please contact Ellie Kittrell at 865-594-1494 X100 or to find out about these fundraising campaigns:

Discovery Shuttle and Space Lab  (Estimated Budget $50,000 to $75,000)
The beloved Discovery Shuttle needs a modernized update. This experience is a visitor's favorite and we want to expand the educational impact by updating the interactive experiences within the shuttle and creating a Space Lab in connection to the Shuttle.  The Space Lab will feature experiments in materials science, biomedical science and plant science with hydroponic growing areas. The hope is to make a strong connection to a variety of science topics in connection with space exploration...this is also a ripe opportunity to connect to research and innovation here in East TN in these areas.

Planetarium Sponsor  ($20,000-$30,000)  
-Paint and repair of planetarium dome
-Updated Lighting
-Removal of old A/V/Electronics board to allow for more seating
-New Show
-Naming Rights of the Planetarium available for an additional sponsorship

New Mobile Planetarium ($40,000)
Help us take an improve astronomy education program on the road! This portable, inflatable dome and digital projector allows over 60 children to take in a planetarium program at one time, right in their school or at community events.  Highly impactful branding available on the large inflatable dome.

City-Wide Play Spaces--various, ($5,000 to $25,000)
Join us in promoting the importance of play for all ages with various play spaces throughout the city. We have designs for bus-stop interactives, walk-path inspiration, park interactives and more.

Mobile Muse ($100,000)
The Muse Knoxville has the opportunity to convert a decommissioned Knoxville Area Transit bus into a mobile museum!  This concept will allow us to take a wider array of programming and exhibit activities out to rural communities, schools and community events to broaden the impact of our STEAM learning.  The Mobile Muse will offer a science lab and maker-space all in one and will be able to serve as a pop-up classroom.  This mobile museum will also allow us to expand our teacher professional development right where teachers are located--at school!

MakeSpace 2.0  ($25,000-$50,000)
Update of existing MakeSpace to be tech-enabled and program driven.  We would like to dive deeper and bring in more tools, more technology and a facilitator to manage the educational programming in this area. The space would then offer a schedule of events/activities (EX: Mon--Soldering Circuitry, Tue-Sewing Tech into Textile, Wed--3D Printing Design, Thur--Chibitronics Paper Crafting, Fri--Laser Cutting 101, etc...

REACTable Music Experience  ($10,000)
This exhibit experience allows multiple users join together around an interactive table  in creating an electronic musical composition.  This experience will inspire visitors to actively experiment and learn about sound generation while visually following the process on its tangible surface.

Everbrite Art Wall ($17,500)
Everbright is an interactive exhibit for all ages. Inspired by the Light-Brite, it’s a huge grid of hundreds of adjustable LED dials that rotate endlessly in either direction through the color spectrum. Designed to withstand the relentless enthusiasm of 10-year-old boys, Everbright is one of the few STEAM-inspired exhibits that fascinates their parents as well.

Quiet Space ($5,000)
The new Quiet Space at The Muse will offer a sensory respite for children that are over-stimulated and needing a quiet break and will also serve as a quieter spot for nursing moms.  This room will provide comfy seating, a reading nook, soft lighting, decompression interactives, a weighted blanket, etc...along with acoustic muffling of the excited sounds from the museum floor.

Outdoor Lighting ($5,000 to $10,000)
The exterior spaces of The Muse need improved lighting and a new exterior sign to help visitors identify the building and to help provide visibility and security in the evenings.  Enhancements to the exterior of the building could also offer an artistic upgrade to the space to help create a special ‘awe’ factor for children in our community.