Santa Fe Children’s Museum To Honor Philanthropist George A. Cowan, May 19 - May 10, 2012

The Santa Fe Children's Museum is changing plans for its Annual Gala scheduled for May 19 in memory of George Cowan, an honoree for this year's event, who passed away Friday, April 20. The reception for Dr. Cowan is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the SFCM, which is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The reception honoring Mr. Cowan is titled, ‘Celebrating the Learning Lab in Honor of George A. Cowan, 1920-2012.’

In lieu of their annual Gala, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is hosting a reception to dedicate the museum's new Learning Lab Project to Dr. Cowan and to honor his legacy of philanthropy and innovation.

This year's annual gala, themed "Who is Your Hero?" was planned to honor Los Alamos National Bank with special recognition of "three real-life superheroes": George Cowan, Bill Enloe, and Fidel Gutierrez. Dr. Cowan-a renowned research scientist, academician, businessman, and philanthropist-founded the Santa Fe Institute in 1984 and was a founding director of Los Alamos National Bank, serving as chairman for 30 years. He played a vital role in the Santa Fe and Los Alamos communities.

Dr. Cowan was also a generous supporter of SFCM's mission. One of his last philanthropic efforts was to fund the Museum's new Learning Lab and hands-on science exhibit in collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Learning Lab will be a space where children use old and new technologies to research, design, fabricate, and prototype hands-on exhibits and other do-it-yourself projects under the guidance, instruction, and mentorship of local artists, scientists, engineers, and educators. By using old and new technologies, children explore the mechanics of everyday objects, inventing and re-inventing their relationship to the modern world. The SFCM/SFI science exhibit will be the first project created in the Learning Lab.

SFCM continues to be dedicated to its mission to inspire a lifelong passion for learning by creating educational experiences across the arts, sciences, and cultures that encourage children and communities to explore, imagine, play, and grow together, according to SFCM publicity material.

Those who have already purchased the tickets for this year's Gala can receive a refund or choose to donate the money in Dr. Cowan's honor. The money can also be used toward the tickets for the fall event or next year Annual Gala.

There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP to Julie at 505-989-8359 ext.111 by May 16 or email the museum. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception.