October 17, 2021

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ICAN, Utica Children’s Museum receive $1 million gift

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A $1 million gift will boost renovation and construction of ICAN’s Family Resource Center and Children’s Museum.

The funds will be provided by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, which has been supportive of the project since its inception. The center and museum will be housed in the former Utica City School District’s administration building on Memorial Parkway in a $14 million project. 

“A project of this magnitude provides equitable opportunity not only for the agencies involved, but for so much more — our neighborhoods, our families and our region’s economy,” said Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, in a statement. 

ICAN and the Utica Children's Museum celebrate the $1 million gift from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to help renovate the former Utica City School District building on Memorial Parkway into a joint museum and family services center.

The overhaul of the Memorial Parkway property includes site improvements and parking lot, new roof and elevator, interior renovations, museum exhibit creation and the addition of a rotunda on the south side of the building. The museum will be located on the building’s second floor, while ICAN services will be housed in the remaining space. 

“This promises to be a destination where all families can meet, interact, and spend time together — those with the highest need, and those just in need of quality time,” said Steve Bulger, CEO and executive director of ICAN, in a statement. “Generations to come will benefit long into the future because of this transformational project.”

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