Baltimore Gas and Electric Company on June 12 presented $75,000 to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in a three-year commitment to provide a safe, creative learning environment where children can express themselves through visual arts activities.

BGE and the museum unveiled the new BGE Studio Workshop alongside activities and a safety demonstration from BGE personnel which included children from the Beaver Creek Child Care Center in Anne Arundel County.

As Port Discovery’s artistic learning laboratory, the BGE Studio Workshop provides opportunities for children to express themselves through visual arts activities that help develop creative thinking skills, imagination, and the confidence and desire to innovate.

“Since our founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address education initiatives, public safety, economic development, civic issues and other initiatives that help improve the quality of life for our customers and their families,” Carim Khouzami, Exelon’s Chief Integration Officer and Port Discovery Children’s Museum board member, said in a statement. “I have had the privilege of serving as a board member for the Museum since 2011 and I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact that Port Discovery has on the thousands of children, parents and teachers who visit each year.”

The mission of Port Discovery Children’s Museum is to connect purposeful play and learning. The museum provides play-to-learn experiences that ignite imagination and nurture growth.

In the BGE Studio Workshop, children have the opportunity to interact with and create pieces alongside professional artists from the community. They are introduced to new art techniques and vocabulary, and to the use of traditional and non-traditional art materials.

Each year, Port Discovery serves approximately 265,000 visitors, comprised of children from birth to age 10 and their families, caregivers, and teachers. Emphasis is placed on children and families from underserved communities, children with disabilities, and supporting the adults in children’s lives by sharing information on childhood development, parenting, and teaching through play.


Courtesy Photo/BGE’s Flickr site