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Who We Are: Vision & Mission
We envision a peaceful and connected world.
The Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center fosters peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and regional educational partnerships.
The Mariposa Museum brings the rich diversity of world cultures to New England. Through education programs, exhibits, performances and workshops, we provide a unique place for children, seniors and adults to celebrate our common humanity.
The Mariposa is a passport to the world. Our hands-on approach encourages people to explore the world through all their senses. With a special focus on children and education, we use art and everyday objects, folklore and mythology, traditions and stories to broaden awareness of both the differences and common ground between cultures.
We believe that love and compassion will transform the world. We intend to model in our behavior what we would like to see in the world. The Mariposa board and staff are committed to respect, learn from and enjoy each other, every visitor and every culture of the world.
Fellowship in Prayer
A remarkable clip from BBC that shows the diversity of the human family and the places we inhabit:
Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."
Linda Marsella: December 17, 1949 - June 20 2007
Shortly before the Summer Solstice on the evening of June 20th, 2007 the Mariposa Museum lost its butterfly, dreamer, co-founder, director Linda Marsella to cancer. The family’s wish that the museum continue in the spirit of Linda’s profound belief, that we can live peacefully in a world with mutual respect, is being carried forward by the Mariposa’s board of directors, administration, staff and volunteers.
When children are raised with respect and curiosity towards
other cultures, the world will know more peace and less war.
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