Carson City Children’s Museum gets new director |

Carson City Children’s Museum gets new director

by Taylor Pettaway
Luana Olsen welcomes new Children's Museum executive director Beth Ellis with the passing of the museum's logo, Carson.
Taylor Pettaway/Nevada Appeal |

Upcoming Children’s Museum events

Nov. 11 — Free admission all day

Nov. 28 — Family Ceramic Painting Day with Camille Howard

Dec. 8 — Parent’s Night Out, 5-10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum is under new leadership with the introduction of a new director.

The museum has welcomed Beth Ellis as the new executive director.

“I am very excited, I love children, I love planning programs and events and I am really looking forward to getting to know a new community because I think this community is vibrant and I see lots of excitement over the future,” Ellis said.

Ellis came to Carson City recently from Colorado where she worked as an art teacher.

“As a teacher you feel like you are full and want to branch out and this is an awesome parallel to education and I think I bring a lot to the table as a teacher,” Ellis said.

Ellis will be replacing Luana Olsen, who served as the director of the Children’s Museum for six years. Olsen will be going back to her love of teaching at the Carson Montessori School.

“I just miss teaching,” Olsen said.

With her new position, Ellis hopes to continue the hands-on concept Olsen instituted while adding in more art and science education. The museum is looking at adding a second week to their summer science camp as well as adding an art camp for the children.

“I am looking forward to seeing her do more things like that,” Olsen said.

Ellis’ goal is to work with the school district to bring exhibits and activities to the museum that can correspond with what students are learning in school.

“I would like to connect more with the STEM teaching at the Carson elementary schools and collaborate programs we can develop to fit them into their curriculum,” Ellis said. “Because my strength is in art, I would like to bring elements of art into our programming as well. We used to teach in school that art ties into all core curriculum so I want to develop that here that ties one another with art.”

“Talking with the educators, this is a possible gap — to need more art tied in and this facility can be a strong advocate to bring and use a lot of those resources to support programs.”

Though that’s her goal, Ellis said she also wants to hear from the community about what they want to see incorporated in the museum.

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