Flatiron Celebrates Museum of Mathematics

May 30, 2012 Updated: September 29, 2015

NEW YORK—One of Manhattan’s up-and-coming areas, the Flatiron District, will highlight its cultural aspects and achievements, including the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), during its sixth annual meeting on June 12.

MoMath, between Fifth and Madison avenues, will open this December. Inspiration for the new museum came from the closing of the Goudreau Museum, a small museum of mathematics on Long Island.

Glen Whitney, founder of MoMath, noticed that there are no museums dedicated to math in the United States. “Yet there was incredible demand for hands-on math programming,” their website states.

MoMath, a two-story, 19,000-square-foot institution, will have a broader set of colorful methodology to spark the interests of children with activities such as colorful geometric games and circular rides on a square-wheeled tricycle.

The museum is also currently raising money to create an exhibit in honor of Bernie Goudreau, a math teacher and founder of the Goudreau Museum. The exhibit will be at Enigma Café, a gallery filled with a rotating series of puzzles.

The meeting will also include a performance from TADA! a youth theater that trains kids from a wide range of backgrounds, especially children from low-income families. Celebrities that have come from the group include Ricki Lake and Josh Peck, actor from television series “Drake and Josh.”

Also slated for the event, General Assembly, a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship, will be receiving a Partnership Award for its positive influence on the district, such as co-hosting a number of free events for the business community.

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