Novant Health, an integrated network of hospitals, physician clinics, and outpatient centers, has made a $20,000 annual gift to Kaleideum to support initiatives to increase accessibility to the museum and its educational opportunities.

“Novant Health has been a wonderful supporter in creating an accessible and inclusive museum in our community,” said Elizabeth Dampier. “We are so appreciative of this gift, which enables us to better promote our Community Access Passes available in Forsyth County Public Libraries.”

Kaleideum has long been a partner with Forsyth County Public Library to offer admission to the museum with no cost barrier. The Community Access Pass is similar to a week-long membership and can be checked out with a valid Forsyth County Public Library card from any library location. The Community Access Pass allows adults and children living in the same household to have free admission to the museum as many times as they wish during the seven-day period. General admission to the museum is $10 per person.

“As we come out of the pandemic and focus on the future and opening of the reimagined Kaleideum in downtown Winston-Salem, we also wanted to renew our commitment to accessibility and inclusion,” Dampier said. “Novant Health is a core partner in that vision.”

“We’re proud to help ensure that everyone has access to the many fun, educational and family-friendly opportunities that Kaleideum offers right here in our community,” said Chad Setliff, senior vice president, Novant Health, and president of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and greater Winston-Salem market. Setliff is also currently serving as chair-elect of Kaleideum’s board of directors and will begin his term as board chair this summer. “Both Kaleideum and Forsyth County Public Library understand the many unique challenges that factor into the overall health of our community. We will continue to work together to find new and innovative ways to remove barriers to care and to create opportunities that will drive learning, creativity and upward mobility in this community.”

This vision was manifested recently during the North Carolina Science Festival, a month-long, statewide celebration of the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Novant Health held a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Kaleideum North for ages 5 and up.

“We feel it is very important to be a trusted place where the community can come to learn about science and the importance of community health and safety,” Dampier said. “We look forward to many more collaborations to increase public health and education in our current location and in our new building that will open by 2024.”

This announcement comes after Novant Health recently committed to a $2 million gift to Kaleideum, the largest Winston-Salem area gift in the health system’s history. The gift will be designated for the museum’s new iconic rooftop experience and an exhibition uniquely designed for Kaleideum’s future downtown location.