Bank of Utica commits $100,000 to project to benefit area children, families

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UTICA — The Bank of Utica has committed $100,000 to ICAN’s Family Resource Center, which will also house a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Museum. Donating toward the new Family Resource Center is the next chapter of the Bank of Utica’s longstanding support of the Children’s Museum and ICAN, officials said.

The Bank of Utica has been a longtime, hands-on partner, supporting ICAN and especially the Utica Children’s Museum in many ways, such as sponsoring school break week activities, the annual Boo Bash, the inaugural Mini Golf Classic and the Museum’s 55th anniversary event.

“Bank of Utica has had a long relationship with the Children’s Museum and we are happy to continue to work with them as they enter this new exciting phase of their history,” said Barry Sinnott, senior vice president of the Bank of Utica. “The new building will be a special asset for the Mohawk Valley and something this area has never seen. We are happy ICAN has the museum under their umbrella and I can’t wait to bring my kids to it once it is finished.” 

The $100,000 gift contributes to the overall project total of $14 million, which includes site improvements, museum exhibit design and the addition of a rotunda—a signature architectural element on the south side of the building at 106 Memorial Parkway.

“Bank of Utica’s family values have always aligned so well with ours and the care for our community they illustrate again and again is admired and appreciated,” said ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steve Bulger. “We are looking forward to continuing this relationship as we build a place that will bring joy to the region for generations to come.” 

The Family Resource Center will unite two of our region’s greatest assets: ICAN’s youth and family programs and the Utica Children’s Museum. A hub for learning, wellness, connectedness and FUN, this will be the first time that a children’s museum is co-located and partnered with a human services non-profit.

The Family Resource Center is anticipated to open this summer for services for children and families. The Children’s Museum is expected to hold its grand opening at the end of 2023.

ICAN programs such as Supervised Visitation, Healthy Families and Nurturing Parenting will be housed at the new Family Resource Center, which will also use the museum space for family bonding, confidence building and ultimately for making families stronger, the announcement said. Select ICAN administrative departments will also be housed at the new location.

The new museum will be located on the second floor and in the rotunda of the Family Resource Center. It will provide a space and be a catalyst for post-pandemic healing for all and will offer needed socialization, connection and joy as well as hands-on educational experiences aligned with school curricula to help students get back on track after an extended loss of learning, officials added.

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