As a young child in South Boston, I didn’t feel that museums belonged to me. They existed outside of who I was, where I belonged, and certainly not something I could see as a career choice. Now, having spent my career in design, education, and museums, I know how untrue that narrative was. But I also recognize the importance of access to creativity on a personal level. The opening of the Creativity Initiative in 2019 marked an important step for PCM and the children of southern New England. Here, children know that this welcoming and joyful spot to play is theirs. Our access programs make sure that no matter what their circumstances, we are their spot to play. And we want all the grown-ups in their lives to understand that this is the first stop on their children’s cultural pathway – that their ownership of this cultural institution will lead to a greater comfort and passion for creativity, arts and the other cultural institutions they may visit, contribute to, or lead.