The International Children's Museum Foundation was established in 2006 by Dianne Sunda. The Foundation has served for 13 years as a unique In-Kind Foundation, raising donations of educational materials and professional teaching services of retired teachers.
Nearly all of the founder member teachers and parents have remained with the Foundation since it started. The programmes established have included: Family Saturday Art Workshops and Classes, Lectures by experts on Classical Art, Garden and Historic Building Presentations.
Mentoring and Tutoring is also an important part of the Foundation for participants of all ages. This area includes training of writers and illustrators for publishing. Through our program, several books have been published.
Assistance with scholarship applications is also provided. Our students have won scholarships to top private schools and renowned art workshops.
The Foundation Gallery will provide examples of our publications; work in progress and forthcoming programmes.
A selection of artwork from our children's art classes and workshops
OUR FOUNDATION PUBLICATIONS
LETTERS FROM THE ANIMALS
LETTERS TO THE ANIMALS is an endearing story book, comprised of Letters written by Mother Animals to their young. The stories are full of witty yarns to teach the young bravery, respect for the past, understanding of others and how to respect survival. In some letters, the animals even dance to their habitat music!
Inspired by the work of the late artist, Brayton Gifford, the Master Quilt Designer, Carol Wagner, artist Georgia Hamp and the story writer, Dianne Sunda, this creative storybook will warm your hearts. All ages will want to read it many times, over and over again.
THE FAT CAT BOOK OF ANIMAL SHAPES
Draw and Colour the Animal Alphabet!
A Sketch and Colouring book to accompany LETTERS FROM THE ANIMALS
THE ANNUAL SNOWY OWL CHRISTMAS STORIES
THE SNOWY OWL ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORIES have been produced for 20 years, beginning with the story about how Father Christmas selected the reindeer for his magical sleigh!
Each year a Christmas mystery take place and the Elves helping Snowy Owl surprise Father Christmas! The task is formidable and the surprises warm the generosity and magic of Father Christmas!
The Christmas stories are shared with community magazines and with schools.
THE BUGS THAT BUGGED THE BUGS
An adventure story that captures children's artwork to portray the cleverness of the winged creatures: bugs and birds!
With Special Thanks to the Students of Hartford Central School, Hartford, New York, USA who kindly donated their artwork for the Story
MONTHLY GARDEN ARTICLES
A list of published garden topics will be forthcoming for free download
All Books are available in text and CD format
Please see contact page for details to obtain copies of publications.
HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
It was founded in 2006 by Dianne Buckley Sunda. Dianne grew up in Nyack, NY, Royalston, MA and Old Bennington, VT. She studied Art and World Literature at the University of Louvain (Leuven, Belgium) and at Williams College.
As a believer in life long learning, she earned an additional degree at Skidmore College (Saratoga, NY) and she also completed Master Programs at St. Lawrence University and Graduate Research at the London School of Economics. Her professional experiences have included working in the design department at Schumacher (NY and Paris) and in Educational Television. In addition, she has served colleges and universities as a liberal arts faculty member and as provost in America and in England. Dianne’s research and writings for the Development of Liberal Arts Curriculum (World Literature, Art, Music and Dance) has served many teacher training programs and ongoing publications, including LETTERS FROM THE ANIMALS. In addition, she is the founder of The International Children’s Museum Foundation (a unique in-kind sponsorship foundation). She, along with retired teachers, teach Saturday classes for families and they mentor aspiring writers and artists.
Dianne has written Christmas Snowy Owl stories for village children for many tidings in Britain.
THE LAUNCH EXHIBITION
Painting by Francois Edouard Finet
THE BUGS THAT BUGGED THE BUGS
Published 2006, to be reprinted in Summer 2021.
Children's Art Work submitted from America.