Tuesday, January 4, 2011

National Corvette Museum in Running for Pepsi Refresh Grant

The National Corvette Museum is competing during the month of January for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant to develop and build a KidZone within the museum. In 2010, Pepsi launched the Pepsi Refresh Project, awarding over $20 million in grants to over 400 ideas, and this project is one of 1,000 ideas submitted and approved nation-wide for the final round of voting.

The planned KidZone will expose children to ‘real world’ science and math, giving the 146,000 annual visitors to the Museum the chance to educate their children about the automotive industry and how it affects their everyday life. Interior design students from Western Kentucky University worked with museum staff to develop design proposals for the nearly 500 square foot space, incorporating a number of hands-on activities, colors, imagery and themes which focus on the automotive world and Corvette.

Each round, Pepsi awards two $250,000 grants, ten $50,000 grants, ten $25,000 grants and ten $5,000 grants. Grant categories include health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, neighborhoods and education. Voting began January 2 and concludes on January 31. Voters can vote for up to 10 different projects every day through the Pepsi Refresh website, Facebook and texting.

To learn more about the National Corvette Museum’s KidZone project, visit http://www.refresheverything.com/corvette. You can also vote when you visit this site by clicking the VOTE link, then logging in to your Facebook account from the Pepsi page to vote, or sign-up for a free Pepsi Refresh account. To vote by phone, text 105439 to 73774. There is no charge to vote other than your normal text messaging rates.

The National Corvette Museum is the ‘Gateway to All Things Corvette’ and a member-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. Weekly news on the latest Corvette developments, racing updates, event features and raffles are available by subscribing to “NCM eNews” at: corvettemuseum.org/ncmenews. Dedicated to the mission of celebration, education and preservation, the Museum is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT - located at Exit 28 on I-65 in Bowling Green, KY.