What is CEO?
CEO stands for: Community Exhibit Outreach.
What does CEO do?
CEO gives teachers tools crafted at The Durham Museum for education-
tools that will grab their student’s attention and put learning in the
hands of the students.
What does The Durham get from CEO?
CEO is a way our museum can continue to reach out into the
community. It is an addition that will communicate the Durham Museum’s
value of the community that makes our work possible. In order to support
our mission, we as a museum must first support the hungry minds of the
How did CEO come about?
CEO was developed by asking the question of how we can recycle our
built exhibits further and increase their educational life. In our
process we continually reuse and recycle components until one of the
The item has no further use to the exhibits team.
The item breaks beyond repair.
The item will not fit in storage for future use.
The items created by the exhibits team have hours invested in them and
are great educational pieces, but there is limited space in which to
store them. The exhibit items will be stored for about a year until it
is evaluated that the space they occupy is more important than holding
onto them. Only so much can be stored, and the rest must be thrown
away, ending up in the landfill instead of in a classroom or elsewhere
enriching the learning experience of young people. Not only is CEO a
green solution, but our community’s teachers and students will benefit,
because they can receive complex, thought-provoking items.
Do the teachers even want what we have to offer?
The answer is, quite simply, yes. We donated 3 items this spring in a
pilot project. With the help of our Educational Outreach Manager who
put us in contact with Omaha area educators, we received a flurry of
responses from teachers who were interested in our pieces.
Here are a few responses.
President Nebraska Association for the Gifted Westside Middle School
“We'll take them all if we can.”
Lewis and Clark:
“We will take it at Lewis and Clark! “
Saint Peter Paul:
“Sts. Peter and Paul science dept would be interested! Can we talk?”
Based on the overwhelming response we received just for the first three
pieces alone, we are eager to establish CEO as an ongoing outreach
program at The Durham. It is a great opportunity to give back to the
community, foster a more sustainable work environment, and communicate
to the community at large about the terrific work the Durham Museum is
We received the vortex equipment in April. The Science teacher was
absolutely thrilled and can't wait to use it when we start back to
school in the fall. I will make sure that she takes lots of pictures and
the students write about their learning experience.
If the Plumb Drum hasn't been adopted, I know someone here would put it to good use. Please let me know.
We are very grateful for the support of the Omaha community.