Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An Indie Author's Exploratorium Dream Part 5

An Interview with Indie Author Mark Angelo Askew - Part 5 of 5

What dream do you hope will come true in your lifetime? 

Mark - "Two things. World peace. It's not a dream to me. It's a hope and a reality. I know this will come true soon. It is inevitable. There will be interventions along the way that make this a certainty. We are on a path toward it. It is written in the Bible canon manuscripts and in our genetic makeup. We are on a collision course with this reality. It is both of our own making and that by Design. We fight it, seemingly prolonging it but it will come to fruition to mend, heal, love, and unify like no other time in history."

And what of the other Dream?

Mark - "The other dream is also a reality in the making. I am presently working with over 28 children in the arts and entertainment field. Our experiences have deeply impacted them and their families for good. I'm seeing something more than silliness and laughter. Another way of sparking deep joy, happiness, purpose and solidarity, the building blocks of meaningful and lasting relationships.  The part that I hope to be a dream come true is housed in the story I recently wrote and illustrated. It's about a bear who builds an exploratorium. After he completed it, the very next day children from miles around come in bus loads to enjoy the inventions on display and hear stories about adventures exploring."

Tell us more about your Exploratorium Dream?

Mark - "It's much like the Exploratorium in my new book, "The Adventures of Chester Peabody Bear In Mural Land."  Chester, an explorer and master inventor carries around a bag of inventions when out on expedition. He entertains children from around the world at his Exploratorium home high up in a giant oak tree. The exploratorium as many displays of inventions and secrets of the forest. It also has a high power rotary telescope that can zoom in on the tiniest objects in the forest, or zoom out and view the entire forest in one panoramic sweep by day and peer into the galaxy at night.

I am spearheading a crowdfunding campaign to fund the acquisition of a building that would serve a children's Exploratorium, complete with window room, rotation telescope, high powered microscope, storybook corner, movie theater, arts and craft studio, playhouse and playground where kids can come after school and on weekends to read books, watch educational how-to videos, build robots and enjoy fascinating sky shows.

Floating iridescent vesicle shows

There will be special shows at different times of the day and week. Floating iridescent vesicle shows are our specialty and highlight of the day. Children will learn the art and science of bubble-ology. Flying shows will include building projects where kids make real flying machines. Theater quality plays and cinema enable children to participate in movie script writing and playwrighting for theater performances. Children will also learn how to compose and record music, sing in a chorus and make videos of their experiences for a new online entertainment channel for the family by the family."

A structure of that caliber could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. How do you plan to fund such a project?

Mark - "I don't believe in getting into debt. So that's not an option. That said, the building would have to be bequeathed or willed or granted or funded by supporters. I'm always open to creative funding ideas. Who knows a bestseller and crowdfunding may be all that's needed to make the dream a reality.

For learn how to support Fimark's Family Entertainment Network Channel and the Children's Exploratorium project go to