the big picture
IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE BOOKS LIVE & BREATHE IN A BUILDING OVERFLOWING WITH STORIES...
The Rabbit hOle is bringing a national center for children’s literature to Kansas City!
THE WORLD'S FIRST / EX * PLOR * A * STOR * I * UM /
This wholly unique experience will offer a chance to explore literature in entirely new ways. Visitors will engage with discoverable environments, embark on radically immersive narrative journeys, enjoy curated exhibits, performances, and an evolving array of permanent exhibitions.
In conjunction with the Explor-a-Storium, The Rabbit hOle will house a printing press and bindery, a library and archive, a working bookstore, and a theater. With an abundance of programming options including stage productions, writing and story labs, book-making workshops, professional development opportunities for educators, and visiting author events and residencies, The Rabbit hOle will serve as a dynamic resource for artistic, literary, and sociocultural discovery for humans of all ages.
A PLAN. A PROMISE. A BIG IDEA.
The Rabbit hOle is in the process of identifying a building that will serve as a permanent hOme where the full vision can be implemented. Since our establishment as a 501(c)(3) in March of 2015, The Rabbit hOle has made steady progress as a planning organization in the areas of capacity building, exhibit design, donor and publisher cultivation, and branding. At the same time, we’ve begun modeling some of the magic to come through a series of successful exhibit prototypes designed to demonstrate The Rabbit hOle’s aesthetic and programmatic possibilities, while delivering immediate value to the community.
Reading is a civil right. Greater access leads to greater equality. The Rabbit Hole is a visionary nonprofit center for the children’s book chartered to create a new and extraordinary experience around books that will change lives and change the way we think about literacy. By creating greater access to literature and a culture of books that embraces both readers and non-readers alike, The Rabbit Hole will give rise to new and better readers, and help build a future committed to equality. Every child deserves the cognitive and developmental benefits that a deep connection to literature delivers-- enhanced language, critical thinking, empathy and imagination. Unfortunately, read-aloud rates among parents (a primary predictor of success in school and life) haven’t risen in a generation. Only around 50% of parents read aloud to their kids on a regular basis. Literacy levels also remain flat as more temporal media become an increasing distraction. It’s time to invite readers of all ages and all abilities to engage with the book and long-form narrative in playful, artistic new ways. It’s time to honor and celebrate the role of children’s literature in American culture and how it stimulates a powerful intergenerational bond. It’s time to model a culture of shared literacy and help young and old rediscover the magic of literature-- together. It’s time for The Rabbit Hole, the world’s first ExploraStorium!