Explore & More's new CEO excited to arrive in Buffalo
The new chief executive officer of the Explore & More Children's Museum is looking forward to leading the institution's construction of a new downtown Buffalo center, and providing the same interactive learning experiences that helped him remain interested in learning as a youngster.
Douglas Love was raised in the Midwest but told WBFO he has close friends and extended family in the Buffalo area. He moved from Los Angeles to take his new job.
"The opportunity to create a brand new museum on Canalside, that is really at the forefront of the revitalization of Buffalo, is just so exciting to me," said Love. "The opportunity to investigate what a 21st Century children's museum looks like, to incorporate the newest ideas in children's education, and learning through play and imagination and building a citizenry in Buffalo of kids who want to learn and get excited about activities that engage their imagination, and spark new ideas for them was just very, very exciting."
Love brings 25 years of experience creating arts-minded educational materials and literature including World Book Encyclopedia's Dramatic Learning online program. He wrote a stage adaptation of Marlo Thomas' "Free To Be You and Me," which was produced by a company whose tour included performances at Shea's in the early 1990s. Love wrote 17 books for HarperCollins, including one that included scripts and props and encouraged readers to produce their own stage shows.
As he explained to WBFO, Love believes children learn best through play. It's how he kept an interest in learning.
"For me to retain information I needed to get up and do a dance about it, or sing a song about it or pretend to be it," he explained. "Then I could understand these concepts, even in math and in science."