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Blue Rapids Museum Chosen For Learning Project

Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional arts organization serving cultural organizations in its member states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas has selected the Blue Rapids Museum of Blue Rapids, Kansas as one of 17 Kansas museums to participate in the Hands-on Experiential Learning Project (HELP). HELP provides museums with on-site affordable learning opportunities that further skills in areas critical to successful museums today.

Pat Osborne, President and Lori Parker, Vice President of the Blue Rapids Historical Society commented, “We are very pleased to have been chosen for this project. We try very hard to make our organization a vital part of our community. Receiving hands-on training to assist us in our efforts is a real privilege.”

HELP combines workshops, on-site consultant visits, and online tutorials to assist museums in goal-setting and evaluation. Participating museums will concentrate on improvements related to nonprofit governance.

Other Kansas communities selected for participation include: Arkansas City, Bonner Springs, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Goodland, Independence, Junction City, Kansas City, Lawrence, Liberal, Manhattan, North Newton, St. Francis and Wichita. (Blue Rapids is running with the Big Dogs!) Mid-America Arts Alliance is implementing HELP in Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Arts Commission and with generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, and the Capital Federal Foundation.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.