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.