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Grand County Summer Internship

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

A paid summer internship program for Grand County High School student.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GCHA completed the first year of the Grand County Summer Internship program with one intern for the summer of 2018. This intern worked successfully to execute an exhibit at Cozens Ranch museum. The intern also assisted with youth programming and fundraising. For 2019, GCHA will provide this opportunity to two Grand County Students, one focusing on museum operations and the other focusing on community relations.

Preschoolers for History

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Preschoolers in Grand County are invited for free to participate in hands-on learning at all four museums. All museums are available and utilized for the new Preschool program. The programs are bilingual in Spanish if needed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, the Grand Beginnings Preschool in Fraser visited both Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser and Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs. These programs are completely free for every child and adult. Museum volunteers and staff enjoy educational outreach to young children.
2018, GCHA hosted 5 preschool age programs at no cost.

Art Education in Museums

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

The free program is available to all organized children groups, from schools to service groups. Lessons include an interactive, engaging talk about art on display in the Gallery at Cozens Ranch Museum. Children learn to recognize the value of art in the community, and how art communicates values and appreciation of their environment. After an interactive chat with an art educator, children attempt their own drawings to take home.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our new Art in Museums programs engages with all ages of youth and is adaptable to interest, knowledge and abilities. The Boy Scouts of Fraser Valley really enjoyed this new program. At subsequent visits, the youths remembered the lessons and value of contemporary art.

History Outreach for Educators

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Teachers

Description

In 2017, GCHA saw the need to outreach to educators throughout the county to hear what they need in the classroom. The purpose of the program is for GCHA to create new educational standards for Grand County schools. By better understanding the needs of each school, classroom and teacher, GCHA can provide more useful and beneficial educational programs. An other goal is to be a leader in educating the teachers of Grand County about Grand County history and culture. GCHA offers educators a free or $10 GCHA Membership for a year for attending one of the outreach sessions, which are planned more as an informal get-together to encourage participation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Outreach to Teacher program is in its infancy. With such outreach to the educators, however, GCHA has experienced increased school programs at the museums (all free). In 2017, success was measured by the attendance of the West Grand superintendent to an Outreach Program, and one West Grand teacher created a whole new educational packet for viewing Cozens Ranch Museum.
GCHA is continuing this program through outreach to educators in Grand County for the 2018-19 school year.

Free History in Schools & Museums

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Families
Teachers
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

GCHA reaches into the public and private school systems throughout Grand County, with free educational programs. The themes available for informal learning include Early Transportation, Ute Indians, Immigrants, and Pioneers and Ranching. Each theme has a trunk of artifacts, maps and other informal learning tools. The programs are conducted in the classroom and offered for free.

GCHA also offers free tours of all museums to all youth in schools. Currently GCHA serves close to 400 school children annually with free tours in all four GCHA museums.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Based on evaluations, GCHA annually improves the offerings to the schools, including for example, improved educational handouts and more educational artifacts. Program success is quantified by the actual number of classes and children engaged in the history activities.

GCHA Volunteer Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

GCHA has a strong commitment to and values its volunteers. GCHA provides regular orientation, training, annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, and free admission for volunteers to events and fundraisers.

GCHA has a high retention rate of volunteers, circa 80-85%, many have been volunteers since the GCHA founding in 1974. GCHA continually recruits new volunteers to add to the history and cultural family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GCHA shows success in its Volunteer Program through
1) increase in number of volunteers
2) increase in overall volunteer hours
3) increase in youth volunteers
4) volunteers who increase their commitment level to join committees and the board
5) evaluation of volunteers and their satisfaction with GCHA
6) increase in number who attend the Volunteer Appreciation Party.

Peopling of Grand County

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Native Americans/American Indians

Description

Series of Programs, Exhibits, and Presentations
Where: throughout Grand County, at schools, museums & libraries.

Theme: Like the United States as a whole, Grand County is a melting pot of people from all over the globe. However, step into most any Grand County establishment and a visitor will see mostly white faces. Does this mean that Grand County is racially and ethnically homogeneous? The average visitor would most likely be left with this impression. By initiating a "Peopling of Grand County" series of exhibits and programs, GCHA seeks to dig deeper to correct this superficial view of Grand County populations.

The purpose for Peopling of Grand County is to inform our citizens, children and visitors of our shared and diverse cultural heritage. Through an understanding of human migrations through time and up to the present, our citizenry will more fully appreciate and respect our common struggles and successes.

The pioneer family searching for wealth and planting roots in Kremmling is the same story repeated 150 years later, as today a young Latino or Lithuanian family crosses into Middle Park to find a better life for themselves and their family. Peopling of Grand County presents an opportunity to celebrate our common and diverse cultural heritage, promote compassion for one another throughout Grand County, and ultimately illuminate who we are as a community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

1) increase in program attendance
2) increase in diversity of attendees in terms of culture and ethnic backgrounds
3) active participation in hands-on workshops
4) positive evaluations, adjustments to programs based on evaluations

Traveling History Trunks

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Grand County History Traveling Trunks

Available: Year Round
Where: All Grand County Schools, Senior Centers, 4 H Clubs, and Community Organizations that want to learn about local history.
When: Call to schedule appointments, 970-725-3939
Cost: Free presentations with GCHA staff and/ or volunteers
History trunks for schools are based on Colorado State curriculum standards. For the general public, adjustments are made for age-appropriate materials in a fun way to teach history to youth, the elderly, and the general public. Presentations vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

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Evidence of Program's Success

1) number of organizations requesting Traveling Trunks
2) number of repeat requests from each group
3) level of individual/ student engagement assessed by excitement, questions asked, and student grasp of material.
5) positive feedback in evaluations

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