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Museum of Friends

Visit MOF to discover the Art History of Southern Colorado. The first museum of Counter Culture Art in the US presents socially engaged programs to the community and visitors from Colorado. MOF is housed in the Historic Roof and Dick Building built over 100 years ago and is currently restoring it.

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Annual Fund

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Teachers

Description

Annual fund program costs include general programming, operational expenses, publication production, and keeping the building open and in good shape for visitors to experience the musuem

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Museum of Friends opened in 2005 and became a 501 (3) 3 in 2007. The programs and educational opportunities continue with MOF gaining more popularity in the community, the tourism industry, with press and media coverage and a growing membership base. MOF continues to provide family programming and a place for tourists 12 months out of the year.

Exhibitions and Public Programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Disabled
Families
General population

Description

MOF's exhibitions and public programs offer an alternative tourist destination for visitors and community members alike. The changing exhibition program is designed to meet our audience needs by offering unique and relevant show that transform one's everyday experience. Often they compliment the largely unknown "Art History of Southern Colorado." The permanent collection is on view on the 2nd floor highlights the history of the last 50 years with many of the works created by artists from the Counter Culture. Two yearly regularly scheduled exhibits are offered on the ground floor "EARTH" and "El Dia de los Muertos." These are an open call and we invite artists from all parts of the country to participate. Exhibitions and public programs are at the heart of all that MOF does in the community to strengthen and support economic growth in Walsenburg while providing positive activities to make it a more livable community. The public programs include: films at the Fox Theater; Artists talk on Art tour series; public lectures and symposiums on the role of the contemporary artist in today's society.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the last opening for "LIbre 50th & Friends" on July 4, 2018 over 120 people attended with a public performance by Tomas and his Azlan Drummers and Dancers. Amazing since the Spring Creek fire was happening and threatening most of the attendees who choose to come out for the event. Families, children, people with disabilities were present to celebrate and participate in a rain dance. It rained the next day, not much but enough to help eventually slow down the fire. The community supports MOF and over the last 11 years has come to expect quality programming and exhibitions.

School Tour Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

Art is the vehicle for learning at MOF and specific to each program's goal. Guided tours of the current featured exhibits and permanent collection followed with hands-on activities are presented to kindergarten through high school aged students. Special emphasis is placed on healthy choices for recreational activities, Colorado Active Learning Principles and Civic Pride in one's community. Please visit www.museumoffriends.org for a "Menu" listing, a Power-Point Presentation and updated dates and times for the following:School-Tour Program is offered to kindergarten through high-school aged students. Suggested fee $5.00 per student with fee reduction based on need. Begun in 2007 this is MOF's oldest running community educational program. The program begins with a pre-visit discussion with participating teacher on the students' curriculum goals. An exhibit tour is followed by a hands-on project (art or writing,) that integrates the child-centered learning approach with the art experience and curriculum goals (emphasis on STEAM - science, technology, engineering and art). The program meets regularly during the school year, mid-August through the end of May, Tuesday through Thursday.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016 and 2017 over 600 students from the area participated with their teachers. The population for the whole county is about 4500. Since 2007 over 100 classes ranging from pre-k through high school have benefitted from the art collections housed at MOF. Arts in Education is a new concept in Southern Colorado and each year MOF brings more students through its exhibitions and recently began providing classes in the schools.

Early Childhood Creativity Imagination Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Native Americans
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Teachers

Description

Early Childhood Creativity Summer Program Ages Pre-School - age 5 meets twice weekly beginning early June through mid-august. Suggested fee $10.00 per student with scholarships available. The students work on a variety of painting, drawing, decorating utilitarian objects and movement activities related to the museum's current exhibitions, with an emphasis on story telling, literacy, simple math skills, manual dexterity, cognition, recognition of the emotional spectrum and creativity building and its expression.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Early Childhood Creativity Imagination Program has filled a gap in educational opportunities for this age level in Walsenburg. The program has morphed from Toddler Tuesdays which did not address a large enough audience to be sustainable. Today, MOF serves over 200 pre-schoolers during the summer and another 100 during the school year. The popularity of this program is evidenced in the newly designed Friday Pre-School Program that will meet weekly for the next school year beginning in September 2018.

Friday Art Lab

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Families
Parents

Description

Friday Art Lab Ages 5-17 (Adopt a Planter Box with Inter-generational Service Learning) Suggested fee $10.00 per student with scholarships available.

This art program focuses on "Service Learning for the Whole Community." It meets May through November from 1 to 3 pm on Fridays and is intergenerational. "Adopt-a-Box" started out as downtown beautification and became a way for volunteer adults, and senior citizens to work hand in hand with our local children. The planter boxes were designed, built and decorated by the youth and adult volunteers. Local businesses and individuals purchased a planter box as a way to promote art and creativity within our developing youth.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Friday Art Lab began over 8 years ago and has partnered with many local youth and senior citizen organizations to encourage learning while giving back to the community. The planter box beautification project is on-going and each year becomes more popular. Local businesses have been very supportive of the program by purchasing a planter box that the youth, senior citizens, and people with disabilities create. It also helps to bring color and life to the streets of Downtown Walsenburg.

"Save the Roof and Dick Building" Capital Improvement

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Blind & Vision Impaired
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

MOF's capital improvement plan to save the historic Roof and Dick Building will impact generations for years to come. Since 200§ MOF has offered an alternative tourist destination for visitors and community members alike. Right in the hear of Downtown Walsenburg the historic building constructed over 100 years ago by prominent architect and head of the National Architects Board Francis Cooper trained at Cornell University shared his aesthetic with Fred O. Roof and George Dick. These two friends who had the entrepreneurial spirit commissioned the building in which the museum sits. It is in need of restoration to bring it into the future. The plan includes: masonry repair (restoring the facade to its original); an elevator to the 2nd floor; a state of the art staircase directly from the ground floor galleries to the 2nd; expanded classroom and gallery spaces; a long distance learning lab; a museum cafe; restoration to the foundation and structure; and an expanded gift shop. The restored building will be ADA accessible and energy efficient.

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Evidence of Program's Success

History Colorado has awarded MOF a State Historic Fund Grant to begin phase one. Through foundation and private support MOF has raised the needed 25% to begin construction. During the GALA fund-raiser in 2017, "Save the Roof and Dick" over 180 people attended. We continue to sell donated art works on MOF's website: "Art for Sale" shop that were part of the event.

International Artist in Residency Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Teachers

Description

The MOF International Artist in Residency Program launched in 2012 with community activist/photography Zoe Childerley from London England to realize the "Where's Walsenburg?" community intervention project. Since then, four artists sent from the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw Poland to complete their "Mirage" project worked here, and more than dozen other artists have participated in the program -the last being Judy Abbott from Woodstock New York who contributed to the EARTH exhibit with her beautiful landscape of the Great Sand Dunes in 2017. MOF is planning a Walsenburg Plein Air "Paint Out" with a number of visiting AIRs in the spring of 2019.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The success is known by the amount of inquiries we get regarding the program. We have hosted very interesting artists from around the world who contribute to the local economy, and cultural understanding of our audience. At-risk youth are especially invited for public talk, and workshops to expand their horizon.

"Thursdays is for Thinking" After-School Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Parents
Single Parents
Teachers

Description

Thursday is for Thinking (Art, Technology, Science and Math) is offered after-school during the School Year beginning in September through May. Projects explore how science, art and math intersect with technology. Students are encouraged to bring their lap tops or I Pads as we create 2 and 3 dimensional art projects while we look at the art of Leonardo da Vinci up to present day artists who were both scientists and artists. Projects include: "birds make flight;" "murals and math"; "the art of seeing - how the use of perspective changed paintings forever."

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Thursdays are for Thinking" is a newly designed after-school program that launched last year as a pilot program. It is just getting under way and is MOF's newest educational program.

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