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West Bend Public Library to Offer Creative Arts Program to Older Iowans

February 12, 2019
Emmetsburg News

WEST BEND - The West Bend Public Library will offer a special creative arts workshop, "Get Creative at your Library" for adults 55+ beginning on March 4, at 5 p.m. The workshop will be offered for four weeks, and participants will be working with a different art style each week.

Participants, led by artist Margie Kohlhaas, will work with watercolors, pottery, printmaking and string art. Participants are able to sign up for only one or two classes that interests them OR try all four! There is limited space, please register early so that supplies can be ordered.

The event is free and participants can contact the West Bend Public Library to register, or for questions about the workshop schedule at 515-887-6411 or follow us on our Facebook page.

"We are excited to offer this free program to the older adults in our community," said Lisa Riesenberg, Library Director. "We encourage those interested in these workshops to invite a friend to join them. We also hope everyone enjoys working their creative muscles in a fun group setting."

Lisa continued, "Through this grant, we are working with the Stinson Prairie Arts Council. They have contracted with the artist to teach the classes".

Artist, Margie Kohlhaas, is a Graphic Design Specialist with over 25 years in the Graphics Industry. She currently works as a Print Design Specialist for a software company. She has travelled extensively and viewed many art exhibitions and taught many classes as well.

In 2018, the West Bend Public Library was one of 19 libraries in the state chosen to participate in the Iowa Arts Learning in Libraries Initiative (ALLI) program. The ALLI program, a partnership between the State Library of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council, was made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and addi- tional funding from the Iowa Arts Council.

The goal of ALLI is to partner local arts organizations with rural public libraries to engage older adults with participatory, skill-based arts programs that meet creative, cognitive, and social needs.

"I'm excited to see the programs that our librarians and arts organizations dream up for their older community members," said Alysia Peich, Continuing Education consultant for the State Library of Iowa. "Iowa librarians excel at offering valuable programs and services to their communities, and the programs made possible by ALLI will be built on the fantastic work already being done by librarians across the state."

The State Library of Iowa strengthens Iowa libraries and information access for Iowans. www.StateLibraryofIowa.org

The Iowa Arts Council empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by cultivating creativity, learning and participation in the arts. iowaculture.gov/arts

 
 
 

 

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