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Armstrong’s Public Library to get Creative

The Armstrong Public Library is the recipient of grant money to be used for art programs for individuals 55 and over.
Beginning Monday, April 16, citizens age 55 and older are able to gather at the Armstrong Community Center for a series of four classes. Registration is required and that can be done by contacting the Armstrong Public Library at 712-868-3353.

Clay handling will be the first two classes held on April16 and 23. Metal jewelry making will be the second set of classes held on April 30 and May 7. All four classes will be taught by Holly Zinn, PLAC.
Armstrong Librarian Ginger Fortescue said, “We have had a great response, there are only a couple slots open”.

The State Library of Iowa was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to partner with the Iowa Arts Council on a project that will provide hands-on arts programming for seniors living in 18 Iowa communities with populations less than 2,500. The goals of the project include:
--Partnering local arts organizations with public libraries to engage older adults with skills-based arts programs that meet creative, cognitive, and social needs;
--helping rural public libraries develop ongoing partnerships with local arts organizations; and
--adapting the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries (CAT4PL) for rural communities.
The Iowa Arts Council, which awards it's own grants to arts organizations across the state, identified 20 counties that have not been served by their grants in recent years. Emmett County was included among those identified by the Arts Council. Because Armstrong’s library serves a community with a population less than 2,500, they were invited to apply for participation in the project.
Participation required several things from the librarian or the person assigned to the project. There was a required three hour face-to-face training where Librarian Ginger Fortescue received information about the program and had the opportunity to meet a representative from a local arts organization identified by the Iowa Arts Council. She then had to do a short needs assessment to determine what types of classes older adults in our community would like. Collaborating with the arts organization identified by the Iowa Arts Council, Fortescue committed to organizing, marketing, and hosting four, 60-minute classes between March and May, 2018.
The cost of the classes, the materials, and travel to the required in-person training was and will be paid for with grant funds.

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