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SPRING 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Mark your calendars:

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., Ball Room, KSU Alumni Center

Lou Douglas lecture by Peter Bratt

Bratt will show his new documentary Dolores and speak with the audience. Dolores explores the life and work of Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist and a founder of the United Farm Workers’ Union. Co-sponsored by the University for Mankind and the Department of American Ethnic Studies.

Thursday, March 1, 5:30 p.m.

Film screening of La Mission

Writer/director Peter Bratt’s moving exploration of Latino low-rider culture and one father’s struggle to accept the sexual orientation of his son. Co-sponsored by the Department of American Ethnic Studies and the LGBT Resource Center at K-State.

March 6-May 12, 2018

 “Here, and Now.” Kansas State University Art Faculty exhibition.

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. Opening reception

Diverse in vision, media and execution, the works in this exhibition demonstrate the visual investigations and studio practices of the Kansas State University Department of Art faculty.

February 13-May 26, 2018

“Water Stories by Lynn Benson,” 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist. Exhibition co-sponsored by the Volland Store.

Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.

Presentation by environmental journalist and award-winning author Cynthia Barnett. Q&A session moderated by Lynn Benson.

 

Thursday, April 5, 5:30 pm.

Artist talk by Lynn Benson

Lynn Benson has devoted her career to studying how human activity has affected a vitally important resource: water.  In a wide range of mediums, she represents bodies of water implicated in environmental and political struggles.

Friends of the Beach Museum of Art

The annual greeting to the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art from that year’s President traditionally notes the excitement and resurgence of energy that fall brings to both town and gown in a university community.  The community itself is renewed and charged with excitement and activity as students return to make their lives here in Manhattan.

Getting to know and work together with the lively, engaged, talented people who are the Friends of the Beach Museum Board has been a pleasure and an education to me in the last couple of years, and I encourage everyone who receives this letter to join in more active participation in the work of the Friends. This past year’s organization into subcommittees affords ample scope for many talents—hosting visitors at talks, openings, and performances, participating in educational initiatives and public outreach, engaging in research on how the public uses our galleries, and helping maintain The Meadow. Well-organized, enthusiastic people are always needed for carrying out these activities.

In this era of persistent emphasis on STEM disciplines, it is well to remember that more and more recent research is providing scientific evidence of the central importance and manifold implications of arts education and experience for human development.  Matthew Arnold was not wrong to include among “the powers which go to the building up of human life” the power of beauty, which answers to a profound need in human nature.  In the Beach Museum, we have a unique resource for the cultivation of that aesthetic–and I think I might say psychological– development.  Your ideas, enthusiasm, engagement and support can help us to reach new audiences with all that the Beach Museum has to offer, enhancing its value to clients from the schoolchildren of USD 383 who participate in the now annual Early Expressions art show, to retirees who enjoy recharging their sensibilities at our shows, or on our sponsored trips to other museums and exhibits in the region.

Look forward to a new year of imaginative, intriguing, thought-provoking experiences with the arts, and keep October 7th on your calendar for our Art in Motion Festival.  Quoting our former president, Sarah Hancock,

Invite a friend to join us! Like our college town on move-in day, the Friends experience a jolt of energy when new people arrive. New members keep our perspectives fresh and maintain our role as a strong financial contributor to the museum. Success builds on success. Look for people who feel the same spark you do, and help them grow and connect through the transformation art offers.

– Michael L. Donnelly, president

WHAT’S HAPPENING…BEHIND THE SCENES

Museum Collaborates with Local Programs to Inspire ARTFul Living

Current research shows that participation in the arts can help people develop and retain skills and live happier lives. From improving memory and cognition to stimulating our brains to produce the “reward” hormone dopamine, arts activities can enhance well-being. Under the heading Artful Living, educators at the Beach Museum of Art lead a number of arts activities tailored to adult audiences, including those with special needs. They collaborate with local organizations to provide to senior living facilities and the following programs:

  • The museum provides space and programs serving senior facilities for OSHER, a nation-wide life-long learning program for those aged 55 and older, and participates in K-State’s Center on Aging Lecture Series at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.
  • SPEEDY PD Art is part of the community-wide Parkinson’s Support Group program which meets at Meadowlark Hills. The Museum provides an annual art talk and weekly art classes during the summer. One benefit of making art for those with Parkinson’s is the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that becomes depleted in Parkinson’s patients.  Many of the artworks produced over the summer serve as prizes for the Speedy PD benefit race held in August.
  • ARTFul Memories at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community is a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) based program.  On the fourth Wednesday of the month persons with dementia and their care partners are invited to attend an interactive facilitated discussion of art images.  The Meadowlark Memory Program is free and open to the public.
  • Museum educators provide outreach and tours for Big Lakes Developmental Center.

Please contact Kathrine Schlageck or Kim Richards at the museum for more information at 785-532-7718. If you are interested in learning more about Meadowlark Hills public programs for memory and Parkinson’s support contact Michelle Haub at 785-323-3899.