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Kauffman Museum chosen for Hands-on Experiential Learning Project (HELP)

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional arts organization serving cultural organizations in its member states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, has selected Kauffman Museum at Bethel College as one of 17 Kansas arts centers and museums to participate in the Hands-on Experiential Learning Project (HELP).

HELP provides arts and culture organizations with on-site, affordable learning opportunities that further skills in areas critical to successful nonprofits.

Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, commented, “We are very pleased to have been chosen for this project. We try very hard to make our organization a vital part of our community. Receiving hands-on training to assist us in our efforts is a real privilege.”

HELP is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Professional Development division, which develops and provides institutional advancement, capacity building and professional development opportunities for Mid-America’s constituents. HELP combines workshops, on-site consultant visits and online tutorials to assist arts centers and museums in goal-setting and evaluation.

Participating organizations will concentrate on improvements related to nonprofit governance. Training will be directed to the Kauffman Museum board of directors and museum professional staff and will focus on essential components of good governance.

Other Kansas communities selected for participation include: Arkansas City, Bonner Springs, Blue Rapids, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Goodland, Independence, Junction City, Kansas City, Lawrence, Liberal, Manhattan, St. Francis and Wichita.

Mid-America Arts Alliance is implementing HELP in Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Arts Commission and with generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation and the Capitol Federal Foundation.

For more information, please contact Rachel Pannabecker at Kauffman Museum, 316-283-1612.

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