100 Women Group Support Community Focus Outreach Program at the Blanden

Each year, Community Focus, an outreach program for adults conducted by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum reaches over 1,900 individuals. This Program, taught by artist Sharon Balm includes creative hands-on creative arts activities for its clients and as a bonus, is an important social outlet. Community Focus serves individuals faced with disabilities and life challenges that make it difficult for them to travel to a museum or experience the arts in other ways. Quote from Sharon Balm in regard to the program: "My clients enjoy what we're doing and they are always excited that I'm there with them. Most of them are unable to drive or get out on their own for any activity either because of age,

Richard Kopp "What the Blanden Means to Me!"

Richard Kopp is one of the first artists that I met when I started at the Blanden. I enjoy the friendship I have with Richard and always enjoy his wonderful creations. The following is an article based on an interview I had with him on March 10, 2018. Richard Kopp is a local artist, who, as he would tell you, has never traveled more than 50 miles outside of Fort Dodge in his whole life. This is not entirely true; Richard, like all young men of a certain age, was drafted into the Army and was sent to Korea five years before the start of the Korean War. He was always small, but he was a fighter. This fighting - and never give up attitude was something that shaped his entire life. He said, “

June - August 2020 
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