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The Garrison Public Library will offer a special creative arts workshop event, “Mixed Media Art Classes” for adults 55+ on Mondays March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 at 1:00 pm. Participants, led by artist, Erin Thomas from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will explore a variety of mixed-media techniques using paint, ink, collage, found objects, and because we’ll be at the library, books! The event is free and participants can contact Angela Dague to register at 319-477-5531 during regular library hours or they can also register via the library’s Facebook page or website.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to offer an art program to the older adults in our community,” said Angela Dague, Library Director. “I hope they enjoy exploring their creative side in this fun group setting.”

Erin Thomas has served as Education Director for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art since 2009, and previously worked as a classroom teacher, as well as Education Director for the African American Museum of Iowa. She has been teaching in one form or another since the age of 9, and has been creating her own artwork even longer.

The Garrison Public Library was one of 18 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. 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.

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