Expanded Programming Coming to Loveland Museum – Loveland Reporter-Herald

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Thanks to a generous grant from Colorado Creative Industrustries, the Loveland Museum will offer new programs and services to patrons beginning in late summer.

On Tuesday, Loveland City Council officially approved an additional $100,000 budget appropriation for the museum, which will go toward art and history lessons, additional Spanish-language materials, and the launch of the new printing press at the beet.

“We were very excited to get it,” Jennifer Cousino, curator of the history museum, said of the grant. “It’s a lot of money, and it all goes into arts-related programming, which we do.”

The funding comes from the Colorado Arts Relief Fund, a state initiative to direct congressional pandemic relief to eligible individuals and organizations in the arts industry.

The terms of the funding prohibit the use of funds for anything other than “operations and activities,” including capital improvements and major equipment purchases. It also specifies that the money must be spent by September 14.

According to Cousino, this last condition should be easy to fulfill. Indeed, work has been underway for a few months at the future printing works, which has been on the wish list “for many years”.

“It’s an opportunity for artists in the city to have some time with the print shop, create their own artwork, and then have the artists run workshops for people who want to learn and create their own. own prints,” she said.

The store will be housed in the Beet Education Center, a 26,000 square foot addition to the museum with classroom and community space. Formerly the home of the Loveland Reporter-Herald at 201 E. Fifth St., it was purchased by the city in 2019.

The main feature of the shop will be a professional-grade printing press, which was purchased with donations to the museum following a vandalism incident in 2010, according to Cousino.

“We brought in the press with the idea that we would have the opportunity to set up a small print shop and we are finally doing it,” she said.

The grant also provides sufficient funding for a print shop contractor and artist to consult on shop setup, as well as a sink and new supplies. Cousino said a smaller printing press could also be added in the future, which is “more manageable for children’s classrooms”.

With some additional work remaining and artists to hire, Cousino is planning a fall start for print classes.

In addition to the print shop, the grant will also allow the museum to offer additional history and art classes at the Beet Center. There are also plans to create an art research library, using recently donated books.

An “electronic art exhibit” is also in the works in downtown Loveland, with images projected onto historic buildings. The museum is currently working on plans for the event with the Loveland Downtown Partnership and the Downtown Development Authority.

The museum is also hiring a translator to translate exhibit text and other materials into Spanish, and is doing a second printing of Mariano Medina’s bilingual coloring books, efforts to attract a wider segment of the community to the museum.

“We just want to make our experience more accessible and our communications broader,” Cousino said.

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