Biennial Report 2014-15

January 2014 through February 2016 Introduction

These were exciting years for the Museum of Friends with 9 changing exhibitions on the ground level and three on the second floor. More community individuals and families became museum members, 67 to date. Funding was granted from major State and Federal sources including: The Colorado Creative Industries (twice); The Anschutz Family Foundation (twice); The Kenneth King Foundation; Bessemer Historical Society; The Laura Jane Musser Fund; Bar NI Fund; Walmart: Safeway; The City of Walsenburg and 25 individual donors, 2015, 12 in 2014. This support provided scholarships in the Friday Art Lab., low-cost “School-Tour” Programs for local k12 children; outreach programs to the schools, and alternate sites. These funds also helped to provide public programs with collaborative partners such as the Fox Theater; Rocky Mountain PBS; HULA (Huerfano and Las Animas Early Childhood Programs); The Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth; Las Animas and Huerfano County Developmentally Disabled Workshop; the Spanish Peaks Early Childhood Center and the Veterans Home. The Made in Walsenburg Shop helped to supplement the income of over 24 local artists and craftspeople while creating one new part time position “Gift Shop Manager.” MOF continues to work with the SER (Senior Employment Resource) and had 3 trainees during this year. The in-kind support was the equivalent of $24,757.00 toward payroll. Volunteers continue to be attracted to our facility for learning and enjoyment. In this last year alone 28 individuals helped to present programs, prepare for exhibitions, assist in children’s and adult workshop. In January, 2016 History Colorado listed the museum’s building “The Roof and Dick” as a certified Historic Property on the State Register.

Read the full Biennial Report for 2014-15