KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director, 308.865.8284

The Mid-America Arts Alliance has selected the historic Frank House, located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus, to participate in the Hands-On Experiential Learning Project (HELP), valued at $10,000

HELP, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance’s (Mid-America) professional development division, provides institutional advancement, capacity building and professional development opportunities for recipients.

According to Rachel Saalweachter, professional development assistant for the alliance, the grant provides for workshop attendance, training materials, conference attendance,  professional memberships, and consultant/field expert consultations, both on-site and by phone.

“HELP provides museums with on-site, affordable learning opportunities that further skills in areas critical to successful museums today,” Saalweachter said.

“We are so excited to have been chosen for this project,” said KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director. “We try very hard to make our organization a vital part of the Kearney community. Receiving hands-on training is a real privilege.”

“Mid-America wants to strengthen existing in-state networks, and help participant museums build a community to share challenges and solutions,” Saalweachter said. HELP combines workshops, on-site consultant visits, and online tutorials to assist museums in goal-setting and evaluation.

The Frank House is one of 20 museums chosen for the project by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is a regional arts organization that serves cultural organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. In Nebraska, HELP is implemented in partnership with the Nebraska Arts Council and made possible through the generosity of the Nebraska Arts Council, the Cooper Foundation, Sue Renken, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson. Participating museums will concentrate on improvements related to nonprofit governance. Training will be directed to museum trustees as well as museum staff, paid or unpaid, and will focus on essential components of good governance.