Cody Deegan, a local Fallon artist, and his class of 15 students celebrated their completion of his Basic Drawing art class at the Churchill County Library on Wednesday, July 27. The art class of 15 students was made possible by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, one of 38 grants awarded to libraries and other organizations across the state to promote artistic abilities in those ages 55 and older.
In Fallon, the Library partnered with the Churchill Arts Council to conduct the seven-week class, and the completed work of each student is on display at the Library until the end of August. One should pay a visit to the Library to view these amazing pencil drawings.
Nevada Arts Council Arts Learning Specialist Maryjane Dorofachuk said of the program, “The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies had partnered with the Michelson Organization to offer this Creative Aging training. We applied for a grant with the National Assembly to hire lifetime artists to do the training, then offered it out to libraries, museums, and organizations hoping that they would come together in different parts of the state to create these workshops.” She said the funding was awarded during their 2021 – 2022 fiscal year.
Dorofachuk said that their new fiscal year just began on July 1, and her organization is in the process of determining the extent to which the program can be continued. They plan to bring the artists together from this last series to discuss what worked best, and what can be approved for the next series of classes. “We want to evaluate the program for best practices.” When asked if she thought the program would be made available again, she said she thought so. “We will meet with our director to discuss the successes, and what we can do to move it forward.”
The Creative Aging program funded a variety of creative arts mediums depending on the artists available for the area that included a variety of visual arts, ceramics, and poetry composition.
For further details about the Creative Aging art program, please see the prior article in The Fallon Post: