|Studies show that cost and lack of awareness are reasons some children aren’t able to join the numerous activities available to them across the Greater Mankato area. Connecting Kids ensures every child has the same opportunity for getting involved in extra-curricular activities.
The goals of the Connecting Kids Program are to:
1. Educate parents and guardians of the opportunities in our community to get kids involved
2. Provide financial resources to the households that need them so that they can get their children involved in youth development programs.
|David Spellman and his wife, Jill, had a vision to use their love of horses to help others. In the summer of 2009, David and Jill opened their home to three foster children and recognized the impact of a loving environment coupled with equine (horse) assisted learning. Teachers and community members saw a positive change in the children’s attitudes and schoolwork. Encouragement from the community inspired David and Jill to make their dream a reality, and so, they formed Agapé Riding Center. In the summer of 2010, Agapé received its 501(c)3 non-profit organization status.
Agapé’s equine assisted learning program aims to help people connect with horses, nature, and themselves. Agapé helps foster families, reunites family members, creates confidence in people with disabilities, and provides a healthy outlet to at-risk youth. In addition, Agapé offers opportunities for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of grooming and riding horses.
Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley. His reverence for the natural world originates from his childhood in rural Wisconsin, where he developed an appreciation for experience in the land. The interconnectedness of the environment and culture has led Euclide to an exploration of how landscape (a way of viewing the land) is tied to the actual treatment and use of land.
Euclide received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and was awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Society. His work was featured in Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at MASS MoCA (March 2008-April 2009) and is currently included in the exhibition Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Euclide’s work will also be seen at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey in the October exhibition Deconstructing Nature, and in Small Worlds, opening in November at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.
|David B. Smith Gallery is Denver's venue for compelling contemporary art. Since its founding in 2007, the Gallery has been committed to presenting intelligent and culturally relevant exhibitions featuring work from some of today's most dynamic artists with growing international reputations. Through participation in leading art fairs and extensive media coverage, David Smith has cultivated a strong regional, national and international collector audience. The New York Times hailed the gallery as offering "an exciting contrast of cutting edge works." In addition to its curatorial program, David B. Smith maintains an active publishing division, which produces limited edition artist prints and monographs.