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The Columbia Museum of Art Announces New Partnership with Richland County Recreation Commission

Columbia, S.C. - The Columbia Museum of Art and the Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) formed a partnership in May to provide a broader range of services to county residents and to leverage the resources of the two organizations. The new alliance will provide high-quality programming both at Richland County parks and at the CMA.

"We are so excited to partner with the Richland County Recreation Commission so that together we can increase the number and diversity of programs offered each year for county residents," says Joelle Ryan-Cook, CMA deputy director and director of external affairs. "This is the perfect union to have a positive educational impact on county residents from our youngest learners to seniors."

The Museum received a grant through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide expanded programming for the ever-growing population of seniors in South Carolina. RCRC is now a key partner in what the CMA is calling its "Creative Age Initiative." The first collaboration offers a CMA tour and lunch program for seniors involved in activities at county parks and community centers.

The new partnership also includes field trips to the Museum for students attending RCRC summer camps, and continues this fall as the CMA provides visual arts activities at a number of RCRC after-school program sites for the 2014-2015 school year.

"Our mission statement is the reason why we chose to enter into a partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art," says Taurus L. Lewis, RCRC division head of facility operations. "This partnership will continue to allow RCRC to be dedicated to enriching lives and connecting communities through diverse recreational opportunities."

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