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Published October 08 2012

Rourke to be more open with ‘De-Fence’ Fund

MOORHEAD – The Rourke Art Museum wants to be more open – both figuratively and literally.

The Moorhead institution recently kicked off a campaign to remove a fence around the Main Avenue building.

The “De-Fence” Fund seeks to raise $35,000 to support an expanded educational program and to create a welcoming museum experience for visitors.

“Removing the fence is a metaphor for what we’re trying to do at the Rourke,” said Tania Blanich, executive director of the Rourke in a press release. “We want to share this important community resource with the public. That means removing the financial and emotional barriers – and yes, even the physical barriers – that can prevent people from visiting an art museum.”

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation already granted the Rourke $2,000 to help take down the fence.

According to the release, the museum has been making itself more visitor-friendly all year. Days of operation have been expanded to Wednesday through Sunday. Admittance fees have been reduced for seniors and dropped for children under 12 and other changes have been made.

In the next six to 12 months, the museum will offer:

• Free weekday tours for K-12 students and senior groups.

• Free Thursday admission all day, through June 2013.

• New educational materials, including more background information on the website.

• Additional educational and informational talks, from artists, art historians and others that can provide added dimension for museum patrons.