February Briefs

By The Active Age | February 1, 2022

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Art Deco exhibit opens with WAM celebration 

The Wichita Art Museum will open a new exhibit on American Art Deco with music, dancing and a look at the movement here in Wichita. 

American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939, features more than 140 iconic works, including paintings such as Kenneth Haynes Miller’s “Show Window No. 2” (left).

Tickets to the Feb. 12 opening, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are $5. The Celebrity Jazz Band will play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., architect Dean Bradley and photographer Larry Schwarm will discuss will discuss Art Deco works in Wichita, including the city’s original airport. From 2:45 to 4 p.m., there will be dance lessons and dancing led by the Wichita Swing Dance Society.

 

New digital job center serves vets 

AARP has launched the AARP Veterans and Military Spouses Job Center, a new digital platform designed to help Kansas’s more than 211,000 veterans and military spouses compete in today’s job market, according to a news release from the organization. The job center includes a new Veterans Career Advantage Course to build on career planning and skills development to help navigate the job market. 

“The job skills, experience and character of our veterans and military spouses can be an important asset during a job search, but we know it can be a challenge to know where to start,” said AARP Kansas Director Glenda DuBoise.

The center, which can be found at www.aarp.org/vetsjobcenter, features a range of free resources:

• New Veterans Career Advantage Course, which focuses on career planning and skills development.

• The AARP Job Board features a “Veterans Wanted” filter so transitioning and former service members can quickly find employers that value their military experience.

• New AARP Veterans and Military Spouses Job Search Toolkit — a comprehensive guide to find and secure employment.

• New AARP Video: Tips for Veterans to Ace A Civilian Job Interview.

• AARP Webinar: Rethinking Work for Veterans, Military and their Families on hiring and career trends to help adapt to a quickly changing job market.  

While unemployment has decreased over the past year, underemployment continues to hold many veterans back. Two-thirds of all veteran employees reported having a job unequal to the level of skills and qualifications that they had gained in the military, according to the 2018 Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Further, two-thirds of employed active-duty spouses reported they are underemployed in some way.

Empowered Senior series returns

Warding off the winter blues is the topic of the Feb. 10 Empowered Senior session at Botanica. The 10 a.m. event is free to attend. To register, visit empoweredsenior.org.

‘Survival’ at EP

Wonder what to do if you’re ever attacked by a bear or trapped near an erupting volcano? Find out at Survival: The Exhibition, a new traveling exhibition at Exploration Place. 

According to a news release from the children’s science museum, Survival “is the world’s first and only traveling exhibition that provides practical, real-world and science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages for survival situations they may actually face in their lifetimes.” The exhibition features nine zones with immersive scenic and theatrical elements that simulate extreme scenarios.

The exhibit runs through April 24. For tickets and more information, visit exploration.org.

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