The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 21, 2013

410 art class for kids with disabilities; Comedian Josh Blue coming to Kato

410 hosting art event for kids with disabilties

MANKATO — Before switching to special education, Elise Cronin was an art major at Minnesota State University.

So, it's only natural she believes in the power of artistic expression.

"I think it's important to foster and encourage that creative element all kids are born with," said Cronin, vice president of the MSU chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, an organization devoted to providing opportunities and resources to children with disabilities.

Through her chapter, Cronin has organized the Art Creation Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the 410 Project, 523 S. Front St. in Mankato. The free event is open to children up to 21 years of age with any disability; art work will subsequently be displayed in the 410 gallery. In addition, the proceeds from any art that is sold will go directly to the artist.

The MSU chapter solicited donations from businesses to purchase art supplies and an iPad, which will be given away during a drawing at the event.

For more information, contact Cronin at

Comedian Josh Blue performing in Mankato

MANKATO — Comedian Josh Blue performs 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mankato City Center Hotel.

Tickets are $25 at the door ($20 in advance) and available by phone at 800-838-3006 or online at

From the comedian's promotional materials:

"Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the 'cerebral' in cerebral palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. ... Most recently, Josh debuted a new special, "Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue," which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. ...

"Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s "Mind of Mencia" and his story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC. He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly. ... Josh is also a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" and "The Mancow Show." ... Josh maintains an active role on the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games."

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