A century of mentoring at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

bbbs100logoThis year is the hundredth anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado mentoring programs. Since 1918, BBBS of Colorado has offered programs that match adults (Bigs) and youth (Littles) for mentoring relationships.

The organization provides programs that are community-based, sports-centric, and/or academics-focused. Bigs and Littles foster connections through meetings and participating in events and activities together.

With these programs, Littles develop self-confidence, improve academically and develop healthy habits that continue into their adult lives. This demonstrates the lasting impact of the program on its members.

On October 18, BBBS of Colorado marked their centennial at the Big Night Out Gala. The event gathered community leaders, philanthropists, along with current Bigs and Littles. It honored volunteers and corporate partners that helped throughout the organization’s century-long effort to guide Colorado youth.

Scott Reiman is an avid supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. He spent several years volunteering as a mentor and recognizes the connections it has for former and current members. He congratulates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado on 100 years of mentoring Colorado’s Littles towards big futures.

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Denver Art Museum unveils exclusive Rembrandt exhibit

Now through early next year, the Denver Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. to host Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. 

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait in a Cap, Wide-Eyed and Open-Mouthed, about 1630. Etching and drypoint; 2.09 x 1.81 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography.

The exhibit includes nearly 100 prints from throughout Rembrandt’s 40-year career. It looks at his evolution of printmaking and the craft. It also examines how he combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. On display includes several self-portraits as well as still life, biblical, allegorical, genre and landscape pieces.

While the exhibition centers on Rembrandt’s printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings are also on view.

The exhibition is included in general admission and thanks to the Free for Kids program, is free for youth ages 18 and under. Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation sponsor the Free for Kids program and support initiatives that offer kids access to art and cultural experiences.

Denver Muralist collaborates with local youth

Denver muralist Jaime Molina is partnering with a few local young artists to showcase their talents at the Denver Art Museum.

When visitors explore Molina’s “Past the Tangled Present” installation, they will not only see Molina’s whimsical work, but also 30 artworks created by youth ages 12-18 who collaborated with Molina to create their own project inspired by the exhibit while also showcasing their own style.

Over the summer, Molina held a series of workshops for kids from Denver Public Library’s Montbello Branch ideaLab and the William E. Cope and Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Past the Tangled Present” is on view at the DAM through September 9. This exhibition is included with general admission, which is free for members and youth ages 18 and younger thanks to the Free for Kids program.

Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation are a proud sponsor of Free for Kids and support programs that give students across the state access to art and cultural experiences.

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Denver muralist Jaime Molina collaborates with local kids on “Past the Tangled Present” at the Denver Art Museum. 

Big Brother Big Sister of Colorado play ball with the Denver Nuggets

In honor of National Mentoring month, more than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took to the court for a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets.

Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the chance to enhance their three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and more. It gave each kid the opportunity to feel like All-Stars said Mike Fye, program manager.Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.

The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It offers kids from low-income families the opportunity to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.

Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He knows firsthand how positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.

 

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Photo by Big Brother Big Sister of Colorado

Reiman Foundation donates to Discovery World

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A rendering of Discovery World’s planned expansion. Courtesy of BizTimes: Milwaukee Business News.

Discovery World broke ground in downtown Milwaukee on an $18 million expansion project.

The science and technology center’s 20,000 square foot expansion project is funded entirely by private donations. The largest donation is from the Reiman Foundation.

 

The expansion includes a new pavilion that will be used year-round for special events along with converting one of the museum’s two theaters into a new entrance and exhibit gallery. There will also be a new Technology Wing with two new permanent exhibits highlighting public health, medical research, health care careers and more.

This additional space will allow more visitors including students and local schools to explore more hands-on exhibits and experiences geared towards the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Discovery World is also home to the Reiman Aquarium where visitors explore underwater worlds and creatures from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Support for non-profits like Discovery World is at the heart of the Reiman Foundation’s mission. The Foundation and its CEO Scott Reiman, continue to provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit, charitable and civic initiatives throughout Milwaukee, Denver and across the United States.

Renovation set to begin on Denver Art Museum’s North Building

The Denver Art Museum is preparing to conserve one it’s greatest works of art – the North Building. On November 19, the North Building will close so art can be removed and construction on the renovation plan can begin on November 20.

The architectural rendering of the Denver Art Museum's North Building

Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects

With the North Building closure, the Hamilton Building will be open seven days a week for the first time ever to provide visitors more opportunities to experience the museum.

The $150 million renovation project will expand and update the North Building and will include a 50,000-square-foot, two-story Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center complete with conservation lab and programming and event space. Also included in the plans is a seventh-floor terrace in the North Building with outdoor access for visitors, expanded gallery space for the museum’s design and Western American art collections, new youth and education facilities and updated disabled-access and other building operating systems.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime member of the Denver Art Museum community. He has served as a museum trustee and has made the Free for Kids program possible, offering youth visitors under 18, free general admission to the museum. The Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building and North Building is named after him.