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.

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Scott Reiman and Bellco sponsor Free for Kids at Denver Art Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Denver muralists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios work to complete a mural in downtown Denver to celebrate Free for Kids.

Denver Art Museum trustee and Reiman Foundation President Scott Reiman is dedicated to providing all kids access to a world of art, history and culture.

Last May, Reiman, along with the Denver Art Museum, unveiled the Free for Kids program, providing free general admission to the museum for youth visitors under 18 until 2010.

Today, Bellco Credit Union is joining Reiman in his effort.

In a new, two-year collaboration with the museum, Bellco’s presenting sponsorship will support engagement opportunities, enhanced learning, educational resources and materials for youth visitors in addition to funding for outreach to underserved communities.

In addition to free general admission for youth visitors, the program also offers free general admission for school tours and other youth groups. In its first year, Free for Kids has seen an increase in school visits by more than 50 percent.

To celebrate the program and its new partnership, Denver muralists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina are creating an outdoor wall mural, funded in part by Bellco, just outside the 1515 Restaurant downtown. The mural is set to be completed soon. 

On November 22, 2016, local families grabbed their paint and paint brushes along with Barrios and Molina and Bellco and museum executives to create their own mural designs. 

Read here to learn more about the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program and its new sponsor. 

Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building Turns 10

DAM Hamilton Building

The Denver Art Museum Hamilton Building celebrates 10 years.

It’s been 10 years since the Hamilton Building was unveiled at the Denver Art Museum.The Hamilton Building was Daniel Libeskind’s first project completed in North America. The design is said to resemble the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock formations discovered in the foothills near Denver.

Since 2006, there have been 128 exhibitions on view in the Hamilton Building including: Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, Becoming Van Gogh, and Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum.  Reiman, along with the Reiman Foundation have made it possible for all kids across Colorado to have access to art through the Free For Kids program.  He is also the namesake for The Reiman Bridge that connects the Hamilton Building and North Building.

Free for Kids at DAM tops 2015

The Free For Kids program at the Denver Art Museum is made possible by Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente.

The Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum is sponsored by Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

As we head into the new year, we look back at 2015 and several important events that will shape our state for years to come.

Topping the Denver Post’s list for the most important cultural moment in 2015 is the Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum.

The program offers all kids 18 years and younger free general admission to the museum. Made possible by Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the program opens the door to the world of art for all Colorado kids and will be a driving force in the cultural education of our state’s youth for generations.

Find out more about the Free for Kids program and what other cultural moments made the list.

 

Reiman Foundation fosters learning through art

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock visits with local students at the Denver Art Museum

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock visits with local students at the Denver Art Museum. The Scott Reiman Foundation sponsors the museum’s Free for Kids program.

Denver Art Museum Director and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled the museum’s Free for Kids program on March 25, 2015.

The program provides visitors ages 18 and younger free general admission. All kids from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through the world of art.

Free for Kids is funded by a one-year grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a five-year gift from longtime DAM board member and Reiman Foundation President, Scott Reiman.

Find out more about Free for Kids program in this 5280 Magazine article.

Arts & Education Go Hand-In-Hand at DCPA

Denver Center for Performing Arts LogoThe Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) merges two of Scott Reiman’s passions, education and arts, through its Teacher & Classroom Resources. From customized training sessions to theater field trips to on-site workshops, DCPA helps teachers to integrate the arts into the curriculum. The DCPA will work with teachers to customize a program to meet the specific needs of the students.

Through the arts, students will not only practice problem solving and critical thinking, but will also further explore principles in math, social studies, health, science and language.

The DCPA is the world’s largest performance facility under one roof, spanning four blocks and 12 acres in downtown Denver.