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 Now Part of Google Art Project

In 2012, the Denver Art Museum, one of the world’s leading repositories of western American art, as well as a total collection of 70,000 pieces from artists and cultures around the world, announced its participation in the Google Art Project. The collaborative online program allows hundreds of museums all around the world to showcase some of their most popular and important holdings.

The Google Art Project, begun in 2011, works to bring an arts education to people of all backgrounds, ages, and locations. The project’s virtual tours and high-resolution reproductions represent a significant step in democratizing access to major cultural works. Participating museums, in addition to the DAM, include the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, the Tokyo National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and renowned general and specialized museum collections spanning the globe. The DAM’s group of more than 160 holdings available for viewing on the site includes pieces from its Petrie Institute of Western American Art, its Native American collections, and world masterpieces from the European tradition.

Through the Google Art Project, a fan of Western landscape painter Albert Bierstadt can now view a high-quality image of the artist’s Wind River Country. Those with an interest in western sculpture can examine an image of Solon Borglum’s 1902 piece titled Lassoing Wild Horses or Frederic Remington’s 1901 masterwork The Cheyenne. Other DAM masterpieces on the Google site include works by Claude Monet, George Stubbs, and John Singer Sargent.