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. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Programming in Denver

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado pic Big Brother Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc., provides opportunities for at-risk children and adolescents throughout the state to connect with positive role models. The organization operates a number of programs in Denver for the benefit of youth in and around the city. The flagship program is community-based mentoring through which volunteers are matched with children. Together, they engage in a wide range of activities several times each month. The organization supports these relationships with various enrichment activities.

The organization has also partnered with Cole Arts and Science Academy to create the Cole Impact Mentoring Program. This initiative, which is similar to the basic mentoring program, focuses on education. Bigs engage in opportunities both in the community and at school with their Littles. Activities should address the specific challenges that each student faces at school.

Fort Logan Impact, a site-based mentoring program, allows volunteers to participate in various sports-related activities in a supervised setting. Biweekly sessions take place at Fort Logan Elementary School and Sheridan Middle School.

The Sports Buddies Program allows Bigs and Littles to engage in organized activities, such as attending sporting events and playing team sports. In this program, volunteers commit at least six months and spend time with their matches once or twice monthly.