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. 

High School Sports Offer Benefits Beyond the Playing Field

High School Sports pic A supporter of the John Lynch Foundation Salute the Stars event, an awards luncheon that recognizes the achievements of exceptional Denver-area student-athletes, the Reiman Foundation strongly believes in the importance of sports and athletic activities in the lives of young people. No matter what the level of play, participation in high school sports offers a number of benefits, both immediate and long-term, to young athletes.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Since sitting in front of various screens has become such a dominant part of our culture, high school sports helps young people get into the habit of regular activity, a habit that keeps kids fit and healthy and is more likely to lead to a commitment as an adult to maintaining physical fitness and avoiding overly sedentary behavior.

Remaining open to new experiences. Researchers have found that an inclination to play sports is closely linked to a more general sense of openness to new experiences. Studies also show that staying physically active in old age is associated with possessing an adventurous personality.

Learning teamwork. Playing team sports in high school is excellent preparation for future work environments. In a closely-knit group, athletes must learn to support and rely on one another while working toward a common goal, share victories and defeats alike, and develop a sense of responsibility for one another.